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Two Hilton Credit Cards Now Offering Boosted Welcome Bonuses


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American Express has increased the welcome offers on the Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card and the Hilton Honors Credit Card and while the increases aren’t exactly impressive, these are two very good credit cards (for the right audience) so improved welcome offers are always good news.

Hilton Honors Surpass Card From American Express

Annual Fee:

  • $95

Welcome Bonus:

  • Receive 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months after opening your account (find out more)

Note: Per the offer terms, the welcome offer is not available to applicants who have or have had the Hilton Honors Surpass Card or the Hilton Honors Amex Ascend Card.

Earning Rates:

  • 12 points/dollar at Hilton properties worldwide
  • 6 points/dollar at US restaurants
  • 6 points/dollar at US supermarkets
  • 6 points/dollar at US gas stations
  • 3 points/dollar on all other spending

Earn 12 points/dollar at the Waldorf Astoria in the Maldives

Key Benefits:

  • Receive Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as you hold the card
  • Earn Hilton Honors Diamond status after spending $40,000 in a calendar year
  • Earn a Free Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after spending $15,000 in a calendar year
  • Get 10 free lounge visits to Priority Pass lounges each membership year
  • No foreign transaction fees

Key Reasons To Love The Hilton Honors Surpass Card

  • The Welcome Offer – I value Hilton Honors points at 0.4 cents each (based on how I use them and how easy I find them to use) and that values the welcome offer at an impressive $520.
  • Hilton Gold Status – The status that comes with the Hilton Honors Surpass Card gives cardholders complimentary breakfast for the status holder + 1 guest sharing the same room, space-available room upgrades, late check-out (subject to availability), and access To Hilton’s 5th night free benefit.
  • Good Earning Rates – The 12 points/dollar that The Hilton Honors Surpass Card earns at Hilton properties worldwide equates to a 4.8% rebate on all Hilton stays (based on my valuation of 0.4 cents/point) and, when you factor in the bonus points that cardholders earn thanks to the Gold elite status the card comes with, the total effective rebate this card offers is an impressive 8%.

Conrad Maldives – Image courtesy of Hilton

In Summary

The Hilton Honors Surpass Card is one of the best value hotel credit cards available today. It costs just $95 year and, for that, it offers cardholders the best mid-tier elite status that any hotel loyalty program offers, good earnings at Hilton properties worldwide, and bonus points for spending in key categories. Combine all of that with the 135,000 point welcome bonus that this card currently offers and the fact that it doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees, and you have a pretty compelling case for why this card should be in a lot of people’s wallets – Link to a full review of this credit card

Hilton Honors Credit Card From American Express

Annual Fee

  • $0 (Zero)

Welcome Offer

  • Receive 80,000 Hilton Honors Points after you spend $1,000 on the card in the first three months after you open your account (find out more)

Note: The welcome offer is not available to applicants who have or have had this card in the past.

Earning Rates

  • 7 points/dollar at all properties in the Hilton portfolio
  • 5 points/dollar at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. restaurants, and U.S. gas stations
  • 3 points/dollar on all other eligible purchases

Earn 7 points/dollar at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos

Key Benefits

  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status
  • Cardholders can earn Hilton Honors Gold status after spending $20,000 in purchases on the card in a calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees

Key Reasons To Love The Hilton Honors Credit Card

  • It’s Free To Hold!
  • The Welcome Offer – I value Hilton Honors points at 0.4 cents each (based on how I use them and how easy I find them to use) and that values the welcome offer at an impressive $320. That’s pretty good going for a card that doesn’t charge an annual fee
  • Access To Hilton’s 5th Night Free Benefit – The Silver status that comes with the Hilton Honors Credit Card ensures that cardholders have access to a key Hilton benefit – the 5th night of all award stays is free (see how the 5th night free is calculated). Even if you ignore all the other aspects to this card, this benefit alone makes it a card that’s worth having – it’s a money saver.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees –  Not only does the Hilton Honors Credit Card cost nothing to hold but it also doesn’t punish cardholders when they use the card outside of the United States. There aren’t very many cards that don’t charge an annual fee and that waive foreign transaction fees but this card is one of them and it’s a great benefit to have.
  • Effective Every Day Rebates – The Hilton Honors Credit Card earns cardholders 5 points/dollar at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. restaurants, and U.S. gas stations and those are spending categories that most people use in their everyday lives. Based on my earlier valuation of Hilton Honors points (0.4 cents each) this card offers a 2.0 cent/$ (or 2%) rebate in all three of those categories. That’s not bad for a card that costs absolutely nothing to hold.

Conrad Bora Bora – Image courtesy of Hilton

In Summary

I really like this card and it’s a card I held until April last year when Amex offered me 150,000 bonus points to upgrade to the Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card. If you’re a frequent visitor to Hilton properties this isn’t the most efficient card to use to collect Hilton Honors points (a card like the Surpass card may be better), but if you’re an infrequent Hilton guest (as I was) or new to the miles and point world, this is a great card to hold – Link to a full review of this credit card

Bottom Line

American Express has boosted its welcome offers on the Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card and the entry-level Hilton Honors Credit Card. While the increases to the welcome offers are not hugely significant, the value that they both offer is still fantastic and, in the right hands, these are great credit cards to hold.

A Favorite Card

The Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express is a high-end card that comes packed with benefits that make this a must-have for anyone who loves staying at Hilton properties. This card is currently offering a huge 150,000 point welcome bonus (after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months) and offers cardholders Hilton Honors Diamond status for as long as they hold the card. (Annual fee: $450) Our Favorite Benefits:

  • Hilton Honors Diamond status
  • $250/year Hilton resort statement credit
  • Complimentary weekend night every anniversary
  • Membership of the Priority Pass lounge program
  • Earn 14 points/dollar on Hilton purchases

Click for more details on the Hilton Honors Aspire Card

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Can you not get the Hilton Card bonus if you have ever had the card before at all or just if you have already had the bonus? I have downgraded to the No AF Hilton card in the past but I have never gotten the bonus on that card.

    • That’s an interesting question. The terms say this:

      “Welcome offer not available to applicants who have or have had this Card. We may also consider the number of American Express Cards you have opened and closed as well as other factors in making a decision on your welcome offer eligibility.”

      However, I suspect that this assumes that the applicant recieved a welcome offer when they last held the card which, in your case, would not be true.

      If you’re interested in getting the card, my suggestion would be to use the “Chat” facility on the Amex website and get clarification around the welcome bonus (and take a screenshot of the conversation if you’re told that you’ll get the bonus). If you don’t have much luck with the Chat team, try calling and see if you have more luck with a phone agent. let me know how you get on as this would be a good case to see through to the end.

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