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Hilton Honors Reserve Card review: Are the free weekend nights enough?

Pros

 

2 free weekend night certificates

This is a great intro deal without a lot of strings attached. You can use the certificates at over 2,500 Hilton affiliated hotels for a free night on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

There’s no fee the use the certificate and you can even stay at very expensive hotels like the Waldorf Astoria in New York. So this could save you $500 or more in hotel expenses. It’s great for capping off a honeymoon and there’s no better intro deal for free nights at the nicer Hilton hotels.

HHonors Gold status

This earns you free breakfast at most Hiltons as well as space available room upgrades and late check-out. It’s a benefit usually earned after staying at Hilton hotels 20 times a year, but it’s yours as long as you hold the Reserve and pay the annual fee.

Anniversary weekend night

Each year you spend $10,000 or more on the card you get another weekend night certificate good at over 2,500 Hilton hotels, which can more than offset the annual fee in value.

No foreign transaction fees

It’s the only Hilton HHonors card that offers no foreign fees.

Trip delay and cancellation protection

If a flight you book with the card is delayed more than 12 hours, you can get $500 to cover hotel or other expenses.

And if you can’t make a trip you book with the card due to medical or other covered reasons, you can get reimbursed up to $5,000 for nonrefundable travel expenses.

Cons

High annual fee, but not the fastest for Honors points

The annual fee is $95 a year.

If you’re after the Honors Gold status, the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express has a lower $75 fee, and earns points faster with 12x points on Hilton spend (vs 10x with the Reserve) and 6x at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations (vs 3x with the Reserve).

The only category where the Reserve comes out ahead is airline and car rental purchases at 5x (vs 3x with the Surpass Amex).

Honors points aren’t the most valuable

Hilton points aren’t the most valuable around, as it takes a lot of points just to get a free night at most hotels. Think 40,000 points or more for a decent hotel.

They make up for it by making the points really easy to earn, but if you’re simply trying to earn points for hotel nights via your card spending, other cards like the Chase Hyatt and Starwood American Express could earn you free nights at nice hotels more quickly.

Overall Rating
4.4/5 Stars   
Key Features

 

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio after you make $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio*
  • Earn 5 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other purchases*
  • Enjoy the benefits of HHonors Gold status as long as you are a cardmember*
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases*
  • Travel with ease and enjoy global acceptance with your Citi chip credit card
 

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

Annual Fee

Yes

Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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