Recently I became a Hhonors gold member - and soon will hit diamond. The key benefit with gold is a free upgrade - so right now, I'm at a doubletree in downtown pittsburgh and paid for the cheapest room they have (two dbl beds for $120/night). Hey - free upgrade! Now in in a suite with a living room, study, and very, very good king size bed. Sweeeet... If you travel - do your best to stick to one provider each for car, hotel, and flights!
Pittsburgh is nice - very green and hilly.