Citi Hilton Reserve Card: $100 Statement Credit Ending Soon

by on July 16, 2014 · 17 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 top travel credit cards on the market and one that I’ve had for a couple years and plan to have in perpetuity as long as the card 1) Offers Gold status as long as you have the credit card open 2) Offers Diamond Status at $40,000 a year in spend and 3) Offers a yearly free weekend night at basically any Hilton Honors property after $10,000 in spend per calendar year. That free night benefit is huge and more than pays for the $95 annual fee.
Hilton Reserve Two Free Nights

Last month Citi also started offering a $100 statement credit after $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton HHonors Portfolio within the first 3 months of account opening. This extra value is just icing on the cake and I’ve just been told it will be going away this Friday. Now, it may still be offered for a while in other channels, like on or in targeted offers, but if you’ve been thinking about getting a solid hotel credit card, now is probably as good as it’s going to get. 

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  • Scott

    Hey Brian,
    We have less than 2 months left to using our free 2 weekend night sign-up bonus thanks to your recommendation for this card last year. BTW since the All-Inclusive Hilton brands are excluded from the free night Certs.
    Do you have any suggestions to the “best” (or biggest bang to use a
    free Cert.) Hilton you have stayed at in the US?

  • Ramsey

    I’d suggest the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. It’s an amazing property!

  • azulblanca

    Brian, is this card churnable?

  • Zila

    Where do you want/plan to go? Any hilton in NYC is great, or any in DC, Miami etc. there are also great properties in Europe, especially London and Rome. You decide, they are all good. For the best bang for the buck go for any big city Hilton anywhere.

  • Vern

    Completed the $2500 spend requirement back in June. I still haven’t received my 2 free weekend nights. Is that supposed to be added into your hhonors account digitally or is it supposed to be a physical certificate mailed to your home address? Thanks!

  • Thomas Slaugh

    I used mine at the El Conquistador Waldorf Astoria in Puerto Rico. HUGE complex, which can be a turnoff if you don’t get a good room (stay in Las Brisas wing or in the Marina). Palomino Island (the resort’s own private island) was excellent.
    At the same time, eat off premises. Some good restaurants right around the corner.

  • PR@TPG

    Great question! Look for a post on this next week.

  • Nick

    I got 40,000 Hilton points last year for joining the no- fee version of this. Free silver status on that card too. I wouldn’t want to spend $10,000 on this card, even for a free night. That’s not a good type of points to be accumulating vs mileage cards like SP. Hilton points just aren’t that valuable.

  • tigermark82

    I agree with Nick that spending $10,000 a year + $95 AF is not worth a free night. You’re essentially paying $295 for a free night. If you’re planning on staying at an expensive Hilton property, then go for this card, but I wouldn’t pay the annual fee after the first year unless you really value gold status.

  • Grumpy Eric

    I have chosen Hyatt as my hotel of choice, but I’ve been thinking about using Hilton as well. I don’t mind paying for an annual fee as long as one of two conditions are met: 1) I actually use the card a lot like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or 2) the annual benefit of a card at least makes up for the annual fee such as the yearly 6,000 points with my Chase Southwest Preferred card. This card is tempting for the instant gold status, but I don’t think it is worth it compared to the annual fee and the $10k spend for a free night.

    Someone convince me otherwise, please.

  • Scott

    Hey Zila we would be traveling with family of 4 (2 kids) to maybe Chicago as the flights are not too bad using Delta FF.

  • zila

    you were supposed to get an email from Hilton within 3-4 weeks with the certificate. Mine arrived after 2 weeks.

  • zila

    Hi Scott, I just came back from Chicago, where I stayed at the Palmer House, which is a Hilton property. There were 6 of us, my daughter, her husband and their 3 boys, and myself. We got 2 rooms, each with 2 queen beds. We have gold membership so we got free breakfast to all of us etc. It was great! There are a few other nice Hilton properties and Chicago is a great city for kids. Don’t miss the Shadd Aquarium and the Millenium Park is just across the street from the Plamer House. Good Luck!

  • Scott

    Hey Zila
    Thanks so much your reply could not have been more timely.
    We did choose Chicago as DL flights and FF out of ATL is as low as I recall for quite some time. (no
    idea why but not complaining)
    SO we were on the phone with HHoners last night for just over 2 hrs trying to book a Standard room (2 queens) at the Waldorf with our Certs. While we were on the phone the 1st night Standard room “went away” nothing the Rep. nor her supervisor could do. She even tried to get us in the same room but handicapped but the Cert would not work.
    So we are in the Waldorf for the 2nd night of our stay but still looking at a family friendly hotel for the 1st night. I went from the highest of highs with using my 2 Certs. at the Waldorf to the lowest of lows.
    Urgh.. I feel like its like trying to use my DL Comp Tix.

  • zila

    I would skip the Waldorf, and try the Palmer House. It too is very fancy, historic and a perfect location to the “T” and other Chicago sites. When you call to reserve the rooms, first ask for a room for 1 night, and when that is reserved, ask for the second night with the second certificate. At least that worked for me. Once you have both nights done, call again and tell them that it is actually one stay, so they will not make you check out and check in again. Also the prices at the Palmer may not be very high, so you may be able to pay or even stay for a third night, like we did.
    Best wishes!

  • Ashker

    So, what would count towards the $100 credit? Buying a hilton gift card? Or, an advanced reservation beyond the first 3 months?

  • Traderlatino

    HELP!!! Got the card 6/12/14 and Citi says that I don’t applied for the card with the $100 credit and they refuse to give me the credit. I show them a link with the offer and they said that understand my frustration but that there is nothing they could do. Any idea what to do? Thanks guys

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