Blog Sidebar – Citi Hilton Reserve

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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.

Note that no other link or image on the blog (in the Hotel or Hot Deals credit card tab) had the incorrect link.

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!

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8 responses to “Blog Sidebar – Citi Hilton Reserve

  1. “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.” Not that it was in doubt but this explains why certain other bloggers have pumped the hell out of this card, some even claiming at first that there was no sign up bonus and then magically finding one a few days later. No harm in making money etc but would be much better for all of our reputations if everyone handled it the way you do.

  2. No wonder everyone’s been hawking the Reserve card so hard.

    Which is sad because I personally think that the Citi HH Card and Amex HH card are BY FAR the 2 best deals out there for the average person who can’t afford annual fees – the Citi card has no annual fee and my wife and I can (in theory) get a total of 16 cards per year for 800K miles, and the Amex has no annual fee, a tiny minimum spend, allows me to get any of their discounted rewards, and gets me as many points per dollar as the expensive HH cards on most things.

    Yesterday I used my “basic” HH Amex to buy $1300 in Marriott gift cards at a local grocer for a sudden unexpected business trip, earning $78 in free gasoline and 7800 HHonors points.

    This was a much better overall deal than the 6500 Marriott points I would have earned using their branded card, and Exactly the same as the points I would have earned by using either Hilton card with a huge annual fee.

    Plus, it’s very easy to get free Gold status another way if you know what you’re doing.

  3. I wish I knew what affiliate links pay. I know there is no chance to get a real number, but is it possible to find out ranges? While I am being indiscreet, to some extent it’s only fair to readers.

    So do affiliate links pay something like $0.01 per click, $1 per approved application, or are we talking $10, $100, $1,000? Or points? If MMS doesn’t want to give specifics, any other commenter with some knowledge of the matter please shine in. I really don’t know how some are able to make a living or side-income via blogging!

    @MMS: I respect and value your blog. Keep it up, you are a nice fellow and mistakes happen, so no harm done. (but feel free to add insight to my question too! 🙂 )

  4. @James my understanding is 10K points or miles is pretty standard. So more than double that is probably 25K miles.

    • @Phil
      – I do think it is a pretty strong card – especially being able to get Gold status for as long as you have the card. Personally, I feel that the AMEX SPG card gets more buzz than it deserves.
      @Adam K. – I agree. The basic AMEX Hilton card is worth keeping for the discounted AXON awards!

      @James – I can’t share the exact number since my agreement prevents that. But you can google around for a fairly accurate range. The middle number in your options is around the average payout for an approved application.

      @Grant Thomas
      – The Gold status with the Surpass is valid for only 1 year. $75K for 40K Hilton points seems expensive, but there isn’t a minimum spending required. However, you can get more Hilton points with the Hawaiian Airline cards (since they transfer 1:2 into Hilton) or the Citi Hilton 50K offers. I wouldn’t get the Surpass unless the minimum spending was an issue and you had exhausted the other ways to get Hilton points.

  5. @MMS, I know that the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve card provides gold status plus 2 free weekend nights after spending $2,500 in 4 months.

    What is your take on the AMEX Hilton Surpass card? You get gold status with that card, there is a $75 annual fee (not waived) and 40,000 HH points after your first purchase. There is a $3,000 spend min if you want to get an extra 20,000 HH points, but I’m not going to both doing that.

    So basically, the AMEX Hilton Surpass card provides gold status and 40,000 HH points for only $75. Is that a good deal in your eyes?

  6. @MMS, thank you for your suggestions. The annual fee is only $75 not $75,000 😛

  7. Enjoy your $250 sign up bonus….oh wait you only got the regular citi? Try $50 per approval. So yes Darius lost out on about $2250-450= $1800. I am not crying about this.