Reminder: Both $95 Annual Fee Hilton Cards Have 100,000 Point Offers

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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.

Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

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Comments

  1. Very interesting, 100k HHonors points sounds like a lot, but it’s really only 1.2 nights. Still, I have a couple of free nights from the aspire card anniversary coming, so maybe it’s worth the effort for my marginal return extending the nights I already have.

    Which would you value higher, 60K Delta points or 100K HHonors points?

    It seems pretty close. Interestingly Amex sent us an offer with no “once in a lifetime” language. I figure 60k points is just a little more what Delta has screwed me out of with unannounced changes in partner TATL awards (125 to 140 to 170).

  2. 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.

    then you wrote, 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.

    Isnt it a total of $60k and not $45k for 2 free weekend nights?

  3. Beachfan, it really all depends on the hotel. Different hotels/rooms are different point values. I just used 81k points and got almost 2.5 nights (2 different hotels in 2 large US cities) in a couple of mid-range (HGI, H2S) Hilton chains.
    The points value will be dependent on where and how you travel.

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