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!
Sign up for the NerdWallet rewards newsletter for deals of $300 or more.