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Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Trent who emailed:
Just got a mailer [from the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card] that it “keeps getting better.”
A reason for me to use my Citi HHonors card now when staying at Hilton.
Annual loyalty bonus of 10,000 HHonors points when you spend $1,000 per calendar year on stays within the Hilton portfolio. And Gold status after you spend $20,000 per calendar year.
I always like it when banks add benefits! But do these changes make a difference in deciding whether to apply for this card?
What’s the Deal?
Link: Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature (50,000 Point Offer)
Earn an annual loyalty bonus of 10,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points at the end of each calendar year in which you spend $1,000 or more on stays within the Hilton Portfolio
Earn an upgrade to HHonors Gold status after you make $20,000 or more in purchases each calendar year
I checked the landing page for the card and the changes aren’t mentioned yet. But I did find them on the Hilton website.
The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card has a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Hilton points after you spend $1,000 in 4 months. And there’s no annual fee. You also get:
- 6 points for every $1 you spend at Hilton hotels
- 3 points for every $1 you spend at supermarkets, drug stores, and gas stations
- 2 points for every $1 you spend on everything else
- Free Hilton Silver Elite status (15% points bonus on Hilton points earned, 2 free bottles of water, late check-out)
- Free Hilton Gold Elite status (free breakfast and internet) after staying at a Hilton 4 times in the 1st 3 months (or with the new perks, spending $20,000 in a calendar year)
So should you consider getting this card because of these improvements?
This Isn’t the Best Hilton Card
I’ve written that I prefer the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card, because you get Gold status (free breakfast and internet) and 2 free weekend nights at almost any Hilton after completing minimum spending requirements. The annual fee is $95.
Plus, you get a free weekend night certificate when you spend more than $10,000 in a calendar year. That could be worth over $1,000 if you used it at a top-category hotel, like the Conrad New York.
You can also get free Gold status with the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card, which has a $75 annual fee.
To get Gold status with the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card, you have to spend $20,000 in a calendar year (or stay at a Hilton 4 times in the 1st 3 months). There are better cards for Big Spenders!
If you spend a lot of money at Hilton hotels, keep in mind that every other Hilton card earns MORE points on Hilton stays than the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa card.
That said, some folks don’t like paying an annual fee. So this card could be worth it, especially if you think you’ll spend $1,000 or more at Hilton hotels in a year. The new 10,000 point loyalty bonus could get you a free night in a lower-category Hilton hotel.
And if you’re someone who likes getting the same card a 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th) time for the sign-up bonus, folks on FlyerTalk report the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa is easy to get again.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this card just for the newly added benefits. But if you’re running out of Hilton cards to apply for, or are looking for a no-annual-fee Hilton card to quickly increase your points balance, it might be a good choice.
Citi has added 2 new benefits to the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card.
You’ll now earn 10,000 bonus Hilton points if you spend $1,000 at Hilton hotels in a calendar year. And if you spend more than $20,000 in a calendar year, you’ll get free Gold status that entitles you to complimentary breakfast and internet.
Other Hilton cards give you Gold status automatically (but you’ll pay an annual fee). But the 10,000 point loyalty bonus (worth 1 night in a low category Hilton) might appeal to some folks, especially if they want a no-annual-fee card.
I won’t be getting this card just for the new perks. But if you already have the card (or are considering it anyway), you might like the added features.
Thanks for the email, Trent!