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Until June 3, 2016, you can buy Hilton HHonors points and get a 100% bonus on the points purchased.

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Hilton 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 3, 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.

You can get an even bigger discount on five nights stays because the fifth night is free with points. That drops the per night price of Category 1 properties to $20, Category 2s to $40, and Category 10s are $380 or less.

That’s fantastic when the Category 2 DoubleTree in Kuala Lumpur is about $100 per night…

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…or the Category 10 Conrad in the Maldives is almost $1,600 per night.

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Check out: 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. 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.

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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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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The Hilton HHonors Signature Card’s (the one that earns points) sign up bonus has expired. Click here for the top current sign up bonuses.

Until 5 PM ET (today, April 1), the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months. This is enough points for 15-18 free nights at Hilton Category 1 hotels.

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Hilton points can be redeemed at all of the following brands.

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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.

And any year in which you spend $1,000 at Hilton hotels, you will get 10,000 more Hilton points.

After meeting the minimum spending requirement, you’ll have at least 79,000 Hilton points (more if you use the card’s category bonuses discussed below.) Eighty thousand points are enough for 20 free nights in a Hilton Category 1 hotel10 free nights in Category 2 Hiltons, or 5 free nights in Category 3 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.

Sign Up Bonus

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has a sign up bonus of 75,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in three months on the card.

Seventy-five thousand points won’t get you even one night at a top tier Hilton, but it will get you up to 15 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

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 impresses me much.

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  • 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.*

Plus you get 10,000 bonus points any year in which you spend $1,000 or more at Hilton hotels.

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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.

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.

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

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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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The Hilton HHonors Signature Card’s sign up bonus has expired. Click here for the top current sign up bonuses.

Hainan Airlines is the newest partner of Alaska Airlines, and their flights are now bookable on alaskaair.com. Their award chart is dirt cheap.

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That’s right, 50,000 miles one way in a flat bed for over 13 hours, with connections all over Asia. The only other deal that can compare is using Alaska miles to book Cathay Pacific flights for the same amount of miles and a little less out of pocket expenses (Hainan charges mild fuel surcharges– about $140 per one way). But award space on Cathay Pacific can be scarce unless it’s eleven months out or a week before, and Hainan award space is wide open at the moment.  If you wanna see the scope of what you can book for that price, look for the countries in Asia on Hainan Airlines destinations wikipedia page.

So there’s that.

And until 5 PM ET today (Friday April 1), the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months.  Just from the sign-up bonus, the spending it requires to meet it, and then spending $500 more you will accrue at least 80,000 Hilton HHonors points.

And there’s that.

Combine those two deals and you get a very cheap award to Asia (potentially in Business Class with a flat bed), and free accommodation while you’re there. 

How to Get to Asia in a flat bed for 50,000 miles and Stay for Free While You’re There

  • Step 1: Get the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card TODAY because the 75,000 point sign-up bonus offer ends at 5 PM ET
  • Step 2: Research where you want to go in Asia where Hainan flies and there are Hilton Hotels
  • Step 3: Meet the minimum spending requirement for the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
  • Step 4: Accumulate Alaska Airlines miles by opening the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card as well as the Alaska Airlines Visa® Business Card
  • Step 5: Book your Alaska Airlines award flying Hainan
  • Step 6: Book your Hilton hotels

Step 1: Get the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card by 5 PM ET

Step 2: Research the City in Asia You Want to Visit That Hainan Flies to That Also Has Hilton Hotels

I did some of the research for you assuming you have 80,000 Hilton HHonors point to work with. These are some of the best deals I’ve found in cities where Hainan flies in Asia. There are probably more. Please let us know in the comments section if you find any.

Category 1 hotels – 5,000 points a night, but the fifth night free for Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Cardholders, so you could potentially book up to 20 nights for free

  • Double Tree by Hilton Shenyang in Shenyang, China
  • Double Tree by Hilton Beijing in Beijing, China

Category 2 hotels – 10,000 points a night, but the fifth night free for Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Cardholders, so you could potentially book up to 10 nights for free.

  • Hilton Heifi in Heifi, China
  • Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi in Hanoi, Vietnam

 Category 3 hotels – cost 20,000 points a night, but the fifth night free for Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Cardholders, so you could potentially book up to 5 nights for free.

  • Hilton Chongqing in Chongquing, China
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Chongqing North in Chongquing, China
  • Hilton Shijiazhuang in Shijiazhuang, China
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Xiamen – Wuyuan Bay in Xiamen, China
  • Hilton Haikou Meilan in Haikou, China
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Guangzhou in Guangzhou, China
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand
  • While you might not want to stay out at the Narita airport in Tokyo for five nights, the Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport hotel is a Category 3 hotel and costs 20,000 points a night. It could be useful for an overnights after a flight or before a flight out of Tokyo Narita.

Category 5 hotel – 30,000 points per night. Pricey, but it could be used for two nights of a trip compounded with other cheaper hotels. It’s a beautiful property.

Step 3: Meet the Minimum Spending Requirement for the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card

Spend $2,000 within three months of the account opening and you’ll get 75,000 bonus points. As you get at least two points per dollar on everyday spending (three points for every dollar spent at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations, and six points for every dollar spent at a Hilton) you’ll accrue at least another 4,000 points just from meeting the minimum spending requirement. The most you would have to spend to get to 80,000 points is $500 more, and then you would have enough points to book 20 free nights in a Hilton Category 1 hotel10 free nights in Category 2 Hiltons, or 5 free nights in Category 3 Hiltons.

Step 4: Accumulate Alaska Airlines miles by opening the Alaska Airlines Cards

If you don’t already have a stash of them, the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card earns 25,000 miles just for signing up. There is no minimum spending requirement.

While I can not directly link to the current Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card offer, you may find it by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

The Alaska Airlines Visa® Business Card earns 25,000 miles after your first purchase.

While I can not directly link to the current Alaska Airlines Visa® Business Card offer, you may find it by clicking below if you decide to apply. (I receive a commission, and your support keeps this blog going.)

Starpoints also transfer 1:1 to Alaska miles with 5,000 bonus miles for every 20,000 points transferred.

Step 5: Book your Alaska Airlines Award Flying Hainan

Hainan’s award space is excellent for two passengers on most flights, but it’s still better to book airline awards before hotel awards since hotel awards aren’t as restrictive with availability. Airline awards are capacity controlled while hotel loyalty programs will you give you the last room available.

Read this post on booking Hainan flights with Alaska miles.

Step 6: Book your Hilton hotels with your Hilton HHonors Points

And pat yourself on the back for being truly resourceful.

Bottom Line

Hainan is the newest redeemable partner of Alaska Airlines, whose miles are easy to collect since the cards that earn them have no minimum spending requirement. You can fly from the United States to all over Asia for 60,000 Alaska Airlines miles roundtrip in Economy or 100,000 Alaska Airlines miles roundtrip in Business Class, with a flat bed. If you open the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card by 5 PM today, you can get the 75,000 point sign-up bonus before it disappears, and book 20 free nights in a Hilton Category 1 hotel10 free nights in Category 2 Hiltons, or 5 free nights in Category 3 Hiltons for your trip to Asia.

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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Hilton is increasing the category of 24 hotels and decreasing the category of 15 hotels for bookings effective March 30, 2016.

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If the hotel you want is going up in category tomorrow, book the hotel now to lock in the lower, current rate. Your stay can be through March 28, 2017 at current rates.

These are the hotels getting cheaper, mostly Hampton Inns, and mostly hotels in the US.

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I especially hate to see increases from Category 1 to Category 2 and Category 2 to Category 3, which are each a doubling of the number of points needed.

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However I appreciate that only about 0.5% of Hilton hotels are going up in price tomorrow, and almost the same number are going down in price.

Getting Value from Hilton

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

You can get the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, which currently offers 75,000 bonus points after $2,000 in spending and has no annual fee. 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 18 free nights at Category 1 hotels or eight 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 tomorrow March 30. If your hotel is going up in price book for a stay through March 2017 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.

Hat Tip One Mile at a Time

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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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The Hilton HHonors Signature Card’s sign up bonus has expired. Click here for the top current sign up bonuses.

Through next Friday (April 1, 2016), the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months. The normal sign up bonus is only 40,000 bonus points.

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You can turn $2,500 or less of every day spending on the card into 20 free hotel nights in Category 1 Hiltons, worth over $3,600 or 10 free hotel nights in Category 2 Hiltons worth over $2,000.

This is the biggest sign up bonus ever offered on a no-annual-fee Hilton 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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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The Hilton HHonors Signature Card’s (the one that earns points) sign up bonus has expired. Click here for the top current sign up bonuses.

For a limited time, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months. You can turn $2,500 or less of every day spending on the card into 20 free hotel nights in Category 1 Hiltons, worth over $3,600 or 10 free hotel nights in Category 2 Hiltons worth over $2,000. Or, the subject of this post, you can get five free hotel nights in Category 3 Hiltons worth over $1,500.

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The Deal

If you spend $2,500 on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card in the first three months, you’ll have at least 5,000 points from that spending plus you’ll unlock the 75,000 point sign up bonus for at least 80,000 points total.

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Eighty thousand Hilton points are enough for one 5-night stays at Hilton Category 2 hotels. (Hilton Category 2 hotels cost 20,000 points per night, but you get the fifth night free on award bookings as a cardholder of the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card). Eighty thousand Hilton points are enough for:

  • 20 free nights at Category 1 Hilton hotels (my picks here)
  • 10 free nights at Category 2 Hilton hotels (my picks here)
  • 5 free nights at Category 3 Hilton hotels (my picks in this post)

There are 404 Hilton Category 3 properties. The complete list is here. A ton of the properties caught my eye, so I searched their award availability and normal price to see where the best place for a five night stay would be.

Cool Locations, Nice Hotels, But Too Cheap

There were a lot of hotels that are in amazing cities and have great reviews, but I wouldn’t use Hilton points for an award because they are much cheaper than some other Category 3 properties. These include:

My Top Picks

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Phuket – Surin Beach

5 nights free with 80,000 points from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $1,308

You can stay on the beautiful Thai island of Phuket for five nights for only 80,000 points. I stayed in Phuket in September 2013, and this afternoon/evening sea cave tour is the best tour I’ve ever been on.

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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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Five nights would cost $1,308 or only 80,000 points with the fifth night free.

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Unfortunately for the next year I see no award availability. This is either a glitch or hotel that is using some trickery to get around the promise of no blackout dates when a standard room is available for sale. I have tweeted Hilton to alert them of the problem, which is hopefully quickly resolved.

Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residences

5 nights free with 80,000 points from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $1,349

I recently had to cancel a trip to Cairo. I would love to go to see the Pyramids, Sphinx, and Egyptian Museum. Somehow the Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Resiedences, where the base room is a two-bedroom suite, is only a Category 3.

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Book the two-bedroom, 1,900 square ft suite for five nights for 80,000 Hilton points or $1,349.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Goa – Arpora – Baga

5 nights free with 80,000 points from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $1,541

Goa is a resort destination in India.

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The basic room at the Hilton Goa comes with a lagoon view for 20,000 points per night.

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Other Expensive Properties

Bottom Line

I think Category 1–where 80k points is 20 free nights–and Category 2 Hiltons–where 80k points is 10 free nights–offer better value with Hilton points than Category 3 hotels where 80k points is only enough for one five-night stay.

But there are great Category 3 properties worldwide that can go for over $1,500 for a five-night stay during high season.

There are 404 Hilton Category 3 properties. The complete list is here.

If you spend $2,500 on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card in the first three months, you’ll have at least 5,000 points from that spending plus you’ll unlock the 75,000 point sign up bonus for at least 80,000 points total. Eighty thousand Hilton points is enough for a 5-night stay at Hilton Category 3 hotels. (Hilton Category 3 hotels cost 20,000 points per night, but you get the fifth night free on award bookings as a cardholder of the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® 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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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The Hilton HHonors Signature Card’s sign up bonus has expired. Click here for the top current sign up bonuses.

In 2013, Hilton gutted its award chart for its top tier properties by adding several categories and moving the most expensive properties from 50,000 points per night to 95,000.

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But during the gutting of the top end, the bottom tiers actually got less expensive! Categories 1 and 2 both got 2,500 points per night cheaper. Category 1 dropped to 5,000 points per night and Category 2 dropped to 10,000 points per night.

You now have to pay 19 times the number of points for a free night at Category 10 hotels compared to Category 1 hotels. That’s an extreme difference. IHG Rewards requires only 5 times the points for a top tier versus bottom tier hotel.

For me, Hilton’s extreme chart has bifurcated the Hilton program and created two viable strategies to maximize the program.

Strategy 1: Top Tier

The first strategy is to get the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card with Two Free Weekend Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months. This card also comes with automatic Hilton Gold Status.

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The free night certificates are good for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights, and the Gold status ensures free wifi and breakfast on your stays.

Since it costs one free night certificate whether you stay at a Category 1 or a Category 10, you should endeavor to use them at the most expensive hotels, namely one of the 62 Category 9 and 10 Hilton properties. I have already covered a few of these top properties before.

This “Top Tier” strategy for folks who want to stay at $1,000 per night properties they couldn’t otherwise dream of.

Strategy 2: Most Free Nights

The second strategy is to get a card with a sign up bonus in Hilton points not free nights and use them at low category hotels–a card like the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, which for a limited time is offering 75,000 Hilton Points after spending $2,000 in the first three months and automatic Hilton Silver status.

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Spending just $2,500 on the card in the first three months gives you at least 80,000 points, enough for:

  • 20 free nights at 54 Category 1 hotels
  • 10 free nights at 140 Category 2 hotels
  • 5 free nights at 400 Category 3 hotels

…including the 5th-night-free bonus available to all Hilton elites on award bookings.

Here are my top picks for the best Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3 hotels if pursuing this strategy.

Forsake the Middle

These strategies use categories 1, 2, 3, 9, and 10. I think Categories 4-8 hotels in the HHonors program offer poor value. They are too many points during peak season–30k to 80k per night–to get maximum value with points compared to Categories 1-3, and they are too cheap with cash to get maximum value with free night certificates compared to Categories 9-10.

If you want middle tier hotels, try a different program like IHG, Hyatt, or SPG.

You Can Simultaneously Pursue Both Strategies

You can pursue both of the strategies outlined above simultaneously, the points strategy for a lot of free nights and the Hilton Reserve strategy for a few unforgettable nights at one of the best hotels in the world. Just make sure that if you get both the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card and the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card, you get them at least eight days apart. (They are both Citi cards, and Citi will not approve two cards in a week.)

Resources to Plan Your Personalized Strategy

Where should you stay?

Reader Jeremy created and shared a spreadsheet of Category 1, 2, 9, and 10 properties that you can download here. For each hotel, the name, location, and a link to its Trip Advisor reviews are listed. It is a few years old, so some properties have changed categories, but it can be a good place to start.

Reader Dave made a map of the locations of the Category 1,2, 9, and 10 properties for visual learners. It is also a few years old. For up to date category information, check here. You can change categories by changing the number at the very end of the URL.

Bottom Line

Hilton has an extreme award chart on which some free nights cost 19 times other free nights. That requires us to adopt an extreme strategy and either try to get value with points at the bottom end, with free night certificates at the top end, or do both at once.

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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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The Hilton HHonors Signature Card’s sign up bonus has expired. Click here for the top current sign up bonuses.

For a limited time, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months. You can turn $2,500 or less of every day spending on the card into 20 free hotel nights in Category 1 Hiltons, worth over $3,600 or 10 free hotel nights in Category 2 Hiltons worth over $2,000.

 

The Deal

If you spend $2,500 on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card in the first three months, you’ll have at least 5,000 points from that spending plus you’ll unlock the 75,000 point sign up bonus for at least 80,000 points total.

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Eighty thousand Hilton points are enough for two 5-night stays at Hilton Category 2 hotels. (Hilton Category 2 hotels cost 10,000 points per night, but you get the fifth night free on award bookings as a cardholder of the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card). Eighty thousand Hilton points are enough for:

  • 20 free nights at Category 1 Hilton hotels (my picks here)
  • 10 free nights at Category 2 Hilton hotels (my picks in this post)
  • 5 free nights at Category 3 Hilton hotels (my picks here)

There are 140 Hilton Category 2 properties. The complete list is here. A ton of the properties caught my eye, so I searched their award availability and normal price to see where the best place for a five night stay would be.

Cool Locations, Nice Hotels, But Too Cheap

There were a lot of hotels that are in amazing cities and have great reviews, but they aren’t quite as expensive as some other Category 2s, but even with these hotels you are getting 1 cent or more of value per Hilton point, which is amazing. These include:

My Top Picks

HILTON PYRAMIDS GOLF RESORT

5 nights free with 40,000 points from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $2,073 for ten nights

You can stay less than 10 miles from the Pyramids of Giza at a beautiful, modern golf resort.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 11.12.01 PM Guests praise the pool, the location, and the golf course.Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 11.12.08 PMYou can stay five nights at this hotel for 40,000 Hilton points leaving you 40,000 points for five more nights at any other hotel in this post.
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With cash, five nights in the high season go for $1,036. That’s over 2.5 cents per point.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Agra

5 nights free with 40,000 points from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $1,610 for ten nights

According to reviews, the DoubleTree in Agra “is located conveniently for access to the Taj Mahal,” and you can even see the Taj from the hotel on clear days.

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You can book five nights at the gleaming new hotel for 40,000 Hilton points, leaving you enough points for five more nights at any other hotel on this list.

That’s a fantastic deal since five nights in November cost $805. That’s over 2 cents per point.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Beijing

5 nights free with 40,000 points from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $1,664 for ten nights

Centrally located in downtown (between the 1st and 2nd ring roads), this Beijing hotel has great metro access to see the whole city.

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I stayed in Beijing in late 2014 and hiked the Great Wall of China with my brother, which was an all-time travel highlight for me.

You can stay five nights at the DoubleTree Beijing to sample the food, culture, and Great Wall for 40,000 Hilton points, leaving you enough points for five more nights at anywhere else in this post.

That’s a great deal since five nights in July go for $882, which is over 2.2 cents of value per point.

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Other Expensive Properties

Here are some other expensive hotels in interesting cities that are Category 2 Hiltons you can book for 40,000 points for five nights:

Bottom Line

I think Category 1–where 80k points is 20 free nights–and Category 2 Hiltons–where 80k points is 10 free nights–offer the best value for the sign up bonus on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card.

There are Category 2 hotels that are near $1,000 for five nights in the high season, meaning 80,000 points could be worth around $2,000 in hotel stays.

There are 140 Hilton Category 2 properties. The complete list is here.

If you spend $2,500 on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card in the first three months, you’ll have at least 5,000 points from that spending plus you’ll unlock the 75,000 point sign up bonus for at least 80,000 points total. Eighty thousand Hilton points is enough for two 5-night stays at Hilton Category 2 hotels. (Hilton Category 2 hotels cost 10,000 points per night, but you get the fifth night free on award bookings as a cardholder of the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® 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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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The Hilton HHonors Signature Card’s (the one that earns points) sign up bonus has expired. Click here for the top current sign up bonuses.

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months. You can turn $2,500 or less of every day spending on the card into 20 free hotel nights, worth over $3,600.

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How to Get 20 Free Nights

Here’s the card’s earning rates and category bonuses:

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If you spend $2,500 on the card in the first three months, you’ll have at least 5,000 points from that spending plus you’ll unlock the 75,000 point sign up bonus for at least 80,000 points total. Eighty thousand Hilton points is enough for four 5-night stays (20 nights total) at Hilton Category 1 hotels.

75,000 point bonus + 5,000 points from spending = 80,000 points, enough for 20 free nights

Here’s a map of Hilton Category 1 properties, though there have been some changes and additions to the categories since those were made. Here’s an updated list from hilton.com of 53 Category 1 hotels.

Category 1 hotels cost only 5,000 points per night, so while 80,000 points isn’t even enough for one night in a Category 10 hotel on some nights, it is enough for 16+ nights in Category 1 hotels.

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The “+” in 16+ comes from the fact that elite members get the 5th night free on award stays, and the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card confers automatic Hilton Silver Status. That means that with 80,000 points, you can book 16 one-night stays or 4 five-night stays to get 20 free nights.

Where to Get 20 Free Nights

Here are some of the Category 1 hotels that caught my eye:

Hilton Salalah Resort (Oman)

20 nights free with 80,000 points from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $3,606

You can enjoy a luxurious Indian Ocean Resort with a huge pool for only 4,000 points per night on average instead of the 69 OMR ($179) cash price.

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Reviewers rave about the staff, food, and nearby beach.

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Five nights would cost $902 or 20,000 points with the fifth night free.

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Hampton by Hilton Panama

20 nights free with 80,000 points from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $1,844

You can enjoy a central location in Panama City for an average of 4,000 points per night instead of the $95 per night cash price.

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Five nights would cost $461 or 20,000 points with the fifth night free.

Here are some other properties that caught my eye in Category 1 because they are resorts or in interesting locations:

  • Hilton Alexandria Corniche (Egypt)
  • Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport (Indonesia)
  • Hilton Hurghada Resort (Egypt)
  • Hampton by Hilton Krakow (Poland)
  • Hilton Garden Inn Tucuman (Argentina)
  • Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort (Egypt)
  • Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort (Egypt)
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Hilton Sharm Waterfalls Resort

There are also a number of Category 1 properties in Mexico, Turkey, Colombia, and China with a few in the Unites States. Check out the full Category 1 list.

Bottom Line

The limited time offer on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus Hilton Points after spending $2,000 in the first three months.

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The card earns at least 2 points per dollar, so spending $2,500 on the card in the first three months would give you at least 80,000 points between the normal points for spending and the sign up bonus.

The card’s automatic Hilton Silver status means you get the fifth night free on award stays.

That stretches 80,000 points to 20 free nights at Category 1 hotels when you book four five-night stays.

Check out this (slightly out of date) map and spreadsheet of Hilton Category 1 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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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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If you have a Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, check your email for the subject line “Earn 5 additional ThankYou® Points on stays within the Hilton Portfolio | Enroll in one click!”

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 3.58.46 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 3.58.54 PM The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card already earns 3x points on gas and travel, including of course hotel stays, so once enrolled you will earn 8 total ThankYou Points per dollar on Hilton stays, the normal 3 plus the bonus 5.

The 8x is valid through May 31, 2016 on your first $1,000 spent at Hilton hotels, including all these brands.

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I value ThankYou Points at 1.9 cents each, so that’s an amazing 15.2% rebate on Hilton stays.

Unfortunately the one click enrollment isn’t working for me. I got this message on different days of trying.

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I haven’t called in to activate the deal because I don’t have any plans for hotel stays before the end of May.

Did anyone else get the offer? Did you have any trouble signing up?

Full terms and conditions from the email:

This offer starts upon enrollment. Earnings associated with this offer will equal 5 ThankYou® Point(s) per $1 spent on stays at hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio on top of the 3 points per $1 you ordinarily earn, and may overlap with other offers in which you are enrolled. Your stay must be completed and paid by05/31/2016 to earn the additional ThankYou® Point(s). You may earn a maximum of 5,000 additional ThankYou® Point(s) with this offer. You will not earn anyThankYou® Points on returns or credits. It may take 1 to 2 billing cycles from your stay for the additional ThankYou® Point(s) to appear in the primary cardmember’s account. This offer applies to the account referenced in this offer, is not transferable or valid for groups, and cannot be combined with other select offers from Hilton. To qualify for this offer, purchases including but not limited to charges at hotel restaurants, lounges, retail stores, or spas, must be charged to a cardmember’s hotel room bill and settled using the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card upon checkout. Certain on-property vendors may not permit cardmember to charge to their hotel room, and such charges are not eligible to earn additional ThankYou® Point(s). Hotels are responsible for classifying transactions to enable Citi® to recognize which ones qualify for this promotion. If Citi® receives a transaction without that information, Citi® is unable to recognize that it qualifies. Citi®reserves the right to determine which transactions qualify for this promotion.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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The Hilton HHonors Signature Card’s sign up bonus has expired. Click here for the top current sign up bonuses.

Hilton has two no annual fee credit cards–one issued by American Express and one by Citi. Both have limited time increased sign up bonuses. Sign up for both now and get 152,000 Hilton points after spending $3,000 total in the next three months, enough for 37 free nights at Category 1 Hilton hotels.

The Offers

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months.

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The card earns at least 2x Hilton points per dollar spent, so meeting the minimum spending requirement earns 79,000 total Hilton points.

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The Hilton HHonors™ Credit Card from American Express offers 70,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months.

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It earns at least 3x points per dollar spent, so you will have at least 73,000 Hilton points after completing its minimum spending requirements.

The 79,000 from the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card plus the 73,000 from the AMEX is 152,000 total Hilton points after spending $3,000 in the next three months.

Can You Get the Cards?

For the 75k Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offer:

For the 70k Hilton AMEX offer:

  • You are now limited to getting the bonus once per lifetime on AMEX personal cards. If you’ve gotten this exact card before, you can’t get it again with the bonus.

How to Get 37 Free Nights

Both cards give you automatic Silver status with Hilton, pretty sweet for cards with no annual fee. Hilton elites get the fifth night free on award stays, which start at 5,000 points per night.

That means you can stay five nights for 20,000 points. That’s 35 nights for 140,000 points, and two more nights for your last 12,000 points for 37 total free nights in Category 1 hotels. Here are my favorite Category 1 hotels.

Bottom Line

Citi and AMEX both offer a no annual fee Hilton card with a temporarily increased sign up bonus. You can get both and get 152,000 Hilton points after meeting their combined $3,000 minimum spending requirements, enough for up to 37 free nights at Hiltons worldwide.

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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The AA card offers in this post have expired, but they might come back. If they do they will appear –> Click here for the top current credit card sign up bonuses.

The Hilton HHonors Signature Card’s sign up bonus has expired. Click here for the top current sign up bonuses.

Since November, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® and CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® have each offered 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.

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Both offers are scheduled to end on Monday, February 29.

Since Monday, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has offered 75,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months, automatic Hilton Silver status, and no annual fee.

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Here’s how to time it to get both the Hilton card and one of the American Airlines cards.

  1. Apply for the American Airlines card you want today. For most people, that will be the personal card, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard®.
  2. In eight days, apply for the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card.
  3. Spend $5,000 on the cards in the next three months ($3k on the AA and $2k on the Hilton).
  4. In about three months, have 53,000+ American Airlines miles and 79,000+ Hilton points.

Why the eight days between applications?

Citi will only approve one card per week. It will also only approve two cards in two months, so if you have applied for another Citi card recently, make sure that card and the second of these applications is at least 65 days apart.

Why the American Airlines card first?

Because it expires Monday. There is no known end date for the 75k Hilton offer, but it should last at least a few weeks.

What are good uses of the miles and points?

Bottom Line

Two great American Airlines offers are ending, and one great Hilton offer just began. You can get an American Airlines and a Hilton card in the next eight days for 125,000 bonus points and miles.

Key Links:

  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® (personal)
  • CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® (business)
  • Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Hilton points normally cost 1 cent each. With the 80% bonus, the price drops to 0.56 cents per point.

If you buy the maximum 80,000 Hilton points today, you’ll receive 144,000 points for $800. With the bonus, you can buy any amount of points from 1,800 to 144,000 in 1,800 point increments.

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This is not the best promotion we’ve seen to buy Hilton points. In June 2015, we saw a 100% bonus on buy Hilton points brining the price down to 0.5 cents.

When to Buy (Math)

Is buying Hilton points for 0.56 cents each a good deal?

Here is the Hilton award chart.

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I would not buy Hilton points speculatively for 0.56 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 $28 per night. Category 2 properties would be $56. Top tier Category 10 properties would be $389 to $528 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. 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.

Bottom Line

You can buy 1,800 to 144,000 Hilton points for 0.56 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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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Hilton Gold Status is now a standard benefit of the American Express Platinum Card, Platinum Business Card, and (I assume) Mercedes-Benz and Ameriprise Platinum cards. That’s great news for me, since I just got the”regular” Platinum Card with a 100,000 point sign up bonus two months ago.

Hilton Gold Status is not automatic just by holding one of these cards. To get the status, click this link.

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I’ve updated Get the Most Out of Your American Express Platinum Card to include this benefit. If you have a Platinum card, you have to read that post.

What Is Hilton Gold Status?

Hilton Gold Status is the middle of three tiers of elite status and normally requires 20 stays or 40 nights in a year to earn.

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Here are the benefits:

25% ELITE STATUS BONUS

With Gold elite status, you automatically receive a 25% bonus on all the HHonors Base Points you earn.

5TH NIGHT FREE

Silver, Gold and Diamond elite members will receive every 5th night free4 on Standard Room Reward stays of 5 nights or more.

HOTEL BENEFITS1

Members with Gold status receive all the benefits in the lower tiers:

  • Digital Check-In: choose your room, and customize your stay from your mobile device up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Complimentary in-room and lobby Standard Internet access during stays at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Canopy™ by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™
  • Quick reservations and check-ins based on your room preferences
  • Late check-out2
  • Express check-out
  • 2nd Guest stays free3
  • Complimentary access to fitness centers and health clubs5
  • Two complimentary bottles of water per stay (at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Embassy Suites Hotels™, Hilton Garden Inn™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™ hotels)1

MY WAY GOLD MEMBERSHIP HOTEL BENEFITS:6

Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts

  • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room
  • 1,000 HHonors Bonus Points per stay or one in-room movie1 per stay

Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™

  • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room
  • 1,000 HHonors Bonus Points per stay or a complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay

Embassy Suites Hotels™

  • 500 HHonors Bonus Points per stay or two snack/refreshment choices per stay

Hilton Garden Inn™

  • 750 HHonors Bonus Points per stay or a complimentary Hot Cooked-to-Order Breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay

Hampton™

  • 250 HHonors Bonus Points per stay or choice of snack and non-alcoholic beverage

Homewood Suites by Hilton™

  • 250 HHonors bonus points per stay or two bottles of water and Pepperidge Farm cookies per stay

Home2 Suites by Hilton™

  • 100 HHonors Bonus Points per stay or choice of snack and bottled water per stay

Hilton Grand Vacations™

  • 1,000 HHonors Bonus Points per stay

Hat Tip Doctor of Credit

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Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

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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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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At 5 PM ET today (September 28, 2015), the 75,000 point sign up bonus on the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card expires. For almost three months, the card has offered 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. This is enough points for 15-18 free nights at Hilton Category 1 hotels.

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The normal offer on this card has historically been 40,000 points, so I do expect the sign up bonus to drop 47% today, but that’s just my speculation based on history.

How Can You Use the 75,000 Bonus Points?

Hilton points can be redeemed at all of the following brands.

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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, free access to fitness centers, and 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.

And any year in which you spend $1,000 at Hilton hotels, you will get 10,000 more Hilton points.

After meeting the minimum spending requirement, you’ll have at least 79,000 Hilton points (more if you use the card’s category bonuses discussed below.) Eighty thousand points are enough for 20 free nights in a Hilton Category 1 hotel10 free nights in Category 2 Hiltons, or 5 free nights in Category 3 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.

Sign Up Bonus

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has a sign up bonus of 75,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in three months on the card.

Seventy-five thousand points won’t get you even one night at a top tier Hilton, but it will get you up to 18 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

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.

If you want to book higher category hotels, I recommend Points & Money awards. By paying some cash for award nights, you can get a steep reduction in the points needed, which would stretch your 75,000 point sign up bonus much farther.

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Here is a full post on Hilton Points & Money awards.

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.

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  • 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.*

Plus you get 10,000 bonus points any year in which you spend $1,000 or more at Hilton hotels.

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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.

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

Full Offer

The 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.

  • Limited Time: Earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after making $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
  • Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at any participating hotel within the HiltonPortfolio.*
  • 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.*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Silver status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No annual fee.*

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® 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 a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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