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Ever since the news broke that Hilton and American Express would be entering an exclusive partnership, we’ve known the Citi Hilton cards’ days were numbered. Now the final end game is revealed with the launch of two new Hilton American Express cards and the refreshing/rebranding of the existing cards. You can read about the new Hilton American Express cards here.

Citi Hilton cards being converted to American Express cards

Now we know that your Citi Hilton cards will be converted to American Express Hilton Honors cards as of January 30, 2018.

This might be obvious, but the no-fee Citi card will be converted to the no-fee American Express Hilton card, while the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve card will be converted to the new Hilton Honors American Express Ascend card, which has an annual fee.

The first thing that comes to mind is American Express’ once-per-lifetime language on card bonuses per product. If you have a Citi Hilton card and hope to get the American Express versions someday, I would consider closing your card and reapplying for the American Express version independently. As I already have a full array of American Express cards in general, including a Hilton Honors Surpass card, I’ll be closing my Citi Hilton card soon. This FAQ about the change should help if you have other questions.

Will you be keeping your Citi Hilton card and allowing it to be converted to a new American Express card?


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