[Disclosure: I get a referral if you apply for a Citi Hilton credit card using the links on the blog. Emily and I are always grateful for your support!]
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!