We’re big fans of elite status at hotels with a global footprint, in which you can enjoy luxury perks in both your own backyard and across the world. It’s even better when we see a way to get elite status fast – in this case with Hilton.

Having covered our preferred shortcut to Hilton HHonors elite status for UK readers in a prior piece, today we take a look at the best shortcut for our US readers.
Citi Hilton Honors Visa

Compared to other major hotels, Hilton offers a very large selection of branded credit cards for US residents. Yet among them, the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa card is arguably the most generous for elite status and rewards bonuses.

And this particular card offer is currently at an all-time best.


Hilton Waikiki Beach

Upon enrollment, cardholders receive 75,000 Hilton HHonors points after $2000 in purchases in the first 90 days. This card normally only carries a 50,000 point bonus, so this is a remarkable opportunity to stay in some amazing Hilton properties for two or more nights.

With 75,000-plus points, you could potentially stay two nights free at excellent Hilton properties such as the Hilton Waikiki Beach Grand Wailea in Maui or the Hilton San Francisco – both ideal locations for any vacation.

More importantly, during these first 90 days cardholders are also given a special, customized fast-track offer to obtain Hilton HHonors Gold status with the requirement being just four stays* at any Hilton property over this time period.

This is the card’s greatest perk. Typically, 20 stays or 40 nights in a calendar year are required to reach gold status with Hilton. However with this card, you can attain gold status while saving yourself an extra 16 stays – an exceptional shortcut that could save you thousands of dollars.

Ideally, we recommend getting this card just prior to your next stay at a Hilton property. This way you can maximize the 90 day window in which to complete your four stays.

We should also note this card has no annual fee, any year any time. You can keep it and enjoy the benefits as long as you’d like, making it a truly risk-free proposition.


Cityscape Lounge: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco


Hilton Gold Status Benefits

So what do you get when you reach Hilton HHonors Gold?

Like many travel rewards programs, mid-tier elite status is where the real fun begins. Notable highlights include:

  • Complimentary room upgrades upon check-in on all bookings (space available)
  • 25 percent bonus Hilton HHonors points on bookings
  • Express check-in (Especially handy in a full lobby with a 20 minute check-in line)
  • Late checkout – 2pm
  • Free wifi
  • Executive Floor Lounge Access (When upgraded to rooms on Executive Floors)

For a complete breakdown of all Hilton HHonors Gold benefits, see here.

It’s rare we encounter a hotel credit card that combines the prospect of elite status and a windfall of bonus points together – all at zero cost to the traveler – but this is a rare offer.

Again, if you have any upcoming Hilton stays on the horizon, we recommend applying soon while this offer is valid. Even if you don’t, this is still a great card to acquire, if only to enjoy the 75,000 Hilton HHonors signup bonus points that come with the card.

Great offers like this don’t stick around forever. Grab it while you can and enjoy the upgrades!

Note: “Stays” are defined as one visit to a Hilton property, whether one night or several.

Photos courtesy of hotels.com


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