Hilton and American Express recently announced that cardholders of the Hilton HHonors Surpass Credit Card will get free Hilton HHonors Gold Status. The additional perk went into place as of November 10, 2013. The card previously offered cardholders Gold Status for only the first year, and to maintain the status they'd have to spend $20,000 in eligible purchases each year.
The new perk of automatic Gold Status brings the Amex card toe-to-toe with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card, which offers cardmembers Gold Status and Diamond status if they spend $40,000 a year on the card. However with the Surpass card you will earn 2x on every dollar spent and the annual fee is $20 less per year. Both of these cards are a easy way to quickly get Hilton Gold Status.
Hilton Hhonors Gold Status offers some of the best perks among mid-tier hotel programs. With Gold Status you will get:
25% bonus on all the HHonors base points you earn on stays
Brand specific perks like upgrades and a choice of either a 1,000 point amenity or a complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay.
Complimentary access to fitness centers and health clubs.
Two complimentary bottles of water per stay (at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn and Hilton Grand Vacations hotels).
Complimentary WiFi during stays at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels and Hilton Grand Vacations.
The major benefits include potentially getting room upgrades, 25% more bonus points, free breakfast, and free internet. These can be a huge value when you are staying at a top-tier hotel in Europe were breakfast can run $30+ and internet $20+ a day. Getting a co-branded credit card can mean huge savings if you frequently stay at Hilton properties.
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