UPDATE: This offer has expired. You can learn more about current credit card offers here.
Yesterday I wrote about an increased offer regarding the Hilton Surpass American Express card, but I also want to let you know that the no annual fee card, the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is also offering their HIGHEST offer yet! This offer is 5,000 points more then the previous highest offer which was around a year ago. I am very excited to see a new best ever offer pop up from American Express!
- Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express: Limited Time Offer: Earn 80,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 05/31/2017. *Terms Apply.
- Complimentary Hilton Honors Silver elite status each year you keep the card
- Earn Hilton Honors Gold status after you spend $20,000 in a calendar year
- Earn 7x points at Hilton Hotels, 5x points at U.S. gas stations, supermarkets, and restaurants, and 3x points on all other purchases
What are Hilton Points Worth
Hilton just introduced an entirely new program. Instead of “Hilton HHonors”, they are now “Hilton Honors” and the name change came along with an entirely new redemption process. Hilton got rid of their award chart and you’ll now be charged a certain number of points depending on the price of the hotel, although it is not a fixed rate. They also introduced a points and cash option where you can pick the amount of points and cash you’d like to use based on a sliding scale for every hotel stay. While these changes haven’t been around long enough to see if this is a positive or negative change, they have ensured their members that you will not pay more then the highest amount of points required previously for a particular hotel. I really hope they do stick with that.
Ultimately, the 80,000 points from the sign up bonus can get you anywhere from 15 nights at a low level category to 1 free night at a high level category. And a few hotels during peak times will require even more then what the sign up bonus will give you. Remember, since this card gives you automatic status, you’ll receive your 5th night free when using points for your stay.
Below is the old reward chart that they got rid of. So the points required will not exceed the higher range amount for each category.
Making Money on a No Annual Fee Card!
Since this is an American Express credit card, you are able to earn a ton of statement credits throughout the year if you decide to take part in the Amex Offers promotions that I write about often. With these offers, you’ll earn ‘X statement credit, when spending Y amount’ at a participating merchant. For example, just recently they were giving a $50 statement credit if you spend $250 at Neiman Marcus and currently a $100 statement credit when making a $500 purchase at Delta. Those are just two out of MANY examples! The Amex Offers are great when it is a merchant that you’d make a purchase at anyways!
Comparing the Different Hilton Co-Branded Credit Cards
There are actually four different Hilton co-branded credit cards (two with annual fees, two with no annual fees). The other no annual fee card is the Citi® Hilton Honors Visa Signature® Card which also has a sign up bonus of 75,000 points. The main difference is the number of points you earn for every purchase
Here is a comparison of the points earned between the two no annual fee cards:
- Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express
- Hilton Hotel spend: 7x points
- U.S. Gas stations: 5x points
- U.S. Supermarkets: 5x points
- U.S. Restaurants: 5x points
- All other purchases: 3x points
- Citi® Hilton Honors Visa Signature® Card
- Hilton Hotel spend: 6x points
- U.S. Gas stations: 3x points
- U.S. Supermarkets: 3x points
- U.S. Drugstores: 3x points
Based on the point earning comparison above, you’ll earn more with the American Express card over the Citi card.
I absolutely LOVE no annual fee American Express credit cards. As mentioned above, I am personally able to earn a ton of statement credits with the Amex Offers that are only available to those with American Express cards. I also like that this card will you give your 5th night free on an award stay and there is no cost to you on an annual basis (since there is no annual fee).
Overall, this is a great offer for this card and worthwhile if you are looking to increase your Hilton balance. Keep in mind though that American Express typically only allows you to have 5 credit cards (not charge cards) in your name at a given time. You can learn more about this maximum here.
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