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Even with the devaluations of the Hilton HHonors program this year, I am still a fan of the program. Why? There are a few reasons: 1) It is so easy to get their points! 2) There are so many Hilton hotels around the world 3) The hotels that are most used for races were left relatively untouched by the devaluation. Because of those things, I am always looking for more good deals with the Hilton HHonors program.
To that end, American Express has significantly bumped up their sign-up bonus for the higher of their two Hilton cards – the American Express Hilton Surpass. Instead of the usual 60,000 Hilton HHonor points, it is now at 75,000 Hilton HHonor points! That is a huge bump (25%) that should be useful to anyone looking to accrue more points in the Hilton program.
American Express Hilton Surpass Card
Application Link – American Express Hilton Surpass Card – 75,000 Hilton HHonor Points
Here are the terms for this offer:
- Earn 12 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged directly with a participating hotel or resort within the Hilton HHonors portfolio of brands‡
- Earn 6 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. supermarkets, and at U.S. gas stations‡
- Earn 3 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card‡
- Enjoy complimentary Hilton HHonors Gold status with your Card. ‡
- Annual Membership Fee: $75
- Offer expires February 28, 2014
One of the best things about this card is that it now grants you Hilton Gold status as long as you hold the card. I find Hilton Gold status to be the most valuable mid-tier status amongst the hotel chains, primarily because of the free breakfast that they offer to their Gold members. That is great! Yes, this card does carry an annual fee of $75 that is not waived the first year, but if you plan to stay in a Hilton for more than a couple of nights anytime during the year, that $75 could pay for itself in the internet and breakfast perks.
Another great thing about this card is the 6 points per dollar at restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations (hurts that it is restricted to US only). You can generate an incredible amount of Hilton points by using this card in those categories. Even for every day spend, you will still receive 3 points per dollar!
If you find that you like the spend categories but are not fond of the annual fee, you can always drop the card down after the first year to the Hilton HHonors card from American Express. That card carries no annual fee and has a similar earning structure with points. It also gives Hilton Silver status so you at least have something!
If you currently have the Hilton HHonors American Express card, check your account to see if you have been offered an upgrade to the Hilton Amex Surpass card. I have the upgrade offer every time I sign in. It is for 50,000 Hilton HHonor points. That is not bad at all for a soft pull on your credit (as opposed to a hard credit pull that alerts creditors to a new application for a new account). I have planning on upgrading sometime next year.
To read more about Hilton cards and hotels, check out these posts:
- Marathoning in Style – Hilton Hotel Edition
- Hilton Hotel Credit Cards
- Hilton HHonors
- How to get Hotel Mid-Tier Status and Why You Want It