I’m working on the road this week, and thought I’d offer a quick data point for your consideration. As you know, I recently applied for and received the new Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card. The card arrived on Friday, and one of its key benefits, Hilton HHonors Gold status posted to my HHonors account the same day. I immediately updated my HHonors hotel benefits preferences online.
HHonors elite members at the Gold level can choose from a menu of benefits which vary by Hilton brand. For example, the benefits offered by the Embassy Suites brand include the following (from the Hilton website):
HHonors Gold Members choose two:
- Sweet Tooth (two Candy Bars)
- Two Bottles of Water
- Two Regular Colas
- Two Diet Colas
- Two Regular Lemon-Lime Sodas
- Two Pieces of Fruit
- Salty Snack (popcorn, pretzels, etc.)
HHonors Gold Members can choose:
- HHonors Gold Members earn 500 HHonors bonus points.
In my case, I went with 2 Diet Cokes and 2 bottles of water (though I think I’ll switch to 500 bonus points going forward). This Embassy Suites was on the ball because my chosen amenity was waiting for me when I checked in only 24 hours after becoming Gold and updating my preferences online. I’ve also enjoyed complimentary wi-fi throughout my stay.
My point? The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card offers many great benefits, including HHonors Gold status. My experience in this case was that the elite status benefits kick in rapidly after applying for the card. Your mileage may vary, but I think this is just one more reason to strongly consider this card if you stay at Hilton family hotels on any kind of recurring basis.