Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card: Two Free Weekend Nights (Which I Redeemed for $1,109 Value)

Update: Got my two rewards certificates and redeemed for $1,000+ worth of rooms in Hawaii. Details following. I applied for this card on the same day as the US Airways 40,000 miles bonus, 7/14. Not sure about approval date but my first purchase was on 7/22. First statement closed on 8/20, in which I charged $1,800 and also paid the $95 annual fee (but didn’t satisfy the $2,000 spend yet). Second statement closed 9/18, where I did meet the $2,500 spending hurdle. I was issued the two weekend night certificates via e-mail on 9/20. Here is a screenshot:

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According to commenter TJ below who satisfied the spending requirements in the first billing cycle, s/he got the certificates two weeks after the close of the 1st statement. My guess is that they just want to make sure you pay the annual fee. Also, good tip to check your spam folder for the e-mailed certificates!

I called in on 9/22 to book the nights I wanted at my resort of choice – the Grand Wailea (Waldorf Astoria) in Maui. (I’ve never stayed there before, but it looks pretty awesome.) Keep in mind that although there are no category restrictions (it doesn’t matter how expensive the hotel is on average), you can only book a “standard room” which I believe is their cheapest tier of rooms. So if you want a busy weekend that is coming up soon and those cheaper rooms are sold out, you may not get it. However, I was able to get two consecutive weekend nights in November, only two months from now. I am also able to cancel without any penalty or fees up until 14 days before the booking.

If I was booking with cash on the exact same dates and exact same room, it would have cost me $1,109.25. Here’s proof via screenshot from the booking website:

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If I was to have used points, it would have taken 70,000 per night for a total of 140,000 Hilton Honor points. Note that I took out the resort fees, which are reportedly waived when booking with certificate or points redemptions (any taxes on the room rate are included). These would be $25 per night ($28.35 with taxes). You actually get the following stuff too: “Guest internet access; beach umbrellas for use on Wailea Beach; admission to twice daily SCUBA clinics; free bike rental”. I’m quite happy with this result, as it was my goal to visit Maui this winter.

Original post with review of card details below:

hiltonreserveThe premium co-branded Citi Hilton Hotels card is the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card. The sign-up bonus includes certificates good for 2 Free Weekend Nights, with “weekend night” meaning a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night. If you like staying at posh hotels, you can get $500+ value out of each certificate and easily $500 of value out of them together. Card feature summary:

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton HHonors portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible purchases*
  • Free HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card
  • $95 annual fee.

The two free weekend night certificates have no category restrictions, but do have the following exclusions (often these are condo-hotels). Certificates are valid for 12 months after issuance. Must be used on “standard” rooms (no upgraded suites, etc). Room taxes are included with the certificates. Booking the same rooms using rewards points would cost 50,000-70,000 HHonors points per night. Possible choices include:

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In the end, this is a great way for casual travelers to stay two nights at a really fancy hotel where you can’t imagine paying over $300 a night. Alternatively, this card is good for regular travelers where Hilton is your hotel chain of choice. Free Gold status offers perks like late checkout, free Wi-Fi, and a free breakfast at many hotels. For future years, if you spend $10,000 in a year you get another free weekend night certificate, which you can weigh against the $95 annual fee.

I just applied for this card. I would normally like to use the certificates for something international and exotic, but with two toddlers I’m pretty sure we’re going to use it for the Grand Wailea in Maui. My application is pending; you can check via their application status number 888-201-4523.

Comments

  1. If my wife and I both apply do we get 4 certificates or is there a one offer/ household restriction?

  2. @whytax – Credit card approvals and promotions are always based on individuals, so yes you can double up with a spouse, partner, or just friend and get 4 certificates. :)

  3. I’m all over this, gonna burn some miles soon.

  4. Am I missing something, or is there no clear list of which hotels can be used for the 2 free nights?

  5. i spent my $2500, didn’t see any notes in the statement. anyone know if they just mail the certificates to you or something?

  6. Has anyone received these certificates? How do they arrive and how long does it take? I qualified over a month ago but haven’t seen anything yet and I don’t really know what I’m looking for (electronic or paper)

  7. I received 2 emails with electronic certificates a couple weeks after the close of the 1 st statement. Check or spam folder

  8. Shannon says:

    This is a great deal. I signed up for this card last year and just used it on 2 free nights at Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri. The $95 annual fee more than makes up for staying at a very classy place that normally costs over $300/night. I can also vouch for the Grand Wailea in Maui and Kauai. Great pools.

  9. Do these certificates expire in 12 months after issue?

  10. -Is the annual fee waived for first year?

    • No, not in the current version of this offer. You have to consider that. The $100 statement credit could be seen as canceling that out, so you still get the Two free weekend nights, higher points earning rate, and elite status benefits.

  11. Is the annual fee waived for first year…

  12. I found this list of excluded hotels…it looks like the Wailea hotel is on the list? Maybe this doesn’t apply to the credit card offer?

    https://www.hiltonhhonors.com/ProcessLanding/ProcessLanding/?lp=citiparticipatingproperties

    • Actually, only “Ho’olei at Grand Wailea” is on the excluded list. Those are a separate property from the Grand Wailea hotel. Ho’olei are villas which are I believe condos owned by private individuals that are rented out like hotels when the owners aren’t using them. Bottom line, you can still book a standard room at the main Grand Wailea hotel using these certificates.

  13. Thanks for your good posts.

    I suppose you could book one night on points- and another night cash –and get the $100 credit?

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