Hilton HHonors has the best mid-tier hotel status, in my opinion, a mix of easy to get (they give it away for the price of a credit card signup) and rich benefits (it includes breakfast).
It turns out they also give it away to some corporate customers.
It’s intended for Accenture employees, although it doesn’t appear they’re working especially hard to validate employer. There are likely other similar offers to major corporate customers as well.
Bottom- and mid-tier hotel status is more or less a giveaway. Starwood Gold comes with the American Express Platinum card, but the benefits are mostly the same (other than bonus points-earning for in-hotel spend) as what co-brand credit card holders receive. Marriott Gold is given away to United Gold elite members and higher. IHG Rewards Club Platinum, now only mid-tier, comes with its credit card.
For years airlines and hotels have aggressively gone after corporate business. Employees of large corporations can often get status matches through their travel managers or travel portals.
Last year I had Hilton Diamond comped as an American Airlines Executive Platinum. It didn’t win them much business from me. I have no idea how well they did with the campaign overall, but it was a logical strategy to try for sure.
Customers who give a chain room nights for their status don’t usually love it that others can come along and get the same benefits by virtue of who they work for, or what other status they hold. So loyalty programs historically haven’t advertised broadly these offers. But very little that’s targeted says quiet long anymore.
Terms and conditions:
*Offer valid for current employees of Accenture for stays booked and completed between May 2, 2016, and August 31, 2016, at participating hotels within the Hilton Portfolio of hotels and resorts. Eligible stays must be booked under the Accenture corporate rate and booked via approved business travel booking channels. Employees completing eligible stays must be members of the Hilton HHonors™ reward program and register for this promotion to earn Bonus Points and immediate Gold Elite status for current Blue and Silver Elite HHonors members. Current Gold Elite and Diamond Elite HHonors members will remain at their current Elite tier status and will be eligible to earn Bonus Points. HHonors members must complete four stays at Hilton Portfolio hotels during the Promotional Period for HHonors members to maintain Gold Elite status through March 31, 2018. For each completed night within the Promotional Period, HHonors members will receive 1,000 HHonors Bonus Points, regardless of a check-in date before the Promotional Period begins or a check-out date after the Promotional Period ends. Bonus Points do not count toward HHonors Elite tier qualification. Please allow four to six weeks from completion of your stay for bonus points to appear in your Hilton HHonors account. This offer may not be combined with other select promotions, offer or discounts and is not valid for existing reservations or groups. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles when booking direct and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. ©2016 Hilton Worldwide.