After the end of March, some of you may have lost your Hilton Honors status and if that's the case, you're probably looking for a quick way to get back to Gold without having to stay the full 20 stays, 40 nights, or earn 75,000 Hilton Honors base points. The good news is that Hilton's fast track program is alive and well. Let me show you how to fast track to Hilton Honors Gold status.
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Hilton Honors Gold Fast Track Methods
Over the years, Hilton has offered up not-so-well-promoted fast track offers for Gold Status but the rules always change and the pages disappear.
Secret Hilton Honors Gold Fast Track
This Hilton Honors Gold fast track method became available in 2019 and is one that was never taken down. That said, it's no longer promoted either. This is by far the fastest way to fast track to Gold status.
How you do it is super simple. By going to this MVP Gold fast track link, all you have to do is complete 4 nights within 90 days.
TIP: Nothing shows up on your dashboard to indicate that you've started a fast track or your progress unfortunately. That said, you can try to e-mail their customer support to find out if they can see this information on their end.
Once you submit your Hilton Honors information, the offer will become active immediately and the 90 day clock begins so only do this when you're ready and have your stays mapped out.
The nice thing about this offer is that the Gold status is good until the end of March 31, 2023.
Lastly, another thing that's good to know is that both paid and award nights count towards the 4 star requirement.
Common Hilton Gold and Diamond Fast Track
Alternatively, there's a well-publicized fast track method that's on their status matching page. This works the same way as the previous page except the requirements are increased.
- Fast Track to Gold: Stay 7 nights within 90 days
- Fast Track to Diamond: Stay 12 nights within 90 days
For reference, the requirements have gone up over the years. Most recently, it was 5 days for Gold but now it is 7 days. For Diamond, it was 9 days but now it's 12.
Note that according to the current status matching page, both fast track and status match are labelled as “status match challenge”.
The only one advantage of this page over the previous is that it includes a Diamond fast track.
What does Hilton Honors Gold get you?
If you've never had Gold, it's the status that's worth it in my opinion for the Hilton Honors program. I've used it to my advantage over the years when Diamond wasn't possible.
The biggest advantages are:
- Get 80% bonus in earning Hilton Honors
- Complimentary breakfast at hotels that have it
- Potential for room upgrades
Read all the elite Hilton Honors benefits details to find out whether the jump is worth it for you.
Will you be doing a Hilton Honors Gold fast track?
This is pretty much a no-brainer for anyone that doesn't have Hilton Honors elite status (Gold and Diamond) right now especially if you have plans to be staying at a couple of hotels in the next 3 months.
The added bonus with the Hilton Honors Gold fast track is that you qualify for status through March 31, 2024. That's 2 years of Gold status qualification which is sweet because you won't have to worry about it next year.
Hilton Honors Gold status is worth attaining because you get complimentary breakfast which is super valuable for those aspirational properties and potential for room upgrades is also quite valuable.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, if you book through sites such as Booking.com, Expedia, and Hotels.com, those will not earn points or nights and thus won't qualify for the fast track.
According to the T&Cs, reward nights are not eligible for Hilton Honors Gold fast track.
According to the T&Cs, if you've completed a status match challenge (this includes fast track and status match), you will not be eligible.
No, there is no indication in your Hilton Honors portfolio of a fast track so you'll have to keep track of everything on your own. There is a chance that if you reach out to Hilton through their customer support form that they might be able to find out more information for you.
No, those will not count. Similarly to why you don't receive Hilton Honors points with these bookings, the nights and stays also don't show up and thus will not progress your fast track.
Who's completed this challenge? Let me know how this worked out for you and how have you taken advantage of Hilton Honors Gold status as a result in the comments down below.
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