Updated on June 16, 2015
Hilton Honors is giving free HHonors GOLD status to MBA graduates of select business schools.
Perhaps Hilton is hoping to get to them first to earn some loyalty as they start their careers. After business school, I lived in a hotel for several years while working as a consultant (much of that time in Hilton hotels). The terms and conditions state that you must receive this offer in the mail, but that does not appear to really be required. You can try to see if it works for you – click the appropriate link below and enter your .edu email address.
Gold is not their top elite status, however, it will get you a few very valuable perks. For example, the free internet and breakfast can be especially valuable at an island property like The Conrad Maldives which I'll be visiting later this year. The food there is extremely expensive so many people have a big late breakfast and skip lunch. Don't expect upgrades — even with Diamond status, I rarely ever received any upgrades. Click here to see the other Hilton Gold benefits.
This works even if you did not get your MBA but did attend some of these schools for a different degree. For example, if you did your MBA at Cornell, your email address looks like everyone else's so anyone at Cornell should be able to get Gold status. Some schools include their school name in the email address, for example firstname.lastname@example.org, so your email address will have to follow this format, otherwise it won't work.
Expires: June 30, 2014
Here are school links:
– Harvard (status until 2020)
– Berkeley (status until 2016)
– NYU (status until 2016)
– Dartmouth (status until 2020)
– Northwestern (status until 2020)
– Duke (status until 2020)
– Cornell (status until 2016)
– Emory (status until 2016)
– Georgetown (status until 2020)
There are probably other links out there too – if you find one please let me know.
HT: Loyalty Lobby for posting these links