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Limited Time Offer: 50,000 Hilton Points and $50 Statement Credit on Citi Hilton Visa

by on March 18, 2014 · 21 comments

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Update: This offer has expired, view the current offer for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card here.

The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa has just launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer of 50,000 points (ending April 18, 2014 as of now) when you spend $1,000 in the first 4 months, plus a $50 statement credit after spending $50 on your first stay at any hotel and resort within the Hilton HHonors Portfolio during the first 6 months of cardmembership. The bonus on this card is usually 40,000 points for spending the same $1,000 in 4 months, and no statement credit, so you’re getting an additional 10,000 points and $50 in value here depending on whether you can fit a Hilton stay in.

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In terms of earning you will receive 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at a participating hotel within the Hilton HHonors portfolio, 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations and 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases. Another benefit of this card is that it comes with no annual fee.

You will also receive automatic Hilton HHonors Silver status as long as you’re a cardmember and this card offers a fast track to Gold status where if you complete four stays within the first 90 days, you qualify and get benefits like a 25% points bonus on stays and free internet.

All in all, this is a solid if not wow-worthy card, and a good starter version for the Hilton folks out there since it comes with automatic low-tier status and no annual fee. That said, if you are thinking about a Hilton Card, the Surpass card from Amex is offering a bonus of 60,000 points when you spend $3,000 in 3 months, though it has a $75 annual fee.

A far better option is the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, which comes with a much more valuable sign-up bonus of 2 free weekend night certificates when you spend $2,500 in 4 months after first qualifying Hilton stay. That alone can be worth thousands of dollars – and when you spend $10,000 in a membership year on the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, you get an additional free weekend night certificate bringing your total potential in the first year to three free nights, all of which more than makes up for its $95 annual fee. Plus, it confers automatic Gold status and you can buy your way to Diamond status by spending $40,000 in a calendar year.

Still, if you’re just looking for a quick points-haul and a Hilton card with no annual fee, this is as high as we’ve seen the bonus on this card in recent history, and the $50 statement credit is a nice way to sweeten the deal.

For more information on Hilton HHonors and its co-branded credit cards, check out these posts:

Is this new offer enticing enough for you to apply?

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Todd March 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Does Citi charge Vanilla Reloads as a cash advance?

Will D. March 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I’ve collected a lot of IHG points and am now looking to grow my Hilton balance ahead of a few trips I have planned. I’m relatively new to the game and was wondering if Citi allowed you to hold both the Signature and the Reserve card. Does Amex allow you to carry both cards as well? Thanks in advance for your help!

Justin March 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

That was easy. Approved! Will add to the 240,000 Hilton points I’m continuing to hoard before they announce another devaluation…yay!

Winelover March 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Can I apply for this card and get the bonus even though I have the Citi Hilton Reserve already?

zev March 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Hi, can you use the $50 credit to buy a Hilton gift card??

thepointsguy March 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Doesn’t look that way: “In order to qualify for this one-time statement credit, the minimum $50
purchase requirement must be met and will include charges at hotel
restaurants, lounges, retail stores, or spas, which are charged to the
cardmember’s hotel room bill and settled using the Citi® Hilton HHonors™
Visa Signature® card upon checkout.”

Danny March 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I wonder if I could get this no-fee card, get the bonus, and then ask to upgrade to the Reserve and get the free nights?

Justin March 18, 2014 at 6:06 pm

No I can confirm they don’t.

Justin March 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Yes. I have the Reserve and just got the 2 free night certs and was approved for this card with the bonus. I secure messaged Citi and they said that i will qualify for the bonus once I meet the req.’s.

doctorofcredit March 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

No

doctorofcredit March 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

What you can do is use your points to book a room and then charge $50 or more to your room to qualify for the bonus.

doctorofcredit March 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Yes

doctorofcredit March 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Why bother?

Justin March 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

No AF and another line to add to total available…if there was an AF I’d skip it but doesn’t hurt anything.

Fanfoot March 18, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Might be a good time to remind people of how much Hilton points are worth, which is to say NOT MUCH. A reasonable vaulation for a Hilton HHonors point is about .4 cents. So this 50,000 point offer is basically $200. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply for it if you do your comparison shopping, but you can get much better value from other cards/programs. 50,000 American Airlines miles for example are worth a LOT more.

The more you know…

Ed March 19, 2014 at 8:38 am

Can you use the weekend certificates at properties in NYC?

Ben McKelfresh March 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I’d rather have 50K SPG points! I could easily get $1000 of value out of that.

PointsReader March 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Does Citi still allow multiple of the same card and still give the sign-up bonus? Or is that a thing of the past?

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Yccccc April 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

If someone’s application was degraded to Visa Gold version, can this person got the 50,000 points and the 6-3-2 bonus points? Wondering whether I can get the Visa Signature.

Adam June 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

If I were to stay the 4 times to obtain Gold status, would I
continue to have Gold status as long as I have the card, even with the no
yearly fee card? Or is the Gold status only good till a certain time?

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