Citi Hilton Reserve 2 Free Nights PLUS $100 Statement Credit

by on June 3, 2014 · 28 comments

in Citi, Credit Cards, Hilton

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Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card has expired. View the current offer here

The Citi Hilton Reserve card is one of the most lucrative hotel cards out there. The two free weekend night signup bonus (after spending $2,500 within 4 months of account opening) can be super valuable. I used mine at the $1,000+ a night Conrad Maldives, but you can use them at pretty much any Hilton resort that has standard award room availability. In addition to this, Citi is now offering $100 in statement when you spend $100 or more on a Hilton stay within the first 3 months of account opening. You earn 10 Hilton points per dollar spent on Hilton stays and in addition, Hilton is offering double points or airline miles from May 1- July 31, so a summer stay could be pretty lucrative.
Hilton Reserve Two Free Nights

Offer Details:
Considering you can use these free nights at properties that charge 95,000 HHonors points per night and you get another free night every year you spend $10,000 on the card (another 95,000 point payday) this is one of the most lucrative hotel cards on the market- especially for those who like to stay at high-end, aspirational properties.
Other Key Benefits
Complimentary Hilton Gold
status (free breakfast) as long as you have the card open (no spend requirement)
Hilton Diamond status with $40,000 in spend per year
No foreign transaction fees Chip + Signature technology
Visa Signature perks (like luxury hotel program and travel protection)

Even though Hilton devalued their program massively last year, this card is a no-brainer for the two free weekend nights alone, plus this statement credit with a Hilton stay basically wipes out the $95 annual fee for the first year. It is still not even half-way through the year, so if you can swing $10,000 in spend, getting a $750+ in value from that free weekend night is not hard to do.  I don’t know how long the $100 statement credit will be around- my contacts have simply said this will be “limited time”. I’ll update as soon as I hear any concrete end-date news, but this is definitely the best offer I’ve ever seen on this card since it was launched in 2012.

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  • Ben

    FYI, the $10K is CARDMEMBER year (not to be confused with Calendar Year)

  • j midtown

    Can you upgrade to this card from the free Citi Hilton card (and get the benefits?)

  • joeypore

    Does this normally come with first yer fee waived? Or no? Can’t seem to remember…but if so, the $100 statement credit is simply more restrictive. If not, then that’s great! May have to finally get this card…

    Although the AMEX Plat giving Hilton Gold makes it not quite as lucrative.

  • thepointsguy

    Nope- the fee is not normally waived so this $100 is a nice bonus

  • thepointsguy

    If you upgrade you likely won’t get the signup bonus.. So I’d probably apply a new cardholder to make sure you get the whole deal

  • Savvy Consumer

    I upgraded from the basic Hilton card to the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card and was able to secure the two weekend nights certificate, which I then cashed in at Waldorf Astoria Maui. Great value for money. (Thanks TPG!) I’d suggest you confirm the offer with a rep before applying. I confirmed it with the rep before he ‘upgraded’ me to the new card.

  • Points_Newbee

    Would you use this card over the Sapphire Preferred if it’s not at a Hilton property?

  • thepointsguy

    Nope..2.14x Ultimate Rewards are worth wayyyy more than 3 HIlton points per dollar spent on non-Hilton hotel spend

  • Points_Newbee

    Thanks! I’m new to the whole points thing. Debating if the Hilton card is worth it since I don’t travel that much right now.

  • Xiao Fang

    Hi, have you also get the 100 statement credit?

  • Mitch

    Where can I see the restrictions on what Hilton hotels I can use this card at?

  • Traderlatino

    Got it!!!

  • Savvy Consumer

    No, I didn’t. This was last year when the $100 credit offer was not around.

  • caroline

    Did you get a hard pull for the upgrade?

  • Savvy Consumer

    No, I didn’t get any hard pull. I got an email from Citi saying it was a special invitation to upgrade.

  • Xiao Fang

    Got it. Thanks

  • Susakajo

    We have Plat Amex, Citi Exec Mcd, and the elite Marriott Mcd. Also have a Starwood Amex that is never used. Would this Hilton card or getting a new Starwood Amex be better? Or something with the Chase Ultimate Rewards? My husband is aiming for the high annual spend on the Citi card to get the 10K elite miles toward exec plat on American, and almost there. We travel a lot, mostly oneworld flights, Marriotts & Starwoods. But the Hilton free nights could be used for some leisure travel, eg to Hawaii

  • Angelo

    My plan is for me and the wife to open it and have 4 free nights at some where insane. How long is the 2 free night certificate valid for? I plan on traveling next year and wanted to time it so I have 3 free nights per card, so we could have 6 nights some where insanely luxurious.

  • wendy

    Excellent card! I was able to redeem my 2 free nights for the Conrad Maldives with rooms starting at $2800/night at the time that I’m going :) Hubby got the card too and we cashed our all our extra HHonors for 5 nights at Maldives and a few more at Conrad HK. Excited!

  • Kioly

    You can use it at any Hilton chain hotel except for those on the following list:

    Availability tends to be good, but to double check look for a “standard reward” at the hotel you want.

  • papagorodeas

    Darn…I just applied and was accepted for this card like 3 days ago. When does the $100 statement credit apply? Is Citi any good with covering bonuses retroactively (if close) like Chase does?

  • Chris

    What is considered a weekend stay? Thursday night thru Sunday?

  • jerry

    these are only good for weekend nights, so you’ll probably have to split up your trip or pay for some weeknights in between

  • Kalv

    Non-Hilton Hotel spend would be 5 points instead of 3. Of course, 2.14 UR is better.

  • nick

    Can you buy a $100 gift card and get a statement credit or do you have to pay for an actual stay?

  • Broheme

    Good question! I’d like to know as well.

  • RussianInNYC

    Do you guys have a printout of the T&C with $100 credit? Citi says that offer was not registered for my account even though I have applied within the offer window – so I need to mail them some sort of the proof that this offer existed as CS say they are not aware of any offer that had $100 credit.

  • Rajeev Jog

    How soon after the min. $2,500 spend do you get the certificates? I have an upcoming trip to New Orleans coming up in October, is it worth redeeming for 2 nights at around $180/night? Or should I use 50K HH pesos / night?

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