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With the new exclusive deal between Hilton and American Express, Amex is out of the gate aggressively with offers for its slate of cards. The old ‘Surpass’ card is now the Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express.
The card lets you earn a 100,000 point initial bonus: 75,000 after you spend $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership and an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases within your first 6 months.
Each year you spend $15,000 on the card you’ll earn a weekend night reward. You get Gold status just for having the card and $40,000 in a calendar year earns Hilton Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
Ongoing earn is 12 Hilton points per dollar on purchases directly with a participating hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio; 6 per dollar at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations; and 3 per dollar for all other eligible purchases.
Conrad Maldives, credit: Hilton
For the first time there’s now also a small business version, The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
The card also lets you earn a 100,000 point initial bonus: 75,000 after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of cardmembership and an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases within your first 6 months.
The card earns 12X at hotels & resorts in the Hilton portfolio, 6X at U.S. gas stations;
on wireless telephone services purchases directly from U.S. service providers;
on U.S. purchases for shipping; at U.S. restaurants; on flights booked directly with airlines or with AmexTravel.com; on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies and 3X everywhere else.
You’ll get complimentary Hilton Gold status just for having the card and $40,000 spend in a calendar year earns Hilton Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
$15,000 spend in purchases in a calendar year earns a weekend night reward as well, and another weekend night after you spend an additional $45,000 in purchases on your Card in the same calendar year. The card comes with Priority Pass Select including 10 visits each year.
The business version is clearly superior because of the free weekend nights you earn from spend and the Priority Pass lounge visits. It can make sense to put $45,000 spend on this card for 2 weekend nights and Diamond status in addition to points-earn, so much the better if that spend can be for Hilton conferences or stays or in 6x bonus categories. Plus American Express business cards don’t count against “5/24” limits for getting approved for a new card by Chase.