AMEX Platinum Cards Now Give You Hilton Gold Status (Free Breakfast & Room Upgrades)

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I’ve written about how you can get Starwood Gold elite status with the AMEX Platinum Cards.

And now via Flyertalk, The Platinum Card from American Express, American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum, and The Enhanced Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN have added Hilton Gold elite status to their already terrific list of benefits.

With Hilton Gold elite status you get free breakfast at some hotels, room upgrades, and late check-out.  You’ll also earn a 25% bonus on base points earned for paid stays.

AMEX Platinum Cards Now Give You Hilton Gold Status Free Breakfast Room Upgrades

You Can Now Get Hilton Gold Status With Your AMEX Platinum Card. This Will Save You Money on Your Next Hilton Stay!

I’ll explain how to get Hilton Gold elite status and what you’ll get with this status upgrade.

How to Get Hilton Gold Status With Your AMEX Platinum Card

Link:   The Platinum Card® from American Express

Link:   The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

Link:   American Express® Mercedes-Benz Platinum

Link:   Register for Hilton Gold Status


With the AMEX Platinum personal and small business cards you can earn 40,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points (50,000 AMEX Membership Rewards points with the American Express Mercedes-Benz Platinum) when you complete the minimum spending.

And you get lots of great perks like:

  • Up to a $200 airline incidental fee credit each year with an airline you choose (to receive the statement credit, you must select a qualifying airline)
  • Airport lounge access (Delta, Priority Pass, and American Express Centurion Lounges)
  • $100 statement credit for Global Entry or $85 statement credit for TSA PreCheck
  • Terms & limitations apply

Now, you can add Hilton Gold elite status to the list of perks.

This card comes with a $450 annual fee ($475 for the Mercedes-Benz version), but the airline credit makes this an effective $250 annual fee.

To get Hilton Gold elite status with your AMEX Platinum card, you’ll need to register online.

It’s easy to sign-up.  Just enter your American Express log-in information.

AMEX Platinum Cards Now Give You Hilton Gold Status Free Breakfast Room Upgrades

Sign Into Your AMEX Account

Then enter your Hilton account number.

AMEX Platinum Cards Now Give You Hilton Gold Status Free Breakfast Room Upgrades

Enter Your Hilton Number to Complete Your Enrollment

It could take up to 72 hours for your membership to be processed.  You should receive an email from Hilton confirming your new Gold elite status.

Authorized users are also eligible to receive Hilton Gold elite status, but they’ll need to call the number on the back of their card to sign-up.

What Do You Get With Hilton Gold Elite Status?

Link:   Hilton Gold Elite Status Benefits

With Hilton Gold status you’ll get perks such as:

You can also choose between a welcome gift or bonus points which varies based on your hotel.  For example, at Waldorf Astoria hotels, you get room upgrades when space is available.  And you get a free in-room movie OR 1,000 Hilton bonus points.

Hilton points are worth ~0.5 cents each.  So 1,000 Hilton bonus points are worth ~$5 towards your next stay.

This most valuable perk you get with Hilton Gold status is free breakfast.  This is a great deal for anyone who has plans to stay at certain Hilton hotels because breakfast alone could save you ~$20 or more per day.

AMEX Platinum Cards Now Give You Hilton Gold Status Free Breakfast Room Upgrades

You Can Save ~$20 per Person per Day With the Free Breakfast You Get With Hilton Gold Status

While this certainly adds value to the AMEX Platinum cards, these cards come with a hefty annual fee, so I wouldn’t sign-up just to earn Hilton Gold elite status.

That’s because you also get Hilton Gold status for a much lower annual fee with the AMEX Hilton HHonors Surpass and Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve cards.

With Hilton Gold status, you could save Hilton points with the 5th night free on award stays of 5 consecutive nights or more.  But keep in mind, you’ll also get this perk with Hilton Silver status.

And you can get Hilton Silver status (without an annual fee) with cards like the AMEX Hilton HHonors and Citi Hilton HHonors Visa!

Bottom Line

The AMEX Platinum personal, Mercedes-Benz, and small business cards have added Hilton Gold elite status as a new benefit.

With Hilton Gold elite status you’ll get free breakfast at certain Hilton hotels (worth ~$20 per person per day), bonus points, the 5th night free on award stays of 5+ nights, and more!

I wouldn’t sign-up for the AMEX Platinum cards just to get free breakfast because these cards come with a hefty annual fee of $450 to $475.  But it’s a nice bonus if you already have the card.

And you can get Hilton Gold elite status with the AMEX Hilton Surpass and Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve which also have smaller annual fees.

However, the AMEX Platinum cards come with lots of other excellent perks and this is a great way to save money at Hilton hotels.

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3 responses to “AMEX Platinum Cards Now Give You Hilton Gold Status (Free Breakfast & Room Upgrades)

  1. Great, thanks for the update! I was planning on signing up for Surpass for this but as I plan on keeping my AmEx Platinum anyway, this is just another perk that makes it more worthwhile.

    What a great card it’s been, especially since I got in on the first year free Ameriprise offer.

  2. The ongoing paradox of hotel chains…. the high end “name” chains and brands tend to charge you for everything, including breakfast, while the ones aimed more for the middle class & masses usually have the free breakfast included, including most of the Wyndham and Choice brands, plus Holiday Inn Express, Hyatt Place, Country Inns (CC), and so on…. (and my wife really liked the HIE breakfast — dependable, thank you very much) By contrast, nothing like waking up at a high end place, only to have to fret over how much breakfast is going to soak us.

    Into this paradox, of high end/no breakfast included paradox, we have Hilton in recent months pushing hard the availability of its “Gold Status.” (multiple new variations of the “partner” deals with airlines and companies, like accenture, see loyaltylobby) Guess the idea is so that we’ll be impressed that our stays at their hyper inflated high end properties (forking over piles of their Hilton Gold pesos) will now come with breakfast…. IF, we get their Gold Status (one way or the other) — and maybe the chance of a room upgrade.

    Ok, so Drew teaches that there are decent Hilton lower tier properties globally, and for them, well maybe at those places, the free breakfast might well be very nice, and maybe the potential upgrades to “executive levels” — which may come with evening snacks/treats too. (Crowne Plaza style) Yet I remain underwhelmed. I’m not inclined as yet to pay an annual fee for any AMEX card (without SBS) just to get Hilton’s “Gold.” 🙂

  3. I don’t get why all of the bloggers are suddenly posting about this NOW… I’ve had Hilton Gold through my Amex Platinum for YEARS at this point. Is it just much more noticeable because they’ve suddenly starting allowing people to enroll online, whereas previously you had to call in? Also, why are they allowing people to enroll online for Hilton Gold but still making people call in for SPG Gold? Pfft…