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Should I Get The Hilton Honors AMEX For A Year Of Gold Status?

by joeheg

In 2019, I earned Hilton Honors Gold stats with my work travels, including a 2-week stay at the JFK Airport Hampton Inn. Good times!

Needless to say, Hilton Honors extended my Gold status thru 2021 and then thru March 2023. But all good must things come to an end, including Hilton’s status extensions. I’m about as far from Gold status as I can get since I spent zero nights in Hilton properties in 2022.

The only way I’ve kept my Hilton Honors account active is by earning points through Lyft.

Apparently, Hilton knows I’m about to lose my Honors Gold status. That’s why they’re adding it as a benefit if I sign up for the Hilton Honors AMEX.

If I sign up for the no-annual-fee Hilton Honors AMEX card, I’ll get 80,000 points after spending $1,000 and my Honors Gold status will get extended for another year.

The Hilton Honors AMEX card usually only provides Silver status, which makes this an additional perk. I consider Hilton Honors Gold to be the sweet spot of the program. Members get these benefits:

  • 80% Elite Status bonus on base points
  • 5th night free on reward stays
  • Standard internet access
  • Late check out
  • Two complimentary bottles of water (per stay)
  • Daily food and beverage credit at U.S. hotels (depends on the hotel)
  • Space available upgrades (depends on hotel)

For most people who can deal with applying for a new card, I’d say that getting free Gold status for another year and 80,000 Honors points for a no-annual-fee card would be a great deal.

The one thing keeping me from jumping at the offer is that I automatically get Hilton Gold status from having the AMEX Platinum card. Once my status expires, all I need to do is contact AMEX and have them upgrade my Hilton Honors account back to Gold.

On the other hand, one advantage of having a Hilton AMEX card is that you’re never at risk of letting points expire since all you need to do is make one purchase to extend your points. A no-annual-fee card is perfect for that purpose. After the first year, I’ll keep Honors Silver status. While it doesn’t include free breakfast, it still includes the 5th night free on award stays.

I’m not sure if I’m gonna jump at this one or not. It depends on if I want to keep my Platinum AMEX card. Sure it was worth it for the first year but will I be able to redeem enough credits to make it worthwhile? Getting the Hilton Honors AMEX would be a great insurance policy, and it wouldn’t cost me anything but an application.

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