<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Sweet Willie: The last promotion for Gold status required 4 stays within a certain time frame and was the EWRDC promo.</font>
FWIW, with the EWRDC promo, the "4 stays" part was required for bonus points, but Gold status was given immediately.
If you plan to stay at HH properties on a regular basis, you can let a friend refer you. That way they will get 1000 points for your first 5 stays every year.
Once you sign up, submit a missing stay request for the stay you already had. HH gives you a leeway of 30 days, iirc, but I know of several cases of those posting (with all the elite bonuses and promotions) when many months passed between the stay and the sign up.
If this delay stay was paid for by the airline, your stay may not count since this would be considered an industry rate not eligible for points accumulation. If you paid for it yourself, then you should be able to claim it. Just go to the HHonors site where you can register, since the phone centre will likely be closed today for the US President's Day holiday.
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by G2: I am about to join Hilton Honors so I can transfer some orphan CO miles to my HH account. Is anyone aware of any current bonuses for joining the HH program? </font>
Also, if you have a friend who is an Hhonors member - have them get credit for you as a referral. If you stay at any properties, I think they will get 1000 bonus points for each stay (up to some limit or time limit, I think).