By going to this link, you can get instant Hilton Gold Status through August 31, 2016.
Gold status with Hilton gets you:
25% more bonus points
Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Room Upgrades when space is available
This status will come in handy as I just booked a family vacation down to Maui based on the United sale fare yesterday and we are planning on using points for Hilton.
There is a way to extend this status by an additional year by making four stays, but it requires using an Accenture corporate code which can be found here.
Last time I was Gold, I got upgraded to an Executive Room at the Hilton Beijing and got access to the full breakfast buffet.