You’ve received this reward certificate because you’ve met the purchase requirements with your Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card. This reward is valid for one complimentary weekend night for a standard room at participating hotels worldwide, subject to availability.
For years I have held onto my Citi Hilton Reserve card because it comes with complimentary Gold status which is just as good as Diamond. I have always received 4PM checkout, suite upgrades, breakfast, and lounge access where available. I received Hilton Diamond this year as part of the status match giveaway so I’ll be able to evaluate whether my assertion is true.
Another reason I have the card is because it provides one weekend night at many Hilton hotels after spending 10k, something that was easy to do when the Bird was around. Given new changes in the world of MS, it makes more sense to cancel the card and apply again for the initial bonus of 2 free nights. This is especially true because the bonus certificates are restricted to weekends (Friday-Sunday) and because the certificate has an expiration date that cannot be extended. Historically, I have found myself desperately searching for places to burn the certificate before the date hits. I end up staying at a random hotel for one night then having to move because I do not have an additional certificate and because the points per night/daily rate are cost prohibitive. Examples include the Conrad Tokyo, Conrad Pezula, and the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai.
This year I am running into the same problem. The expiration date is coming and I don’t have a trip planned that coincides with a worthwhile redemption at a worthwhile location that also happens to fall on the weekend. The most plausible option/worst option would be to confine myself to the Royal Suite at the Waldorf Astoria NYC in the hopes that I am bathed thoroughly. By all accounts, this hotel’s best days are behind it. The other option is to speculatively book one night at an aspirational property and try to build a trip around it. That is even less appealing.
For these reasons, I’m not going to try to hit the 10k spend this year and it is possible that I may put the Reserve Card on the chopping block when the annual fee is due. If I keep my Amex Platinum card open, I will still have Hilton Gold making this card which carries an annual fee of $95 completely useless.