Citi and Hilton hotels recently released their premier joint offer, the new Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card. New cardholders who spend a minimum of $2,500 within 4 months of opening their account will receive a sign-up bonus good for 2 free weekend night passes with no restrictions. Weekend reservations usually carry a premium rate, especially at choice locations, which makes this bonus worth up to $500 or more, depending on where you stay.
This is also a great travel credit card, as it has both a magnetic strip and a smart chip, which is the primary form of reading credit cards in Europe and many overseas locations. In addition to being able to use the card with ease wherever you travel, you can avoid paying foreign transaction fees, which are waived with this card (most credit card issuers charge 3% of the purchase when using your card overseas). Add in the premium rewards program, the bonus nights you get for joining, and the perks you receive at Hilton owned properties, and you have the makings of a valuable travel rewards credit card, especially for the frequent traveler.
Free HHonors Gold Membership status with card-membership. Gold Membership is second highest membership tier at Hilton Resorts and it is a valuable benefit, good for free high-speed internet access, free continental breakfast, upgrades to preferred rooms when available, and more. You can learn more about these benefits here.
Earn Additional Free weekend stays. Cardholders who spend $10,000 or more on their card each year can earn an additional weekend night certificate on their anniversary.
Annual fees and other notes: There is a $95 annual fee, which is not waived during the first year. This is easily recouped during your initial weekend night stay, and with the other benefits earned through the HHonors Gold Membership, such as the free internet connection, continental breakfast, and room upgrades. The lack of foreign transaction fees also gives cardholders an opportunity to recoup the annual fee.
Where you can use your free weekend night certificate: You can redeem your rewards at virtually any Hilton Property, which includes famous brands such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, and more. To maximize the most value from your free weekend passes, you might consider redeeming them the next time you are in one of the more premium locations, as your passes don’t have location restrictions. Depending on where you stay, your voucher could be worth well over $500.
Here are a few of the finer points from the fine print:
A weekend night certificate is valid for one (1) weekend night standard accommodation at category 1-7 hotels and select Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, subject to availability and excluding All-Inclusive or Hilton Grand Vacation properties. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts that do not offer standard rooms are excluded. Weekend night certificate is valid at participating hotels in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio for twelve (12) months after the date of issuance, as noted on the certificate. The weekend night certificate applies to one (1) weekend night in a standard room and corresponding taxes; and does not apply to gratuities, resort fees or incidental charges. Redemption of certificate is subject to availability, terms stated on certificate, and rules of selected property. You must follow all terms stated on the certificate when redeeming or certificate may not be honored.
Here is more information about the rewards program and other notes about the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card:
- Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening*
- Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton HHonors portfolio*
- Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
- Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
- Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
- No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
- Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card
- Earn an anniversary bonus of 1 weekend night certificate at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio each cardmembership year with qualifying purchases*
Who this offer is good for: If you are a frequent traveler or enjoy staying in fine hotels, then this is a solid rewards card which might fit your needs. The free weekend night certificate, graduated rewards program, ability to earn additional free nights stay, the ease of using this card overseas, and no foreign transaction fees make this an excellent choice for the frequent traveler.
To learn more or to apply for a card, visit the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card site.