What Are The Benefits of Hilton Honors Gold Status?

Hilton Honors Gold Status offers some decent benefits but a lot of people might wonder whether or not it’s worth it to pursue obtaining Gold Status and if the perks will benefit them. Here’s a look at the benefits offered by Honors Gold Status and some insight to help you decide if it’s something you might benefit from. 

How to get Honors Gold status

You can achieve Honors Gold Status the easy or the hard way.

The hard way

The hard way is by physically staying in Hilton properties. Frequent business travelers aside, it will likely be difficult for the average traveler to achieve status with stays.

You’d have to meet the following criteria:

  • 20 stays in a calendar year, or
  • 40 nights in a calendar year, or
  • 75,000 Honors Base Points in a calendar year

The easy way

I highly recommend utilizing credit cards to obtain Gold Hilton Honors Gold Status because it’s really easy to do. Three credit cards that will have you covered for Gold Honors status are:

Hilton Cabana Miami Beach
Hilton Cabana Miami Beach.

The Benefits

Two valuable benefits are the fifth night free and complimentary internet. These benefits are also offered to Hilton Honors Silver Members but I just wanted to cover these two since they can be pretty valuable. 

5th night free

  • Silver, Gold and Diamond elite members will receive every 5th night free on Standard Room Reward stays of 5 nights or more.

With this benefit you have to think about if your particular travel style will benefit from this perk. I know a lot of travelers (myself included) who rarely, if ever, stay in the same location for more than 4 nights when they travel. If you fall into that category then you obviously should value this perk accordingly. 

Complimentary internet

  • Complimentary in-room and lobby Standard Internet access during stays at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Canopy™ by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels™ and Hilton Grand Vacations.

This is yet another nice perk but it’s offered to Silver Status holders so you’re not getting anything exclusive internet-wise by being a Gold Member. If you make your way to Diamond Status, the difference is that you’re given premium internet in the lobby and your room. In my experience, the difference in speed varies hotel to hotel and for most purposes, the complimentary standard internet has been sufficient for me. 

Now, we’ll talk about benefits that the Silver Members don’t get.

25% elite status bonus

  • With Gold elite status, you automatically receive a 25% bonus on all the Honors Base Points you earn.

This is a decent benefit but given the weak value of Honors points, it’s not exactly something I’d consider a “top” benefit. Still, extra points are always nice and Hilton often runs promotions that make earning Honors points extremely easy. 

Complimentary Breakfast

This is probably one of the best benefits for Hilton Gold Members. Complimentary breakfasts for Gold Members are offered at the following Hilton hotels:

  • Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • DoubleTree by Hilton™

(Keep in mind that many hotels usually offer complimentary breakfasts to all guests, such as Homewood Suites, Hampton Inns, etc.)

One thing I’ve learned is that when it comes to hotels, not all breakfasts are created equally. Sometimes you’ll get a full breakfast with eggs, bacon, waffles, and everything else you’d like served up at a hotel restaurant and other times you might get stuck with a more basic breakfast fixing but with an option to upgrade to something better (sometimes with a discount).

While the specific type of breakfast offered sometimes depends on your location, getting a complimentary breakfast is still usually a worthwhile benefit and good way to save some cash.

Chicago Skyline
View from the gym at the Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile Suites Hotel.

Upgrades

Hilton states that with Gold Status, you’re eligible for upgrades at the following hotels:

  • Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts
  • Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • DoubleTree by Hilton™

Although the terms and conditions only explicitly reference the hotels above, you’re not limited to just these hotels for upgrades. I’ve stayed in Hilton hotels not on this list that have given me upgrades specifically because of my Gold Status. So while Hilton doesn’t list them on their website, I believe you should always inquire about upgrades if you have Gold Status.

Second, for these upgrades, Hilton excludes “executive suites, villas and specialty accommodations […] subject to the discretion of the hotel.” Thus, although upgrades to such suites will be more likely to happen when you have Hilton Honors Diamond Status, hotels can certainly still provide you with upgrades to suites with mere Gold Status.

Executive Floor Lounge Access Policy

While Diamond Members are granted access to the executive lounges, Gold Members are only given these privileges when they “receive a room upgrade to the Executive Floor or an upgrade to a room type that confers Executive Floor Lounge access benefits.”

However, you’ll still be able to get your complimentary breakfast in many of the hotels, so I wouldn’t stress too much over the lack of lounge access. In fact, sometimes the breakfast offered in the lounge isn’t even on the same level as the breakfast offered by the restaurant (where you get it on a complimentary basis).

Thus, for many people, having breakfast comped is enough to satisfy them and lounge access isn’t a deal breaker.

Members with Gold status receive all the benefits in the lower tiers

Here’s a breakdown of more of the benefits not mentioned that are given to all members: 

  • Guaranteed Discount: A discounted, changeable & refundable rate is exclusively available for Hilton Honors members.
  • Digital Check-In: choose your room, and customize your stay from your mobile device up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Quick reservations and check-ins based on your room preferences
  • Late check-out
  • Express check-out
  • 2nd Guest stays free
  • Complimentary access to fitness centers and health clubs
  • Two complimentary bottles of water per stay (at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Embassy Suites Hotels™, Hilton Garden Inn™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™ hotels)1

Hotel Benefits

And finally, here’s a look at some of the hotel-specific benefits offered to Gold Members. 

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Final Word

Gold Status with Hilton Honors isn’t blow-you-away valuable but can provide you with solid benefits like complimentary breakfasts and potential upgrades (in addition to all of the other basic benefits). I still think I prefer Marriott Gold as my primary mid-tier status, but it’s a little tougher to earn than Hilton Gold, so it makes sense that it comes with more benefits.  

10 comments

  1. As a gold member and traveling with my family members using HIlton Hhonor points redemption for three room, are not my family entitled to complimentary breakfasts at The Amsterdam Hilton based upon the benefits I read ?

    Can you please confirm ?

    1. Based on the Hilton Honors terms and conditions, only yourself and one guest registered to the same room as you will be entitled to a complimentary breakfast. However, YMMV, and some hotels will sometimes offer the benefits to the guests in the additional rooms on your itinerary. Since you have three rooms, I wouldn’t expect it, but you might get lucky and they might offer breakfast for everyone.

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