When Will You Get Your Hilton Reserve Card’s Two Free Night Certificates?

This past February, I applied for a number of cards, including the Citi Hilton Reserve. I got the card for the free Hilton Gold status and the big benefit:

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening.

I am excited to report that I now have my free night certificates!

What was my experience? How did I receive the certificates? How quickly did they arrive? Where am I thinking of using them?

I originally applied for the card on February 16. I applied online, and after a quick call to Citi’s reconsideration line, I was approved. I received the card in the mail less than two weeks later and activated it.

In order to receive the two free weekend nights, I had to spend $2,500 within four months of the account opening. I met this spending requirement on my statement that closed on June 10. I met the requirement in about three-and-a-half months. Over that time period, I kept track of how much I had spent and how much more I had to go using my Citi online account. When I was sure that I had spent $2,500, I tucked the card away and moved my spending over to another card.

The Terms and Conditions for this card state, “Please allow 6-8 weeks after purchase requirements have been met to receive your certificate.” I received mine after only four weeks.

On July 12, I received two separate emails from Hilton HHonors that each contained the following e-certificate. Each certificate is good for one weekend night stay at select Hilton hotels.

Interestingly, the certificates were issued on July 3 but were not sent to me until July 12. They expire one year after the date of issue — July 3, 2014 in my case.

Because you earn two one-night certificates, you don’t have to use them consecutively or even at the same property.

I plan to use my free nights at top-tier Category 10 Hilton hotels that can go for up to $1,000 a night, so that the card can give me a little taste of luxury I otherwise could never afford.

In addition to the certificates, I have earned about 8,400 Hilton points by spending $2,800 on the card at its base earning rate of 3 Hilton points per dollar. This is actually enough points for a free night at a Category 1 hotel and almost enough for a night at a Category 2 hotel.

Recap

It took me a total of five months to receive the biggest perk that the Citi Hilton Reserve offers–two free weekend nights at Hilton hotels across the globe.

The only question is: Where am I going to redeem my two nights? Any suggestions?

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card with Two Free Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 in four months

 

  • Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio after $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening*
  • Earn 10 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton HHonors portfolio*
  • Earn 5 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on airline and car rental purchases*
  • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points per $1 spent on all other eligible 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
  • Earn an anniversary bonus of 1 weekend night certificate at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio each cardmembership year with qualifying purchases*

 

Application Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card



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  1. I applied April 29, and received the two certificate emails July 12 with the same July 3 2014 expiration date.

  2. I just received mine too. Curious as to where there are some nice places to stay. Was thinking that I could use them in Paris on an upcoming trip, but Hilton has crap hotels there…Hyatt has the expensive ones there.

  3. I’m planning to pick this card up to use in Moorea Aug ’14 (already have 4 nights booked in Bora Bora) . The timeline is good info as I was wondering how the expiration date.

  4. Using the certificates is quite easy, just call Hilton and they will reserve a room for you, assuming availability. I used mine for one night in Amsterdam and one ing in Vienna. Not cat 10 hotels, but the best places I could get before they expired. The weekend aspect is somewhat limiting, but I’m sure you will make it worthwhile.

  5. It took that long to spend $2500? I’ll chalk that up to you being in south America. Nowadays one 15min stop at a grocery / drug store can take care of that spending.

    • Inst Citi a very difficult card issuer to manufacture spend? I hear lots of people have been shutdown for doing this. I have used my card for my regular spend cause I am not sure how citi will view VR or Gift cards, since they are considered cash advances. Can someone elaborate how that is done. TIA !

  6. I booked my two free night at the Conrad in Tokyo, and had no problems with the booking over the phone. Hopefully everything will be correct in their system when we actually arrive.

  7. Applied in Nov 2013 & used certificates @ Cavalieri in Jan. We’ll spend 10k on card this year (VRs) to generate another free night certificate.

  8. Just used my certs. at the Grand Wailea on Maui. Not a bad use of for the rooms. Was also upgraded because Gold came with the card. Also, no resort fee, a $40 meal certificate, a bottle of Chateau St. Michelle Sparkling wine and a couple drink tickets worth $40.. Nice place for families in the summer but not for a couple.

  9. I have yet to receive mine but should be notified soon since I just met my 2500. I have accumulated over 20k points in the last 3 months using honors points, Erewards 7000 transfers ( I have too many United miles). I expect to continue spending on this card as well ( have not manufactured a single cent to this day) since I think it has value for some properties. Thinking of Hong Kong hilton or Tokyo.

  10. Neither my wife nor I received them automatically. Apparently this is quite common. Had to SM Citi for them.

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