Earn up to 180,000 bonus points with these new Hilton welcome offers

Aug 26, 2021

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From low-budget to ultra-luxury, there’s a Hilton property for just about everyone. The global Hilton portfolio includes 18 brands and over 6,000 hotels.

When it comes to cobranded credit cards, American Express offers Hilton travelers a variety of choices in that arena, too. There are actually four Amex Hilton credit cards in total, and three of them carry elevated welcome offers.

(Photo courtesy of Conrad Bora Bora)

Let’s take a closer look at the refreshed bonuses on these Hilton cobranded card products.

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Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

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Latest welcome offer

  • Earn up to 180,000 bonus points: You’ll receive 130,000 points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn an additional 50,000 points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the card in the first six months.

TPG Hilton points at 0.6 cents each, on average. With up to 180,000 points, you could achieve a value of $1,080 in Hilton stays. This offer is worth 10 times more than the $95 annual fee (see rates and fees).

With the Surpass, you’ll also earn 12 points per dollar spent directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio; 6x at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. restaurants and U.S. gas stations and 3x on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

The card comes with some nice perks, including 10 Priority Pass lounge access passes each year (enrollment required), a weekend-night reward after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases each calendar year, complimentary Hilton Gold elite status and a pathway to earning Hilton Diamond status.

Read our Hilton Amex Surpass review for full details on the card.

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

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Latest welcome offer

  • Earn up to 180,000 bonus points: You’ll receive 130,000 points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn an additional 50,000 points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the card in the first six months.

Again, TPG estimates Hilton points to be worth 0.6 cents each, on average — making this (up to) 180,000-point welcome bonus worth $780 in Hilton stays. The card also has a $95 annual fee (see rates and fees).

With this card, you’ll also earn 12 points per dollar spent directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio; 6x on select business and travel purchases and 3x on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

The card comes with some nice perks, including 10 Priority Pass lounge access passes (enrollment required), a weekend night reward after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases each calendar year (plus the ability to earn a second certificate by spending $60,000 on eligible purchases in a calendar year), complimentary Hilton Gold elite status and a pathway to earning Hilton Diamond status.

Read our Amex Hilton Business Card review for additional details.

Hilton Honors American Express Card

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Latest welcome offer

  • Earn up to 130,000 bonus points: You’ll receive 80,000 points after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn an additional 50,000 points after you spend a total of $5,000 in purchases on the card in the first six months.

This card’s (up to) 130,000-point welcome offer is worth $780 according to TPG valuations. It’s not often we see a no-annual-fee card (see rates and fees) with an offer this high.

With this card, you’ll earn 7 points per dollar spent directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio; 5x spent on eligible purchases on dining at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets and U.S. gas stations; and 3x on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

This entry-level card also offers automatic Hilton Honors Silver status (with an upgrade to Gold when you spend $20,000 on eligible purchases in a calendar year), ShopRunner membership and no foreign transaction fees (see rates and fees), also a rarity for a card with no annual fee. Enrollment required for select benefits.

Read our Hilton Honors American Express review for additional details on the card.

Bottom line

These are some of the best welcome offers we’ve seen from the Hilton credit card lineup. If you earn the full 180,000-point bonus, that’s enough to get you started on some amazing Hilton redemptions, including luxury stays at resorts such as the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. You could also look ahead to next winter and book the Hilton DoubleTree in Highline Vail, which runs about 80,000 points per night during the winter. Also, remember that you’ll get a fifth night free on reward stays as a Hilton elite member — which is included with any of these Hilton Amex cards.

If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to apply for a Hilton card, now might be that time. Keep in mind that Amex has a “one per card per lifetime” policy for earning welcome bonuses, so you may want to double-check that you’re eligible to earn this elevated bonus before you hit the apply button. Thankfully, having had one type of Hilton Amex card doesn’t prevent you from getting a different one as your needs change and you may be ready to get back to traveling.

Official application link: Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card with up to 180,000 bonus points.
Official application link: The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card with up to 180,000 bonus points.
Official application link: Hilton Honors American Express Card with up to 130,000 bonus points. 

For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Amex, please click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Surpass Amex, click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Amex Business, click here.

Featured image courtesy of American Express.

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