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Today (August 31, 2015 until 11:59 PM ET) is the last day to buy Hilton HHonors points with an 80% bonus.

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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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In June, we saw a 100% bonus on buy Hilton points brining the price down to 0.5 cents. Since July 7, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has offered 75,000 bonus Hilton points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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.

Instead of free nights, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card comes with 75,000 bonus Hilton points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Check out my review of the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, which explains how the sign up bonus is worth 18 free nights at Category 1 hotels. The card also comes with automatic Hilton Silver Status and no annual fee ever.

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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

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card with 75,000 bonus Hilton points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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Hilton offers the chance to combine points and money to book hotel rooms, which can be a way to stretch both your points and money further. But are these Points and Money awards a better value than free night awards?

I’m digging deep into the Hilton program because right now the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus Hilton points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

Check out my review of the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, which explains how the sign up bonus is worth 18 free nights at Category 1 hotels.

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What are Points and Money Awards?

Points and Money awards allow you to book a room with 40% of the number of points that a free room costs plus a cash co-pay.

Of course, if you’re familiar with the Hilton chart, most categories have a range of points for a free night. The 40% is always of the maximum number of points needed for that category. So Category 7 Points and Money Rewards require 24,000 points (40% of 60,000) plus a cash co-pay.

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While free night awards are available whenever a standard room is for sale, Points and Money awards are capacity controlled and only available at the discretion of the hotel.

Points and Money awards do not offer the fifth night free like free night awards booked by elites do. (The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card confers Silver elite status.)

How to Think about Points and Money Awards

I think about Points and Money awards two ways.

“Price” to “Buy” Points

I think about them like I am booking a free room and then simultaneously being offered the chance to buy back some of my Hilton points.

For instance, a free night at a Category 1 hotel costs 5,000 points. The Points and Money option at Category 1 hotels costs 2,000 points + $30. If I booked the Points and Money option, I’d think about it like “buying” the 3,000 points I was saving compared to a free night for $30. That is like buying Hilton points for 1 cent each. That’s a terrible deal, since Hilton points are worth 0.4 cents each to me.

But many categories offer a better deal for “buying” back the points you save compared to a free night. Below is a chart showing the prices of free nights, Points and Money nights, and the “price” you are paying to “buy” points in each category. The last two columns show the “price” of “buying” points depending on whether the free night is the the minimum number or maximum number of points in its range.

For instance, if a Category 4 hotel offers a free night for 20k points, and you pay 12k + $50, you just bought 8k points for $50 or 0.625 cents each. Bad deal! But if the free night was 30k points and you pay 12k + $50, you just bought 18k points for $50 or 0.28 cents each. Good deal!

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The big thing to notice is that Points and Money awards are a much better deal when a free night costs the maximum number of points allowed by its category. For instance, a Category 6 hotel that costs 50,000 points is a much better Points and Money candidate than a Category 6 hotel charging only 30,000 points for the night.

Total Value Expended

The other way I think about Points and Money awards is how much total value I am expending for the night. I value Hilton points at 0.4 cents each, so a free nights costs me the number of points needed times 0.4 cents. A Points and Money night costs me the number of points needed times 0.4 cents plus the cash co-pay.

Below is a chart showing the value I’m expending for free nights and Points and Money nights in each category.

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Notice that Category 1 and 2 properties are always a better deal as free nights. Category 3 properties are always a better deal as Points and Money nights. Categories 4-10 can be a better deal with either. It depends on exactly how many points a free night costs, since that is variable in Categories 4-10.

How to Search Points and Money Availability

Each hotel decides whether to open Points and Money availability. To search for it, perform a normal search with “Use flexible dates” and “Use HHonors Points” checked. I like to perform my search for only a single night to get exact results on which nights have Points and Money space.

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Bottom Line

Points and Money awards from Hilton can be a great way to stretch your points farther. They are particularly attractive for great Category 3 hotels (here are my favorite Category 3 Hiltons), and Category 4-10 hotels that are charging the highest number of points for a free night.

Do the math between paying for a stay with with cash, with points, or as a Points and Money award to determine the best deal for each stay.

Right now the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus Hilton points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. Those points can be the basis of a lot of Points and Money nights.

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The Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre is listed as a Category 3 hotel but prices as a Category 2 hotel. That means you can book it for 10,000 Hilton points per night instead of 20,000. Or if you are an elite, you can book the hotel for 40,000 points for five nights instead of 80,000.

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I noticed this as I was researching ways to spend points earned from the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card with 75,000 bonus Hilton points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. The card comes with automatic Silver elite status.

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Warsaw is an awesome city, and far less touristy than Krakow, and the hotel is well situated in the center.

What Category is the Hotel?

In 2013, the hotel was a Category 4 hotel requiring 20,000 to 30,000 points per night.

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I do not see when its category was changed, but it is now listed on hilton.com as a Category 3 hotel, meaning it would cost 20,000 points per night year round.

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But if you run an award search, the hotel prices at 10,000 points per night, the Category 2 price.

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Bottom Line

If you’re looking at a trip to Poland, you can book the Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre for 10,000 points per night or 40,000 points for five nights.

The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card with 75,000 bonus Hilton points after $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. The card comes with automatic Silver elite status. It has no annual fee ever.

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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 spending on the card into 20 free hotel nights, worth over $1,500.

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

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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.)

There are 393 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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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, 1900 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 393 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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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 spending on the card into 20 free hotel nights, worth over $1,500.

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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 and 2 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 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

Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed by Hilton

20 nights free with 80,000 points from Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
Retail cost: $1,544

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

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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 that began on Tuesday 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 datespreadsheet and map of Hilton Category 1 and 2 properties to see if any excite you because theC iti® 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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I don’t spend much time in hotels (here’s a breakdown of where I’m sleeping as I travel 365 days this year), but I’ve been looking at booking some upcoming hotel stays. I carry several co-branded credit cards, but as I’ve crunched the numbers, my Citi Prestige® Card has come out as a better option for paying the hotel stay in almost all cases.

That’s especially true if I’m looking at a four night hotel stay, since the Citi Prestige® Card offers the fourth night free on paid hotel stays, which is an ~25% rebate (more if you’re doing it right.)

But even on a one night stay at a chain hotel where I have the hotel’s credit card, the Citi Prestige® Card‘s 3x hotel category bonus is usually a better option. Since I value ThankYou Points at 1.8 cents each, getting three points per dollar is like a 5.4% return for me. I can either use the points for 1.6 cents off American Airlines and partner flights or transfer them to 11 types of miles.

Let’s take a look at some major chain and non-chain hotels to see the return from using a co-branded card versus the Citi Prestige® Card. In parentheses is the card I’d use for a stay at that hotel chain. If there is nothing in parentheses, I’d use the Prestige. Here are there rankings by number of affiliated hotels according to Wikipedia:

1. Wyndham (Wyndham card for American properties)
2. Choice (Choice card for American properties)
3. IHG
4. Hilton
5. Marriott
9. Club Carlson
10. Starwood (maybe SPG Card for American properties depending on how you use ThankYou Points)
15. Hyatt (SPG Business Card for American properties)
Non-chain hotels

1. Wyndham

The Wyndham card offers 5x points per dollar on Wyndham stays at the following brands:

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I value Wyndham points at 1.33 cents each now that you can book any Wyndham property for 15,000 points per night. That’s a 6.65 cents per dollar return from the Wyndham card versus 5.4% from the Prestige.

But the Wyndham card has a 3% foreign transaction fee that the Prestige doesn’t have, so only use the Wyndham card at American properties, not abroad where the Prestige offers more value.

2. Choice

The Choice card offers 15x points per dollar on Choice stays at the following brands:

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I value Choice points at 0.5 cents each. That’s 7.5% back.

But the Choice card has a 3% foreign transaction fee that the Prestige doesn’t have, so only use the Choice card at American properties, not abroad where the Prestige offers more value.

3. IHG

The IHG card offers 5x points per dollar on IHG stays at the following brands:

  • Candlewood Suites
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Hotel Indigo
  • InterContinental
  • Staybridge Suites

I value IHG points at 0.7 cents each. That’s 3.5% back.

I’d prefer to get 3x points by paying with the Citi Prestige® Card, which I value at 5.4% back.

4. Hilton

The Hilton Reserve offers 10x points per dollar on Hilton stays at the following brands:

  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Embassy Suites
  • Curio, A Collection by Hilton
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Hampton Inn
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton
  • Canopy by Hilton
  • Hilton Grand Vacations

I value Hilton points at 0.4 cents each. That’s 4% back.

I’d prefer to get 3x points by paying with the Citi Prestige® Card, which I value at 5.4% back.

5. Marriott

The Marriott card offers 5x points per dollar on Marriott stays at 18 brands including Marriotts and Ritz-Carltons.

I value Marriott points at 0.4 cents each. That’s 2% back.

I’d prefer to get 3x points by paying with the Citi Prestige® Card, which I value at 5.4% back.

9. Club Carlson

The Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card offers 10x points per dollar on Club Carlson stays at the following brands:

  • Country Inns & Suites
  • Hotel Missoni
  • Park Inn
  • Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
  • Quorvus Collection
  • Radisson Hotels
  • Radisson Blu
  • Radisson Red

I value Club Carlson points at 0.4 cents each. That’s 4% back.

I’d prefer to get 3x points by paying with the Citi Prestige® Card, which I value at 5.4% back.

10. Starwood

The SPG card offers 2x points per dollar on SPG stays at the following brands:

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I value Starpoints at 2.5 cents each. That’s 5% back.

I’d prefer to get 3x points by paying with the Citi Prestige® Card, which I value at 5.4% back. But if you use ThankYou Points like cash toward American Airlines flights, they are worth 1.6 cents each, so you’d only get 4.8% back.

In any case, the SPG card has a 2.7% foreign transaction fee, so definitely use the Prestige at Starwood properties aborad.

15. Hyatt

The Hyatt card offers 3x points per dollar on stays at the following brands:

  • Park Hyatt
  • Andaz
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Hyatt
  • HYATT CENTRIC
  • Hyatt Place
  • Hyatt House
  • Hyatt Zilara
  • Hyatt Ziva
  • Hyatt Residence Club

I value Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each. That’s 4.5% back.

However you can actually do better by using any American Express OPEN Business card, which offers 5% off Hyatt stays. The best would be the SPG Business card because you’d get 5% off plus 1 Starpoint per dollar (another 2.5%) for 7.5% back total.

Non-Chain Hotels

Definitely get 3x points by paying with the Citi Prestige® Card, which I value at 5.4% back.

Bottom Line

The Citi Prestige® Card is always the best card to book hotel stays of four nights with the fourth night free, and is often the best hotel card to book any stay.

The only hotel credit cards that offer a better return at their own hotels are the Wyndham and Choice cards, and those only offer a better return at American properties because of their foreign transaction fees.

Check out my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like $250 in airfare or airline fee credits per calendar year, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

 

  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year
  • Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
  • Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
  • Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
  • Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
  • Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
  • 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases

Application Link: Citi Prestige® Card

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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. 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 20 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 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 “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.

  • 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 Hilton 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.*
  • 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 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 7/9/15: All these deals are dead. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has come out with an even better offer! 75,000 bonus points after spending $2k in the first three months.

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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Shockingly for a limited time the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has come out with an even better offer! 75,000 bonus points after spending $2k in the first three months.

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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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Shockingly for a limited time the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has come out with an even better offer! 75,000 bonus points after spending $2k in the first three months.

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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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Shockingly for a limited time the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has come out with an even better offer! 75,000 bonus points after spending $2k in the first three months.

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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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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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Shockingly for a limited time the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card has come out with an even better offer! 75,000 bonus points after spending $2k in the first three 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.

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 2.43.19 PMYou can use the free weekend night certificates one at a time or combine multiple certificates into a single stay. You book by calling 800-HHONORS.

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.

Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 2.49.01 PMI wouldn’t pay $3,300 to stay there, but it would be one of my top choices with the two free nights from the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card.

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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.
Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 2.49.23 PMIf you definitely want an island getaway, you can also consider the Hilton Seychelles.

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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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