Hilton HHonors Amex Bonus Offers October 2016
During the past year American Express moved towards a fairly restrictive policy on product bonuses of “once per lifetime”. You can only get a bonus on a product the first time you open that type of card, so it is a good idea to make sure you are getting the best. Currently the “best ever” bonuses on their two co-branded Amex cards are available.
Amex Surpass 100K
Earn 100,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 11/30/2016.
- Hilton HHonors Gold status.
- Diamond status after $40K in spend a year.
- 12X points at Hilton Hotels, 6X at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations and 3X everywhere else.
Hilton remains a good value on the low end for redemptions and while these points aren’t the most valuable, 100K is quite a lot. Add in Amex Offers and Gold status which guarantees free breakfast in most properties and this is a good deal if you have never had the card before.
Hilton HHonors Amex 75K
Earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 on purchases on your Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 11/30/2016.
- Silver status.
- Earn gold status with $20K in spend.
- Earn 7X at Hilton properties, 5X at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations and 3X everywhere else.
You will probably want to get this card purely for the points, but getting Amex Offers is a nice side perk as well. Then, there are targeted offers that come along like the recent very generous free weekend night deal.
Surpass or No Annual Fee?
The clear choice now becomes which of the offers is better for the Hilton Amex cards. You can get 75K with no annual fee or 100K with a $75 annual fee. That means you would be purchasing the additional 25K points for about 3/10 cent each which is alright. Personally, I think it comes down to your needs. If you have a good use for the bonus categories on the Surpass and if you want or need Gold status then I would get that card. If not, you can’t go wrong with 75,000 points on a no annual fee card. Both bonuses are great.
It is nice to see the bonuses on these cards remain at a high level. Over the course of time I suspect many of you will get the bonus on both of these cards and I hope you are able to do so when it is at its highest level. While it probably isn’t worth messing up your app strategy to get one of these bonuses, in my opinion they are worth considering if you have the want/need for the points and status.