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Being Able to Easily Earn a Cool 500,000+ Hilton Points Is Only One Reason Hilton Is Better Than the Competition

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Being Able to Easily Earn a Cool 500,000+ Hilton Points Is Only One Reason Hilton Is Better Than the Competition

Brett HolzhauerBeing Able to Easily Earn a Cool 500,000+ Hilton Points Is Only One Reason Hilton Is Better Than the CompetitionMillion Mile Secrets Team

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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:

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.

Definitely on My Bucket List to Use Hilton Points for a Stay at The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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 BonusPoints Earned From Meeting the Minimum SpendingTotal
AMEX Hilton Business Card125,000 Hilton points9,000 Hilton points ($3,000 minimum spending X 3 Hilton points per $1)

Terms Apply
134,000 Hilton points
AMEX Hilton Ascend Card (my card)125,000 Hilton points6,000 Hilton points ($2,000 minimum spending X 3 Hilton points per $1)

Terms Apply
131,000 Hilton points
AMEX Hilton Ascend Card (wife's card)125,000 Hilton points6,000 Hilton points ($2,000 minimum spending X 3 Hilton points per $1)

Terms Apply
131,000 Hilton points
AMEX Hilton Aspire Card (wife's card)150,000 Hilton points12,000 Hilton points ($4,000 minimum spending X 3 Hilton points per $1)

Terms Apply
162,000 Hilton points
Total525,000 Hilton points33,000 Hilton points558,000 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

Country Concerts Are a Favorite of Ours!

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

Up Next on My Schedule Is The Hilton Ponce in Puerto Rico in January 2019

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).

Bottom Line

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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Wanting to stay at the Beverly Hilton may go for the AMEX Hilton Honors business. Already have the AMEX Hilton Honors.

Brett Hi, Can you direct me to MMS post on Hilton Aspire. We are traveling to Egypt, Malta and Europe this year. Looks like $450 fee could be cancelled by credits $250 airline, $250 resort, $100 stay, unlimited lounge visits and diamond status.

Planning to attend Virginia Tech graduation in 2016 nearest hotel available was Roanoke a year ahead.
All local hotels in 100 miles required 3 night stay. I had Hilton diamond. I called Hilton across the street from VT. Result 2 rooms for 2 nights with low points. During check in my wife was asked how many free breakfast coupons were needed she said 12 no problem. Net result our extended family saved $1200 on this stay and walked to graduation.

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That is awesome!

Being near retirement I have been earning and banking HH points to us for travel after my working years. The recent spend $4k earn 40k put me over the 1m point level. As soon as my wife gets past 5/24 next year and gets the SW card for the companion pass, the AMEX aspire is on her list.

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That is great to hear that the Hilton Aspire is in your near future! Thanks for reading!

I am Hilton Loyalist, as well. I to have the American Express Hilton Aspire Card, and I’m sitting on 400,000 Hilton Honors Points, and looking forward to earning many more points in 2019.

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That is awesome Chris! I’m at 300k right now and always looking to earn more. Maybe I’ll have my wife sign up for the Aspire in the coming months…