Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card 40,000 Point Offer Review

citi-hilton-hhonors-75kThe Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, from our partner Citi, is their no-annual fee.  Highlights:

  • Earn 40,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at any participating hotel within the Hilton portfolio.*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets, drugstores and gas stations.*
  • Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent on all other purchases.*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Silver status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No annual fee.*

This card is ideal for people who at least occasionally stay at Hilton hotels (as this card is also giving you a bunch of points and complimentary Silver status to try and get you to become more loyal). Hilton HHonors points are worth the most when redeemed for a hotel stay, as there aren’t really that many great cash-equivalent redemption options.

Silver Status perks include:

  • 15% bonus on all the HHonors Base Points you earn.
  • 5th night free on Standard Room Reward stays of 5 nights or more.
  • Complimentary in-room and lobby Standard Internet access during stays at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Canopy™ by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™
  • Two complimentary bottles of water per stay (at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Embassy Suites Hotels™, Hilton Garden Inn™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™ hotels)

Hilton points redemption varies from month to month. You can use this search tool to see how much a hotel will cost in any specific area (i.e. Honolulu or Paris). Here are some example redemptions for the months of October through December:

  • Honolulu, Hawaii. Hilton Waikiki Beach is 40,000 points. Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is 50,000 points. (Cost may be higher from 12/20 to 12/31.)
  • San Francisco, California. Hilton San Francisco Union Square is 50,000 to 60,000 points.
  • Orlando, Florida. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando is 20,000 to 30,000 points.
  • New York City, NU. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York – Times Square South is 70,000 points. Hilton Times Square is 80,000 points.

This Citi Hilton card is the version with no annual fee, the first year or any future year. If you have this card and are looking to sign-up again, please note this fine print:

Hilton HHonors Bonus Points offer not available if you have had a Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card account that was opened or closed in the past 18 months.

There is also another card called the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card which has a $95 annual fee, but has a bigger upfront bonus and ongoing perks. As you can see above, two free weekend nights can be worth over 160,000 Hilton points. I redeemed for nice stay in Hawaii myself, but I know that some people prefer the simplicity of having no annual fee.

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Comments

  1. Applied and Approved for 13k

    Thanks!

  2. In the Hilton Honors Shopping Mall they do offer a limited array of gift cards, but the points don’t go very far. The 50k bonus on this card is enough to get a $100 gift card for a restaurant or retailer.

    • Yup. The best cash-equivalent I could find was maybe the $100 gaming chip for 40,000 points good at the Las Vegas Hilton. You can easily get double that value at a hotel stay, remember that you won’t have to pay taxes etc either (compare with the full price not just pre-tax room price).

  3. I wouldn’t take the $100 gaming chip if it’s actually for the Las Vegas Hilton…there is no more Las Vegas Hilton…HIlton dropped it last year.

  4. This credit card is awesome. I’ve had it for quite some time now, Hilton and Startwood are two of my favorite hotels.

  5. You can also get a companion coach ticket within the US on United for 40k points.

  6. I wish you can redeem this for 500 gift card. I never appreciated paying at least $100 a night for a hotel when you can get a very clean and private hostel room for a fraction of that.

    Even better : I plan to camp out at Hawaii at designed camping areas with shower, bathrooms and grocery and dining nearby for only $3 a night! Who needs the fancy, overpriced rooms when you can have some adventure for next to nothing!

    • You can’t get a very clean hostel and private hostel for a fraction of $100 in any major US city.

      • Actually a quick search at hostelbookers led me to a result of a highly rated hotel at San Diego that could be had for $80 for two people in a private room. And there aren’t usually extra charges on top of that like in a hotel. And of course shared rooms at a decent hostel could be easy found for around $25 a person.

        Last time I was in London I got a deeply discounted room in a hotel from a friend. But it was so private and quiet there that I end up sleeping instead of seeing the city! So I actually prefer a little “inconvenience” of the hostel so it keeps me out of the room and seeing places!

  7. Damn, I just got this exact card two weeks ago for only the 40,000 bonus points! I wish I waited!!!

  8. Brad Ford says:

    Hotel points can be a godsend when you need/want to book a room during high demand periods. For example, weekend rates in NYC between Thanksgiving and New Years are jacked up – points aren’t.

  9. the link to apply seems dead

  10. Is there any way of finding out when this offer expires? We have just gotten another card we need to spend $2k on within two months, but if I can take this out in the next four weeks it will work for us to do it.

  11. Ken in Georgia says:

    I just find one thing unattractive about this offer — it’s from Citi. I’ve never had a credit card from them that I eventually did not live to regret — issues such as missing reward points, posting my payments late so that I incur late charges, refusal to acknowledge disputes, etc. Perhaps I’ve just had bad luck, but these kind of problems happened over the course of many years with a number of accounts from them (including Hilton Honors). I finally just reached the point where I decided I will no longer knowingly do business with Citi. And it’s not like I’m a complicated customer either; I pay my balance in full each month — no revolving, no cash advances, no balance transfer strategies, etc.

    • I have similar experiences with Citi about dispute and missing rewards.
      so who is actually giving the rewards anyway? Citi or the card sponsor, in this case-Hilton?
      Late last year I got a AMEX Hilton, AMEX refused to give me the 60K points after fulfilling the required spending because I had the card 6 yrs ago. It further started that Hilton is the one not honoring the rewards.
      If that is really the case, I, or any of you with the same situation, probably again b denied the points with Citi?

  12. Marvin Kuznitz says:

    Has this happened to anybody? I also have a CitiBank Hilton Honors card to get more points. In the September credit card statement the statement prominently said I was awarded a loyalty bonus of 30,000 points along with points for my hotel stays and other spending. I never saw the 30,000 points credited to my Hilton Honors account. After a few months I called Citi and they said they would look into it. After a number of phone calls and messages they said “Due to a technical error, we showed 40,000 points were added to the 08/04/2015 billing statement. The limit of points you can earn with the Loyalty special promotional offer is 10,000. We reversed the overage of 30,000.”

    Besides getting more and more stingy with rewards, could they have decided to reneg on some awards they have already given out?

  13. Hello,
    I was wondering if there is any way to transfer these points to Thankyou.com

  14. Oh wow, nice. I’m working on my Chase Sapphire card now so I don’t think I can get another card. I won’t be able to meet the spending threshold… 🙁

  15. We have the Hilton Honors American Express card. Did Hilton switch to Citi like Costco did? This looks like a great deal, too.

  16. Does this point ever expire? Can anyone please confirm soon so that I can apply for this card before the deal goes away

  17. Hi Jonathan,

    If my wife also applies for the same card, can we merge the points while booking a trip as I have also got 75K points?

    Any idea if you are aware?

    -JR

    • Hilton does not offer household or family pooling as far as I know. You can book the nights separately and then have the hotel match up the bookings so you stay in the same room. You can also transfer points to another person’s account but it costs $25 per 10,000 points.

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