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On Monday I wrote about an improved sign-up bonus for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card, which is currently offering a $100 statement credit when you spend $100 or more on a Hilton stay in the first three months — that’s in addition to the two free weekend nights you earn by making $2,500 in purchases in the first four months. The TPG team has written previously about how to maximize those free nights, so today I want to explore the $100 credit and give you some ideas for putting it to good use.
To qualify for the statement credit, you must use your Citi Hilton Reserve card to cover charges of at least $100 during your Hilton stay, including restaurants, lounges, retail stores, spas, and of course your room itself. Since the charges must be attached to a folio involving an actual stay, unfortunately you can’t just head down to the nearest Hilton bar/restaurant and enjoy a free $100 meal. However, there are still plenty of ways to enhance your next Hilton visit with this statement credit.
One Night or Weekend Getaways
The most obvious option is to use the statement credit to cover some portion of your room rate. If you already have a Hilton stay planned, then paying with your card to save $100 is a no-brainer. If you don’t already have a trip in mind, consider leveraging this credit into an inexpensive getaway.
There are plenty of Hilton properties with rates in the $100/night range. For example, the Tropicana in Las Vegas (which is a Hilton DoubleTree property) has rooms starting at $79/night on many dates this spring. Factoring in the $25/night resort fee, you could get what amounts to one almost free night or nearly 50% off a two-night stay with the $100 statement credit.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Visit
Spas are specifically listed as qualifying purchases in the terms and conditions for the $100 statement credit, so you could essentially get $100 off a spa treatment during your next Hilton stay. For example, a 60-minute aromatherapy massage at the Wellness Center Spa in the Hilton San Francisco Financial District costs $130, but you could effectively get it for $30 when you factor in the statement credit.
Plenty of other Hilton properties have spas on site, like the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa, the Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii, the Conrad Miami Hotel, and most of the ones on this list of 8 Hilton properties that make for awesome award redemptions. To save even more, check out Nick Ewen’s post on how to Maximize Points, Miles, and Dollars at the Spa.
Eat Your Fill
Restaurants are also included in the list of eligible purchases, so you can apply the $100 statement credit to meals at dining establishments on property during your next stay. Not all hotel restaurants will allow you to bill charges to your room, so you should ask in advance to make sure your meal will qualify.
One good option would be Finn & Porter at the Hilton Austin — a steak, seafood, and sushi joint where you’ll find no shortage of worthy menu options. Of course there are plenty of others, so please share your favorite on-property Hilton restaurants in the comments below.
The terms and conditions specifically include restaurants, lounges, retail stores, and spas, but they don’t specifically exclude other charges. For example, the Hilton Sedona Golf Resort and Spa lets you bill green fees to your room, so in theory those charges should be eligible toward the $100 statement credit. You might also be able to apply charges like rentals, tours, or other experiences booked through the hotel. If you can bill it to your room, there’s a good chance it will work.
This isn’t the first time Citi has offered the $100 statement credit as an added perk, so I’d love to hear from readers who have used it in the past about which charges qualified and which did not. Please share your experiences in the comments below, and help your fellow readers make the most of this benefit!