Earlier this year, we found out how strong a partnership American Express and Hilton have when we saw Amex effectively fund Hilton's cashflows and the pandemic brought trael to a standstill, and now we're getting a further look at just how close the two are as American Express launches targeted offers for 10 (yes, ten!) of Hilton's brands.
American Express is targeting cardholders with a new offer for savings at Enterprise rent-a-car for vehicle rentals made through the end of the year. The offer applies to reservations made at locations within the United States (and US Territories) but considering how few people are flying right now that's probably not going to be a big issue.
To get the most out of a miles or points balance takes work and often quite a bit of effort. People with busy lives and families to look after generally don't have the time or energy to deal with all of that and this a big reason why cash back credit cards are so incredibly popular and why the Blue Cash Preferred Card is a card that would work well in most wallets.
American Express has updated the welcome bonuses on four of the Delta SkyMiles credit cards that it issues and has announced that the new offers are only going to be available through 28 October. Two personal and two business cards are seeing changes made to their welcome offers so now may be the time to consider one of these cards if Delta is your airline of choice.
American Express has loaded three new hotel offers to targeted cardholder accounts this morning and with all three offers valid through at least the end of the year, there's plenty of time to make the most of them. These offers come on top of the offers we've recently seen for stays at select IHG properties (see here and here), Hyatt properties (see here), and Best Western Properties (see here).
The entry-level Hilton Honors Credit Card from American Express doesn't get a lot of attention because it's a simple that card doesn't offer any amazing or eye-catching benefits...but it's still a very good a card that shouldn't be overlooked. With a good welcome offer and no annual fee, it can be a fantastic starter card for anyone new to the miles and points game or a great backup card for infrequent visitors to Hilton properties worldwide.
I'm always checking to see if American Express has targeted me for any special welcome offers or special deals to upgrade (it's how I got a 150,000 point bonus when I upgraded to the Hilton Honors Surpass credit card) and, as things stand, there appear to be improved offers available on the American Express Gold Card and the Business Gold Card for anyone fortunate enough to have been targeted.
After months of drought, it looks like Amex is starting to open the floodgates on transfers from Membership Rewards to other loyalty programs. Not only is there now a 40% bonus on transfers to Hilton Honors but Amex is now also offering targeted cardholders a 40% bonus on transfers to Marriott Bonvoy.
For the first time in months, American Express is offering a bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to a travel loyalty program and the promotion that I'm seeing in my account is for a bonus of 40% on transfers into the Hilton Honors program.
As the seriousness of the travel crisis started to become more obvious, American Express took steps to ensure that the more travel-focused credit cards in its portfolio maintained a bit of relevance in a world where travel wasn't really an option for most. Various new card benefits were added, but for holders of select Membership Rewards cards, the more valuable benefits were the additional monthly statement credits that were introduced in May.