Best entry-level Hilton card

If you're looking to become a loyal Hilton guest and want a way to quickly achieve Hilton Gold status, consider applying for the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card that gives you complimentary status. (Partner offer)

At a glance

  • 12X Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio.
  • 6X Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. supermarkets, and at U.S. gas stations.
  • 3X Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card
Up to 180,000 Points
Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months.
29.24% Variable
25.24% Variable
15.74%-24.74% Variable
$95
  • Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months.

At a glance

  • 12X Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio.
  • 6X Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. supermarkets, and at U.S. gas stations.
  • 3X Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card
Up to 180,000 Points
Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months.
29.24% Variable
25.24% Variable
15.74%-24.74% Variable
$95
  • Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months.
  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend $15,000 on purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio.
  • Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, at U.S. supermarkets, and at U.S. gas stations.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • Spend $40,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
  • $95 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
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Our Take

TPG Editor's Rating

tooltip Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG's editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3.5/5

Overview

The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card is great for earning and redeeming Hilton points. This card comes with decent perks if you're looking to become a loyal Hilton guest. Cardholders get complimentary Hilton Gold status, which includes a daily food and beverage credit (U.S. hotels only) or continental breakfast (non-U.S. hotels), a fifth night free when you book with points, a 80% earning bonus during stays and room upgrades to executive suites, when available. The Hilton Honors Amex Surpass card also grants you 10 Priority Pass Select passes a year, a complimentary weekend night reward, secondary car rental insurance and no foreign transaction fees.

Pros

  • 12x points on eligible Hilton purchases, 6x at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets and U.S. gas stations, 3x on all other eligible purchases
  • Hilton Honors Gold status with an upgrade to Diamond by spending $40,000 in a calendar year
  • Solid perks including 10 Priority Pass visits a year, secondary car rental insurance, extended warrant, return protection and theft and accidental damage purchase protection( Enrollment required for select benefits.)

Cons

  • No travel credits
  • No chart to redeem points at Hilton properties
  • Ties you to Hilton properties

Who is this card good for?

If you frequent Hilton Hotels, but never find yourself achieving Gold or Diamond status the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card is for you. It’s a great way to earn rewards that you then can redeem at Hilton properties. This card will provide you with Hilton Gold or Diamond status, depending on your spending. The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card also gives you 10 Priority Pass Select passes a year and a complimentary weekend night reward after you spend $15,000.

Earning Rewards

As a cobranded Hilton card, the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass card earns a high number of points on every Hilton purchase. At Hilton hotels and resorts cardholders earn 12x points, a 7.6% return. Cardholders also earn points for non-Hilton purchases including: 6x Hilton points at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations and 3x points on all other purchases.

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