A colleague received an email offer for a Hilton American Express yesterday, and asked if it was a good deal. I’ve written about it before, but since I told her ‘yes, it is’ I thought I’d pass it on again.
- 10,000 bonus points at first purchase.
- 2,500 bonus points for each of your first four Hilton stays charged to the card. (I haven’t tested this, but since I assume that American Express triggers the bonus rather than Hilton I imagine any Hilton charge, even a Coke in a restaurant, would work… That’s at least how a similar bonus used to work with the Starwood American Express.)
- 30,000 bonus points for spending $1,500 on the card within 3 months of approval.
- 2,500 bonus points for adding a free additional cardholder to the account (you don’t even have to give them the card…).
The Hilton American Express card itself, bonuses aside, is pretty good. No annual fee and 2/3rds more points for spending at grocery stores, drugstores, gas stations, restaurants (in the US only), the post office, and with cell phone carriers.
I have the card but don’t use the card as much as I probably should, only on those purchases with spending bonuses that is. I still tend to use my Starwood American Express, and certain Citibank Thank You Network-linked cards have specific advantages on certain kinds of spend that win me over.
Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that $20,000 in spending on the card in a year earns Gold status in the Hilton Hhonors program — enough for the occasional upgrade and lounge access or breakfast.