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The Citi Hilton Reserve Card is one of the more lucrative hotel credit cards out there, and one I’ve had in my wallet since it was introduced.
The current sign-up bonus on the card offers:
- Two free weekend nights at most Hilton family properties after spending $2,500 within four months of account opening
- Plus for a limited time receive a $100 statement credit after spending $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton HHonors portfolio within the first three months of account opening
But it’s not just the sign-up bonus that makes the card great, but also the perks and bonus thresholds for putting spend on the card:
- Hilton HHonors Gold status for as long as you have the card, which gets you complimentary breakfast, lounge access, and internet (which I consider to be the most valuable elite hotel perks)
- A complimentary weekend night certificate for any cardmember year (different than calendar year) in which you spend $10,000 on the card
- Hilton HHonors Diamond status for any year in which you spend $40,000 on the card
I’ve been asked a few questions about the restrictions on the weekend night certificates, which you receive as part of the sign-up bonus and on your account anniversary when you spend $10,000 on the card in a year.
Weekend night certificates — what qualifies as a weekend night?
For the purposes of this card, weekend nights include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
Weekend night certificates — can they be redeemed at all properties?
The only properties at which these weekend night certificates can’t be redeemed are the following, which are all inclusive properties and “distinctive” properties:
All Inclusive Properties:
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Central Pacific -Costa Rica
Hilton Bodrum Turkbuku Resort & Spa
Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa
Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort
Hilton Hurghada Plaza Hotel
Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort
Hilton Nuweiba Coral Resort
Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa
Hilton Puerto Vallarta
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Hilton Sharks Bay Resort
Conrad Koh Samui Residences
Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk
Kingston Plantation Condos
Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences
Royale Palms Condominiums
Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel-Center Strip
Grand Waikikian Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations
Hilton Club New York
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites – Las Vegas (Convention Center)
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at South Beach
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on International Drive
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip
Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
Kings Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
Parc Soleil Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations
Park City Hilton Grand Vacations
Valdoro Mountain Lodge by Hilton Grand Vacations Suites
West 57th Street by Hilton Club
Ho’olei at Grand Wailea
Las Casitas, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Qasr Al Sharq, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Aside from that you can redeem your weekend night certificates at any property as long as there’s a standard room available for sale. Under Hilton’s current award chart they have “seasonal” pricing, whereby some properties require more points seasonally. You absolutely can redeem these weekend night certificates at destinations during peak season.
So you can book the Conrad Koh Samui when it would cost 95,000 points per night:
Or the Conrad Maldives when it would cost 95,000 points per night:
So it’s not too tough to get 190,000 HHonors points worth of “value” out of the sign-up bonus.
How do you redeem weekend night certificates?
Reservations using the weekend night certificates have to be booked by phone, though it’s a fairly easy process. As long as there are standard rooms available online (meaning there would also be “standard room reward” points availability), you should be able to redeem your weekend night certificate there as well.
This is a great card given both the sign-up bonus and the perks that the card offers long term. Comparatively the weekend night certificates have become more valuable since last year’s Hilton devaluation, whereby they jacked up the rates at their top properties from 50,000 points to 95,000 points per night.