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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.
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
Many low category hotels don’t have great locations, but the DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing is centrally located and near several sites.
The hotels goes for 990 yuan plus tax per night or 10,000 Hilton points as a Category 2 hotel.
Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, Managed by Hilton
The hotel’s location is stunning.
And a number of reviews rave about the pool.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
I stayed at the DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur in August 2013 and really enjoyed myself. Every stay starts with a warm chocolate chip cookie.
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.
A five-night stay is $763 or 40,000 points with the fifth night free.
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 date) spreadsheet 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.
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.