American Express Hilton Surpass Card Increases to 75,000 Hilton Points

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The sign-up bonus on the American Express Surpass card has increased to 75,000 Hilton points from the usual 60,000 points bonus.

Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort

75,000 Hilton Points Isn’t Enough for Even 1 Night at the Hilton in Bora Bora!

75,000 Point American Express Hilton Surpass Card

Link:  75,000 Point American Express Hilton Surpass Card

Up to February 28, 2014, you can get 75,000 points from the American Express Hilton Surpass card after spending $3,000 within 3 months.

There doesn’t appear to be any restrictions in the terms and conditions, preventing you from getting the sign-up bonus, for having the same card in the past 12 months as there are with other American Express cards. But read the terms and conditions for your self.

However, you can’t get the 75,000 point offer if you currently have an American Express Hilton Surpass card.

American Express Hilton Surpass Card Increases To 75,000 Hilton Points

You Aren’t Eligible for This Offer if you Already Have the American Express Surpass Card

You get free Hilton Gold elite status as long as you have the card.

Hilton Gold status means free internet & breakfast!  This saves you money – especially in Europe where breakfast and internet are expensive.  You could save $45 per day ($30 for breakfast for 2 and about $15 for internet) just by having Hilton gold status!

American Express Hilton Surpass Card Increases To 75,000 Hilton Points

You get Free Hilton Gold Status With the American Express Hilton Surpass Card

If you’re a Big Spender and spend $40,000 in a calendar year, you will get Hilton Diamond elite status which gives you free breakfast and internet and a better chance at upgrades.

You earn:

  • 12 Hilton points for every $1 spent at Hilton hotels
  • 6 points per $1 spent at restaurants, supermarkets & gas stations
  • And 3 points per $1 spent on everything else

The $75 annual fee is NOT waived for the 1st year and the card has a 2.7% foreign transaction fee.  So you shouldn’t use it outside the US.

Hilton Surpass vs. Hilton Reserve Cards

However, if I had to pick just ONE Hilton card, I’d pick the Citi Hilton Reserve card.  That’s because I will get 2 free weekend nights valid at almost all Hilton hotels and because there are no foreign transaction fees on the Hilton Reserve card.

75,000 points sounds like a lot of points, but it isn’t enough for even 1 night at a top category Hilton hotel!

Here’s a post which compares the American Express Hilton Surpass card and the Citi Hilton Reserve card.

That said, you could apply for the Hilton Surpass card if you want to stock up on Hilton points.

Bottom Line

You can get 75,000 points from the American Express Hilton Surpass card unto February 28, 2014.

You get free Hilton Gold status with the American Express Hilton Surpass card which means free breakfast and internet!

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27 Responses to American Express Hilton Surpass Card Increases to 75,000 Hilton Points

  1. I currently have the Amex HHonors card and the Citi HHonors (not Surpass or Reserve). What would you recommend doing next… upgrade/apply for Surpass, apply for Reserve, or both?

  2. I’ve had the HHonors Amex since September. Do you have to possess the card for a year to be eligible for the upgrade to the Surpass? Thanks again for all that you do!

  3. Not sure if this fits into MMS, but it would be an awesome relevant post someday to list the top Hiltons in the world to use HHonors points/weekend certificates.

    For example a year ago I booked a room with just 50k HHonors points for Times Square Double Tree. This was right next to where the ball dropped. Rooms were $4,000+ for the night.

  4. @Eric – I’d get the Citi Reserve if you can use the 2 feee weekend nights within 12 months from when you earn them. And upgrading to the Surpass doesn’t hurt as well for the extra points.

    @Zane – I don’t believe so since some readers have got the upgrade offer in less than a year.

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  6. Any ideas on the churn rules? Opened one of these cards back on 06/22/2012 and closed it on 08/25/2013. Am I eligible for a double dip?

  7. Is the same offer available for upgrading to the Amex Surpass from the Amex HHonors, or only for new applications?

  8. So what I hear you saying is cancel my current Surpass card and apply again next month. ;)

  9. What is the $ value of these 75,000 points?

  10. I just upgraded to the Hilton Surpass for 60,000 points 25 days ago. After reading your article, I called American Express and talked to a supervisor to see if I could get the additional 15,000 points since it was less than a month. They refused, stating that they stick to the original offer only. I pointed out that the other CC companies, such as Chase will adjust the amount within 3 months, but they wouldn’t budge. FYI.

  11. According to the two reps I’ve talked to, because of the rules from the Dodd-Frank Bill in Congress, you have to have had your Amex HHonors for at least a year before they can upgrade to the Surpass. This comes into play because you are going from a card with no annual fee to a card with a fee. The rule is that the issuing bank cannot change the terms of an existing account in less than a year when it involves an increase in fees. They cannot even do it at the request of the customer from what I have been told.

    I have a related question though. Does anyone know whether the amount already spent on the Amex HHonors card will count toward the 40K needed for Diamond status if you convert that card to the Surpass card somewhere in the middle of the year?

  12. @Elliot – I tried to upgrade my HHonors card to this one and they wouldn’t allow it, said it has to be a new application.

  13. @Jon, yes it does count toward for Diamond status.

  14. Hi. Have you heard anything if Hilton will honor the(AXON awards) reservations made more than a year in advance before the March 2013 devaluation? I currently have an AXON award for four days next July and the award certificate expires in February. I contacted the hotel, Hilton Bora Bora and they said they will honor it. Thank you

  15. I just logged into Amex to upgrade my HH membership and it appears that they are only offer 50K with $3K spend. I was hoping for the new 75K offer. I’ll pass for now.

  16. @Chuck, thanks for that info! That means I’m already on my way to Diamond because the next statement does not close until January, 2014. Wahoo for now, or at least until they devalue the program even further….

  17. Since Surpass and Reserve are issued by different company (AMEX and Citi), is it possible to get both of the card? Like applied for Reserve first and got approved and then next month applied for Surpass?

  18. Jon, that’s not true. I got the Surpass about 3 months after getting the regular Hilton Amex this year. I didn’t know I wasn’t “supposed to” and just applied for it and got the bonus. The Dodd-Frank bill has nothing to do with how long you as a consumer hold a card or when you can apply for another card from the same issuer. They just use it as an excuse when they don’t want to do something.

  19. Lisa, did you get the Surpass in addition to the regular Amex HHonors or did they let you upgrade your existing card to Surpass keeping the same account number? Did they do a hard pull on your credit?

    I was told that applying for a new card is completely legal, however, upgrading an existing card requires the wait. The csr spent a long time trying to make the upgrade work for me because of a long, positive relationship with Amex (60K/yr x 20 yrs.) and had a supervisor involved. So, I don’t think it was a matter of them not wanting to do something in my case.

  20. I recall reading a while back about paying bills with a something called a Bluebird card, and loading the prepaid Bluebird card with dollars by buying something with a credit card. The goal is to earn miles/points while paying for things not usually payable with a credit card–like my monthly home mortgage., or vendors who take only cash or checks.

    Can you refer me to all your posts about this? I want to learn all about how it is done, what I need to obtain to get it done, and where I can currently purchase those “dollar reload” card (with a points earning credit card) and then transfer the dollars to Bluebird and pay my mortgage, etc. And learn about risks and downsides, if there are any.

    Thanks.

  21. @Elliot – It is only for new offers.

    @VNG – About $375 at 0.5 cents per point.

    @Maury – I believe they will, but don’t have personal experience.

    @David G – It certainly is, and you could apply for both at the same time.

  22. @UTDAD Have you ever heard of Google? ;) Or better yet, duckduckgo.com…

    Posts on this all over the internet, just do a search for “bluebird card manufactured spend”

    And for Daraius posts specifically: “million mile secrets bluebird card”

  23. If I’m already holding the Amex Hilton honors card, can I use the application for the Surpass card for the 75k? Or do I need to cancel the Amex Hilton card and wait 3 months or is it a year before getting the surpass card? Thanks!

  24. Chris P. Jones

    I second the question above from @Lynn. Sounds like @Lisa above (her 2nd comment) did two separate applications, but doesn’t mentioned if she cancelled the first card.

  25. @Lynn and Chris Dodd-Frank does not keep you from applying for a different card. It does keep you from “upgrading” from the regular to the Surpass. To apply for a Surpass while holding a regular HH card, make sure you log out from your American Express account. Then either clear all of your cookies and browsing history, or use “in private browsing” to apply. I currently have both cards open.

  26. @ Robert — Thanks for the explanation!

  27. I previously applied for the Hilton Surpass card for the 75,000 signup bonus. I then sold my 75,000 Hilton points to rewards2cash for $315.

    http://rewards2cash.com/Hilton%20Rewards?tracking=4f8fb6a3e7219

    The company has positive reviews on slickdeals, facebook, and fatwallet.

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