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Citi is back with the biggest point offer it makes available for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card.
For a limited time, it’s now up to 75,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
This is the highest we typically see for this card, and was last seen in November. It’s well above the second highest offer we have seen for 60,000 points after $1,000 in purchases within 4 months.
The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature has no annual fee and earns 6 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within Hilton Portfolio, 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent at supermarkets, drugstores & gas stations, and 2 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on other purchases.
We tend to value Hilton HHonors points at just under a half a cent each. So a 75,000 point bonus could be worth about $375 in Hilton stays depending on how you use the points.
That’s a bit more than the 60,000 point offer which we value at around $300.
Hilton is changing the way points work this month, and dropping hotel category assignments, but our read is points should still be worth about a half a cent each, but if you were hoping to take advantage of some of the more generous cash and points deals for a set price, those won’t be available any more, and are being replaced by a sliding scale cash and points price that will smooth out the value per point.
Note that Citi has inserted the following language in the requirements for the offer: “Hilton HHonors Bonus Points are not available if you have had any Citi®Hilton HHonorsTMcard opened or closed in the past 24 months,” so you can’t take part if you held this or any other Citi HHonors card in the past 24 months.
You can use the points at most Hilton HHonors affiliated hotels, which include Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.
Looking at prices on the date of this post, 75,000 HHonors points gets you…
Almost a free night at the $499 a night Waldorf Astoria in Key West
A free night at the Hampton Inn near Times Square, saving over $300
Two nights at the Doubletree in San Diego
75k points for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature is as high as it gets for that card, but there are other cards that earn Hilton HHonors points with good offers to consider.
The no annual fee Hilton Honors American Express is now at an even higher 80,000 points for a limited time, until 5/31/17. It earns points from everyday spending more quickly than the Citi Hilton HHonors card, and there’s nothing preventing you from holding both cards and getting both bonuses. The Honors Surpass from American Express is at 100,000 points for a limited time, until 5/31/17. It has a $75 annual fee and instant Honors Gold VIP status.
And the Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard from Bank of America can earn you 90,000 miles that you can transfer into Hilton at a 1:1.5 rate, which nets you 135,000 HHonors points.
Or, you could work Citi ThankYou cards in the mix like the Citi ThankYou Premier, which earn points you can transfer at a 1:1.5 rate, so that every 10,000 points earns you 15,000 HHonors points.
There’s also a 2 free weekend night offer for the Citi HHonors Reserve card that’s been around for a while.
2 nights at a really nice Hilton could be worth 150,000 points or more, so in terms of total dollar value it’s still the biggest HHonors introductory offer out there.
But it’s a deal that seems to stay pretty consistent over time.
We’d focus on this 80,000 point Honors Amex or the 100k Honors Surpass Amex offer right now.
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