Earn 5,000 Bonus Points for Authorized Users on American Express Hilton Cards – Here’s How to Find Out If You’re Targeted

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Do you hold an AMEX Hilton card like the Hilton Honors American Express or Hilton Honors American Express Ascend?  If so, it’s worth checking to see if you’re targeted to earn bonus Hilton points for adding authorized users.  

With this offer, you can earn 5,000 bonus Hilton points for adding an authorized user that meets a minimum spending requirement.  And you can earn up to 20,000 bonus points total.

That’s enough for up to four nights at a Hilton category 1 hotel that costs 5,000 points per night.  Or for a free night at a category 3 hotel that costs an average of 20,000 points per night.

Here are the details of this offer.

20,000 Hilton Points Is Enough for a Free Night at the Beautiful Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman

Earn Bonus Hilton Points for Adding Authorized Users

With this targeted offer, you can earn 5,000 bonus Hilton points for adding an authorized user to your account who spends $250 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months.  You can earn a maximum of 20,000 bonus points (that’s 4 authorized user bonuses).  The offer ends February 28, 2019.

You can search for an email with the subject line “<your name>, here’s an easy way to earn 5K Bonus Points” to see if you’re targeted.  If you weren’t, it’s worth calling AMEX to see if they can add the offer to your account.

You don’t have to provide a social security number when initially adding an authorized user, but you’ll have to provide it within 60 days of opening the authorized user’s account or the bonus will be denied.

Being an authorized user won’t affect your ability to earn the welcome bonus on that particular card in the future, but AMEX authorized user accounts on personal AMEX cards WILL count towards your Chase 5/24 status.  So the bonus points might not be worth it for some.

Were you targeted?  If so, do you plan on taking advantage of the deal?

Meghan Hunter is a contributor to Million Mile Secrets, he covers topics on points and miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels, and general travel.

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1 year ago

This is lovely, if it’s accurate.. What’s NOT based in reality is the estimate of what 5K points, or 20K points, will get you. I defy the writer to show us even ONE Hilton category 1 hotel that goes for 5K pts. Or even ONE category 5 unit for 20K points. That’s rubbish. Finding even a Hampton Inn for less than 25K points has become impossible.

1 year ago

AMEX is sending tax form for points earned on AU’s i think. Is it worth it?

Andrew W
Reply to  Leslie
1 year ago

Hi Leslie!

Personally, I still think it’s worth it. It really just reduces the value of the welcome bonus by a little bit.

I ran through some sample itineraries if I were to book a flight/hotel for myself to see how much value I could get from AMEX Membership Rewards points and I value them at around 2 cents per point.

From what I’m reading online, AMEX is valuing their points at no more than 1 cent per point.

So if I earned 100,000 AMEX points, I’d be 1099’d for $1,000. BUT those points would be worth $2,000 to me personally.

Even if I were taxed 30% ($300), I’d still be coming out way ahead ($2000 minus $300 = $1700 net gain).

That’s my train of thought anyway!

Traveler Dave
Reply to  Andrew W
1 year ago

They are not AMEX points. They are Hilton points.