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A couple of weeks ago, a targeted Hilton gift card Amex Offer appeared on several of my cards. I’d thought we’d posted about it but apparently we hadn’t, so here are the details.
- Spend $100+ on Hilton gift cards, get $20 back.
- Expires August 31, 2018.
- Valid online only at buyhiltongiftcards.com.
- The Hilton Gift Card may be used only at Hilton Hotels and properties worldwide that accept American Express Cards.
- Funds do not expire.
- The Hilton Gift Card cannot be used at ATMs.
On the face of it, this Amex Offer appears to offer the opportunity to save 20% on Hilton stays. In reality, it’s closer to an 18% discount as you have to pay $1.95 for standard shipping.
Unfortunately it’s not possible to earn cashback or points through a portal. The Hilton Shop-To-Earn Mall lists the Hilton Gift Card site as earning two points per dollar, but when trying to click through you get the following message:
We apologize but the selected online shop is not available in our offering.
An 18% discount on Hilton stays is pretty good, although there are a couple of potential downsides. Standard shipping takes 6-10 business days, so it wouldn’t help with any stays in the next week. You also might not be able to use the card when booking Advance Purchase rates seeing as the hotel might take payment immediately (unless your stay costs less than $100).
You’d also miss out on the 7x / 12x / 14x you could earn from paying with an American Express Hilton credit card, but the 18% discount more than offsets that loss.