Hilton Gold status is great. I received gold status a few years ago signing up as a MBA graduate, and I think i have it through 2020. That offer is gone though. There’s a new one where you get Gold Status after 4 stays,
Hilton is definitely my go to brand simply because gold status has so many great benefits. Usually will get a better room, or upgrade, and free breakfast no matter which property. Front desk agents are also more willing to give a late or early check out/in.
Currently there’s a live promo where if you stay 4 times within 90 days/3 months, you can get Hilton Honors gold status. This is very lucrative and I would suggest jumping on board if you’re headed somewhere with a Hilton branded property.
Once a member obtains Elite status, the member may keep such status for the calendar year in which the Elite tier was earned and the subsequent calendar year.
You probably want to wait until 2019 to complete the 4th stay so you get elite status in 2019 and 2020.