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Citibank has an awesome co-branded credit card with Hilton hotels, which offers you Two Free Weekend Nights at almost any Hilton property in the world! This is the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card. The sign-up bonus on the Hilton HHonors Reserve Card, includes certificates good for 2 Free Weekend Nights which can be redeemed at almost any Hilton property in the world – that’s over 3,800 properties! The other Hilton credit card that Citi offers, is the Citi HHonors Visa Signature Card card which only has a 40,000 point signup bonus.
The Hilton brand includes Hilton Hotels, Waldorf Astoria, Conrad Hotels & others. The two free weekend night certificates have no category restrictions whatsoever. That means you can redeem your 2 free nights at top tier hotels, that would normally go for 80,000-95,000 points for just one night or when paying with cash, sometimes even upwards of $500-$600 a night! There are though about 38 hotels which are excluded see full list here. Weekend nights include Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night.
To get the 2 Free Weekend Night certificates, you need to make $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening. Additionally, If you spend $10,000 or more on the card in a year, you get an additional free weekend night certificate, per year.
With this card you also get free Hilton Gold elite status, which gives you free internet, free breakfast, late-checkout, 25% extra points for paid stays and a good shot at getting an upgrade. If you spend $40,000 within a calendar year on this card, you will get upgraded to Hilton’s top-tier Diamond status.
There are no foreign transaction fees with this card.
You will also earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton portfolio, 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases and 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other purchases.
The free night certificates are valid for 12 months after issuance and can be redeemed on “standard” rooms (no upgraded suites, etc). Though with gold status, it’s possible you may get an upgrade.
The annual fee on this card is $95, and is not waived the first year.
Some possible certificate redemption choices include:
- Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
- Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri
- Waldorf Astoria New York
- Conrad Maldives
- Conrad New York
- Conrad Tokyo
- Hilton Bora Bora Nui
- Hilton Paris
(Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem sample weekend rate, mid June - FREE with just one of your night certificates!)
I recently made a short jaunt to the holy land – as it was pretty hard to resist with the $350 ticket deal – and stayed over the weekend for free, using just one night certificate, at the new fabulously luxurious Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem. It was awesome! It’s the nicest hotel in Israel by far. It’s right next to Mamila and just right outside the old city. Service was great and I got an upgrade being that I was a gold member. The meals there are a bit pricey at $110 per meal per adult – good thing I had other arrangements. Breakfast however is free for Gold members, and is just amazing, lavish and abundant. Breakfast ends at 11 am on the weekend, so you can definitely use that as an early lunch if you prefer instead of spending the $110 on the regular lunch meal. The spa was not yet open, though it should be opening within the near future. Once open, it will be the only Hilton property in the world to boast entirely separate spas for both men and women.