New Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Perks Aren’t Much Better

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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.

The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Card Has Added New Features

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)

Link:   My Review of the Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card

Citi recently sent out an offer in the mail to Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature cardholders letting them know about improvements they’ve made to the card:

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

New Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Perks Aren't Much Better

The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Now Gets You Gold Status (Free Internet and Breakfast) – but You Have to Spend $20,000 (Ouch!) in a 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.

New Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Perks Aren't Much Better

Use Your Free Weekend Nights From the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve to Get Big Travel at 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!

I’d much rather pay an annual fee on the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve or American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass and get Gold status automatically.

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.

New Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Perks Aren't Much Better

You’ll Earn More Points for Regular Spending at Hilton Hotels With Other Cards

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.

Bottom Line

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!

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One response to “New Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Perks Aren’t Much Better

  1. Eric Christensen

    I’ve had the Citi HHonors card before once and cancelled. Can I reapply for the card and get the bonus again? If so, is there a waiting period between bonuses (Like Chase and 24 months)?

    Thanks,