Reminder: Get Hilton Honors Gold with Visa Signature/Infinite

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Until 30 June 2018, Visa Signature and Infinite cardholders can make use of a fast track offer to achieve Hilton Honors Gold status with 2 stays or 4 nights. Here's how.

With all the Hilton sales currently going on (though points and Southeast Asian sales end today), this might a great time to initiate a fast track towards earning Hilton Honors Gold, if you’ve got a Visa Signature or Infinite card. The promotion currently ends on 30 Jun 2018, but it’s been extended for many years so hopefully it continues to be available after this.

A quick recap – if you’re holding a Visa Signature/Infinite card issued in “Asia Pacific (except Taiwan), Central Europe, Middle East & Africa” (i.e. Singaporean cards should qualify), you can register for the fast track, clock 2 stays (or 4 nights) within 90 days and get upgraded to Hilton Honors Gold, which normally requires 20 stays, 40 nights or US$7,500 spend within a year to achieve.

I’ve previously posted an evaluation of how much I value Hilton elite status – in short, I find that 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.

Registering

You can enroll your Hilton Honors number here to kickstart the fast track process. It’s a pretty straightforward process:

Select your country
Accept privacy policy terms
Input Visa Signature/Infinite card number
Register your details to activate

As far as I recall, after clicking ‘Submit’ you’ll be told that you’ve successfully registered. There’s no email confirmation, but if you check on the Hilton app you might see the status ring saying that you’re 2 stays / 4 nights away from qualifying for Gold (update: I’ve seen mixed reports of whether this appears. Recent reports seem to indicate that you won’t see it reflected; I wouldn’t worry about it, especially if you get written confirmation). If you want to be extra-certain that your fast track has been successfully registered, you can always drop Hilton Honors an email to seek confirmation.

Qualifying

The terms & conditions for the promotion can be viewed here, but some quick points:

  • After registering, there’s no need to use a Visa card to book/pay
  • Bookings need to be made via official channels (e.g. Hilton website)
  • Reward stays are eligible
  • Consecutive nights booked separately will still be counted as a single stay
  • Once you’ve qualified, your status should be good until Mar 2020

The easiest path towards qualifying would involve either doing a single 4-night stay, or doing two 1-night stays.

Some suggested properties

It makes the most economic sense to clock those 2 stays / 4 nights on trips you were going to enjoy already; but if you’re not doing much travelling anytime soon (or really want to have achieved Gold status by then) here’re some convenient options for the Singapore-based traveller:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru

DoubleTree Johor Bahru room

Located about 10min past the causeway (by car), this staycation vacation option offers great value at MYR368 (sale rate inc. taxes; about S$124) or 10,000 Hilton points (US$50 at Honors point sale prices).

Plus, you know, with the recent removal of GST you now effectively get a 6% discount.

Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon

HGI Singapore room

Not quite my first choice of a staycation option, this is still the cheapest Singaporean Hilton property available and will do in a pinch, especially if you don’t have the time to deal with making the trip across the causeway. At S$152 (sale rate inc. taxes) or 20,000 Hilton points (US$100 at Honors point sale prices), a 1-night stay here is relatively affordable.

Conrad Centennial Singapore

This is hardly a budget option, but if you’re going for something luxe (especially if you don’t have status in the initial 90 days) you can check out Conrad Centennial Singapore – Mention ‘SG75’ when making reservations by email at [email protected] or by phone at +65 64327192 to access this special rate of $380++ for Friday, Saturday and Sunday bookings. This rate guarantees access to the Level 31 Club as well as $75 F&B credit that can be used at the property’s outlets during the stay. Rooms are subject to availability; offer valid till 2 Sep.

Alternatively, S$250 (sale rate inc. taxes) is pretty attractive too; I wouldn’t bother with the 60,000 point redemption rate (US$300 at Honors point sale prices).

Alternatives & Combos

It’s almost over now, but the 100% bonus Hilton points sale Aaron had written about here could be useful for making those qualifying stays – you can click here to purchase some points for yourself.

If you’ve got top tier status at another chain you might want to check out Hilton’s official status match option – if you qualify, you can instantly get Gold/Diamond for 90 days and confirm the status until Mar 2020 if you clock 4/8 stays within that period.

If that stay requirement seems too high for you, it’s also possible to activate the status match option for 90 days of free status as well as the Visa fast track so you can clock your 2 stays / 4 nights while enjoying complimentary status.

You can also consider getting instant Hilton Silver via KrisFlyer Ascend for a slight increase on points earned while qualifying; you’d also want the double points promo that Hilton is running until 31 August 2018. Finally, if you’ve got the Citi Prestige Card, you can aim to get a further discount by making use of the complimentary night feature – just nice for four nights!

Louis Tan
Louis believes he caught the premium travel bug after attaining KrisFlyer Elite Gold and occasionally being upgraded while shuttling between the UK, Singapore and Japan (in economy class). These travels have led to a wonderful marriage, as well as a burning desire to avoid flying long-haul economy. He travels with a gryphon plush toy, Griffles, which often stands in for him in vacation photos. Griffles continues to amuse (and confuse) air stewardesses, hotel staff and just about everybody else, all around the world.

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milefan

I believe the UOB PRVI card is now a Visa Signature, no longer an Infinite….

Kelvin

Slightly OT, after we have secure Gold status (2S/4N), can we still do the fast track to Diamond status after, maybe 6 months later? Thanks

JW

It seems like the stay tracker doesn’t change even if you have signed up. I dropped a mail to HHonors and they confirmed about my account’s participation but the app still showed 4 nights to Silver. Any thoughts about that.

freedom

I can confirm this. My account did not show the 2 stay/4nights for the gold fast track.

I just got my gold after staying for 6 nights

KH

Do you think we have until 30 Jun to stay or 90 days from registration as long as we register before 30 Jun?

CC

Been having problem with the Verification key on the registration form. Is the captcha a 5 char string or there is a space in front? Tried different captcha many times still incorrect. Any clue please? Many thanks

CC

Thanks, managed to clear the captcha today. Could be system glitch last night.

BR

Hello, thanks for this and I have just registered for the fast track promo. If I am to book 2 separate nights in July, and a few other stays in Sep and November, Will I be eligible for the gold benefits then since I am making all reservations as a normal member now.

Thanks.

BR

Thanks!

Simon

Does booking 2 rooms for 2 nights qualify for the fast track?
Understand it will be considered 1 stay but will the 4 nights be considered?

freedom

2 nights only, not 4 nights.

Simon

Thanks.

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