An alternative Hilton Gold fast track offer: Four stays in 90 days

The Hilton Gold fast-track offer with Visa Signature/Infinite cards has yet to resurface, but the MVP option provides another route

Hilton Gold is arguably the best mid-tier hotel status out there, as the free breakfast and upgrades it provides can save hundreds of dollars at an expensive resort.

Free breakfast for 2 people every day at the Conrad Maldives can save a lot of money

Earning Hilton Gold normally requires 20 stays/ 40 nights/ US$7,500 of annual spending, but there are faster ways of earning it.

AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders get instant Hilton Gold status, along with elite status in several other hotel programs

For the past few years, there’s been a fast-track offer for Visa Signature & Visa Infinite cardholders where two stays or four nights in a 90 day period earned you Gold status.

Unfortunately, the last iteration of this offer expired on 31 December 2019, and it hasn’t popped up again since.

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However, if you’re determined to get Hilton Gold status, there is another fast-track option available: MVP

What is MVP?

The Hilton Gold MVP fast-track is hardly a new thing; in fact, it’s been around for many years. The MVP (“most valuable player”- an American sports term) program is officially for “athletic administrators, athletes, or anyone affiliated with a sports entity, sports related company, sports group or event”. 

That’s very loosely defined, however, and in practice it’s open for anyone to register. If you’re the paranoid sort, then by all means sign up for the US Athletic Track & Field Association or something for US$30.

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Once you’ve registered for the challenge, completing four stays within 90 days will give you Hilton Gold status for the current and subsequent calendar years (you’ll subsequently need to requalify the old-fashioned way).

Both paid and reward stays count towards the four stay requirement. One trick is to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman North, and Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman South. That’s a mouthful, so tl;dr- they’re located in the same place, but classified as separate properties.

This allows you to hop from hotel to hotel and complete the four stays in four nights.

Since the MVP offer is completely unrelated to the Visa one, there’s no requirement for you to have or pay with a Visa Signature/Infinite card (not that that was much of a restriction in the first place).

What benefits do Hilton Gold members get?

As a Hilton Gold, you’ll receive the following benefits

The main benefits I see are the 80% points bonus, guaranteed breakfast for two people per room, and upgrades. Do note that upgrades are based on availability, and you’re behind Diamond members in the pecking order.

Conclusion

The MVP challenge is obviously less generous than the one with Visa, but it’s still better than earning status the old fashioned way. And until (if?) the Visa offer comes back, it’s the fastest way I know of getting Gold status, short of getting an AMEX Platinum Charge.

If you’re thinking about taking up this status challenge, you should also consider first getting instant Hilton Silver via the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend so that you can earn a bonus 20% points when making your qualifying stays.

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Tralala Boomer

Can this be used in properties anywhere? Including your home country? There are already 3 Hilton properties in SG, and then pop over to JB for another.

Dan

Hi, by completing four stays in 90 days, do you mean to alternate 1 day each in hotel 1,then hotel 2, then hotel 1 and back to hotel 2 for a total of 4 stays?

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