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There is a pretty cool deal right now that gets you free Hilton HHonors Gold Status if you have a Visa Signature card. Visa Signature seems to be everywhere these days! The Gold Status is good through August 31st and will be extended until March 2013 if you use your Visa Signature for three stays between now and August 31st.
Gold Status with Hilton is pretty good – it gets you free breakfast for two adults in the room, potential room upgrades, 25% more points per stay, free internet, elite amenities such as bonus points, or drinks, or in some overseas resort properties……free massages?!! This costs you nothing to get, so even if you aren’t sure you will use it, can’t hurt to have it!
If you are already Gold or higher with Hilton, this promo will give you 5,000 free points! Here’s the best part…… I was able to use one Visa Signature to use this promo to attain Gold Status and then a few minute later another to get 5,000 bonus points for already being Gold. It takes the points 1-2 weeks to post, so we’ll see if they show up, but pretty great! I have been reading mixed reviews online whether the “double dip” feature is still working, but can’t hurt to try!
If you don’t yet have a Visa Signature card, the Chase Sapphire that I recently received is a Visa Signature and it also comes with 50,000 bonus points and no annual fee for the first year. You just have to spend $3,000 in the first three months. I am about half-way there now to be 50,000 points. These points can be transferred to many different airline and hotel programs, including Continental and Hyatt. You can also use them as “cash” towards $625 worth of travel on their site. It is a great way to get started in the points game!