I received an email recently stating that if I stay 6 times between April 1 and June 30, I will be able to keep the Gold membership status upgrade that I received for one year. I have plans for some trips in the next couple of months, but I was intending to either purchase nights with points or use some Cat. 1-4 free night certificates. Just wondering, do either of these methods count towards the 6 nights I need to keep my Gold status?
I would still consider taking advantage of the Gold offer, as since you seem to travel a lot, do not forget you would get benefits such as free breakfast and a higher point bonus for the gold level. That is, if you can use your stay vouchers at a later date with no expiration. Something to consider I guess. I think I would jump on it. 6 stays is a lot in that time period, 6 nights would be a lot better to accomplish in that time.
Yes, that is approximately what he email I received says. In which case, I would enjoy the benefits of gold until that time next year, and likely not stay enough times to renew it. Gold is very tempting, but I have 2 free night vouchers that expire in two months. And since I only travel for leisure, not business, it can be hard to find the time to go places to use my free nights, plus 6 more...
I know that back in the day, Hilton made me a similar offer after I dropped from 100+ nights a year to like 10. They indicated to me that if I did a certain amount of nights by a certain date, they would permit me to stay at my about to expire Diamond status. I did not do it, as I found sticking with one property(Marriott!) paid off for me better in the end. So the offer made to you is not totally unheard of, it is just a matter of if you can or want to do it.