Rumor: New AMEX Hilton Card With Automatic Diamond Status & Much More!

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Via Doctor of Credit, AMEX may soon launch a new premium AMEX Hilton credit card.

Potential perks could include free Hilton Diamond status, a $250 annual travel credit, and an annual free night at Hilton hotels after meeting spending requirements.

There’s lots of competition in the miles & points world these days.  So it’s exciting to hear about potential new cards that can make Big Travel With Small Money possible!

AMEX Hilton Diamond Card

AMEX May Be Launching a New Premium Hilton Credit Card With Automatic Diamond Status & Many Other Perks!

I’ll fill you in on what I know!

AMEX Hilton Diamond Card

Link:   Doctor of Credit

There’s a possibility AMEX will introduce a new AMEX Hilton Diamond card.

Folks on Reddit have been speculating based on a survey AMEX sent to cardholders.

AMEX has NOT confirmed the rumor.  And there’s no official word on timing or a potential sign-up bonus for the card.  But based on information gathered by Doctor of Credit, the card perks could include:

  • Free Hilton Diamond status
  • 14 Hilton points per $1 you spend at Hilton hotels
  • 7 Hilton points per $1 you spend at US restaurants, car rental agencies, and airfare purchased directly from airlines
  • 3 Hilton points per $1 you spend on all other purchases
  • Free night at participating Hilton hotels after spending $12,000 annually
  • $250 annual travel credit for incidental fees like baggage fees
  • Free Priority Pass membership

The card’s annual fee could be $395.

Automatically earning Hilton Diamond status would be a terrific perk!  Because you normally need 30 stays or 60 nights to earn Hilton’s highest status.

With Diamond status, you get:

  • 50% elite bonus points on stays
  • 5th night free on award stays (same as Hilton Silver and Gold status)
  • Free breakfast at many Hilton locations
  • Room upgrades at eligible hotels
  • 1,000 Hilton bonus points per stay at ConradEmbassy Suites, and Waldorf Astoria hotels
  • 750 Hilton bonus points per stay at Hilton Garden Inn hotels

A new card would be great news for folks who took advantage of the limited time offers for the current AMEX Hilton cards.  Because you can only earn the sign-up bonus from AMEX cards once, per person, per lifetime.  So a new card could be an opportunity to earn a sign-up bonus!

Do I Believe the Rumor?

Yes!  Recently, AMEX has made changes to other cards like The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN and The Platinum Card® from American Express.  I believe most of these changes were introduced to match the amazing cards offered by AMEX competitors, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

So a new premium AMEX Hilton card would make sense.  Because it would compete with the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card.

Many of the rumored perks are similar to the Ritz-Carlton benefits, like an annual travel credit, automatic elite status, and Priority Pass membership.

It will be very interesting to learn about the potential new card’s sign-up bonus and how it competes with 3 free nights offered on the Ritz-Carlton card.

Bottom Line

Doctor of Credit reports a rumor about a new premium American Express Hilton credit card.  Perks might include automatic Hilton Diamond status, a $250 annual travel credit, and much more!

I love the potential new competition versus the Chase Ritz-Carlton Rewards card.

I’ll be sure to update you once I know more!

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6 responses to “Rumor: New AMEX Hilton Card With Automatic Diamond Status & Much More!

  1. Is Diamond really needed for Hilton? Gold seems to be the sweet spot in the Hilton brand.

  2. @Tony, you are right. A difference between Gold and Diamond is in reality next to nothing.

  3. I value my Diamond status, especially overseas. This gets me automatic to lounges, which can be awesome at Conrads and Hiltons in Europe and Asia. When I was Gold, I was sometimes upgraded to the Exec Lonunge floors, but less than 50% of time. While unsure, I believe Diamond is way better for early check in late check out. Don’t under value what you can’t see!!

  4. @Bill, I have Diamond status for 12 years, my wife has Gold status for 7 years. In the United States it’s about 99% same, unless you care about a little more extra bonus points for paid stays. Since I’m originally European and sometimes I travel back to the old continent, I know it is a different scenario over there. People in States are more cheap, and so are receptionists in hotels over here. Unfortunate truth

  5. In my experience, Diamond status gets me much better upgrades and perks outside the US. In the US, it doesn’t matter that much!

  6. I think the real issue here is lack of value to the Hilton program in the area of airline or transfer partners, the rooms are also 50,000 points on most of the ones I look at even on slow weekdays. I see a lot more value in SPG/Marriott which is why I regret being Hilton Gold with a ton of points that don’t see very useful.

    My .002