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Secret way to earn Fast track to Hilton Gold status

Hilton has a four tier Loyalty program where members start from a blue (basic) followed by silver, Gold and the top most level is Diamond where each level is earned with more stays and nights in a calendar year. Blue and Silver are very basic and hardly get you any good benefits. Gold and Diamond benefits get you Early Check-in, late checkout, Free Breakfast (savings can be huge here) additional bonus Hilton points for each stay (25% Bonus for Gold and 50% for Diamond) and access to executive floor lounge in Hilton properties when available which gets you free drinks, snacks and meals throughout the day.

To achieve or retain HHonors Gold status, you need to earn either:
(1) 20 stays in a calendar year, or
(2) 40 nights in a calendar year, or
(3) 75,000 HHonors Base Points in a calendar year

Another way to earn Hilton status is by applying for the Citi Hilton Reserve card which comes with two free nights at any Hilton Worldwide plus gold status as long as you have the card. The annual fees on this card is $95 (not waived)

You can learn about all the benefits of various levels here 

Well I guess unless you travel a lot on work attaining these many stays and nights could be challenging. I will share with you a secret way to earn Hilton Gold status with just four stays

Secret Hilton

Make sure you are already registered with Hilton and have an HHonors number. Next go to this website –  HHonors.com/amexta

Enter you Hilton HHonors number and password and click on Enroll now. That’s it make sure you complete 4 stays at any Hilton properties in the next 90 days to quickly earn the gold status and enjoy some amazing benefits.

The website says this offer is only for American Express business travelers but looks like anyone can register and participate in the promo.

 

 

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Your next Hilton Stay could earn you 1000 HHonors points with digital Check-in

I received an email this morning from Hilton. It says “Open Your door” with your phone and earn 1,000 Bonus Points. hilton digital key

1,000 HHonor Points are not much but I will take them anyways. All you have to do is download the Hilton HHonors app and Select Digital Key. It will let you choose your room and bam!!

I like this Digital key feature because I hate those plastic keys which easily get deactivated when in contact with an electronic device such as cell phone and then you have to make trips back and forth to the front desk for new keys.

If you have an Hilton stay coming up check your emails, you may have received this offer for an extra 1000 points.

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All about Curry Omelette and Global Entry

Introduction

The past weekend we drove to Newark/NJ to accomplish a lot of things – Attend a reception party, show in-laws NYC, Global Entry interview at Newark Airport and last but not the least is enjoy curry omelette at Embassy Suites Newark Airport.

The Scoop

The past weekend  we were scheduled to attend a reception party in New Jersey of our close friends. I am in the process of re-qualifying GOLD with Hilton (That gets you complimentary upgrades, FREE Breakfast, more bonus points and a lot more goodies). The gold status is awesome as a typical buffet breakfast in these hotels can easily cost $20 or more per person and the cost is even higher while staying at Hiltons in Europe. I recently applied for the Citi Hilton Visa Signature card that for a limited time has an increased sign-up bonus for 75000 HHonors points. I wrote a post on it few days ago. The holders of the credit card automatically get Silver Status with Hilton which is not too shabby for a no-annual fee credit card. And, with just four stays you can qualify to be GOLD with HIlton.

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Specially designed Curry Omelette for the Desai clan at the Embassy Suites Newark

I used 24,000 HHonors points and $150 cash to book two nights at the Embassy Suites Newark Airport. The cash only stay was $259 per night so definitely a good use of Hilton points and cash option for decent savings. Obviously I charged the $150 on my favorite Barclay Arrival World Elite Mastercard so the cash portion will cost me even less after redeeming for travel credit. I always enjoy staying at Embassy Suites especially for the Complimentary Evening reception (free booze and snacks) and the awesome breakfast buffet with the Omelette station. The chef surprised me with a special Curry Omelette loaded with veggies something not on the regular menu. The omelette was DA BOMB!!!  If you happen to be stay at Embassy Suites Newark Airport do ask the chef to prepare the curry omelette for you from his stack of secret recipes.

Another reason I chose to stay at this hotel is because they have free airport shuttle and it made getting to Newark Airport for our Global Entry appointment  that much easier (FREE). I have two credit cards in my stash – Citi Executive Credit card and the Citi Prestige credit card that both waive off $100 fees for Global Entry (includes TSA-precheck). I charged both of our fees (wife and I) on the two cards. The interview  was straight forward and took us max 10 minutes.

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Happy faces after successful Global Entry Interview

I am ought to love global entry – No more taking off clothes at airport, Laptop remains in bag, quick access lines and you do not have to face a custom agent after arriving back in the US while traveling internationally. More benefits of Global Entry can be found hereOverall it was a fun and hectic weekend but the infamous Curry Omelette definitely took my breath away and I may stay again at the Embassy Suites Newark Airport just for it!!!

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Stay 25 Free nights at Hotels worldwide using sign-up bonus from two cards!!

Introduction

By utilizing a couple of awesome limited time increased sign-up bonus offers from Citi and Chase you can score almost 25 FREE nights at Hilton and Marriott hotels worldwide. I will show you exactly how it can be done.

The Free Night Scoop

  • Chase Marriott Premier Rewards Card – Chase has increased the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Rewards card  to 80,000 points after spending $3,000 in 3 months. This is the highest point offer I’ve ever seen on the Marriott Rewards Premier card. This card does charge you annual fees of $85 and is not waived for the first year.

Here is the fine print of the offer –

Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card Application
  • Limited Time! Earn 80,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening
  • Enjoy 1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date!
  • For every $1 spent, earn 5 points at 3,800 Marriott locations, 2 points on airline ticket purchases directly with airlines, at car rental agencies & restaurants and 1 point everywhere else
  • The fastest way to earn Marriott Rewards points towards free nights
  • No limit to how many points you can earn
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees and enjoy wider acceptance when you travel with your embedded chip card and you make purchases at chip-enabled card readers
  • All for an $85 Annual Fee
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Marriott Category and 5th night Free

You can book Marriott Category 1 hotel for 7,500 reward points or 6,000 PointSavers rewards.  The 75,000 points you earn from sign-up bonus can be used for staying 10 nights at a category 1 Marriott Hotel worldwide and if you are able to books rooms using the 6,000 PointSavers rewards that will be even more nights. But remember, Marriott has this awesome offer – when you redeem 4 award nights , your fifth night is free!!! To top it there are no blackout dates. With the 5th night free promotion you can maximize the redemption value and get most from this card. You can find all the category 1 Hotels that Marriott offers here – Link

There are more than 200 category 1 Marriott Hotels worldwide including several in Mexico, Caribbean and Europe

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Fairfield Inn, Los Cabos, Mexico is a Category 1 Hotel and looks very good!!

You could visit Los Cabos, Mexico and stay at the Fairfield Inn that has excellent reviews on TripAdvisor

Courtyard Marriott Banglore

Courtyard Marriott Bengaluru (Banagalore, India)

You could also visit India and stay at The Fairfield by Marriott in the vibrant city of Bengaluru (Bangalore). The list of category  hotel is quite extensive and I feel the increased sign-up bonus from the Chase Marriott Premier card can really help you save big money!!!

The card also offers  1 Free Night Stay at a Category 1-5 location every year after your account anniversary date that very well justifies the annual fees of $85. You could stay at the beautiful Marriott in Costa Rica, San Jose using your card anniversary free night certificate!!

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Costa Rica Marriott, San Jose a great way to redeem your free Anniversary night

  • Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card – Citi has also increased the sign-up bonus on the HHonors Visa Signature card to 75,000 Hilton points. The typical offer on this card is 40,000 points and Citi did roll out another offer for 65,000 points few months ago which is when I signed up for the card so definitely this is one of the best offer on this card with NO ANNUAL FEES. 

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Here is a summary of the card benefits –

  • Limited Time: Earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors™ Bonus Points after making $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at any participating hotel within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations.
  • Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Silver status as long as you are a cardmember
  • No annual fee.

You may notice this no-annual fee card will automatically give you silver status (better chance for upgrade, some freebies and extra HHonors points). Also, no annual fees card are great as you don’t have to worry about cancelling the card when the annual fees is due that can help you establish long term relationship with the bank which is a key in this game!!!

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Hilton 5th night promotion for Silver, Gold and Diamond members

Hilton offers free 5th night for Silver, Gold and Diamond member and by holding this card you automatically qualify for this promotion as you earn silver status. You can read more about the free night promo here – Link

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Hilton award chart

You can book category 1 Hilton Hotels for just 5,000 HHonors points. The  75,000 bonus points  equates to 15 nights at Category 1 Hilton Hotel worldwide. Here is a link to all the hotels in this category – LINKThere are almost 50 hotels to choose from. You should try to use the 5th night free promotion to gain most from this deal.

Hilton Pyramid Gold Resort

Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort, Cairo, Egypt

Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort in Egypt looks like a great property that you can redeem for only 5000 points. You may also consider visiting Turkey and stay at the Hiltom Garden Inn, Trabzon, Turkey for only 5,000 points

Hilton Garden Inn Turkey

Hilton Garden Inn Trabzon, Turkey

Conclusion

By combining the sign up bonuses from the Chase Marriott Premier rewards card (80,000 points) and the Citi Hilton Hhonors Visa Signature card (75,000 points) you can score more than 25 nights at Category 1 Marriott and Hilton hotels (combine). Also, both the hotel chains offer 5th night free promotion that can help you travel around the world paying pennies!!!!! With most hotels costing an average of $100 I value combined sign-up bonuses from the two cards worth at least $2500 and this is a fantastic deal. The Marriott card has an annual fees of $85 which is not waived and the Citi Hilton card has no annual fees. The Marriott card also offer free stay at any Category 1-5 hotel as an anniversary bonus which may justify paying the annual fees.

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Simple trick to get Free instant Hilton HHonors Silver Status, and fast-track to Gold

I found a landing page which will get you  speedy Hilton status, with instant Silver status remains available to all, and the added option of a fast-track to Gold.

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To gain the Silver status you simply need to enter your HHonors details (or sign up if you are not already a member) here.

While Hilton Silver is not the greatest Hotel status ever, you are being offered it for nothing here, and there are distinct benefits (listed below). In addition, Hilton Gold is widely regarded as one of the very best mid-tier elite statuses, and I can personally vouch for that. I’d reasonably estimate that it has saved me hundreds of dollars in the 2 or so years that I’ve held it. The free breakfast alone will generally save you a small fortune on each hotel stay. A summary of the key benefits of Gold and Silver is below, and you can see the full benefits here.

Silver status benefits are as follows:

  • 15% bonus on base points earned
  • 5th night free on awards
  • Late check-out
  • Complimentary fitness centre & health club access
  • Free bottled water
  • (unofficially) likely preferential treatment on the specific room assigned

As you will see, the offer is specifically targeted at Accenture employees, but it works for anyone.

Upon sign-up to the Silver status, you will also automatically be enrolled in a Gold Status fast-track scheme, which will grant you Gold status if you make four stays at a Hilton hotel within 90 days of signing up for this offer.

The benefits of Gold status are substantial, including all the silver benefits above (except for a 25% rather than 15% points bonus), plus:

  • Free breakfast
  • Guaranteed room upgrade
  • Frequent upgrades to Executive rooms (with Executive Lounge access), regardless of the room purchased
  • Free internet access

Anyone staying with their partner/companion/wife/husband at a Hilton absolutely must sign up to Hilton HHonors – the “second guest stays free” promotion, available to all members, including the lowest Blue tier.

You can also apply for the Citi Hilton Reserve Card which gives you 2 Free weekend nights and Gold Status

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