News You Can Use – Free Hilton Gold Status, 1,000 Free Frontier Airline Miles & More

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1. Free Hilton Gold Status

I’ve written previously that you can get free Hilton Gold status (free breakfast and internet!) with the Hilton Reserve credit card or by a virtual move to Australia.  MileQuest reports that this offer is good through May 31, 2013.

Hilton Gold

Free Hilton Gold Status Still Lives!

The offer technically requires you to be a Visa Infinite cardholder and stay in Australia.  But MilesQuest explains a workaround to generate an address and a credit card number.

Emily and I both have the Hilton Reserve card, so we’ll have Hilton Gold status (and free breakfast and internet) for as long as we have the card.

Not everyone will be comfortable with this method to get Hilton Gold status, but do what is comfortable for you.

2.   1,000 Free Frontier Airline Miles

Via Frugal Travel Lawyer Frontier Airlines is offering 1,000 free miles for signing up for a new frequent flier account account, via this link.
Frontier Sign Up

To put 1,000 miles into perspective, Frugal Travel Lawyer explains that you can travel one-way from New Jersey to Florida for as few as 10,000 miles.

3.   Four Seasons Launches Loyalty Program

If a stay at the Four Seasons is your idea of Big Travel with Small Money, then you are in luck!  One Mile at a Time reports that the luxury hotel’s loyalty program is set to launch sometime in the 3rd quarter of the year.

Here’s hoping that they soon issue a credit card with free nights at the Four Seasons as a sign-up bonus!

4.   Award Stays at the Burj al Arab

Travel Summary has a post on using points to stay at the ultra-lux Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai.  While American Express is a transfer partner of the Jumeirah hotels group that runs the Burj, the stay isn’t cheap due to a  poor 2,300:100 transfer ratio.

Award nights start at 8,000 Jumeirah Sirius points, the equivalent of 184,000 American Express points.  Paid stays start at around 8,000 AED (~$2,200 USD) per night, so this isn’t the best value for your points.


View from the Wing toured the hotel and shares his thoughts and pictures here.

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16 responses to “News You Can Use – Free Hilton Gold Status, 1,000 Free Frontier Airline Miles & More

  1. Hi,

    I only got 500 miles for Frontier Airlines.
    How can I get 1000?

    Thank you!

  2. Only 500 miles for me too for the signup.


  3. If you only see 500 miles, log out then log back in. The 1000 miles should appear. This worked for me so I thought i would share….

  4. My HHonors gold status expired March 30. I re-did this, and I’m still gold. Not terribly sure when that will expire though.

  5. @Steve – I followed the instruction to create the credit number, however it says “Invalid number” on Hilton website though. Can you please help me with this?
    I replaced the output to 4119 45xx xxxx xxxx per the instruction. Did I do it wrong?

  6. Thanks for the Hilton Gold instructions. I had tried a few months before without luck, but now I got it. It was instant. How appropriate that I’ll try it out at the FFU on the 27th!

  7. You’re the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. At first I wasn’t comfortable with the Hilton Gold method described here. But, this blog is public information. If Hilton did not want to allow this trick they would have stopped it long ago. Perhaps their strategy is to allow a small sub-group have Gold status as an incentive to stay at their properties.

  9. The Frontier thing didn’t work for me. I didn’t get any points at all when I created a new account. And I have logged in and out.

  10. Do you think there’s any risk that Hilton could close your account or take away your points if they find out that you did this trick? Have there been any widespread reports of Hilton closing accounts in the past?

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  12. Hi Darius-
    Welcome back from Hawaii. As a Californian, it is one of my favorite destinations. What points programs allow you to transfer points/miles free of charge to a family member? I know BA Avios is one of them, but not sure about the rest. I want to transfer my wife’s HHonors points to my account before her credit card expires and then get gold status with all those points. Thanks

    • @Jeff – Starwood lets you transfer between folks staying at the same address and Club Carlson has no charge for transfers. With Hilton, your wife can book a room and add you as the 2nd guest, which may be cheaper than paying the transfer fee.

  13. I used the move to Australia method got the gold status back in Jan, today, I saw that my 100000+ points, which I got by Citi and Amex card are gone. My hilton account is still gold, but with 1 points, no activity showing at all. Does this happen to anyone as you know.

  14. This morning the Hilton points showed again in my account, guess that’s because their system problem. Both mine and my husband’s 100000+ points were gone yesterday.

  15. What happened to morals and ethics? Lying and saying you live somewhere you don’t? Come on people, you only go through this life once – redeem the time.