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I don’t post very frequently about Hilton HHonors, in part because of the award chart changes they made last year that were pretty brutal in some cases, in part just because there are multiple other programs that my family just personally uses more. However, the reality is that many mid-range and family friendly Hilton properties weren’t impacted by the big award chart changes, and some even got less expensive on points. Bottom line is Hilton HHonors points aren’t always useful for the same things they were a year ago (like luxury redemptions), but they are still a good tool to consider when looking for family vacations on points. Along those lines, I wanted to mention that one (of the many) Hilton co-branded credit cards has an improved limited time offer that is listed to run through April 18, 2014.
(Offer Expired) Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Visa Signature® Card – LIMITED TIME OFFER: 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first four months + $50 statement credit after you spend $50 or more on your first hotel stay within the Hilton HHonors Portfolio during the first six months of cardmembership
It is an annual fee free card, so it may appeal to those who don’t want to worry about paying or keeping track of annual fees for the long run. It also provides HHonors Silver status and a fast track to HHonors Gold status if you have four stays in the first 90 days of card membership. However, I think it is the sign-up bonus points and statement credit that would be most interesting to the majority of folks.
As I mentioned, there are many other Hilton cards issued by both Citi and American Express for you to choose from, with the Citi® Hilton HHonors Reserve Card typically coming out on top by my calculations as it awards two weekend night certificates after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening, and awards Gold status for the life of card membership. However, if you are looking for points you can use any day of the week, then that sign-up bonus of two weekend nights won’t be of much help. The highest Hilton sign-up bonus currently in terms of points is via the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express, though that card does come with an annual fee that is not waived the first year.
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