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Now, the card has a few lucrative bonuses beyond the sign-up bonus of two free weekend nights, including:
- Hilton HHonors Gold status for as long as you have the card
- A free weekend night certificate upon your account anniversary every year when you spend $10,000 on the card
- Hilton HHonors Diamond status for any calendar year in which you spend $40,000 on the card
So is it worth putting $40,000 of spend per year on the card to get Diamond status over Gold status?
On paper the differences between Gold and Diamond status aren’t huge so I wasn’t actually convinced it would be worth it, though figured I’d give it a shot and report back. I shared my observations as an HHonors Diamond member, and for the most part didn’t find there to be a huge difference in terms of the experience as a Gold vs. Diamond guest.
I actually only just realized this week that my Diamond status is valid through March of next year. For whatever reason I thought Diamond status earned through credit card spend would only be valid for the remainder of the year in which it’s earned and then the first few months of the following year.
As it turns out it’s actually valid through March of 2015, so has quite a bit of life left.
While I wasn’t about to put another $40,000 of spend on the card this year, I did realize that there’s a strategy to optimize earning Diamond status through credit card spend, if you’re so inclined.
Rather than putting $40,000 of spend on the card every year, you could put $40,000 of spend on the card every other year:
- I earned Diamond status last year by putting $40,000 of spend on the card
- Rather than putting another $40,000 of spend on the card this year, I could instead wait until 2015 and then try to put $40,000 of spend on the card in the first three months of the year (while my Diamond status is still valid), and then the Diamond status would be extended once again for the remainder of the year and the entire following year
Like I said above, I’m not convinced it’s actually worth putting the spend on the card for Diamond status, though it’s definitely a better option than putting $40,000 of spend on the card every year. And with some of the more creative spend options out there, it shouldn’t be impossible to spend $40,000 on a card in a quarter.
For what it’s worth this trick should work for both the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card and the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass Card, both of which give you Diamond status after $40,000 worth of spend on either credit card.
Ultimately I do find the Citi Hilton Reserve Card to be worth keeping long term for the Gold status that you get for as long as you have the card, and I also find it worthwhile to put $10,000 of spend on the card per year, as you get a free weekend night certificate for doing so.
Whether or not the $40,000 of spend is worthwhile or not probably depends on your personal circumstances and which properties you’d stay at. At the very least it’s worth employing the above strategy to only have to spend $40,000 on the card every other year.