Blog Giveaway: Free Hilton Gold Status (or 10,000 Hilton Points) for Your Thoughts on the Citi Hilton Reserve Card

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I’ve been asked for feedback on the new Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card, and Citi has graciously donated 1 membership year of free Hilton Gold Status to one lucky blog reader!

Some readers may already have Hilton Gold Elite status so I’ll give you 10,000 Hilton points if you already have Hilton Gold or Diamond status.

Hilton Gold elite status is extremely valuable because you get:

  • Free internet and free breakfast which will save you at least $20 or more per day of your stay
  • A shot at upgraded rooms
  • 25% more points on paid stays

You normally need 16 stays or 36 nights or 60,000 base points during any calendar year to earn Hilton Gold elite status, but you can get it for free with the Citi Hilton Reserve credit card or with this blog giveaway!

I shared my thoughts on the Citi Hilton Reserve card earlier, but here are the top two things which I like and dislike most about the Citi Hilton Reserve.

I Like Gold Elite Status.  I like getting free Gold elite status, free breakfast,  & free internet just by having the Citi Reserve card.  It is fairly easy to earn Hilton points via credit card sign-up bonuses or by spending so getting free breakfast and internet as a benefit of Gold elite status will save time and money when you use your Hilton points.

I won’t cancel my Citi Hilton Reserve card (after I apply for it) for as long as it offers Hilton Gold status and Hilton Gold status continues to save me time and money.  The $95 annual fee is well worth the free Gold elite status.

I Like 2 Free Weekend Nights.  The 2 free weekend nights (weekend = Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) can be redeemed at any Hilton hotel after spending $2,500 within 4 months.  1 night at a top category Hilton hotel in New York, London, or French Polynesia costs 50,000 points or hundreds of dollars, so this will save you money for a weekend hotel stay.

Even if you don’t stay in a top category Hilton hotel, the 2 free nights are certainly worth more than the $95 annual fee.

I Don’t Like the Weekend Night Restriction.  I like the free nights, but I don’t like the restriction on using the free nights only on the weekends.  This makes it harder for a couple or family to have a vacation of more than 2 or 3 days, using the free night certificates with the card.

I Don’t Like Spending $10,000 for the Annual Free Night.  You have to spend $10,000 within your membership year to get a free weekend night certificate.  Again, I don’t like the restriction on using the certificate on the weekend.   But I understand the business case for a $10,000 requirement for the annual free weekend night.

But the card has many more positive features (no foreign transaction fee, Chip & Signature, and the ability to earn top tier Hilton Diamond status just by spending on the card) than drawbacks.

How to Enter to Win Free Gold Elite Status

Just leave a quick comment,  11:59 pm on Sunday, September 2, 2012, on what you like or dislike most about the Citi Hilton Reserve card and if you’re going to apply for the Citi Hilton Reserve card or not.

I’ll pick a random winner from the comments in this post.  Good Luck!

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624 responses to “Blog Giveaway: Free Hilton Gold Status (or 10,000 Hilton Points) for Your Thoughts on the Citi Hilton Reserve Card

  1. This is a really good credit card.
    Ongoing Gold Status + free breakfast + free Internet = Awesome 🙂

  2. For the way we travel (very few business trips) a hotel card doesn’t work anywhere near as well as a airline bonus card but this Hilton card does have some perks that sound good..the best is the free weekend stay but with the annual fee not waved I don’t think I’d apply for this card.

  3. Gold status as long as you are a member and free nights is a winner. Sounds like it is better than Amex. If I didn’t already have the Surpass Card from Amex, I would apply.

  4. Gold Status, 2 free weekend nights and bonus points for spending! I will be applying for this card.

  5. As someone who doesn’t travel more than a few times a year the gold status is a nice benefit along with no foreign transaction fees and visa acceptance. I also don’t like the spend requirements for the free night. I’ll probably be applying for this card in the near future.

  6. i like the no forex fee!

  7. I don’t like the high spend requirment for the free night. The gold status is a nice benfit if you saying at Hilton properties alot. Overall, I think there some other cards that will be on my list before this one.

  8. I love the Hilton Hotels, as their service is impecable. Two Free Nights and Gold Status are great for a hotel card!

  9. I recently stayed at 2 Hilton properties and was impressed by the customer service and hotels in general. I’ve always been a Starwood person, but times may be a changing…planning on applying for the card! I like the idea of 2 free nights – wish my SPG AMEX did that!


  11. I don’t like that the $95 fee is not waived the first year. I *LOVE* the two free nights!

  12. I don’t like that the $95 fee is not waived the first year. I *LOVE* the two free nights!
    P.S. I don’t plan on applying for the card.

  13. I don’t like the $10,000 limit to get a weekend stay, nor the $95 fee for the first year, affects churning. So no, won’t apply for this card.
    Thanks for all you do in keeping us up to date!!

  14. No foreign transaction fees are great and HiltonHonor Gold status alone means delicious free breakfasts during my stays at Hilton and DoubleTree!

  15. I like the two free weekend night, don’t like the $95 fee. I already have Hilton HHonors Surpass Card that give me the Hilton gold status, so I don’t plan to apply.

  16. Love the gold status and two free nights…..Will be applying for one.

  17. I don’t mind the weekend nights as that is when I am most likely to stay! And, of course, the opportunity to win Free Gold Status is very welcome 🙂

  18. I like the free internet and breakfast. Definitely worth considering!

  19. I like the instant status. I’ll probably apply for this card soon.

  20. The Hilton gold status is great if you don’t already have it. The annual fee not waived the first year isn’t so great. I’m still on the fence about this one. It’s probably a no.

  21. Gold status is great and the card allows you to earn up to Diamond status.

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  23. I’m Ben, not sure that was my comment or not, can tell from my email addy, no?