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.

Nico

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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Ken

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.

Ryan
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Ryan

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?

Joe A
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Joe A

You are. Go here: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/personal-card-application/terms/hilton-hhonors-surpass-credit-card/26129-10-0/?print#offerBenefitTermsDisclosures

A better question is. What happens after year 1. The terms say first anniversary. I have several Citi Hilton cards where you get it every anniversary (with 10 K spend). Does this work the same?

Jonathan
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Jonathan

How long is too late to be status matched up to these offers if you recently had these cards?

CJ
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CJ

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

JP
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JP

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 . . .

Ken
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Ken

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.

escot
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escot

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. ) 🙂

Beth
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Beth

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.
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