Hat tip to Gary Leff for posting this first.
An Ebay seller is offering a $30 upgrade to HHonors Gold status. A tremendous value if it pans out, but in my opinion is likely too good to be true. I am not personally aware of any mechanism to sell or gift HHonors status, and this does not appear to be coming from Hilton themselves.
For those still interested, the additional risk beyond Hilton revoking your status or the seller not being able to deliver is that the completion itself relies on sharing your HHonors username and password/pin.
HHonors Gold normally requires 20 stays, 40 nights or 75,000 earned base points in a calendar year.
Benefits include –
- 25% bonus points on stays
- 5th night free on award stays
- Late check out
- Complimentary gym access
- Complimentary upgrades
- Free breakfast
Not to shift focus to the merits of HHonors Gold status, but these benefits are the sweet spot in their elite program. Breakfast is a solid value and useful for families who want to eat on-property before heading out for the day. Similarly, Wi-Fi is one of those nickel and dime items that adds up over the course of a stay.
I would personally pass on this offer, but I am already a HHonors Gold member through the limited time American Express Platinum offer late last year. Still, HHonors Gold is not hard to come by, enough so that it’s worth acquiring the status even if you are a casual traveler. Two credit cards offer the status outright –
- American Express Hilton Honors Surpass, with a $75 annual fee
- Citi Hilton Honors Reserve, with a $95 annual fee
The sign up offers vary on these cards, but for now, the two free night certificate makes the Citi card the better signup. I’ll make hotel-branded credit cards the subject of a future post. Please note that the above credit card links are direct and do not pay me or anyone else a commission.
The bottom line is that this deal is probably too good to be true. The listing may even be gone by the time I hit the post button here. If you’re interested in HHonors Gold status, the above credit cards are safer options.