I wrote a post earlier about why I don’t actively go after Hilton status. But there’s another reason not too–which gets into my final credit card application, the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Credit Card.
The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Credit Card offers a signup bonus of two free nights (after $2,500 spend), which is nice, but I applied for the Hilton Gold status. I will be losing mine from shifting my loyalty elsewhere, and a fee of $95 a year isn’t too bad to have a second tier elite status.
Why would I want this even though I’m moving my stays elsewhere? First, in traveling for work, I don’t always have a choice of where I stay. Sometimes events are booked at specific hotels, and sometimes only a few hotels are available.
Second, I still do really like Hampton Inns and Hilton Garden Inns. I love their rebranding, the random post-it notes I get, and I’m a fan of specific properties in particular that are useful when visiting with family. (I’ve already mentioned the Hilton Garden Inn Danbury and the Hilton Garden Inn Arlington).
For a handful of stays a year, it is really worth it to go for the credit card and the status.
(*I don’t get any benefit to you applying to this card, and I suggest you only do it if you find benefit to doing so. I am just telling you what I’ve applied to in my specific situation)