Citibank is known for their generous rewards cards, and the Hilton HHonors Reserve is no different. Two free weekend nights – several thousand dollars in value, potentially – are available with the card. Here are the details:
- 2 free weekend nights with $2,500 spend in 4 months
- $95 annual fee (not waived)
- 10 points per $1 spent at Hilton properties
- 5 points per $1 spend on airline and car rental
- 3 points per $1 spent everywhere else
- Immediate HHonors Gold status (upgrades!)
- No foreign transaction fees
- Approval difficulty: Easy (650+ credit score with decent income)
- Churn status: Good (can be reapplied for consistently following 8/65 rule described further below)
Similar to the Chase Hyatt card, the Hilton Reserve gives excellent value with two free weekend nights after $2,500 in purchases. To give some perspective, I used my two free nights at the Conrad Koh Samui where even a “standard award” was a private villa.
Upon being upgraded from Gold status, we received the two-story Royal Suite with a 78-foot infinity pool, separate dining and living room. At the time of booking, the “standard” villa was $1,000 per night and the suite $1,500 per night. That’s value.
The non-waived $95 annual fee is not ideal, but the $3,000 in value I received more than made up for it. For budget travelers though, the $50 per night could be spent elsewhere, especially in Thailand.
Also, in terms of earning Hilton points this card doesn’t do much for me. While 3 points per $1 spent is good in theory, the best Hilton properties now require 95,000 points per night – a ridiculously steep price. This means just over $30,000 in spending would unlock one night at a top-tier property – on par with the Chase Hyatt, but not in a good way.
The Final Word
My point should be clear: we stayed in a $1,500-a-night room from this card, so I am a raving enthusiast for having this in your luxury travel plans. The Gold status has also been invaluable, as it frequently offers free upgrades and free breakfast.
So I recommend you apply – with a top-tier Hilton property in mind – as soon as you’re able to. An application link and other useful information is included below.
Application link: 2 free weekend nights with $2,500 spend in 4 months.
Personal application support line: 1-866-606-2961.
Click here for the Citibank contact page.
Disclaimer: Photos credit to Citibank & TripAdvisor.