Amex Offer: Save Up To 20% At Hilton Properties In Hawaii [Targeted]

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One of the main reasons I hold as many American Express credit and charge cards as I do is because I often get targeted for offers that help me save quite a bit of cash or that give me the opportunity to top up my membership rewards balance with ease.

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Grand Wailea – Image courtesy of Hilton

Amex has just loaded a new offer for Hilton properties in Hawaii and it has been kind enough to load it on to my Hilton Honors credit card so I’ll earn a bucketload of Hilton Honors points if I go ahead and make use of the offer.

Spend $1,000 Or More – Get $200 In Hawaii

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The headline terms and conditions of the offer are as follows:

  • Get a one-time $200 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend $1,000+ on room rate and room charges.
  • Valid at Hilton brand hotels in Hawaii.
  • Offer valid from 25 February 2019 to 30 June 2019.
  • Book direct with Hilton.
  • Offer does not apply to advance purchase rates, including Advance Purchase, Save Now & Pay and Non-refundable rates.
  • Excludes gift card purchases.
  • Corporate Cards are not eligible for this offer.
  • Offer only valid on room rate and room charges.
  • Offer not valid for lodging stays that are paid for before the promotion start date or after the promotion end date.

There are three things to take note of here:

Firstly, it’s unclear what Amex means when its terms say “[o]ffer valid only at Hilton brand hotels in the state of Hawaii”.

The Hawaii bit is clear enough but I’m not sure what Amex means by “Hilton brand hotels” – it’s possible that this means that the offer is only going to work at properties in Hawaii that are specifically called “Hilton…..” (e.g. Hilton Hawaiian Village) or Amex could just be pointing out that the offer is only for Hilton properties (i.e any brand that’s part of the Hilton family).

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Hilton Hawaiian Village – Image courtesy of Hilton

I suspect that the offer is valid at all Hilton brands as there’s no mention of excluded brands in the terms and conditions and, in past Amex offers that have involved hotels (e.g. Marriott), where brands have been excluded they’ve been singled out in the terms and conditions).

Still, I urge caution here and a call to Amex for clarification (before booking) may be a good idea.

The second thing to be aware of here is that the offer says it excludes advance purchases….but I’m not sure how Amex is going to police this.

There may be a way for Amex to know if a charge to a credit card is for a stay that has taken place or for one in the future but, if that’s the case, it’s not something I’m aware of.

Lastly, this should stack nicely with the $250 annual resort fee that comes with the Hilton Aspire Card from American Express.

As long as you’ve been targeted for the Amex offer on your Aspire card you should be able to get $200 back from the offer itself and $250 back from the Aspire card (if you haven’t already used up the credit).

If you can book a stay that’s as close to $1,000 as possible (without being under that value) you could get a rebate of up to 45% – and rebates don’t come much better than that.