How You Can Get 250,000 Hilton Points With These 3 Cards - Running with Miles
Best Point Earning Credit Cards Deals Hotels

How You Can Get 250,000 Hilton Points With These 3 Cards

amex hilton diamond card
Written by Charlie

Here is how you can get 250,000 Hilton points with these limited-time offers. One of them is due to expire today so check it out!

Advertiser Disclosure

In light of the two increases on Hilton cards today and the fact that another great offer is on its last (official) day, here is how you can get 250,000 Hilton points with 3 cards! That many points can give you 50 nights at Category 1 hotels!

How You Can Get 250,000 Hilton Points With These 3 Cards

Disclosure: I do not receive a commission for any of these links in this post. If you would like to apply for a card and support the site, please use the link above or go to the Credit Card tab. Thank you for your support!

Hilton has the unusual relationship of being partnered with both American Express and Citi. This is not something other airline/hotel programs do but it gives Hilton members a unique angle to pick up as many points as possible. Since each bank as their strengths/weaknesses, it is really nice to have the option. As you read through this, take note that the point cards (the no-fee Amex and Citi cards and the Amex Hilton Surpass card) are all limited-time offers. The Citi Hilton Reserve with its 2 free nights has had that bonus for a long-time so keep this in mind if you are trying to figure out which cards to get first.

American Express Hilton Surpass – 100,000 Hilton Points

100K Hilton points

 

This is the top Hilton/Amex card available so it does come with an annual fee and one that is due up front – $75. But, you are getting the most points out of all the cards with this offer so spending $75 to get the 100,000 points is not bad.

– American Express Hilton Surpass 100,000 Hilton Points (if you are approved through this link, I will receive 15,000 Hilton points)

  • Earn 100,000 points after spending $3,000 in 3 months
  • 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 (not waived the first year)
  • Not eligible for the bonus if you have or have ever had this card
  • Earn Hilton Diamond status by spending $40,000 in a calendar year on this card

American Express Hilton Card – 75,000 Hilton Points

– American Express Hilton 75,000 Hilton Points

  • Earn 75,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months
  • Earn 7 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 5 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 Silver status with your Card.
  • Earn Hilton HHonors Gold when you spend $20,000 in a calendar year on this card.
  • Annual Membership Fee: $0
  • Not eligible for the bonus if you have or have ever had this card.

Citi Hilton Visa – 75,000 Hilton Points

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 7.31.56 PM

– citi hilton 75,000 point offer link

  • Earn 75,000 Hilton points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • Earn 6 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 3 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases at drugstores, at supermarkets, and at gas stations
  • Earn 2 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card
  • Annual Loyalty Bonus – Earn an annual loyalty bonus of 10,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points at the end of each calendar year in which you spend $1,000 or more on stays within the Hilton Portfolio
  • Enjoy complimentary Hilton HHonors Silver status with your Card.
  • Annual Membership Fee: $0

Which Cards To Get?

The last one, the Citi Hilton Visa, is due to expire today (3/31). This is what I am hearing from other bloggers but not sure if that is just their affiliate links that expire today or the public ones as well. Citi cards do often have a shadow life that can extend for a few more days but today is the last “public” day for this offer. So, if you want it, you should consider getting it today. As long as you are applying, you may want to get one of the Amex Hilton cards as well. Both of the upgraded Amex Hilton offers are good through May 4, so that leaves you plenty of time to get both of them.

If you want Hilton points, I think these three cards are a great way to rack them up quickly. The spending is minimal, requiring a total of $6,000 across all 3 cards to get the full 250,000 Hilton points. That many points translates to a lot of mid-range hotel nights! In fact, it can even give you some of the higher end hotel nights as well. If you threw a Citi Reserve in, you would get 2 additional weekend nights to go with it.

Adding Up The Numbers

So, here is how it adds up if you are interested in going for all of these cards:

  • You will pay $75 in annual fees up front
  • You will need to spend $6,000 across these cards in the first 3 months
  • You will have Gold status (from the Surpass
  • You will receive 250,000 Hilton points
  • The points are enough to provide anywhere from 50 nights at Category 1 hotels to 2.5 nights at Category 10 hotels in peak season for those locations (3.5 nights at the non-peak end of the Category 10 hotels)

230,000 Hilton points

If you still needed more Hilton points after collecting all of those, the best card to use would be the Amex Hilton Surpass for restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations (you will earn 6 points per dollar).

Summary

Sure, Hilton points are not worth as much as SPG points are, but there are a ton of ways to extract extreme value from Hilton points. They have a massive international footprint and there is a wide range of hotels across their categories. When you figure in the 5th night free, you can get a lot of great nights with 250,000 Hilton points! But, make sure you act on the Citi card today to get started!

Editorial Note - Opinions expressed here are author's alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.

Some of the links on this site are affiliate links that will support this site. Thank you for your support.

About the author

Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

2 Comments

  • I was told by AmEx that the two cards (Surpass and AmEx Hilton) are considered the same card and applicants are not eligible to hold both. I thought this was odd considering they are separate cards. Curious if others had similar experiences.

    • That rep was definitely wrong. Call back again as even the language on the products specify that specific product. Plus, I have 3 Surpass cards so you can have the same exact card. 🙂

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Enter your e-mail address to receive blog updates!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

%d bloggers like this: