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Hilton has really blown 2018 out of the water with their American Express cards. My wife and I both are American Express fans. With the AMEX Hilton cards we have been able to earn over half a million Hilton points, this year, with the following cards:
- Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express
- Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card
- The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
I value Hilton points at ~0.5 cents per point, so I expect to get $2,500+ in travel from these points! And the best part is that the earning never stops with when you take advantage of spending promotions like this one for purchases at Amazon.
I’ll show you how I earned all these points and why I’m now incredibly loyal to Hilton.
How We Earned All Those Hilton Points
There are lot of ways to earn Hilton points (check out our list of all the ways to earn Hilton points). But the fastest way to collect gobs of them is to earn a welcome bonus from an AMEX Hilton card.
Here are the bonuses we’ve earned.
|Card||Welcome Bonus||Points Earned From Meeting the Minimum Spending||Total|
|AMEX Hilton Business Card||125,000 Hilton points||9,000 Hilton points ($3,000 minimum spending X 3 Hilton points per $1)|
|134,000 Hilton points|
|AMEX Hilton Ascend Card (my card)||125,000 Hilton points||6,000 Hilton points ($2,000 minimum spending X 3 Hilton points per $1)|
|131,000 Hilton points|
|AMEX Hilton Ascend Card (wife's card)||125,000 Hilton points||6,000 Hilton points ($2,000 minimum spending X 3 Hilton points per $1)|
|131,000 Hilton points|
|AMEX Hilton Aspire Card (wife's card)||150,000 Hilton points||12,000 Hilton points ($4,000 minimum spending X 3 Hilton points per $1)|
|162,000 Hilton points|
|Total||525,000 Hilton points||33,000 Hilton points||558,000 Hilton points|
While my wife and I have been able to extract incredible value from these cards, there are a few more reasons why we are now loyal to Hilton.
Hilton Has All Different Types of Hotels
Hilton is known for having a lot of different types of hotels.
Whether you need a quick place to stay near the airport, a ritzy city experience like the Hilton Checkers (we stayed here the night of our wedding, it was incredible!), a unique hotel experience like the Hilton Elara in Vegas, or an ultra luxury one-of-a-kind experience at the Conrad Maldives, there is an opportunity to redeem your points in all sorts of ways.
You Can Redeem Hilton Points for Other Things – Like Concerts
An incredible part of Hilton is they are adapting to the younger generation of travelers like myself. While earning points is great, it can be equally frustrating to only be able to use them on hotels. To solve for this issue, Hilton has introduced their auction site where you can bid or redeem points for anything from food tours, to sporting events, to GRAMMY tickets!
This past summer, I was able to grab 4 tickets to a Dierks Bentley concert in Salt Lake City for only 5,000 Hilton points each, which was a great value.
Hilton Provides Hospitality at Its Finest
During my most recent visits to Hilton hotels, it has been for special occasions, and they have taken great care of us.
I stayed at the Hilton Checkers in the Finance District of Downtown Los Angeles the night of my wedding. They gave us a bottle of wine and cheese plate to welcome us, along with a complimentary breakfast for the both of us! And this was only when I only had Hilton Gold status, which I got as a perk of my AMEX Hilton Ascend card.
Other times when I’ve stayed at a Hilton, I have almost always received upgrades for holding status and have been recognized and thanked for my loyalty. Joseph recently wrote about how Hilton status is the BEST and easiest to obtain, and I couldn’t agree more!
Soon we’ll be traveling to Puerto Rico and we can’t wait to see the Hilton Ponce Resort! We are crossing our fingers for a beachfront upgrade since I am now a Hilton Diamond status member (it is complimentary with my Hilton Aspire card).
People may disagree with my loyalty to Hilton, saying that another brand may be better. That may or may not be true, but I have found immense value in being loyal to Hilton. For anyone looking to shop around their loyalty to a hotel brand, I couldn’t recommend Hilton enough for the said reasons.
I’d love to hear in the comments if you have had success in making the most out of the perks you get from the AMEX Hilton Cards!
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