First-Ever Hilton Business Card Now Live With 100,000 Point Offer

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Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

American Express gained exclusivity to issue Hilton co-brand credit cards in the U.S. We’ve known they had huge plans for the products and benefits — and now that the cards are live it’s clear that Amex has come out swinging.

All four products are now available. In this post I’m going to focus on the business card, since it’s the first time there’s been a small business card product from Hilton and because it may represent the best ‘value’ out of the new cards.

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card is offering up to 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points as a signup bonus: 75,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the Card in your first 3 months of cardmembership, and then 25,000 bonus points after you make another $1,000 in purchases on the card in your first 6 months.

Earning: is 12 points per dollar at Hilton properties; 6 points per dollar at gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service producers and U.S. purchases for shipping; 6 points per dollar with U.S. restaurants, flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, and car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies; and 3 points per dollar on everything else.

Elite status: You get complimentary Hilton Gold status just for having the card. I get my Hilton Gold status from the Platinum Card by American Express which is a $550 annual fee card, this is a $95 fee card. You also get Diamond status for $60,000 spend on the card.

Free weekend nights: $15,000 spend in purchases in a calendar year earns a weekend night reward and another weekend night after you spend an additional $45,000 in purchases on your Card in the same calendar year.

Lounge access: The card comes with Priority Pass Select including 10 visits each year — not unlimited visits, but more than enough for most, and off of a $95 annual fee card not a card that costs $450 or more. Here are that available lounges in U.S. airports out of the more than 1000 offered worldwide.


Minute Suites, Philadelphia

Why This Makes Sense

This is a great card for Hilton status, and spend on the card can make sense because of the free weekend nights. $60,000 on the card is good for Hilton Honors Diamond and two weekend nights, in addition to the points earned from the spend itself.

What’s more American Express small business cards don’t generally report on your personal credit, so getting a business card won’t count as a new account for Chase “5/24” limits.

Many readers will be attracted to the new $450 annual fee Aspire card which comes with Hilton Diamond status without a spending requirement (I covered all four new cards earlier in the week). But the $95 annual fee card can get you there and delivers free nights in addition to points along the way.

Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

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Comments

  1. “The card comes with Priority Pass Select including 10 visits each year”. Are these visits per card membership year or Calendar year ?

  2. “Ram says:
    January 18, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    The card comes with Priority Pass Select including 10 visits each year. Are these visits per card membership year or Calendar year ?”

    I could be wrong but the 10 visits are only after spending a minimum of $99.00 (annually) to join Priority Pass, or, if you already have membership in Priority Pass.

    If this is not correct, please let me know.

  3. Given recent alarms over Amex monitoring MS, what is the risk level expected with MS on these Hilton Cards – particularly to reach nights and Diamond?

  4. @dmg
    I believe you are wrong. Priority Pass is a benefit of this card, you don’t have to pay a fee to join priority pass under this card benefit.

  5. @dmg, this will be like the $249 version of PP card which is good for 10 visits and $27 thereafter.
    I have priority pass from Hilton Surpass card and was told to keep the same card to enjoy the new benefits. For new card holders, they would receive a new PP card

  6. The Hilton weekend certs are worthless. Hilton hotels routinely refuse to honor these certs even if booking a year in advance. Finding a top or decent hotel accepting them is a task in itself.

  7. @Mike, don’t know what you are talking about. I have used them at DT Suites Times Square, WA Trianon Palace at Versailles, WA Shanghai, Conrad Hong Kong, and Conrad Tokyo, as well as Hilton Sorrento Palace, the Hampton inn Majestic (I could have had the Conrad Chicago, but wanted the location of the majestic), and Hampton Inn Great Falls (yeah, that’s right, Montana).
    In fact, I have never been in a situation where my Hilton free nights were not usable and have never encountered any resistance to being able to use them.

    My issue is that my wife and I are at 7 and 8 credit cards with AMEX after converting three each from Citi. Unless something magical happens with the AMEX credit card limit, we aren’t getting one of these for a very long time. We are just hoping that we will get the chance to upgrade our multiple Ascend cards to Aspire cards with a bonus, before we visit a resort at the end of March

  8. Gary
    I have both the amexco Hilton honors credit card and the Citibank Hilton credit card.
    If I am already a Hilton Honors amexco member and get a corporate small business Hilton amexco credit card will I be eligible for the.100,000 point Hilton signup bonus?

  9. And I thought the value proposition of the Amex Platinum took a hit when they raised the AF to $550. Isn’t there any sense that Amex is cannibalizing one of its flagship products by offering similar benefits on a $95 card? Or maybe it just goes to illustrate how little hotel (or at least Hilton) status is worth.

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