It appears that American Express has decided to push hard with bringing in new customers for their co-branded hotel credit cards. First we saw the largest ever signup bonus on the SPG Amex cards, and now we’re seeing an awesome signup bonus on the Hilton HHonors Surpass card! This is definitely a card I would recommend picking up at this bonus!
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American Express has just announced that they have increased the signup bonus for their co-branded Hilton HHonors Surpass credit card! This is the highest signup bonus I can recall seeing on this particular card. Until May 4, 2016, the signup bonus has been increased to 100,000 HHonors points!
The American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card is one of my favorite cards for hotel stays as I stay in Hilton properties fairly regularly and the card offers some very attractive category points bonuses. For a limited time, you can earn 100,000 Hilton HHonors points after $3,000 in purchases on the card within the first 3 months.
As I mentioned before, this card offers some great category bonuses. You will earn:
- 12 Hilton HHonors points per $1 spent at Hilton properties
- 6 Hilton HHonors points per $1 spent at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations
- 3 Hilton HHonors points per $1 spent on all other purchases
Quite possibly the best feature of the card (in my opinion anyways) is that you will receive complimentary Hilton HHonors Gold status so long as you are a cardholder.
Hilton HHonors Gold would normally require 20 stays, 40 nights or 75,000 HHonors base points to achieve – so this card is a great fast track to this mid-tier status!
Hilton HHonors Gold status also comes with some great benefits like a 25% bonus on all HHonors base points you earn, complimentary internet access, express check-out, 2nd guest stays free, complimentary access to the fitness center and health clubs on properties that offer these amenities and 2 complimentary bottles of water at select properties.
Depending on the property you are staying at, you will also receive perks like 100-1,000 bonus HHonors points per stay, complimentary breakfast for you and a guest, a complimentary in-room movie, complimentary snacks and/or upgrades to a preferred room!
In the event you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year, you will earn top tier HHonors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year! While that spend is a bit high, Hilton is one of the few hotel chains that allows you to achieve top tier elite status through just credit card spend alone!
Lastly, your card also comes with a complimentary Priority Pass membership which allows you to access over 700 airport lounges around the world. While I do not find Priority Pass lounges to generally be the greatest, this is a nice added additional perk.
One thing to keep in mind with this card is that, surprisingly, there are foreign transaction fees. Considering Hilton has one of the largest international footprints of any hotel chain, I am particularly surprised that this top tier co-branded charges foreign transaction fees.
The annual fee is $75, however it is not waived for the first year. If I did not already have this card, I would have already signed up for it before I posted this – I think it is that good of an offer!
As a reminder, HHonors award nights can be booked for as few as 5,000 HHonors points per night. That means this signup bonus (not including the points from the spend) is potentially worth up to 20 free nights!
If I did not already have this card, I would have signed up for this before I made this post. I rarely really push cards, but this is one of the few cards I do not mind paying the annual fee on since the HHonors Gold benefits I have received over the years with it have far outweighed the relatively low $75/year annual fee.
This is fantastic news and the highest signup bonus I can ever recall seeing from American Express on this card! If you stay at Hilton’s with any frequency, this card is an absolute must-have. Even if you do not stay at Hilton’s with any regularity, the signup bonus alone makes this worthwhile if redeemed smartly.
Who else will be signing up for this card this month?
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