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Breaking: AMEX Is Issuing 2 New Hilton Cards (and Refreshing 2 Old Ones!)

Breaking: AMEX Is Issuing 2 New Hilton Cards (and Refreshing 2 Old Ones!)

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If you’re a fan of Hilton hotels, you’re going to want to sit down for this!

AMEX will introduce 2 brand new Hilton credit cards, and refresh their 2 current Hilton cards on January 18, 2018.  We don’t have all the details yet, but I’ll tell you what we know so far!

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Nothing but Good News From AMEX and Hilton as They Introduce Their New Credit Card Portfolio!

New AMEX Hilton Cards Coming Soon

Link:   Hilton Honors Credit Cards

Earlier this year, it was possible to sign-up for 4 different Hilton credit cards.  But a few months ago, the 2 Citi Hilton cards were discontinued.

But on January 18, 2018, we’ll have 4 Hilton credit cards again!  We don’t know what the sign-up bonuses will be.  But here’s a rundown of the details we know of so far.

1.   Hilton Honors American Express Aspire

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire is the new premium Hilton credit card.  It comes with a $450 annual fee, but the benefits of the card can more than make up for it:

  • 14 Hilton points per $1 at Hilton hotels and resorts
  • 7 Hilton points per $1 on flights booked directly with airlines or through Amex Travel, select car rental agencies, and US restaurants
  • 3 Hilton points per $1 on other purchases
  • Automatic Hilton Honors Diamond status for as long as you hold the card
  • 1 annual weekend night at any Hilton hotel or resort
  • 1 weekend night at any Hilton hotel or resort after spending $60,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • Priority Pass membership (no details yet)
  • $250 airline incidental fee credit
  • $250 Hilton resort statement credit
  • $100 credit at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts when booking the “Aspire Card package” (not sure what this is yet)
  • NO foreign transaction fees

The travel credits are great if you’re able to use them.  But some folks may end up spending money they wouldn’t have otherwise just to take advantage of them.

That said, automatic Hilton Diamond Elite status sounds pretty great! 😉

2.   Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

If you’re a big spender, you’ll get many of the same benefits with the new Hilton Honors American Express Business Card as you would with the AMEX Hilton Aspire.  But the $95 annual fee is much lower.

You’ll get:

  • 12 Hilton points per $1 at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
  • 6 Hilton points per $1 on U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service producers and U.S. purchases for shipping
  • 6 Hilton points per $1 on flights booked directly with airlines or through Amex Travel, select car rental agencies, and US restaurants
  • 3 Hilton points per $1 on other purchases
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status
  • Earn Hilton Honors Diamond status after spending $40,000 in purchases within a calendar year
  • 1 annual weekend night at any Hilton hotel or resort after spending $15,000 in purchases on the card in a calendar year
  • Another weekend night at any Hilton hotel or resort after spending $60,000 in purchases on the card in a calendar year
  • 10 Priority Pass lounge passes
  • NO foreign transaction fees
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3.   Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card

The Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card is the refreshed version of the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express.  But the annual fee has been increased to $95.

You’ll get:

  • 12 Hilton points per $1 at Hilton hotels and resorts
  • 6 Hilton points per $1 at US supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations
  • 3 Hilton points per $1 on all other eligible purchases
  • 10 Priority Pass lounge passes
  • Automatic Hilton Honors Gold status
  • Earn Hilton Honors Diamond status after spending $40,000 in purchases within a calendar year
  • 1 weekend night at any Hilton hotel or resort after spending $15,000 in purchases on the card in a calendar year
  • NO foreign transaction fees

We don’t yet know if this card will be considered a new “product”.  But if it is, you’ll be able to earn the sign-up bonus on this card even if you’ve already opened the AMEX Hilton Surpass!

4.   Hilton Honors American Express Card

This no annual fee card is virtually unchanged.  The only addition is NO foreign transaction fees.

You’ll also get:

  • 7 Hilton points per $1 at Hilton hotels and resorts
  • 5 Hilton points per $1 at US supermarkets, gas stations, and restaurants
  • 3 Hilton points per $1 on all other eligible purchases
  • NO foreign transaction fees

We don’t know if this card will be considered a new product, either.  But if it is, you can earn the sign-up bonus on this card even if you’ve already opened the previous Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express.

If the 2 refreshed AMEX Hilton cards are in fact considered different card products, it’s a good idea to open the 2 current AMEX Hilton cards before January 18, 2018.  Before their sign-up bonuses disappear forever!

Note:   If you have the no annual fee Citi Hilton Honors card, your card will be changed to the Hilton Honors American Express Card.  And if you have the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve card, you’ll be changed to the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card.

Bottom Line

AMEX is introducing 2 new Hilton cards, and refreshing their 2 current Hilton cards.

This is great news, because it means more options for folks like us in the miles & points hobby.  And more opportunities to earn valuable sign-up bonuses!

Some of these details are unverified, and we do NOT have any information on what the sign-up bonuses will be.  But I’ll keep you up to date as we learn more!

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Should we close our citi cards?
Will allowing them to convert prevent getting a new card with the bonus?

I’ve got the same question Dan. It’s frustrating not to know whether the new Amex Honors card will be considered a “new” offering” with the potential to earn another sign up bonus or if the card will remain the same as the old Amex Honors card. This could mean a complete loss of any sign up bonus points if I keep my Citi card through the transfer. Another consideration to take into account is that I’ve technically already earned an additional 10k points from my Citi card, due to spending requirements, but I won’t receive that bonus until after Dec. 31st. Does anyone else have this predicament? Are people canceling their Citi cards hoping to receive a bonus for the Amex Honors even if they’ve already received one through the current Amex Honors card?

My current Amex Hilton Surpass Card comes with free annual anniversary night with this change will the free annual night go away ?

Hey friend, I noticed the AmEx Surpass card is gone from your list of hot deals. Is this a hint at anything?

I definitely want to get the Surpass card if the Ascend will be a new product!

I have the Citi HH Reserve card and just earned my free night certificate. What happens to the free night if I close my card in January but want to use the free night in June? Thanks!

Now if the aspire was a Marriott or SPG version with automatic platinum status I think id be FAR more interested :).