Hilton HHonors has the most beneficial mid-level hotel status (HHonors Gold) of the chains I frequent. Gold basically gives you a free internet access and club level accommodation/free breakfast. You will also receive some extra points and have access to VIP only rewards (basically discounted awards for multiple day stays).
Normally Hilton HHonors Gold status requires 16 stays during a calendar year. Hilton is, however, offering a MVP Fast Track offer where four stays or nine nights during a 90 day period after registering gives you a Gold status. The status is valid until the end of April of the second calendar year i.e. if you qualify this year the status is valid until April 2013.
This MVP program also comes with some nice discounts that you can use at domestic US Hilton properties. You can use corporate ID 0560041604 for Hampton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites® hotels, and N0041604 for Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn hotels and at select U.S. Hilton Grand Vacations Club locations.
You can register for this offer at https://www.hhonors.com/landingpages/mvp.aspx
Terms and conditions of the offer:
Member must complete four qualifying stays or nine qualifying nights (whichever comes sooner) within 90 days of your selected start date for the Fast Track offer. Offer available only for current members of the Hilton Family MVP program and is not transferable. Once you have selected your Start Date and enrolled in the MVP promotion, changes to the Start Date are allowed provided that the new date is not a date in the past and the original start date has not already passed. Once a member reaches Gold VIP status, it will remain in effect through April of the second calendar year following the period in which the member qualified. Full details of Gold VIP membership will be mailed to the member upon attaining the tier level. Offer may be terminated without notice. Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles®, and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. ©2011 Hilton Hotels Corporation.