Hilton Gold Elite Status Winner

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The winner of the Hilton Gold status is Ben who wrote:

Having no foreign transaction fees are the best for me! plus two free nights isn’t too bad :)

 Thanks to everyone for your candid comments on why you like and dislike the Citi Hilton Reserve credit card.

And thanks to Citi for graciously donating the free Hilton Gold status which is one of the benefits of the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card.

Hilton Bora Bora

We Didn’t Want to Leave the Hilton in Bora Bora!

Emily and I just got back from our second honeymoon in French Polynesia, where we stayed at the Hilton in Moorea and in Bora Bora and got to experience the benefits of Hilton Gold status firsthand!

Food in French Polynesia is very expensive, but Hilton Gold status got us free continental breakfast which would otherwise cost $30 per person and free internet which was ~$15 per day – a saving of $75 per day.  We also paid less to upgrade our entry level room, which we booked using Hilton points, to an overwater bungalows because of our Hilton Gold status.

Stay tuned for a full trip report next week!

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16 responses to “Hilton Gold Elite Status Winner

  1. Looking forward to your, I hope detailed, report on Hilton Moorea. We go there in early Dec. Questions: Did you take ferry from Peteete. If so, did you take local “Le Truck” to Hilton Moorea or taxi or shuttle? What was cost? How did you get back to ferry (or airport)? Biggie: How much did you have to pay ($$ or points) to get Hilton upgrade you to over the water – assume you booked bungalow at the 50k per night rate? I have used points for 2 nights Over the Water and 1 night a bungelow (which they said they would upgrade me to Lagoon bungelow). But maybe better to book all nights at 50k bungelow and then upgrade from there. I am Gold also and go before the peak season.

    Are there any good places to eat walking distance from Hilton? Any other info appreciated. Thanks.

  2. I’m also curious about the upgrade cost. Also, would it have been the same situation if you were Diamond instead of Gold? Or would you have gotten better/cheaper/free upgrades if you were also diamond?
    I’m planning a trip to French Polynesia, and those are the questions I’m trying to answer before I decide to work for HHonors Diamond Status or not.

  3. Why don’t you do an internet search for your questions? If you google moorea upgrade cost there is multiple threads about it already on multiple websites. Do a little work, don’t expect everything to be spoon fed to you by this or any other blogger.

  4. Thank you very much for the helpful and insightful answer “read”

  5. @chapman My info is a bit old but here goes….Rent scooters for the week, then restaurant distance does not matter, plus they are fun for exploring. Skip guided tours, including to the waterfall (just scooter there). Bring mask/fins/snorkels, loved the snorkeling ie 200 ft visibility South Pacific reefs. If snorkeling not good at the Hilton, scooter to somewhere where it is. If u surf, you will be in heaven. Have a plan to get you used to time change. bring plenty of booze with you ($$), can probably bring to table at hotel, see if waiter says anything (depending how casual), great way to make friends too ha. Oh, I would save your money and take the boat over, its such a short trip (we did both). PS our fav island was Huahine but we really liked Moorea too)

  6. I was there in August….thanks to you!! Can’t wait to read your report.

  7. I can’t wait to read your trip report!!

    • @SAPMAN @Steve – We did take the ferry since it is cheaper and paid 2400 XPF for a cab ride from the ferry to the hotel and from the hotel to the ferry which the hotel arranged. We were there for only 1 night, so we booked the base room for 50K points and negotiated an upgrade to the Panoramic Overwater bungalow for $200. A regular overwater bungalow was quoted at 16000 XPF per night. I believe the upgrade rate is the same for Gold and Diamonds, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Dluke’s tips are great, since there is only a small shack outside the Hilton for food.

  8. Eat at Alfredo’s!!!! Food is super cheap!!

  9. Darius, can you outline the flight info. I’m guessing you didn’t take Air Tahiti Nui, but I could be wrong. Looking forward to figuring out the best way to get there.

    • @sharon – We used Delta miles and flew Air France from Los Angeles and Air Tahiti Nui on the way back since Delta partners with both airlines. You can use AA miles on Air Tahiti Nui and availability is quite good, especially in coach. Air France has good availability in economy, but not that much in Business.

  10. My husband and I were at the Hilton in Bora Bora all last week. It is a shame we didn’t run into you! 🙂

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  12. Cant wait for the trip report! Looking to do this may be in the Spring. Got the AA miles and working on the Hilton points(just applied for 2 X 50K citi cards no fee), Got convertibility options with Amex and UR points(100K+,300K+). Prob apply for some more cards to cover the different.

    Looking to do 4 days each Bora Bora/Moorea.

    Question. Which one was better? Was it worth the $800+ for RT tickets to Bora Bora? Did you dine in at the Resort? How much for an average meal/dinner? Was there a lot of fees for every little thing(towels/beach chairs etc?) How much were drinks on the beach/bar/etc?

    • @David – Coming this week! The Intercontinental Thallaso was the nicest hotel, but you can save on the breakfast with Hilton gold status at hilton hotels. We paid $400 per ticket from Moorea to Bora Bora to PPT. We dined a few times in the hotel for blog research (very expensive, skipped meals, ate fruit, and ate outside at times. If you split a hamburger and side, expect to pay at least $30! No fees for anything, but drinks were $20!