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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.
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. 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.
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.
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