How to Maximize Hilton Awards With 75K Bonus No Annual Fee Limited-Time Offer
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Key Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card
The no annual fee Hilton Visa has a limited-time offer of 75,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three months after a month-long hiatus.
The card comes with Silver status and a ‘fast track’ to Gold status (“four stays within your first 90 days of account opening or when you make $20,000 or more in purchases each calendar year”) and 10,000 bonus points at the end of each calendar year in which you spend $1,000 or more on stays within the Hilton Portfolio.
Here’s Hilton’s room night redemption chart:
5th Night Free: Hilton HHonors elite members receive every 5th night free on Standard Room Rewards (up to four free nights on a stay of 20 consecutive nights). This card comes with Silver, which qualifies.
Here’s the trick to know: It’s not technically night 5 that is free. If you’re booking a stay that’s longer than 5 nights, and some nights require more points than others, you should break up the reservation and use points for the 5 consecutive nights with the highest points price.
On the other hand if you book the full stay in one reservation, Hilton totals the number of points for the stay, averages them, and deducts one night’s worth. But if you book the five highest points nights as one redemption you will maximize the 5th night free.
Leveraging the Low Categories: Hilton offers more value than any other program for low category redemptions.
While Hilton’s top hotels aren’t as pricey in points (adjusting for inflated currencies) as Starwood’s, and while the Conrad Maldives, Conrad Koh Samui, and Hilton Bora Bora are super-desireable (I’ve been to the Koh Samui hotel and to the Hilton Bora Bora when it was part of Starwood), your points go the farthest for the outlier low category properties. You can certainly stretch your 5000 point per night redemptions with Hilton HHonors.
Rewards Category 1 Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman
Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card