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Last week the news broke that after this year Citi will no longer issue or carry Hilton co-branded cards. Naturally, this will have a big impact on many who currently have those cards and their built-in benefits, as well as those who may not currently have a Citi Hilton card, but want to get one before they go away for good.
There are currently two Citi issued Hilton cards, the Citi Hilton Reserve card with a $95 annual fee that has a sign-up bonus of two weekend award nights awarded after you spend $2,500 on the card in the first 4 months. You can use those award nights at almost any Hilton property around the world. There is also the Citi Hilton Visa Signature card that has no annual fee and currently awards 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first 4 months.
If you don’t have one or both of the Citi Hilton Cards, but want to get in on them before they disappear forever, the obvious play is to get one or both of them at some point in the near future. That said, we don’t actually know when these cards may close to new applications, and the applications are acting wonky as we speak. More on that in a moment, but first let’s look at who is typically eligible for these sign-up bonuses.
Citi usually has a term on their card applications that states that the sign-up bonus is not available if you have had any Citi Hilton Honors card opened or closed in the last 24 months. What that means is that you can’t have any opening and closing Citi Hilton Card activity in the last two years and get a new sign-up bonus…it doesn’t mean you can’t actively hold a Citi Hilton Card, you just have to have had it for at least two years without opening or closing any Citi Hilton cards during that time.
However, their are exceptions to most rules, and there is a Citi Hilton card application link floating around that does not have that 24 month language.
As of right the second, it appears the Citi Hilton cards have been taken off both the Citi site and the Hilton websites, and only direct links to applications are working…and even then they are working somewhat sporadically and only from certain browsers. It would surprise me to see the applications going away now, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. If you have been on the fence and want to pull the trigger now, it isn’t the worst idea. I hope they aren’t going away yet to new applicants quite yet, but I did want to mention today’s developments in case it impacts you miles and points strategy
Update: I’m now seeing them on the Hilton site….again, after leaving earlier. I really hope they are just doing some updates and they still around for months to come.
I’d love to hear what you decide to do!
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