Limited Time! Best Offers Ever on AMEX Hilton and Hilton Surpass Cards!

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For a limited time, there are 2 new fantastic offers for the American Express Hilton HHonors and American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass cards.  And they’re the highest public sign-up bonuses I’ve ever seen!

You’ll earn 75,000 Hilton points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening an AMEX Hilton HHonors card.

And a whopping 100,000 Hilton points with the AMEX Hilton HHonors Surpass card after spending $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

To get the better bonus on either card, you must apply by May 4, 2016.

Limited Time Best Offers Ever On AMEX Hilton And Hilton Surpass Cards

100,000 Hilton Points Is Enough for an Award Night at ANY Top-Category Hilton, Including the Incredible Waldorf-Astoria Grand Wailea in Maui

I’ll share the details of the offers and give you some ideas on how to use your Hilton points!

What’s the Deal?

American Express has been coming on strong with their improved hotel sign-up bonuses recently!  We’ve just seen the highest bonus ever on the AMEX Starwood cards.

And now, both AMEX Hilton cards are offering their best-ever sign-up bonuses!  But you must apply by May 4, 2016.

Hilton hotels include Conrad, Canopy, Curio, DoubleTreeEmbassy SuitesHampton InnHiltonHilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Home2Suites, Homewood Suites, Tru, and Waldorf Astoria brand hotels.

Limited Time Best Offers Ever On AMEX Hilton And Hilton Surpass Cards

These Sign-Up Bonuses Are Worth at Least 7 to 10 Nights at Hilton Category 2 Hotels, Like the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur

You could use these bonuses to splurge on a luxury stay.  Or stretch your points for more nights at lower category Hilton hotels.

Remember, these are American Express cards, so you’ll get access to terrific discounts through AMEX Offers and complimentary ShopRunner membership (free shipping from dozens of online retailers).

Keep in mind, American Express only allows folks to earn the bonus once, per person, per lifetime, on all its cards.  So if you’ve had either card in the past, you can NOT earn the bonus from that specific card again.

However, these are considered different card products.  So you can earn the sign-up bonus from both!

1.   American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass

Link:   American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass

Link:   My Review of the AMEX Hilton HHonors Surpass

With the improved offer on the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card, you’ll earn 100,000 Hilton points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account. (EXPIRED.)

That’s more than enough for a night at a top-tier luxury Hilton like the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island where Emily and I stayed.  Or 10 nights at category 2 Hilton hotels like the DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing.

You’ll also get:

  • Free Hilton Gold Elite status (free breakfast at certain hotels, upgrades when available)
  • Free Hilton Diamond Elite status when you spend more than $40,000 in a calendar year (better upgrades)
  • 12 points for every $1 you spend at Hilton hotels
  • 6 points per $1 you spend at US restaurants, supermarkets & gas stations
  • 3 points per $1 you spend on everything else
  • Terms and limitations apply

The annual fee of $75 is NOT waived for the 1st year.  However, if you’re in the military, you can get it waived.

Keep in mind, this card adds a ~3% foreign transaction fee.  So it’s not a good card to use when you’re abroad.

Limited Time Best Offers Ever On AMEX Hilton And Hilton Surpass Cards

You Could Use the Current Sign-Up Bonus for the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass for a Night at a Luxurious Hilton Category 10 Hotel, Like the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Where Emily and I Stayed

The Most Hilton Points for Paid Stays and Free Breakfast

This card earns the most Hilton points for paid stays.  So it’s the best option if you spend a lot of money at Hilton hotels.

And the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card gets you Hilton Gold elite status, which can save you lots of money (free breakfast!).  So for many folks, paying the $75 annual fee is worth it.

This card is a good pick for folks who stay at Hilton frequently and value Gold Elite status.  And the sign-up bonus has never been this high!

So if you’ve never had this card before, it’s a terrific opportunity to earn lots of Hilton points!

2.   American Express Hilton HHonors

Link:   American Express Hilton HHonors

Link:   My Review of the American Express Hilton HHonors

If you prefer a card with no annual fee, the American Express Hilton HHonors card also has an all-time-high sign-up bonus of 75,000 Hilton points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account. (EXPIRED.)

You could use 75,000 Hilton points for a 3-night stay (and have points left over) at a category 4 Hilton hotel, like the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando.

Limited Time Best Offers Ever On AMEX Hilton And Hilton Surpass Cards

Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Universal Orlando and You’ll Be Walking Distance to Both Universal Parks!

With this card, you’ll also get:

  • 7 Hilton points per $1 spent at most Hilton hotels
  • 5 Hilton points per $1 spent at US gas stations, US restaurants, and US supermarkets
  • 3 Hilton points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Free Hilton Silver elite status (late check-out, 2 free bottles of water, and 15% points bonus on Hilton points earned)
  • Free Hilton Gold elite status (free breakfast and better upgrades) after spending $20,000 in a calendar year
  • Terms & limitations apply

This card has NO annual fee.  So it won’t cost anything to keep it to increase the average age of your credit accounts and potentially help boost your credit score.

But, it also has a ~3% foreign transaction fee, so it’s NOT a good card to use overseas.

Consider the AMEX Hilton HHonors card if you don’t want to pay an annual fee, stay at Hilton hotels occasionally, or are looking for a way to quickly boost your Hilton point balance.

Spend to Earn Gold Status for Free Breakfasts…or Skip That and Use This Tip Instead

And if you spend $20,000 on purchases in a calendar year, you’ll get bumped up to Hilton Gold elite status, which gets you free breakfast at certain Hilton hotels, and upgrades when they’re available.

But here’s a tip.  For those of y’all who care more about the location than the fanciness of the hotel, try Hilton’s midrange brand, Hampton by Hilton.  You get free breakfast and Wi-Fi even with NO status.

For example, a buddy of mine had a very good experience at Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre.

Having trouble deciding?  Here’s how to decide which Hilton card is right for you.  And don’t forget to read my post on all the ways to earn Hilton points!

What Can You Do With Hilton Points?

Link:   Hilton HHonors Points Search Tool

Link:   Hilton Award Chart

Link:   How to Use AwardMapper

Link:   How to Use Hotel Hustle

If you complete the minimum spending ~5 to ~7 days before your account closes for the month, you’ll receive the sign-up bonus at the end of the billing cycle.

Depending on how you like to travel, you could spend your sign-up bonus on 1 or 2 nights in a fancy hotel.  Or book lower category hotels to get more award nights!

Remember, with either card, you’ll get Hilton elite status, which qualifies you for the 5th night free when you book an award stay of 5+ consecutive nights.  That’s another terrific way to make your points last!

Limited Time Best Offers Ever On AMEX Hilton And Hilton Surpass Cards

Stay on the Mediterranean at the Hilton Alexandria Corniche Hotel in Egypt! It’s Only 5,000 Hilton Points per Night

For example, you could use 100,000 Hilton points for:

  • 20 nights in category 1 hotels (5,000 points per night)
  • 10 nights in category 2 hotels (10,000 points per night)
  • 5 nights in category 3 hotels (20,000 points per night)
  • 2 or 3 nights in category 6 hotels (30,000 to 50,000 points per night)
  • 1 night in a category 10 (top-tier) hotel (80,000 to 95,000 points per night)

To quickly see which Hilton hotels you can book with points (and how many) in a certain city and month, try Hilton’s points search tool.

Limited Time Best Offers Ever On AMEX Hilton And Hilton Surpass Cards

Or Use Your Bonus for 2 or 3 Nights at Mid-Range Hotels Like the Category 6 Hilton Toronto

Emily and I always check TripAdvisor before we book a hotel.  And to see where we can use Hilton points for hotel stays, we search Hotel Hustle (which even shows if award rooms are available) and AwardMapper.

For more ideas, check out my top 10 hotels to book with Hilton points.  And consider these excellent Hilton hotels in Europe, the US, Australia & the South Pacific, Asia, the Caribbean, and on US beaches.

Bottom Line

There are terrific, limited-time improved sign-up bonuses on the American Express Hilton HHonors and American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass cards!

These are the highest sign-up bonuses ever offered for either card.  You’ll earn 75,000 Hilton points with the American Express Hilton HHonors and 100,000 Hilton points with the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass after meeting minimum spending requirements.

But you must apply by May 4, 2016, to get the better offers!

If you haven’t received the bonus before on these cards, these are great deals to consider!  Because the bonuses have never been this high.  So this is a good opportunity to earn a lot of Hilton points!

Would you use the sign-up bonus in 1 shot at a fancy hotel?  Or make the most of it by booking award stays at more budget-friendly locations?

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14 responses to “Limited Time! Best Offers Ever on AMEX Hilton and Hilton Surpass Cards!

  1. I’ve gotten the Amex card for both my wife and myself in the last couple months. I called to see if they would match us to this new offer and they flatly said “no.”

  2. Amex needs to lift the “once in a lifetime” restriction. Hopefully in the future we will see this.

  3. Any thoughts on where to find tier 2 or tier 1 hotels? Did a quick search on a few spots (Portland, ME, Boston, New Orleans) and couldn’t find any.

  4. If my wife applies, will they let points be deposited into my account? Or do points have to go into a new HHonors acct. for my wife? (Seems to make points harder to use.)

  5. I have the HHonors card that I signed up for 2 months ago. Clicking on the HHonors Surpass link you provided gives me the message “You have been identified as a current American Express Card Member. The welcome offer below may not be the same as the offer you saw advertised previously because the offer you saw advertised previously is not available to current American Express Card Members. This offer is also not available to applicants who have had a Hilton HHonors™ Surpass® Card from American Express account.” And it only offers me 50k points, not 100k.

  6. I got the same response – only 50k offered for the Surpass if you already have the regular Hilton Amex card.

  7. Sheryl Santelmann

    Aaron, If you clear your cache in your browser (IE?) or paste the link into a different browser (ie Firefox, Chrome), you should be able to get the 100,000 point offer. If you have recently logged into your Amex account, your browser remembers that and won’t give you the big offer.

    I had the same experience as “J”, only I literally applied Thursday morning using an 85,000 point offer. Then Thursday afternoon, the offer changed to 100,000. I chatted and called Amex, but both said, “No, we cannot match the offer. The offer you signed up for is the one that you get!” UGH!

  8. i currently have the no fee amex hilton card…will amex let me also have the fee version at the same time? i got the 60K bonus for the first one, this is a different product so I should qualify for the 100K bonus, but I was planning on keeping the no fee version around (at least for awhile), although I suppose if they closed the no fee version I could always get it later (I doubt I will keep this fee version longer than a year). I just don’t want to waste a hard pull if they won’t approve both being open at the same time. thanks

  9. I also received the 85K offer and tried to match to the 100k offer and was told the same as others. “The offer you signed up for is the offer you get”

  10. @J @Brian – You could always try to speak with a different agent, or ask to speak with a supervisor. Let me know if you have any luck!

    @Brandon – You never know! That would be a welcome change!

    @Dave – Hilton Category 1 hotels:

    http://hhonors.hilton.com/en/hhonors/rewards/search_result_reward_levels.jhtml?hhonorsRewardLevel=1

    Hilton Category 2 hotels:

    http://hhonors.hilton.com/en/hhonors/rewards/search_result_reward_levels.jhtml?hhonorsRewardLevel=2

    You can filter by country and state. Hope that helps!

    @CB – The points would go into your wife’s account.

    @Aaron @PH @Sheryl Santelmann – Thanks for letting us know about your experience – and thanks for the tips!

    @pete – Yes, that would work because they are different card products.

  11. Does anyone know if the sign up bonus from these cards can be use to pay off card purchases, or is that bonus only to be used at Hilton Properties?

  12. Please pardon the newbie, unclear about the rules, can I apply for both cards at the same time? Would appreciate a clarification. Thank you!

  13. @Ed – You can redeem for anything offered by Hilton. They don’t offer statement credits to your card account, though.

    @Tara, Yes, because they’re considered different card products:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2014/05/11/whats-considered-a-different-card-product/

    But, you should wait at least a day between AMEX applications to give each application time to process. Hope that helps!

  14. I am trying to find out if this Amex card would be worth while for also earning/redeeming for airline points. I am having difficulty finding out which airlines they participate with and if it is an equal point for mile ratio. Any insight into this? Thanks:)

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