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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –  Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card

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:

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