Limited Time Increased Sign-Up Bonus On Citi Hilton Reserve Card

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UPDATE: The offer for the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card has changed. You can find the best current offers here.

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card is offering a publicly available limited time increased sign-up bonus:

  • 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

The two free weekend nights are the standard sign-up bonus, while the $100 statement credit after your first Hilton stay within three months is an added perk.

The standard sign-up bonus is already incredibly valuable. Hilton devalued their award chart substantially a couple of years ago, whereby top hotels went from 50,000 points per night to up to 95,000 points per night.


So this sign-up bonus can potentially cover two free nights at a property which goes for 95,000 points per night — that’s potentially a 190,000 point value!

Redeem free night certificates for villa at Conrad Koh Samui

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card points earnings structure

The card offers the following rewards on everyday spend:

  • 10x points per dollar spent at Hilton properties
  • 5x points per dollar spent on airline and car rental purchases
  • 3x points per dollar spent on everything else

In and of itself that’s not especially compelling, given that Hilton points aren’t all that valuable. The reasons to spend on this card involve the threshold bonuses they offer, which I’ll cover below.

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card annual fee

The annual fee on the card is $95, which isn’t waived for the first year.

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card foreign transaction fees

The card doesn’t have foreign transaction fees, so is a great option for international travel

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card card perks

Not only does the card offer a lucrative sign-up bonus, but it has some awesome perks as well, which make the card worth keeping long term, in my opinion:

  • 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

Hilton HHonors Gold status is the most valuable easily attainable mid-tier hotel status, in my opinion, so that alone more than justifies the annual fee after just a couple of stays, in my opinion.

View from Conrad Hong Kong

If you have the card, I think it’s well worth it to spend $10,000 on the card for a free night certificate. Assuming you can redeem it for a property that would otherwise go for 95,000 points per night, think of it as getting 12.5 Hilton HHonors points per dollar spent on base spend (factoring in the free night and 3x points per dollar you’d usually earn for non-bonused spend).

As far as Diamond status goes, it definitely can be worth it. $40,000 is very little to spend on a credit card for top tier hotel status. I did this when I first got the card, and to be honest haven’t been blown away by Hilton Diamond status. I find there to be very little difference between Gold and Diamond status. Still, if you frequently stay at Hiltons — and especially frequently stay outside of the US — it can be well worth it.


Bottom line

There are cards that offer great sign-up bonuses and cards that are worth keeping long term. A minority of cards fall into both categories, though I think this one does:

  • The sign-up bonus is generous and can be redeemed for up to 190,000 HHonors points worth of value, not even factoring in the $100 statement credit after a Hilton stay
  • Gold status in and of itself justifies the annual fee after just a couple of Hilton stays, in my opinion
  • The annual free weekend night certificate makes it worth spending $10,000 on the card, in my opinion, and Diamond status can be worth spending $40,000 on the card as well, depending on your travel patterns

While we’ve seen a similar limited time sign-up bonus in the past, I don’t ever recall seeing a better sign-up bonus than this for the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card.

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  1. LOL. Oblivious to the facts because he is so desperate to push the bloggers’ favorite canard about the purported cataclysmic Hilton “devaluation” @Lucky hollowly sez: “Hilton devalued their award chart substantially a couple of years ago, whereby top hotels went from 50,000 points per night to up to 95,000 points per night.”

    Note that in his eagerness to push the Hilton “devaluation” canard, he’s also developed amnesia. The top Hilton redemption rate prior to the “devaluation” was 80K points for the Waldorf=Astoria Collection. A jump from 80K to 95K is a 19% “devaluation. Contrast that with Hyatt GP’s increase of their top redemption rate from 22K to 30K or a 36% devaluation — almost double Hilton’s — and you’ll why the amnesia is so convenient… 🙂

  2. For the $100 statement credit after the first hotel stay, do you have to spend $100 on a single night stay or can the stay be two consecutive nights? Thank you!

  3. @Lucky pushes another discredited line: “As far as Diamond status goes, it definitely can be worth it. $40,000 is very little to spend on a credit card for top tier hotel status. I did this when I first got the card, and to be honest haven’t been blown away by Hilton Diamond status. I find there to be very little difference between Gold and Diamond status. Still, if you frequently stay at Hiltons — and especially frequently stay outside of the US — it can be well worth it.”

    Well, then you’d have do your homework before writing about things that you clearly aren’t qualified to write about. For one thing HH Golds do not enjoy suite upgrades nor do they have “Diamond Force” (see jaw-dropping demonstration here: ) so that it is simply silly to keep claiming this purported lack of difference between HH Diamond and Gold. The status that is equivalent to HH Gold is Hyatt GP Diamond, which is why you keep thinking that it is the same as “Diamond”. HH Gold is not close to HH Diamond at all!

    BTW, it is also silly for anyone to spend $40K to get a status (HH Diamond) that costs just $12K to achieve. But, hey, bloggers have their own “wisdom”, which they keep repeating even when it makes no sense at all…

  4. I’ve had the reserve card couple years ago, it’s been closed for more than a year. Can I re-apply for this card?

  5. DCS, when will you understand that different people have different experiences? I became Hiton Diamond late last year and have yet to see any difference in the 2 statuses other than extra points earning. Seriously, go start a pro-Hilton blog.

    Lucky, this is well-timed for me. Going to get the SO to sign up so he gets gold status and we have a night at the FRA Hilton next month that will earn the statement credit. Thanks for the heads up!

  6. @ Angela — The terms state the following:
    “Statement credit and Weekend Night Certificates offer is not available if you have had a Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card account that was opened or closed in the past 18 months.”

  7. Anyone know if citi will match the offer? Just got this card like 2 months ago without the $100 🙁

  8. @ Aly — I don’t have a timeline, though I’d guess it will be around for at least a few weeks.

  9. Just in time now that I’ve applied for almost all the cards in your link except this one, :). I’m not familiar with Hilton, is there a way to fast track to Diamond like Hyatt? Do you have another post about the best places to redeem the free weekend nights?

  10. Hey Lucky,

    Just got accepted, thanks for the heads up! Am I correct in assuming that a points + cash booking totaling over $100 would count as a ‘stay’ and therefore I would receive the statement credit?


  11. Ben, thanks for all of the info. Does the nigh have to be booked with the Citi Reserve card? Or could it be an award stay where you spend $100 or more at the Hilton property (using the card of course)? Thanks again!

  12. How long do you have to use the 2 weekend nights?

    Is it a year from the application date OR a year from the date which you reached the $2500 spend?

  13. @ Travis Swanson — You have to charge at least $100 to your Citi Reserve Card, but you don’t actually have to book the stay with the Reserve Card.

  14. @ Lantean — I don’t think it’s necessarily worth flying to Koh Samui solely for two nights, but I do think if you can plan a slightly longer stay in Koh Samui, it’s definitely worth checking out the Conrad.

  15. @ JW — Hah! Don’t have a post specifically about the best places to redeem the free night certificate, though in general a Conrad would be the best bet. It’s easy to earn Diamond through the credit card with spend, but otherwise there’s no easy way to earn Diamond.

  16. @ Michael — I believe it’s a year from when the award is earned, which would be after spend is completed.

  17. I got approved for this card on April 7, 2015 and received it today April 13, 2015. Would there be any way I can benefit from this, since when I applied last week there wasn’t this $100 statement offer available :(. Any input would be really appreciated! Thanks!

  18. @Lisa at 1:42 pm — My objections are not about personal experiences, but about things that can be quantified. For instance, virtually everyone (Gary Leff, Scott Mackenzie at TravelCodex), who has crunched the numbers — which is not only easy to do and but it can be done accurately because the info is out there — has found that after the purported “devaluation” Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott awards are similarly or comparatively priced, IHG and Club Carlson are the cheapest, and SPG stands alone as by far the most expensive program in the business. I have linked repeatedly to this objective evidence, which is indisputable, and, yet, @Lucky persists in pushing the same discredited claims for reasons that are totally unclear to me. It is one thing to make a mistake and then to correct it once it has been pointed out. But it is a totally different thing to keep making the same “mistake” again and again after it’s been repeatedly pointed out.

    I am here to set the record straight, so I will keep doing it every time someone tries to distort the record… 😉

  19. @Lucky

    Ben, i fear i do not understand… i asked about Conrad Maldives and you responded about Conrad Koh Samui… what am I missing?

  20. @ Lantean — Misread the post, my mistake! Personally I wouldn’t go to the Maldives for just two nights, but if you can extend your stay by a couple of nights then I do think it could be worth it.

  21. Several questions:

    What are “weekend nights?” Surely Friday and Saturday but what about Sunday? And I saw a post somewhere about using on a Thursday??

    I know it says 6-8 weeks but really, how soon after meeting the spend will I get the certificates?

    With gold status, are there any upgrades for free stays using points or certificates?

    I am looking at the Waldorf in Amsterdam but I haven’t enough points for the rest of the stay so I’m wondering whether having to move to a different hotel will be worth the trouble just to optimize the use and get to stay at a Waldorf for 2 nights.

    Thanks so much!!

  22. Do they give me diamond status after 3 months if I met that $40,000 requirement that fast? Or I have to wait 12 months?

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