AMEX Hilton Cards Offering Highest Sign-Up Bonuses Ever

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If you’ve been waiting to apply for the AMEX Hilton credit cards, your patience has paid off!

Until May 31, 2017, the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express have increased sign-up bonuses.  And I’ve never seen a higher bonus on these cards!

You’ll earn 80,000 Hilton points after you make $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors card.

And you’ll earn 100,000 Hilton points after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass card.

Plus there’s an incredibly valuable new perk on the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass which could be worth hundreds of dollars!

AMEX Hilton Cards Offering Highest Sign Up Bonuses Ever

You’ll Have Lots of Options to Redeem Your Hilton Points, From Inexpensive Family-Friendly Hotels to Luxury Resorts, Like the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

I’ll share the details.  And give you some ideas for using Hilton points!

AMEX Hilton Cards Get a Limited-Time Upgrade

A year ago, we saw the AMEX Hilton cards come with the highest sign-up bonuses they’ve ever offered.  Now, the best-ever AMEX Hilton sign-up bonuses are back.  And one of them is even higher (though the minimum spending requirement is higher, too).

I’ll remind you what to expect with each card.  And give you some ideas for where to redeem your points!

Note:   Hilton no longer has an award chart (yuck!).  So you’ll have to check each hotel for the going rate.

1.   AMEX Hilton Honors

Link:   American Express Hilton Honors

Link:   My Review of the American Express Hilton Honors

The AMEX Hilton Honors card has an all-time high sign-up bonus of 80,000 Hilton points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.  Previously, the highest bonus was 75,000 Hilton points with a minimum spending requirement that was $1,000 lower.

80,000 Hilton points is MUCH more than enough for a stay at upscale Hilton hotels, like the Hilton Auckland.  Or stay 4 nights at more budget-friendly hotel, like the Hilton Garden Inn Corlu, in Turkey.

AMEX Hilton Cards Offering Highest Sign Up Bonuses Ever

I Found Nights at the Waterfront Hilton Auckland for 43,000 Hilton Points

This card comes with:

  • 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 is also a good card because it has NO annual fee, and everyone should have a no annual fee card.  They can help increase the average age of your credit accounts and potentially boost your credit score.

2.   AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass

Link:   American Express Hilton Honors Surpass

Link:   My Review of the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass

With this limited-time offer on the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass card, you’ll earn 100,000 Hilton points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.

That’s more than enough for a night at a 5- star Hilton hotel like the Conrad Hong Kong, where Emily and I stayed.  Or 7 nights at a less fancy hotel, like the Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport.

AMEX Hilton Cards Offering Highest Sign Up Bonuses Ever

Emily and I Stayed at the Conrad Hong Kong a Few Years Ago and Enjoyed the Modern Rooms and Good Location

Plus, you’ll now get a free weekend night certificate after the first anniversary date of card approval!  The certificate is good at just about any Hilton hotel, with a few exceptions.  You can even redeem it at expensive Conrad or Waldorf Astoria resorts, like the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, which can cost $1,000+ per night.

This perk alone is worth paying the $75 annual fee for another year.

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

Both of these cards come with foreign transaction fees, so they are NOT good cards to use internationally.

If you need inspiration, check out my top picks for Hilton hotels in Europe and Asia.  And here are 5 great hotels for family travel!

Note:   AMEX only allows folks to earn the sign-up bonus for each card once per lifetime.  So if you’ve received the bonus before, you will NOT get it again.

Bottom Line

The AMEX Hilton Honors and the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass cards have great new limited time offers through May 31, 2017!

These are the highest sign-up bonuses ever offered for either card.  You’ll earn 80,000 Hilton points with the AMEX Hilton Honors, and 100,000 Hilton points with the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass after meeting minimum spending requirements.

Plus, the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass now comes with a free weekend night after your first anniversary.  That’s a terrific new perk that could be worth hundreds of dollars.

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!

Will you sign-up for either of these new limited-time offers?

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697 responses to “AMEX Hilton Cards Offering Highest Sign-Up Bonuses Ever

  1. how can you verify what products you have had with AMEX in the past?

  2. I currently have the basic Amex Hilton card and would like to try for the Surpass. When I go to the site from the link in the article, it shows an option to upgrade my existing card and I’m not even logged into my account. If I do it that way, would I still get the bonus or is it better to use an incognito page to apply? Thanks

  3. Is the free weekend night only once after the first anniversary? or every account anniversary?

  4. I think I’ll pass. Hilton points are only worth about 0.4 cents each. 100,000 points is only worth about $400. There are much better travel offers out there. Hyatt points are worth 1.5 cents each and Starwood points are worth 2.2 cents each.

  5. Is there an expiration on the free anniversary night?

  6. I have the Surpass now. Is the free night only for people who get the card now or are existing customers also getting the new perk?

    This is great since you must spend $10k on the Citi card to get a free night.

    • Bill from Maine

      I just did an AMEX chat while logged into my account. I asked if the free night certificate also pertained to current card members and the answer was no. This is considered a signup bonus for new card members only. Not good.

  7. Are annual fees waived first year?

  8. Question: I currently have the Hilton Honors Surpass. Will I be receiving a free weekend night certificate?

    • nevermind, just saw the answers above. Amex is being cheap by: (1) not giving it to loyal cardmembers; and (2) only providing it the first year.

  9. I have an Amex Hilton and a Surpass already. May I ask if anyone knows what I should do if I wanted to get the upgrade offer by upgrading the no-fee Hilton card to the Surpass? Shall I first downgrade the Surpass to the no-fee version or I have to first cancel it? Thanks!

  10. Danielle Kotovets

    I would love to stay at the Conrad Maldives!!

  11. THE KEY WEST WALDORF would be a good choice.

  12. I would love to take my girlfriend to the Edinburgh Festival this summer and stay at the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

  13. I loved the Maldives, would love to go back!

  14. I just spent 5 nights at that Waldorf Astoria in Dubai. Two thumbs up

  15. I’m saving my Hilton points for Conrad Koh Samui!

  16. I’d love to back to the Rome Cavalieri, the nicest place I’ve ever stayed. The view of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica just made it better.

  17. I loved the Hilton Clearwater Beach oceanfront rooms. Would like to get back there some day.

  18. I’d go to the grand wailea on Maui every single vacation. It’s that amazing.

  19. I want to go back to Bogota, Colombia! The Hilton property there is great!!

  20. I would like to stay at Conrad Bora Bora Bora for summer vacation

  21. The Hilton Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day would be a fun place to go

  22. hgi fsd downtown!

  23. Conrad Tokyo, baby!

  24. I would use a stack of Hilton points to stay at the Doubletree Dunblane Hydro in Scotland. Great restaurant and super location!

  25. Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island in Hawaii had something for everyone in our group, so we could go back there

  26. The hilton bonnet creek in Orlando is a fun place.

  27. Coylumbridge near Inverness looks fun

  28. palm springs next February would be nice

  29. I would love to use 40,000 Hilton points to help us continue planning our honeymoon. We would like to go to Greece and could use those points to stay a night in beautiful and historic Athens!

  30. Katherine Cano

    The Conrad Seoul looks really luxury, beautiful photos, i’d like to visit!

  31. The St. Regis Chicago is a great hotel. The suites are nice and spacious with fireplaces.

  32. Hard to decide between the Conrad St. James in London or the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island in Hawaii. And I’d also love to visit the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island!

  33. The Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando is a fun place to stay while visiting Disney World!

  34. Would love to try out the Hilton Vienna overlooking the Danube!

  35. Aaron Richard

    I would love to stay at the Grand Wailea in Maui! There is a water park on site!

  36. Martie Gigantone


  37. Would love to visit Hilton in Moorea… fabulous location and property … simply superb.

  38. I would love to stay at the Hilton Fiji resort and spa 🙂

  39. Another fan of Hilton Bonnet Creek

  40. The Roosevelt New Orleans is absolutely stunning during the Christmas holiday. It’s elegant anyway but the season brings deck the halls to fruition. That is where I would be excited to travel to again.

  41. I’d love to stay at the Seelbach Hilton Louisville for the Kentucky Derby.

  42. Conrad Chicago. Great location.

  43. Would love to try Conrad Dubai.

  44. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bucharest – Unirii Square would be my choice! Settled just beyond the periphery of the “Europe” for most travelers, Romania offers so much to discover for the frugal traveler. The Bucegi Mountains and Bran (Dracula’s) Castle are a 90 minute train ride from the capital. Bucharest’s DoubleTree, which sits in the city’s historical center, comes at 20,000 HHonors points per night, compared to double that amount, or more, in most U.S. metropolitan centers. With low fuel surcharge taxes, and while barely inside Europe’s boundaries on the American Airlines award chart, a transatlantic award flight from the U.S. allows one to maximize all the travel savings promoted by Millionmilesecrets!

  45. Hilton Rose Hall in Jamaica would be my choice, all inclusive!

  46. I love the Hilton Caribe for a quick trip to Puerto Rico!

  47. Hampton Inn Miami Brickell looks cool.

  48. Julie Gramoll

    Hilton Berlin Germany. Would love to make my way through Germany!

  49. Doubletree Times Square. Planning a girls weekend in NYC.

  50. The Hilton Pointe Tapatio in PHX is fun to stay at!

  51. The Conrad St James London is amazing.

  52. Grand Wailea on Maui

  53. I know its talked about a lot on these blogs but I am saving to stay one day at the Conrad Maldives!!

  54. Hilton Budapest in the Castle District!

  55. I’d like to stay at Conrad Dublin.

  56. Hilton Waikiki, duh!

  57. Hilton Waikoloa Village since there is so much to do on Hawaii

  58. Any Hilton all inclusive would be my next stay!

  59. Conrad Bora Bora!

  60. We used Hilton Points to stay at Casa Marina in Key West.

  61. Did you mention Hilton all inclusive ?? I´m in.

  62. My dream place to stay right now is at the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

  63. Hilton grand vacations at the flamingo, Las Vegas. There’s a flamingo wildlife habitat onsite.

  64. We’re planning to take our kids to the Grand Wailea in Maui. It will be their first time in Hawaii. What an introduction!

  65. The Conrad in lower Manhattan. Close to the sites, and if you have status, you get a full breakfast in the restaurant.

  66. Any Hilton in Hawaii!! or any other beach destination.

  67. Nashville! Oh how I ❤️️ Nashville!

  68. I would love to use the points towards a stay at Conrad Tokyo

  69. Bucket list is the Conrad Hotel in the Maldives

  70. Hilton East NYC.

  71. Hilton Sunset Key Cottages in Key West, FL!

  72. British Colonial Hilton Nassau The Bahamas. But I like everyone else’s ideas too.

  73. Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca would be nice to visit

  74. Whitney Hinton

    Conrad Rangali or Conrad Bora Bora would be my choices!

  75. Conrad Koh Samui 🙂

  76. Conrad Hong Kong

  77. Take me to the holy land (Jerusalem!)

  78. I’d stay at any Hilton in th SF Bay Area for a good time!

  79. I just booked a flight to Maui Hawaii for my husband’s and my wedding anniversary (‼️) so it would be great to stay at the Grand Wailea! This will be our first trip to the Hawaii and made possible by the tips on your blog (I booked the flight with miles) Thanks for sharing your successes so that everyone has a chance to travel!

  80. The Hilton in downtown Antwerp!

  81. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

  82. I’d like to stay at the Double Tree FessParker in Santa Barbara, CA

  83. Evan Fleisher

    How about the Hilton Waikoloa Beach!!!

  84. Caribbe Hilton in Puerto Rico looks fun!

  85. I would use the points at DoubleTree Times Square.


    El Conquistador In Puerto Rico would be the place to use these!!!

  87. Got a stay next year at Curio Hamburg!

  88. My family and I really enjoy the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu.

  89. Conrad St James in London would be a great place to stay

  90. Hampton Inn Tampico MX is next to airport, 3 miles from beach, free hotel shuttle, lots of restaurants.

  91. I would to stay at the Conrad Bangkok

  92. I’d love to use the points to go to one of the hotels around Disney.

  93. Ib would love to stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. It would be a dream come true!

  94. Definitely need a stay at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco!

  95. Would love to stay @ Conrad Hongkong going by your reviews. Planning a trip for next year.

  96. I’m planning to visit Miami and would love to stay at the Doubletree by Hilton on Biscayne Bay.

  97. Conrad St. James in London sure would make our vacation to England this summer pretty sweet!

  98. Hilton overlooking bay in downtown Miami!

  99. Wailea on Maui!