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Update 7/1/15: All these deals are dead.

Today (June 30) the 60k and 50k Delta credit card offers expire, the 50k Hilton credit card offer expires, and the ability to buy IHG points for 0.575 cents ends. It’s a big day for procrastinators.

I do not know the exact times the credit card offers end. If you click a link, and the offer is still there, it is still valid.

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card with 50,000 Hilton Points after spending $1k in the first four months

Current Offer: 50,000 bonus Hilton points + $50 statement credit
Best Guess for Offer Tomorrow: 40,000 bonus Hilton points and no statement credit
Don’t Miss This Deal If: Some of the Category 1 (12 free nights) or Category 2 (6 free nights) Hilton properties appeal to you
Skip This Deal If: You want to stay at Category 3+ Hiltons (0-2 free nights)
Further Reading: How to Get 6 to 12 Free Nights from the Citi Hilton HHonors Card

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 50,000 Hilton Points after spending $1k in the first four months and a $50 statement credit after spending $50 on your first stay at any hotel within the Hilton Portfolio during the first 3 months of account opening.

 

This card is designed for people who want to pursue the many-free-nights strategy with Hilton, taking advantage of underpriced 5,000 and 10,000 point hotels and the fifth-night-free benefit that cardholders get on all awards.

This card is terrible for people who want to stay at the fanciest Hiltons, which cost 95,000 points for a single night. They should get the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card with two free weekend nights worldwide at any Hilton after spending $2,500 in four months.

Check out How to Get 6 to 12 Free Nights from the Citi Hilton HHonors Card for an explanation of maximizing the card and examples of getting more than $1,000 in free hotel nights from the card’s sign up bonus.

Delta Platinum with 60k Bonus Miles + 10k MQM, Delta Golds with 50k Bonus Miles

Current Offer: Platinum offers 60k Bonus Miles + 10k MQMs, Delta Golds offer 50k Bonus Miles
Best Guess for Offer Tomorrow: 30k all three cards
Don’t Miss This Deal If: You want to fly to Australia, Central America, or South America or you want MQMs
Skip This Deal If: You’re planning a trip to Europe or within the United States or you’ve already had the Delta Gold personal or Delta Platinum
Further Reading: Delta 50k and 60k Offers End Tuesday, Get Them Now

The Platinum card is the card for people who want to earn Delta elite status with their purchases:

  • 60,000 bonus SkyMiles after spending $2,000 in the first three months
  • 10,000 MQM after spending $2,000 in the first three months
  • 15,000 MQM after spending $30,000 in a calendar year
  • Another 15,000 MQM after reaching $60,000 in a calendar year
  • 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases, 1 mile per dollar on other purchases
  • Free checked bag on Delta flights for you plus eight companions on the same reservation
  • $100 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first three months
  • Priority Boarding on Delta
  • 20% off Delta onboard purchases
  • $195 annual fee, NOT waived

The Gold personal and business cards are the “standard” airline credit card:

  • 50,000 bonus SkyMiles after spending $2,000 in the first three months
  • 2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases, 1 mile per dollar on other purchases
  • Free checked bag on Delta flights for you plus eight companions on the same reservation
  • $50 statement credit when you make a Delta purchase in the first three months
  • Priority Boarding on Delta
  • 20% off Delta onboard purchases
  • $95 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months

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These cards are really fantastically easy ways to get Delta miles, which are especially valuable to Australia on Virgin Australia and throughout the Americas on AeroMexico. There are generally better miles to other places, so skip these cards if you’re new to miles and want a trip somewhere else.

Check out Delta 50k and 60k Offers End 6/30, Get Them Now for an explanation of maximizing the cards.

Buy IHG Points for 0.575 Cents

Current Offer: Buy IHG Points for 0.575 cents
Best Guess for Offer Tomorrow: Buy IHG Points for 1.15 cents
Don’t Miss This Deal If: You need to get your balance to 5,000 points to prepare for PointBreaks lists
Skip This Deal If: You don’t have a hotel stay in mind that is cheaper this way than just paying for the hotel with cash
Further Reading: Buy IHG Rewards Points for 0.575 Cents Each, $29 Hotel Rooms

There is a 100% bonus on purchasing IHG Rewards points, so that the effective price is 0.575 cents per point. That’s great news if you want to get in on 5,000 point per night ($29) PointBreaks hotels. That’s not nearly as fantastic if you want to book 50,000 point per night ($288) hotels.

For full analysis, check out Buy IHG Rewards Points for 0.575 Cents Each, $29 Hotel Rooms.

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get an additional $500 in free airfare on any airline in the first 12 months plus free airport lounge access worldwide for only a $450 annual fee. Why I got the card.

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Until Tuesday June 30, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 50,000 bonus Hilton points after spending $1,000 in the first four months plus a $50 statement credit after spending $50 on your first stay at any hotel within the Hilton Portfolio during the first 3 months of account opening.

 

That’s an unmatched sign up bonus for a card with no annual fee ever.

Those 50,000 bonus points can be used for 12 free nights at Category 1 Hilton Hotels and six free nights at Category 2 Hiltons.

Here’s a spreadsheet and map of Hilton Category 1 and 2 properties, though there have been some changes and additions to the categories since those were made. Some new Category 1 hotels that intrigue me are the Hampton by Hilton Krakow (Poland, Category 1) and Hotel Vienna South (Austria, Category 2).

Category 1 hotels cost only 5,000 points per night, and Category 2 hotels are only 10,000 points. After that, prices rise sharply, so I advocate using points at the lowest Category properties.

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You can stretch the 50,000 points even further if you take advantage of the fifth night free on award stays that is available to all Hilton elite members. (The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card confers automatic Silver status.) With the fifth night free, 50,000 points are enough for:

  • 2 five-night stays and 1 two-night stay at Category 1 properties (12 nights)
  • 1 five-night stay and 1 one-night stay at Category 2 properties (6 nights)
  • Plus if one of the stays in the first three months, you can use the $50 statement credit for dining or other services

Here are some that look fantastic Category 1 and 2 hotels that look fantastic, including one where I’ve stayed:

DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing

Six nights free with bonus from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $1,100

Many low category hotels don’t have great locations, but the DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing is centrally located and near several sites.

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The hotels goes for 990 yuan plus tax per night or 10,000 Hilton points as a Category 2 hotel.

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Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed by Hilton

12 nights free with bonus from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $926

You can explore the Borneo jungle in Malaysia in a Category 1 Hilton that costs just 5,000 points per night instead of 250 ringgit plus tax.
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The hotel’s location is stunning.

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The rooms are elegant.
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And a number of reviews rave about the pool.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Six nights free with bonus from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $916

I stayed at the DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur in August 2013 and really enjoyed myself. Every stay starts with a warm chocolate chip cookie.

The room was spacious and had an office area and big couch in addition to the bed.

The hotel was in the heart of KL and made a great base to explore the city.

Right now the room goes for 495 ringgits plus tax or 10,000 points per night.

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A five-night stay is $763 or 40,000 points with the fifth night free.

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Bottom Line

The limited time offer on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card ends Tuesday.

 

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 50,000 bonus Hilton Points after spending $1,000 in the first four months plus a $50 statement credit after spending $50 on your first stay at any hotel within the Hilton Portfolio during the first 3 months of account opening.

The card’s automatic Hilton Silver status means you get the fifth night free on award stays. That stretches the bonus to 12 free nights at Category 1 hotels or six free nights at Category 2 hotels. Those free nights can be worth over $1,000. Plus you can use the card’s $50 statement credit for free food or spa services while you’re enjoying a free night.

Check out this (slightly out of datespreadsheet and map of Hilton Category 1 and 2 properties to see if any excite you because the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card is a great no annual fee card to consider if you use the points at low category hotels.

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Hilton is increasing the category of 18 hotels and decreasing the category of two hotels for bookings effective July 8, 2015.

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If the hotel you want is going up in category in two weeks, book the hotel now to lock in the lower, current rate. Your stay can be through July 7, 2016 at current rates.

These are the hotels getting cheaper. The DoubleTree in the Islington neighborhood of London will soon drop to 30,000 points per night on certain nights.

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There are only two ways to get value from Hilton hotels.

You can get the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, which currently offers 50,000 bonus points after $1,000 in spending and has no annual fee ever. Then you can use those points for stays at low category hotels. I particularly recommend Category 1 and 2 hotels, and here’s a spreadsheet of those properties.

Category 1 hotels cost 5,000 points, and elite Hilton members get the 5th night free on awards. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card grants Silver status, so cardholders all get the 5th night free on awards. That means you can book 12 free nights at Category 1 hotels or six free nights at Category 2 hotels with the sign up bonus on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card.

The other way to get value from Hilton hotels is to go for the top end. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card comes with two free weekend nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months.

Some of these Category 9 and 10 hotels (see map of their locations) cost over $3,000 for a weekend!

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card also comes with Gold Status.

Bottom Line

About 0.5% of the 4,000 Hilton properties are changing category on July 8. If your hotel is going up in price book for a stay through July 2016 at its current price. category changes don’t affect people who use the Hilton Reserve card to get top tier hotel nights, but it somewhat hurts people who use the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card to book Category 1 and 2 hotels.

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Until June 17, 2015, you can buy Hilton HHonors points and get a 100% bonus on the points purchased.

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 6.30.26 PMHilton points normally cost 1 cent each. With the 100% bonus, the price drops to 0.5 cents per point.

If you buy 80,000 Hilton points before June 17, you’ll receive 160,000 points for $800. With the bonus, you can buy any amount of points from 2,000 to 160,000 in 2,000 point increments during the promotion.

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Here is the Hilton award chart.

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When to Buy (Math)

Is buying Hilton points for 0.5 cents each a good deal?

I would not buy Hilton points speculatively for 0.5 cents each because I value them at 0.4 cents each. But if you have an immediate high value redemption in mind, buying points can be a good deal.

For instance, at these prices, Category 1 properties would be $25 per night. Category 2 properties would be $50. Top tier Category 10 properties would be $350 to $475 per night. For all these categories, you can get a big discount off the retail nightly rate if you travel at a peak time.

Check out: Free Spreadsheet to Download of Category 1, 2, 9, and 10 Hilton Properties Plus the Only Two Good Hilton Strategies

Consult the Hilton award chart to see how many points you’d need to book the hotel you want for a night. Search the dates you’d like to stay to see the paid price. If buying the points makes sense, there is award space on your dates, and you are ready to redeem now, buy the points.

Also keep in mind, that you don’t need to buy points when you can just open Hilton branded credit cards for free stays.

Right now, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card comes with Two Free Weekend Nights (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months. And for a limited time, earn a $100 statement credit after spending $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton Portfolio within the first 3 months of account opening. The card also comes with free Hilton Gold Status (upgraded internet, breakfast) as long as you hold the card. All that more than offsets the $95 annual fee.

Buy Hilton Points with These Credit Cards

Hilton points purchases are processed by points.com, so the purchases will not code as a bonus “travel” or “hotel” purchase on any credit card. You will not earn category bonuses from the purchase of Hilton points.

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That means you should make the purchase with whatever card you need to meet a minimum spending requirement on.

For me, that’s the Citi Prestige® Card, which I got for its 50,000 bonus points after $3,000 in spending in the first three months, its $250 Air Travel Credit that refunded my first $250 of airfare and award taxes this year, and its unrivaled airport lounge access.

Bottom Line

You can buy 2,000 to 160,000 Hilton points for 0.5 cents each. That’s too high to buy speculatively, but there are a lot of immediate awards you can book where that price offers great value.

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card with Two Free Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months

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For a limited time, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 50,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $1,000 on the card in the first four months. Plus earn a $50 statement credit after spending $50 on your first stay at any hotel within the Hilton Portfolio during the first three months of account opening.

 

This is the biggest sign up bonus ever offered on a no-annual-fee Hilton card.

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The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card comes with automatic Hilton Silver status, which earns a 15% points bonus on Hilton stays, late checkout, and free access to fitness centers. Plus only folks with Hilton status get the 5th night free on award stays.

Better yet, if you complete four Hilton stays in the first 90 days of card membership, you get bumped up to Hilton Gold status, which earns a 25% points bonus on Hilton stays and maybe a little better treatment at the front desk.

The 50k bonus points are enough for ten free nights (or more with the 5th night free on award stays) in a Category 1 Hiltons and five free nights in Category 2 Hiltons. I stayed at an awesome DoubleTree in Kuala Lumpur that was a Category 2 Hilton.

The last big benefit of the card is that it has no annual fee. Very few rewards cards with no annual fee offer so much.

But many people will be better off getting the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card with two free weekend nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months.

Sign Up Bonus

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has a sign up bonus of 50,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in four months on the card.

Fifty thousand points won’t get you even one night at a top tier Hilton. But it will get you 5-10 nights at the bottom categories, which have some gems. Super reader Jeremy has created the most valuable spreadsheet imaginable for the Hilton HHonors program that you can download for free here.

The spreadsheet lists:

  • all 34 Category 1 hotels: 5,000 points per night
  • all 131 Category 2 hotels: 10,000 points per night
  • all Category 9 and 10 hotels (for reasons explained here)

His spreadsheet is sortable by city, state, country, or hotel name (which often starts with the hotel brand.) This can be very useful if you want to know if there is a Category 1 or 2 Hilton on the route of your next trip.

Perks

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card comes with Silver Status and the chance to earn Gold Status with four paid Hilton stays in the first 90 days.

Spending

There are category bonuses for Hilton stays, supermarkets, drugstores, and gas stations though none of them impress me much.

  • Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at any participating hotel within the Hilton HHonors portfolio.*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations.*
  • Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases.*

Annual Fee and Foreign Transaction Fee

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has no annual fee ever. For a card that gives you ongoing status, that’s unbeatable.

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The card does charge a 3% foreign transaction fee, so never use it abroad.

Full Offer

The “regular” Hilton card is not for everyone. It should not be the card onto which you put all your spending. It shouldn’t be the card you get for the biggest sign up bonus.

It is ideal for folks who want a no-annual-fee card that rewards their loyalty to Hilton.

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The Limited Time Offer is Over! The card still comes with everything except the $100 statement credit. Full current offer:

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio after you make $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

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The limited time offer on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card ends today June 8.

This is your last chance to get the card with two free weekend nights at Hiltons worldwide after spending $2,500 in the first four months, a $100 statement credit after spending $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton Portfolio within the first 3 months of account opening, and Hilton Gold Status.

Here’s more information about the card presented as an FAQ:

What ends June 8?

The part of the offer that ends June 8 is the $100 statement credit after $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton HHonors Portfolio within 3 months of account opening.

The card comes with automatic Hilton Gold Status, which gets you free breakfast and internet on every stay. Normally you’d need need 20 stays or 40 nights at Hiltons to get Gold Status.

I think of the card’s $95 annual fee as the cost of the card’s automatic Hilton Gold Status. If you are approved for the card today, the $100 statement credit offsets the cost of the Gold Status with a $5 profit.

What Doesn’t End June 8?

The other important aspects of the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card‘s offer do not end today.

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton HHonors portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card

You will still get two free weekend nights at $1,000-a-night hotels after spending $2,500 in the first 90 days. Here are the hotels I recommend.

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You will still get a third free night certificate if you spend another $7,500 on the card in the first year you have it. This is an incredible incentive to keep spending on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card even after meeting the minimum spending requirement.

You’ll still get 3-10 Hilton points per dollar spent on the card. That means spending $10,000 on the card over the course of a year would give you 30,000 Hilton points in addition to the three free night certificates. The 30,000 points are enough for six free nights at Hilton Category 1 hotels.

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When Do You Get the Hilton Reserve Free Weekend Night Certificates?

You get two after completing your $2,500 in spending in the first four months. The terms and conditions say you’ll get the certificates within 6-8 weeks of completing the spending requirement, but most people get the certificates by email (and in your Hilton account online) much faster.

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You can get another free weekend night night certificate if you spend $10,000 on the card during your first cardmember year. (That is, if you spend another $7,500 beyond the original minimum spending requirement.) You will get this certificate after your cardmember anniversary.

When Can You Use the Hilton Reserve Free Weekend Night Certificates?

You can use the free weekend night certificates on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at nearly any Hilton hotels including Conrad, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Home2Suites, Homewood Suites, and Waldorf Astoria brand hotels. The only excluded properties are all-inclusives and timeshares.

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Who Will Get the Most Value from This Card?

Folks who want to stay two or more free weekend nights at hotels that cost $500 to $1,500 per night.

You can get more value than average:

  • if you value fancy hotels near their retail price
  • if you have a travel companion who also gets the card, so you can have a three-night long weekend at one property and a later one night stay somewhere else
  • if you can spend $10,000 on the card in the first year to get an extra free weekend night certificate

Who Will Get the Least Value from This Card?

Folks who don’t want a luxury hotel stay four to sixteen months from now.

You will get less value than average:

  • if you’d use these certificates at any hotel not in Category 9 or 10 on Hilton’s chart
  • if you don’t value luxury hotel stays anywhere near their retail price

Bottom Line

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card has a great sign up bonus of two free weekend nights at top-tier hotels worldwide. It also comes with Hilton Gold Status, and until today June 9, a $100 statement credit after your first Hilton stay.

You need to spend $2,500 to get the sign up bonus of two free weekend night certificates.

If you spend another $7,500 during the first year of card membershup, you will get a third certificate on your cardmember anniversary.

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Spending that $10,000 total will also get you at least 30,000 Hilton points, good for up to six more free nights at Hiltons.

The total value of the Hilton points and free night certificate vary by person, but I think most people would value those nights and points at $1,000 or more.

For more info on the free nights, and the $1,000-a-night hotels see:

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card
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The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card offers two free weekend nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) at almost any Hilton worldwide after spending $2,500 in the first four months.

“Almost any Hilton” basically excludes only all inclusive properties and time shares. This is the full list of excluded properties:

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You’ll note that the “Conrad Koh Samui Residences” is excluded. The Residences and the normal hotel are considered two separate entities.

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According to the hotel’s website: “Positioned on a secluded hill on the southwest tip of the island, the Conrad Koh Samui comprises a collection of one-bedroom luxury villas as well as 2 and 3 bedroom luxury villas at its exclusive residential wing. Spread over 25 acres, this Koh Samui resort offers panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand’s stunning sunsets, outlying islands and the surrounding landscape of lush coconut plantations.”

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So you can’t use your free night certificates at the 2- and 3-bedroom villas on The Residences wing. You CAN use your free night certificate for the 1-bedroom villas of the Conrad Koh Samui, which are going for $2,288 for a weekend in January.

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$2,288 for two nights

Or you can use your two nights at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, which goes for $3,313 for a weekend in January.

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If you don’t want to go halfway around the world, you can use your two weekend nights at the Grand Wailea on Maui.

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No need to spend $1,268 for a weekend in July with the two free nights from the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card.
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A weekend in January is going for $1,034 or two free weekend night certificates.

 

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If you’re looking for a city stay instead, you can stay in a Suite in Times Square at the DoubleTree Suites.
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Or if you fly Singapore Suites to Tokyo, taking advantage of wide open award space for two, you might want to stay at the Conrad Tokyo. Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 12.44.53 AM

 

For a weekend this summer, the property is going for $755.

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The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card offers two free weekend nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) at any of these properties worldwide as well as over 500 others. You can use two nights together on one stay or do two separate one-night stays. If you and a companion both get the Hilton Reserve, you can combine three certificates for a stay from Friday to Monday at one property and still have one certificate left.

If none of these hotels struck your fancy, check out this map of all Category 9 and 10 Hiltons (the two top tiers) made by super reader Dave.

For more info on the free nights and the $1,000-a-night hotels see:

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

 

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Updated June 4: Hilton has moved up its free wifi to today from its originally announced date of August 1.

Hilton, Hyatt, SPG, Marriott, IHG, and Fairmont all offer free internet in their hotels worldwide if you meet certain easy conditions. Finally the great hotels of the world are catching up with a standard benefit of hostels for the last decade. 😉

Hilton now offers free wifi as of June 4, 2015 to all Hilton HHonors members who book their stay through a Hilton-controlled channel (like hilton.com, the Hilton app, or by contacting the hotel itself.) Join Hilton HHonors free here. Diamonds will get premium internet. All other members will get basic internet. Hilton operates the following brands:

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Hyatt offers free wifi in lobbies and guest rooms worldwide since February 1, 2015. This applies no matter how you book your room–yes even if you use Priceline–and even if you are not a member of the Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program. Hyatt operates the following brands:

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SPG offers free internet access since February 2, 2015. The free internet is only available to SPG members who book their stay through SPG.com or other SPG owned channels (ie the SPG app or sheraton.com.) Join SPG for free here. SPG operates the following brands:

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Marriott offers free internet access since January 15, 2015. The free internet is only available to Marriott Rewards members who book their stay through marriott.com or other Marriott owned channels (ie by phone or directly with the hotel.) Join Marriott Rewards for free here. Marriott operates the following brands:

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IHG has long offered free internet to IHG Rewards club members no matter how their stay is booked. Join IHG Rewards for free here. IHG operates the following brands:

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Fairmont has long offered free internet to Fairmont President’s Club members no matter how their stay is booked. Join Fairmont President’s Club for free here. Fairmont operates the following brands:

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This is great news for travelers. In the United States, I never bought internet from hotels anymore, opting to tether my laptop to my phone, but abroad I was often stuck paying 10 to 15 euros per day at hotels. I look forward to free internet at hotels worldwide for the rest of my life.

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Get two free Hilton weekend nights worldwide at the fanciest properties with the Hilton Reserve card.

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The Limited Time Offer is Over! The card still comes with everything except the $100 statement credit. Full current offer:

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio after you make $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

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The limited time offer on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card ends Monday, June 8:

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening
  • $100 statement credit after $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton HHonors Portfolio within 3 months of account opening
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember

The normal sign up bonus of 2 weekend nights at almost any Hilton property worldwide–here are the only excluded properties–is temporarily augmented by a $100 statement credit that more than offsets the $95 annual fee.

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Grand Wailea, Maui. Stay Here for Two Weekend Nights!

 

Free Nights

The two free nights at Hiltons and Conrads worldwide are good on any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night. You can use both nights together or use one at a time.

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Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand. Stay Here for Two Weekend Nights!

 

These free nights can be used at amazing $1,000-a-night, aspirational properties where I wouldn’t otherwise ever be able to afford to stay.

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Cash cost of two nights at Conrad Maldives. Save $3,300 by opening the Hilton Reserve.

 

Not only are these properties out of reach with cash, but they are also basically out of reach with points. In 2013, Hilton sharply increased the number of points to stay at Category 9 and 10 hotels. They now cost up Ito 95,000 points for one night, so these two free nights could be worth up to 190,000 points if you use them strategically.

Luckily using the free nights strategically just got a lot easier when super reader Jeremy made a spreadsheet with all the Category 9 and 10 properties in one place.

Download it for free here.

Then super reader Dave made a custom map of all the Category 9 and 10 properties worldwide to make the visualization easier.

See it for free here.

For more info on the free nights, and the $1,000-a-night hotels see:

Free Gold Status

As long as you have the Hilton Reserve, you get automatic Hilton Gold status, which earns free breakfast, free internet, and a 25% points bonus on Hilton stays.

On your two free nights and future paid stays, these perks will save you quite a bit of money.

$100 Statement Credit

The limited time offer includes a $100 statement credit after $100 or more charge to the card during a Hilton stay in the first 90 days.

That’s in addition to the 10x points per dollar you already earn at Hilton properties.

This is $100 free if you have a Hilton stay planned. If you don’t, it makes a Hilton stay potentially worth it, since you’ll get $100 off.

Bottom Line

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card was already the best card out there for luxury hotel stays.

You have always gotten two free nights at Hiltons worldwide after spending $2,500 in the first four months, some of which are $1,000-per-night or 95,000-points-per-night properties.

You have always gotten Hilton Gold Status to enjoy stays more with free internet and breakfast.

Now, for a limited time, you get a $100 statement credit after making a $100+ charge at a Hilton within 90 days of getting the card. The limited time offer ends Monday.

There is a $95 annual fee that is not waived.

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get an additional $500 in free airfare on any airline in the first 12 months plus free airport lounge access worldwide for only a $450 annual fee. Why I got the card.

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Update at 3:30 PM ET: The 250k and 100k deals have sold out. 150k remains.

Update at 1:40 PM ET: These deals have not sold out.

Today is the fifth day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale and will often sell out in a few minutes. Every weekend I’ll preview the deals for the next week, and the morning of interesting deals, I’ll have a full write up.

Today only, Hilton HHonors points are being sold for 0.5 cents each.

Today’s deal is:

  • 100,000 Hilton HHonors points for $500 (0.5 cents each), 160 packages available
  • 150,000 Hilton HHonors points for $750 (0.5 cents each), 200 packages available
  • 250,000 Hilton HHonors points for $1,250 (0.5 cents each), 200 packages available

 

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You can buy one of each package, three total. If you bought the maximum, you would be getting 500k Club Carlson points for $2,500.

Club Carlson points can be used at over 4,100 hotels with the following brand names:

How far do Hilton points go? Here’s the award chart:

 

A Category 1 hotel costs 5,000 points, which is $25 if you buy points for 0.5 cents each. Needless to say $25 is a great deal for a hotel night anywhere in the world, though the Category 1 properties are in generally uninspiring places. Super reader Jeremy has created the most valuable spreadsheet imaginable for the Hilton HHonors program that you can download for free here, which lists all Category 1, 2, 9, and 10 properties. (Why 9 and 10? See The Only Two Good Hilton Strategies.)

My Plan

I’m sitting out this deal. Check out Hilton’s PDF of all its hotels’ categories. Most of the places I would stay at are Categories 3-7, which would cost $100 to $300 per night at these prices. Maybe buying points gets a discount over the retail price, but I can stay at airbnb properties for much cheaper and enjoy my stay more.

Will This Deal Sell Out?

The last two years, at approximately the same prices, Hilton points have not sold out.

Purchasing the Packages

To maximize your chances of getting in on the deal, I recommend using a site like whattimeisit.com to figure out the official time. The sale starts at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT / 7 AM HT. This year’s sales all started on time to the second. Keep refreshing the deal page until you see the BUY NOW button replace the SEE DETAILS button.

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This is what happens if you try to purchase something when all quantities are already in someone’s cart.

This doesn’t mean the deal is sold out. If someone doesn’t complete his purchase, that quantity will immediately become available for someone else. Keep checking until the dreaded “Sold Out” appears.

Key Links

Do you plan to buy Hilton HHonors points? Post your successful or failed attempt in the comments, so we can gauge how quick you had to be to snag a deal.

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Earn up to 20 free hotel nights after meeting spending $2,500 in the first 90 days on the Club Carlson Visa.

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Daily Getaways is a series of daily discounted travel packages sponsored by the US Travel Association and American Express that starts Monday and runs for five weeks. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel package or packages will go on sale, and the best deals sell out in just a few minutes.

In 2013, I blogged every deal. In 2014, I just blogged the good ones:

The best deals tend to be the selling of hotel points at super low prices or the purchasing of underpriced certificates for hotel stays and car rentals.

I’ll again blog the best deals this year. My plan is to give a quick overview of each week’s deals some time during the week before, so you can get an idea which days you’ll want to be ready to pounce with some anticipation. Then, on the day of the good deals, by 9 AM ET so my email subscribers get the post too, I’ll write a full post on why a certain deal is good and how to maximize whatever you’re buying that day.

Here’s that overview of the first week of deals that start Monday. I plan to purchase deals on three days, but I see value on all five days.

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Monday March 23: $50 Alamo Certificates for $25

Note: This year there is no discount for using an American Express to purchase Daily Getaways. In the past, there was a 10% discount.

This is not a sexy item because your potential savings are strictly limited, but I always max out the purchase of Alamo certificates.

I have two rentals in the next month where Alamo is the cheapest according to Kayak, and this will knock the price down even lower.

A side benefit of using these certificates is that any taxes calculated on a percentage basis are reduced or eliminated as these certificates knock down the price, and car rentals are full of taxes.

This year, the max quantity you can purchase is three, and the max number you can combine on a single rental is three.

I don’t like to buy Daily Getaways too speculatively; I like to have an immediate use in mind. If you have a car rental in mind, this can mean big savings.

Tuesday March 24: IHG Rewards Points for As Little as 0.57 Cents

I plan to buy a small package of IHG Rewards points. They’re valuable for PointBreaks hotels–the rotating list of hotels you can book for 5,000 points per night, which at this price is $29 per night.

You can always buy IHG Rewards points for 0.7 cents each, so this is a nice 20% discount.

I will look at my expected PointBreaks needs for the next year, and I will buy enough to cover those but not too much more because I hate to turn my cash into points that just sit around.

Wednesday March 25: Club Carlson Points for 0.45 Cents

I plan to buy Club Carlson points. They’re worth twice as much to me because I have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card, which offers the last night free on all award stays of 2+ nights. Here’s how that free night works.

Every two night award stay I take costs only the price of a one night award stay because of the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card.

Club Carlson free nights start at 9,000 points or about $41 worth of points if you purchase them for 0.45 cents each. That means for every $41 I spend on points, I can get a two night stay at a hotel in Europe. This is a no-brainer. I think I’ll buy 100,000 points to bulk up my Club Carlson balance.

For folks who have already used the 85,000 point sign up bonus on their Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card and the 40,000 point anniversary bonus each year, or for folks who don’t have the card yet but plan to get it for the 20 free nights that completing the minimum spending requirement of $2,500 in the first 90 days earns you, this is an intriguing sale.

Thursday March 26: A Five Night Stay at a Diamond Resorts International Property for $525

This is a great deal for some families that I am going to sit out. Here are the participating properties at which you can stay for under $105 per night including Maui, St. Maarten, and Europe.

The reasons I’m not buying:

  1. I don’t have a surefire travel companion to take one of these trips before May 8, 2016.
  2. From the terms: “Certificate may be subject to high season, holiday and other blackout periods depending on destination.”

Friday March 26: Hilton HHonors Points for 0.5 Cents Each

The last two years, the points were 0.495 cents each, and neither year did the deal sell out.

The problem is Hilton’s ridiculously expensive chart.

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Even at 0.5 cents per point, the most expensive Hiltons are $350 to $475 per night. The only reason to get in on this deal is to book a low category property.

Category 1 Hiltons are on sale for $25 at these prices and Category 2 Hiltons (like the awesome DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur) are only $50. To see a spreadsheet and map of Category 1 and 2 properties, click here. If one is convenient for one of your future trips, these prices for Hilton points are a great deal.

Bottom Line for Week 1

There are three days to purchase points at a discount for IHG, Club Carlson, and Hilton. I plan to buy a few IHG points for PointBreaks, a bunch of Club Carlson points because I get the last night free on 2+ night Club Carlson awards, and no Hilton points.

There are discounted rental certificates from Alamo that I will max out to save cash on rentals and the taxes on rentals.

There are five night stays at Diamond Resorts International properties that are a great deal at $105 per night, but not right for me.

I think all five deals in week 1 will appeal to a lot of MileValue readers, so I’ll have a full post on each one up by 9 AM on the day of the deal. Set your alarm for 12:45 PM ET on the day of any deal that interests you, so you can be at your computer at 1 PM ready to buy.

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Pay your award taxes and fees with the Arrival Plus then redeem Arrival miles to remove the charge.

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ThankYou Points are a transferable points program offered by Citi on select credit cards. ThankYou Points transfer to nine airlines and Hilton. Normally 1,000 ThankYou Points transfer to 1,500 Hilton points. Until January 8, 2015, 1,000 ThankYou Points transfers to 2,000 Hilton points!

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This is exciting to me because there are some high value uses of Hilton points, and also because this is the first Citi ThankYou Points transfer bonus. Hopefully the first of many.

We have seen transfer bonuses from American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest points, but never from Chase Ultimate Rewards or Citi ThankYou Points until now.

Citi ThankYou Points are extremely easy to earn. The Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card offers 20,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months and 30,000 more bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months of your second year of cardmembership. That’s 50,000 total bonus points.

The Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card also earns 3x points on dining and entertainment and 2x on airfare and hotels.

Before you rush off and transfer all your Citi ThankYou Points to Hilton HHonors points, though, make sure you are moving toward a high-value redemption.

  • What are the high value redemptions for Hilton points?
  • What are the other options with your ThankYou Points?

High Value Uses of Hilton Points

I value ThankYou Points at about 1.75 cents and Hilton points at about 0.4 cents, so on the face of it, exchanging 1 ThankYou Point for 2 Hilton points seems like a bad deal.

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However there is exceptional value with Hilton points, all of it at the bottom of the award chart. Last year, Hilton gutted the top of its award chart, so a single night at a Category 10 property goes for 95,000 points. That would mean basically spending your entire sign up bonus on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card on one hotel night. No thanks!

Instead focus on the 34 Category 1 properties and 131 Category 2 properties available for only 5,000 and 10,000 points per night respectively. I’ve talked about my awesome stay at the Category 2 Hilton Doubletree in Kuala Lumpur. Some of these Category 1 and 2 properties are quite nice! Here is Hilton’s PDF of all its hotels’ categories.

The fifth night is free on Hilton award stays, so 20,000 Hilton points (10,000 ThankYou Points) could get you 5 free nights at a Category 1 hotel. That’s value!

For more information, see “Free Spreadsheet & Map to Download of Category 1, 2, 9, and 10 Hilton Properties Plus the Only Two Good Hilton Strategies.” The post also details the second Hilton strategy of getting the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card to get two free nights at Hiltons worldwide and Hilton Gold Status (free breakfast and internet.)

Other High Value Uses of ThankYou Points

To Europe or Israel: 12,500 Flying Blue miles each way

To South America, Central America, or Hawaii: Super cheap award with Singapore miles on United flights with multiple stopovers

Why the ThankYou Premier is One of Two Cards I Carry

During my nine-month trip, the only two cards I am carrying in my wallet for purchases are the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3k in the first 90 days and the Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card.

They get the nod because neither has foreign transaction fees, and I’ll be in South America and Europe and because, the Arrival Plus earns a stellar 2.28 cents back toward travel on all purchases and the ThankYou Premier earns 3x on dining and 2x on airfare and hotels, all of which are big expenses on the road.

I’ll use my Arrival miles for Airbnb stays, the taxes on airline awards, or for flights on low-cost carriers.

I’ll use my ThankYou Points to transfer to Singapore or Flying Blue miles since Singapore miles are great within South America and back to the United States and Flying Blue miles are great to Europe.

See more of my credit card strategy in “Since I Met Minimum Spends I Carry Three Cards.”

Bottom Line

The transfer ratio from ThankYou Points to Hilton Points will be 1:2 until January 8, 2015. This is exciting for people who want to book a Category 1 or 2 Hilton property.

It is more broadly interesting because it is ThankYou Points’ first transfer bonus. Hopefully we’ll see future transfer bonuses to Singapore miles and Flying Blue miles.

Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card

My Review of the Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card

  • Earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points. Bonus points are redeemable for up to $500 in gift cards, up to $625 for airfare or other great rewards
  • Earn 20,000 points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn an additional 30,000 points after another $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of your second year of being a cardmember
  • Annual Fee: $125 (fee waived for the first 12 months). On  4/19/2015, this fee will be reduced to $95 on all accounts
  • Points do not expire and earn unlimited Thank You Points
  • Travel with ease and enjoy chip based technology

Application Link: Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card

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Limited time offer available again starting 4/13/15:

  • Limited Time: Earn a $100 statement credit after spending $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton Portfolio within the first 3 months of account opening.*
  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio after you make $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

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Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card with Two Free Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton HHonors portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card
  • Earn an anniversary bonus of 1 weekend night certificate at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio each cardmembership year with qualifying purchases*

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This offer is back! Limited time offer available again starting 4/13/15:

  • Limited Time: Earn a $100 statement credit after spending $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton Portfolio within the first 3 months of account opening.*
  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio after you make $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

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Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card with Two Free Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton HHonors portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card
  • Earn an anniversary bonus of 1 weekend night certificate at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio each cardmembership year with qualifying purchases*

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The limited time offer on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card ends tomorrow (Friday, July 18.)

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at the Hilton HHonors portfolio worldwide after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening
  • $100 statement credit after $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton HHonors Portfolio within 3 months of account opening
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember

 

As a retention bonus, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card offers an additional free weekend night certificate after spending $10,000 within a cardmember year.

Since any new cardholder will spend $2,500 on the card to get the first two free night certificates, that means that spending $7,500 more on the card during the first 12 months you have it will entitle you to a third free night certificate, in addition to the Hilton points you’d normally earn on that extra $7,500 in spending.

This extra free night certificate is an incredible benefit for many people who highly value a free night at a top-tier hotel.

In fact, the benefit compares favorably to spending the same $7,500 on most other cards.

  • How much is a third free night certificate worth?
  • How does spending $7,500 extra on the Hilton Reserve card compare to spending $7,500 on another card?
  • Can you use all three weekend certificates for one stay?

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The Limited Time Offer is Over! The card still comes with everything except the $100 statement credit. Full current offer:

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio after you make $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

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The limited offer on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card ends this Friday, July 18:

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening
  • $100 statement credit after $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton HHonors Portfolio within 3 months of account opening
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember

 

Starting Saturday, the publicly available offer will still include two free weekend nights at Hiltons worldwide and Hilton Gold Status, but the $100 statement credit after your first Hilton stay will disappear.

If you’ve been thinking about getting this card, now is the time.

  • How do the free nights work?
  • Where are the best properties to use them?
  • What do you get with Hilton Gold status?
  • How do you get the $100 statement credit?
  • What is the card’s retention bonus (it’s awesome)?

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