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Ever since American Express updated its Hilton credit card lineup back in January 2018 to include new features and earning rates, the family of cards has come with welcome bonuses that have ranged from 50,000 to 150,000 Hilton Honors points. Today, Amex announced new changes to three of its Hilton cobranded hotel credit cards — including an official new name for one of the cards — and higher bonuses for a limited time on all three of them.
New Bonus on the Hilton Honors Amex Card
The basic Amex card now comes with an elevated welcome bonus. For a limited time, new Hilton Honors Card from American Express cardholders will earn 90,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. TPG valuations place this new welcome offer at $540.
This offer is one of the highest we’ve seen for this card, surpassing the most recent bonus of 75,000 points from last September. Note the spending requirements for the card also increased, though it’s still an attainable $2,000 within the first three months.
This is Hilton’s intro card, offering no annual fee (see rates & fees) and benefits like automatic Hilton Honors Silver elite status (with a pathway to Gold). You’ll earn 7x points on Hilton purchases, plus 5x points at US restaurants, US supermarkets and US gas stations. For anyone who occasionally stays at Hilton properties, this no annual fee card is a worthy addition to your wallet.
Updates to the Hilton Honors Ascend Card
As announced last month, Amex’s mid-tier Hilton credit card gets a branding update today, returning to its original name: the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card. In addition to the reverted name, the card is elevating its welcome offer and adding a new benefit.
For a limited time, the card will offer 130,000 Hilton Honors Points after you spend $4,000 within the first four months, worth up to $780 according to TPG valuations. Additionally, cardholders will get a complimentary Free Weekend Night award as part of the welcome bonus. While the spending requirement is increasing to $4,000, you’ll have an extra month to hit it.
The addition of the Free Weekend Night award to this elevated welcome bonus means you could earn two free weekend nights in your first year, one through the bonus and one after spending $15,000 on the card in a calendar year. Just keep in mind that the free nights do have to be used on a weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights) for a standard room, which varies by property.
With this card, you’ll also earn 12x points at Hilton; 6x points at US grocery stores, US restaurants and US gas stations; and 3x points on all other purchase. The card comes with some nice perks, including 10 Priority Pass lounge access passes, complimentary Hilton Gold elite status and a pathway to earning Diamond status. For only $95 each year (see rates & fees), you can get a lot out of this card.
New Bonus on the Hilton Honors Amex Business Card
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card is also getting a limited-time elevated welcome bonus. New cardholders will earn 130,000 Hilton Honors points and a Free Weekend Night award after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first four months. The bonus is worth the same as the new Hilton Honors Surpass offer ($780, according to TPG valuations), but business owners are required to hit a higher $5,000 spending threshold in order to earn the bonus.
The information for the Hilton Honors Business Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
These card updates are launching at a good time, with Hilton expanding its luxury portfolio and Amex targeting bonus points for transfers to Hilton. All of these elevated welcome bonuses are still easily attainable, and can get you free nights at most of Hilton’s properties worldwide.
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 one of these elevated bonuses before you hit the apply button.
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- Earn 90,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Card after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
- Earn 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio.
- Earn 5X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations.
- Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees. Enjoy international travel without additional fees on purchases made abroad.
- Enjoy complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status with your Card. Plus, spend $20,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn an upgrade to Hilton Honors Gold status through the end of the next calendar year.
- No Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees