Picked Up Another 50,000 Hilton Points With The Surpass Card
Edit: It appears that Amex has recently added language restricting upgrades to not getting the bonus if they have had the card before. So, it appears that this avenue may be closed. Please comment if you have recently upgraded and did get the bonus! Thanks!
I wrote a couple of months ago about how you can churn the American Express Hilton Surpass card without even opening a new account. Since then, I changed a couple more of my cards to increase my Hilton points total and back to report the results.
While Hilton HHonor points are not as good as they once used to be for high-end properties, I really like them for their mid-level redemptions. Hilton has a very expansive network of properties and many of them are at or under the 40,000 point level. For hotels like that, Hilton points can go a long way – especially because of how easy they are to get.
My Recent Experience
I upgraded a couple different cards (again!) – one of them a Delta Platinum card and one a basic Hilton card. The basic Hilton card had once been a Hilton Surpass card but I downgraded it when the annual fee came up. With both cards, I met the $3,000 spending requirement and received the 50,000 points as promised!
On both cards, I paid prorated annual fees based on the time of the card year that I upgraded the cards. This simple upgrade earned me an additional 100,000 bonus points – without opening a new account and on a card that I had already had, twice. While not the best card to do $3,000 in spending on for a bonus, this is a great, easy way to get a lot of Hilton points.
This is still available for eligible cards. Cards I know that are eligible include the basic Hilton card and the Delta cards. Your card has to have been opened for at least 12 months. If you want some Hilton points, check the link above to see if you are eligible to upgrade.