Hilton HHonors Changes Elite Status Requirements for 2013
Starting in 2013, the Hilton Hotels will up their requirements for Gold and Diamond elite status in their HHonors rewards program. And it’s a not-insubstantial increase: stay requirements for Gold status will increase 25%. Thankfully, any elite status you earned in 2012 for the 2013 calendar year will still be valid. Here’s a breakdown of the new HHonors elite status program:
||Blue-level benefits, plus:
||Silver-level benefits, plus:
||Gold-level benefits, plus:
|2012 requirements||Just enroll||4 stays or 10 nights||16 stays, 36 nights or 60,000 base points||28 stays, 60 nights or 100,000 base points|
|2013 requirements||Just enroll||4 stays or 10 nights||20 stays, 40 nights or 75,000 base points||30 stays, 60 nights or 120,000 base points|
|Change||None||None||+25% stays, + 11% nights, + 25% base points||+7% stays, 0% nights, +20% base points|
The benefits are pretty sweet, even at the Silver level, so it’s understandable that Hilton is raising the bar. Thankfully, there are a couple credit cards that’ll get you to Elite status:
|Citi HHonors Visa Signature||Automatic||First year, after 4 stays within 90 days of opening the account|
|Hilton HHonors Card from Amex||Automatic||When you spend $20,000 a year|
|Hilton HHonors Surpass from Amex||Automatic||First year, and any year that spending exceeds $20,000 a year|
|Citi HHonors Reserve||Automatic||When you spend $40,000+ a year|
- No-fee Hilton HHonors: Earns 3% at Hilton and at supermarkets, drugstores, cable/wireless/phone and gas, and 1.5% elsewhere. 40,000 Hilton HHonors Points Bonus after spending $750 - when you spend $750 in the first 3 months signup bonus.
- Hilton HHonors Surpass: Earns 6% at Hilton, 3% at supermarkets, drugstores, cable/wireless/phone and gas, and 1.5% elsewhere. 40,000 points with your first purchase, and 20,000 more when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months signup bonus. Comes with free Priority Pass airport lounge access, valued at $99. $75 annual fee is more than made up for by the Priority Pass membership.
- Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature: Earns 3% rewards on Hilton, 1.5% on gas, supermarkets and drugstores and 1% elsewhere. 40,000 HHonors Bonus Points after $1,000 in purchases within the first 4 months of account opening. signup bonus with $1,000 in purchases in the first 4 months, no annual fee.
- Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve: Earns 5% rewards on Hilton, 2.5% on airline and car rentals and 1.5% elsewhere. Signup bonus of 2 weekend night vouchers when you spend $2,500 in the first 4 months, plus 1 weekend night certificate every year that you spend $10k+. Also has an EMV chip and no foreign transaction fee. $95 annual fee.
Special thanks to one of our readers, Raj, who let us know about Hilton’s changed requirements!