Two credit cards offer Hilton Gold status automatically: the Hilton Honors Surpass Card and the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card. The Gold status provided by these Hilton credit cards lasts as long as each card is open, but it isn’t exactly free considering the Surpass Card has a $95 annual fee and the Business Card charges $95. Still, those fees are a bargain compared to what it would normally cost to earn Gold status: 40 nights, 20 stays or 75,000 base points earned. It’s also worth noting that Surpass cardholders who spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year get an upgrade to Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
There is another Hilton credit card that offers Hilton Gold status, too, just not automatically. The Hilton Honors American Express Card gives complimentary Silver status, but cardholders who spend $20,000 on the card in a calendar year get upgraded to Gold status through the end of the next calendar year. This card has a $0 annual fee.
Hilton Gold status offers special perks when staying at Hilton properties, such as complimentary room upgrades if available, a free continental breakfast and 80% bonus points on stays.
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