New gold member and I'm impressed!

Old Dec 27, 12, 2:14 pm
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New gold member and I'm impressed!

Just checked into the Hilton at T4 LHR, it's my second stay since recently becoming gold, and I have to say I'm very impressed with the treatment.

Welcomed very personally as gold both times, and upgraded both times too.

Looking forward to diamond if this is anything to go by!
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Old Dec 27, 12, 2:33 pm
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New gold member and I'm impressed!

I've had the opposite experience since reaching Diamond. So far I'm struggling to find any major differences between the 2 levels whilst SPG platinum and gold is like night and day.
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Old Dec 27, 12, 3:03 pm
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Don't worry, tote enthusiasm will be knocked out of you with indifferent service and upgrades that are conjured up from nowhere.

I have stayed at the Bogota Hilton many times as a blue, silver, gold, and now diamond, I always get the spiel, but always the same type of room.

Don't get excited. You get what you pay for, no more.

Status with Hilton is no more than a three-card trick.
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Old Dec 27, 12, 3:12 pm
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Originally Posted by jeffers View Post
Just checked into the Hilton at T4 LHR, it's my second stay since recently becoming gold, and I have to say I'm very impressed with the treatment.

Welcomed very personally as gold both times, and upgraded both times too.

Looking forward to diamond if this is anything to go by!
Agree with you. I have been gold for 3 years through credit card(I know not what posters like to hear) and stay 8-10 times a year and have gotten great treatment. Last two times got upgraded at Waldorf Astoria in NY and have great luck with exec floor upgrades. I think it is the best mid tier hotel program.
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Old Dec 27, 12, 7:14 pm
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Originally Posted by kippax View Post
I've had the opposite experience since reaching Diamond. So far I'm struggling to find any major differences between the 2 levels whilst SPG platinum and gold is like night and day.
Barely any difference. HH is the worst at top tier vs mid tier differential.
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Old Dec 27, 12, 8:14 pm
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Originally Posted by jeffers View Post
Just checked into the Hilton at T4 LHR, it's my second stay since recently becoming gold, and I have to say I'm very impressed with the treatment.

Welcomed very personally as gold both times, and upgraded both times too.

Looking forward to diamond if this is anything to go by!
Good for you! Hilton Gold is great. Free breakfast & wi-fi guaranteed & a decent upgrade chance. If people don't like it, don't stay at Hilton or participate in HHonors. So there
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Old Dec 27, 12, 11:25 pm
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Originally Posted by nccarguy View Post
Agree with you. I have been gold for 3 years through credit card(I know not what posters like to hear) and stay 8-10 times a year and have gotten great treatment. Last two times got upgraded at Waldorf Astoria in NY and have great luck with exec floor upgrades. I think it is the best mid tier hotel program.

+1 .
I def. agree. Staying at SPG as gold won't even get you recognized as a preferred Gold member much less anything upgrade or special treatment.
(like nada, none whatsoever).
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Old Dec 27, 12, 11:32 pm
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Originally Posted by shoreline View Post
+1 .
I def. agree. Staying at SPG as gold won't even get you recognized as a preferred Gold member much less anything upgrade or special treatment.
(like nada, none whatsoever).
+1
HHonors Gold beats SPG Gold hands down.
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Old Dec 28, 12, 2:24 pm
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LHR Hilton

I love that hotel. I fly Delta and it is a short walk to check in.
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Old Dec 28, 12, 7:06 pm
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Originally Posted by jeffers View Post
Just checked into the Hilton at T4 LHR, it's my second stay since recently becoming gold, and I have to say I'm very impressed with the treatment.

Welcomed very personally as gold both times, and upgraded both times too.

Looking forward to diamond if this is anything to go by!
Good to hear....shifting IHG stays for HH Gold in 2013 so will give HH a spin and see how it goes. Hilton has good coverage in my areas so should be a nice complement to primary SPG Plat/Delta Plat.
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