Following a previous post on how to secure Hilton Honors Gold status for 2018, I’m glad to see now that the fast track offer is now officially featured on the Visa Infinite webpage. Helpful commenters have already shared their experience of successfully enrolling in the offer, but it’s always good to see official confirmation.
I’ve recently done a stock-take of how much I value Hilton elite status – in short, I think having a Gold is akin to having a 19-26% cashback card for Hilton properties. A 2-stay / 4-night requirement is a really low requirement for unlocking such a privilege – if you hold a Visa Infinite card issued in “Asia Pacific (except Japan), Middle East & Africa” (i.e. Singaporean VI cards should qualify), you can proceed to enroll your Hilton Honors number here (currently valid until 30 Jun 2018).
After enrolling, you’ll have 90 days to clock the stays. From previous experience, reward stays will qualify – though if you want to trigger other Hilton promotions I’d suggest making a mixed points and cash redemption, unless you plan on incurring other incidental spend during your stay (e.g. dinner at hotel restaurant).
Additionally, if you currently hold status that is expiring, you might want to complete your two stays before April 2018 so that you can still enjoy elite benefits while re-qualifying.
Visa Signature as well
[Update: As noted in the comments by CTAN, the registration system now accepts Visa Signature registration.]
However, the very same offer page states to ‘visit Visa Infinite website’ to register for the fast-track offer, so it’s unclear if Visa Signature cards are truly meant to be eligible. In practice, the Milelion team was not able to successfully unlock the offer using Visa Signature cards – we tried the following cards without any success: DBS Altitude Visa Signature Maybank Horizon Visa Signature UOB Visa Signature Citibank Rewards Visa Signature I’ll be checking with Visa / Hilton about whether Visa Signature is intended to be on the list – if that’s really the case, it would vastly increase the number of people eligible for fast track Gold status. Gold status holders in the region could probably forget about getting nice upgrades in the future (not that it happens much right now).
Given that in the US, they’ve recently launched a card that grant complimentary Diamond status (also Gold, Silver for lower-tier versions), it may very well be the case that Hilton’s decided that Gold status is cheap enough to dish out like Oprah’s cars (lose breakfast rates, increase market share?). So, maybe the promotion is indeed intended for Visa Signature and the registration engine merely needs updating.