Earn up to 100k Honors Points with These Hilton Amex Cards
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
While the 75,000-point bonus on the Citi Hilton Visa Signature Card recently ended, there are still some great opportunities to earn Honors points through credit card sign-ups. TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert takes a look at two new offers for Hilton Amex products — one of which earns you 100,000 points.
As mentioned in our post on top card offers for April, the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express currently has an all-time-high sign-up bonus of 100,000 points. Read on for more details on this offer, along with an increased bonus for the no-fee Hilton Honors Card from American Express.
Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express
If you've ever considered signing up for this card, now's the time to act. Now through May 31, 2016, you can get 100,000 Honors points after spending $3,000 in the first three months of cardmembership — worth $500 based on TPG's valuations. Here are the highlights of the offer:
Note that the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express has an annual fee of $75 that isn't waived the first year. Still, there are plenty of reasons to consider this card — from the significantly elevated sign-up bonus to perks like automatic Honors Gold status (as long as you're a cardmember), which we value at $1,310 thanks to a 25% points bonus, complimentary room upgrades and other benefits.
As for how you can use those 100,000 Honors points, you have plenty of options. You could redeem them for one night at a top-tier Category 10 property such as the Conrad Maldives, or you could book a longer night at a lower-level Hilton property, such as the DoubleTree Kuala Lumpur, where 100,000 points would get you 12 nights (including the two fifth nights free you'd enjoy as an Honors Gold member.
Hilton Honors Card from American Express
Also through May 4, 2016, the Hilton Honors Card from American Express is offering an elevated sign-up bonus. In this case, it's 75,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first three months of cardmembership.
This is similar to the 75,000-point sign-up bonus recently offered by the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card, but the spending requirement for the Hilton Amex is even lower ($1,000 vs. $2,000). This is another solid opportunity to rake up some serious Honors points, and it's especially great since the Hilton Amex is a no-fee card.
Based on TPG's valuations, 75,000 Honors points are worth $375. There are plenty of great ways to redeem them — since the Citi Hilton Visa Signature Card recently offered the same sign-up bonus, check out my post on some great ways to redeem those 75,000 points.
Beyond the points haul you'll receive as a successful applicant, you'll enjoy automatic Silver status as long as you're a cardmember, with the opportunity to upgrade to Gold when you spend $20,000 in a calendar year. Of course, you could just pay the $75 annual fee for the Hilton Honors Surpass Card to get this higher status, but depending on your priorities you may prefer to go for the no-fee Hilton Amex.
We've never seen the sign-up bonus for the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express go as high as 100,000 points, so now's a great time to act if you don't already have this product in your wallet. The opportunity to earn up to 75,000 points with the no-fee Hilton Honors Card from American Express is also worth looking into — especially if you missed out on the recent 75k offer from the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card. Just remember to apply sooner than later if you're interest in either Amex card, as these bonuses are only available through May 31.