Best ever offer on Amex Hilton cards: Up to 100k + free weekend night!

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Hilton Waikoloa

One of the pools at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, The Big Island, Hawaii

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American Express is out with two of the best ever offers on both the American Express Hilton Honors card and the American Express Hilton Surpass card.

The Offers


American Express Hilton Honors

  • 80,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • No annual fee
  • 7X Hilton; 5X U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations; 3X everywhere else
  • Hilton Honors Gold status with $20,000 spend in a calendar year
  • Earn 500 Hilton Honors bonus points when you use your card to book and pay for your stay online
  • Terms apply
  • Offer ends 5/31/2017

The American Express Hilton Honors card offers a decent return on bonus categories for a card with no annual fee. As per Greg’s recent analysis, Hilton points are typically worth about .4 cents per point towards the cost of a hotel room — meaning that the effective return on U.S. restaurant / US supermarket/ US gas station spend is about 2%. Not amazing, but not bad. The sign up bonus of 80,000 points is very good for a no-annual-fee card. Find more information about this card and its benefits here.



American Express Hilton Honors Surpass

  • 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months plus a free weekend night after your first anniversary of card membership
  • $75 annual fee
  • 12X Hilton; 6X U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations; 3X everywhere else
  • Automatic complimentary Hilton Gold status
  • Hilton Diamond status with $40,000 spend in a calendar year
  • Earn 500 Hilton Honors bonus points when you use your card to book and pay for your stay online
  • Terms apply
  • Offer ends 5/31/2017

The American Express Hilton Honors Surpass card offers a slightly better return on U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations and the best return on Hilton spend of any of the Hilton credit cards. The automatic Gold status gets free breakfast at full-service Hilton locations, which can be well worth the annual fee if you regularly stay at Hilton properties but do not have status.


Breakfast bread station at the Conrad Dubai — free with Hilton Gold status

However, this offer really shines with the inclusion of a free night on your first card anniversary in addition to the initial 100,000 Hilton points — that free night can be used at almost any property in the world and makes this the best ever sign up bonus on the Amex Hilton Honors Surpass. Find more information about this card and its benefits here.

The new changes to Hilton’s award pricing have removed many of the opportunities to get outsized value from Hilton Honors points. However, the positive side of that is being able to count on a fairly consistent value from the points. There is understandable disappointment among some customers in Hilton’s move towards a more revenue-based program; yet Hilton’s generous and plentiful promotions combined with customer service that has pleasantly surprised me the past few years have kept me coming back and begun shifting some of my loyalty from other programs. It remains to be seen how the move to eliminate award charts will shake out in the long run, but at this point I think the sign up bonuses on these cards are well worth consideration.

Conrad Bears

The Conrad Bears and duck we were given during our honeymoon at the Conrad Tokyo have since been joined in our home by Hudson the Bull from the Conrad New York and a camel from the Conrad Dubai. Small touches like these have made several recent stays more memorable. Nothing like a $2 toy to get me to part with 60k or 70k points! 🙂

You can always find more information about a wide range of cards on our Best Offers page.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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  1. I’d happily pay $75/year for a free weekend night cert good anywhere worldwide. My existing Surpass card does not provide for a free weekend night cert. Only the Citi Reserve card does and I don’t have one of those either.

    • I don’t believe it is a free night every year — the wording of the sign up bonus says “Plus, earn a free weekend night award after your first anniversary of Card Membership.” — my interpretation is that it will come with 1 certificate after your first anniversary, not after subsequent anniversaries.

      • I noticed that too. Still good, but maybe not for year 2+. Not sure if I’m going to keep my Surpass since I have so many cards already. Think I’m up to 26 now now that I got a CSP a few weeks ago.

  2. I don’t see anywhere in the official AMEX offer of the Surpass card that mentions a free weekend night on the card’s anniversary. Am I missing that fine print?

    • Unfortunately, Amex isn’t known for matching new offers. That said, there were some people who said they got matched when the SPG offer went up. It’s worth a shot, but it’s not nearly as common as it is with some other banks.

  3. If you spend $40k in a few months, does the Hilton Diamond Status kick in immediately, or after the 1 year anniversary?

    • That should kick in immediately (within reason — maybe not until a few days after the statement cuts) — and be good through the end of the next calendar year (actually, I think Hilton’s status goes through the end of February, so I believe it will be good until the end of February 2019).

      Essentially, with most airline/hotel status, you’re always working towards having status next year — but once you’ve earned next year’s status, they let you enjoy the benefit for the rest of this year. Does that make sense?

  4. Assuming the free night is a one time deal, I assume you wouldn’t receive it until after the year 2 fee is paid. So $150 for 100,000 points and a free night. The Gold perk (breakfast) is nice, but Hampton Inns give you free breakfast anyway. Trying to decide whether to get this card . . .

    • If you have gold I have found what works best is to stay somewhere like a DoubleTree that does not provide free breakfast. You will get breakfast with Gold status, and every time it has been worlds better than the free breakfasts you’ll get at other brands. We did several nights in FL in different cities and every one we got a hot, cooked to order breakfast which was incredible compared to the cheap crap you get from the free breakfast hotels.

  5. I like this — thanks Nick for the alert and commentary. I likely will go for one or the other soon.

    fyi, (referring to your post last week), it appears the Martin’s/Giant/Stop & Shop promo for the visa gift cards is back on again for the week ahead. (and this week, will be game to try for more than one. ) 🙂

    • Thanks for mentioning this! I’ll be sure to send out a QD to alert people who shop at those stores.

      And good luck if you try for more than one — let us know how it works out. Always open to new data points.

      • Update data point: Yesterday we did try two vsg purchase transactions at our local Martin’s in Virginia (Waynesboro). First transaction earned the $15 coupon (towards groceries). Great. Second separate vgc purchase transaction (my wife, using same Martin’s member card, different credit card) did NOT earn a second coupon.

        PS: yes, I saw that knowing flyertalk thread on this subject, the one berating “newbies” for asking just this question. (and in the process pushing quite inaccurate information…. apparently they got it to work more than once at S&S or Giant outlets elsewhere…. but it doesn’t work at Martin’s Virginia, at least not ours.

  6. My husband and I each have the Hilton Honors Amex, and have been offered upgrades to the Surpass, with the 100k point / $3000 spend deal. Does anybody know if the upgrade counts as a new card? Man is close to clearing his 5/24, and we have our eye on some Chase cards… Thanks in advance.
    (Isn’t it nice to have choices?)

    • It does not count as a new card. I did an upgrade on mine last year as I was also trying to limit new personal cards to get under 5/24.

      However, one thing to consider — once you upgrade, you will be excluded by the once-per-lifetime signup bonus language.

      If you were to sign up a new account now, you would theoretically still be eligible for the *upgrade* bonus on your no-AF Hilton card in the future (not sure you’d still have the 100k offer now as they have not allowed 2 of the same card in the past) — the upgrade language usually only excludes those have received an *upgrade* bonus before, whereas the signup bonus excludes those who have or have had the card at any time before. The upgrade offer is still a great offer and your purpose for considering it makes sense — just wanted to give you the full picture.

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