Million Mile Secrets reader Hua (thanks!) alerted me that while the header on the left sidebar of the blog described benefits of the Citi Hilton Reserve card (2 Free Hilton Weekend Nights & Free Hilton Gold Status), the card image was that of the regular Citi Hilton credit card with a 40,000 point sign-up bonus.
I immediately changed the image to the Citi Hilton Reserve card as soon as Hua pointed it out.
The Citi Hilton card gets you Gold elite status and 2 free weekend nights after spending $2,500 within 4 months, while the regular Citi Hilton card gets you 40,000 points after spending $1,000 within 4 months. For what it is worth, there is a 50,000 point offer for the regular Citi Hilton card, on the Hotel credit card tab, which has expired but still works.
I did some digging over the weekend and found that there have been 9 approved applications for the regular Citi Hilton card ever since I updated the banner ad on the blog at the end of August up to when Hua contacted me in mid-September.
I don’t know any details about who those 9 applicants are since all the information in the application form goes to the banks and none of it is shared with affiliates.
If you’re unsure of which card you have, you can look for the word “Reserve” on the card or you can call the customer service number at the back of the card to confirm the sign-up bonus on your card.
I suppose I could take the easy way out and remind you that you should always check the terms of the offer, on the application page, before applying for a card
But I won’t do that.
I screwed up, and I apologize if you are one of the 9 folks with a regular Citi Hilton card instead of a Reserve. The regular Citi Hilton has a $1,000 minimum spending requirement so make sure that you don’t spend the $2,500 needed to trigger the sign-up bonus on the Citi Hilton Reserve.
I try my best to list only the best offers on the blog, regardless of whether they pay me a commission or not. For example, I’m proud to list the Citi American Airline cards with the 50,000 mile bonus (instead of the 30,000 mile version which pays me a commission) or the Marriott credit cards which offer a $75 statement credit and don’t require a $1,000 minimum spending.
In case you’re wondering, the referral on the Citi Hilton Reserve is more than double the referral on the regular Citi Hilton card, so this hurt me too.
Thanks for reading Million Mile Secrets and keeping me honest!