Amex Hilton Cards: Highest Ever Sign Up Bonuses Available

American Express has just released the highest sign up bonuses ever available for their Hilton co-branded cards. Until May 31st, the American Express Hilton Honors Surpass card and American Express Hilton Honors card will offer 100,000 and 80,000 points sign up bonuses respectively. The Amex Hilton Honors Surpass card will also offer a free anniversary night after your first year with the card which can be redeemed at nearly all Hilton properties! You also do not need to pay for the 2nd year annual fee to get the free anniversary night certificate (explanation below).

Hilton Honors points are generally worth around .5 cents per point, so these sign up bonuses of 100,000 and 80,000 points are worth $500 and $400 in free hotel nights respectively.

If you have a friend with the card, ask them to refer you and they’ll earn 10,000 Hilton points while you still earn the same sign up bonus. Anyone with a referral link, please feel free to leave it in the comments below.

Offer Details

American Express Hilton Honors Surpass

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  • Sign up bonus: 
    • 100,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months
    • 1 free anniversary night after your first year with the card
      • The free anniversary night is only available for your first anniversary with the card, subsequent anniversaries will not earn a free night certificate
      • Redeemable at all Hilton properties with the exception of any Hilton hotel listed here.
      • Must be a standard accommodation with double occupancy
  • Points earnings:
    • 12x per $1 at Hilton properties
    • 6x per $1 at restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations
    • 3x per $1 everywhere else
  • Benefits:
    • Complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status as long as you hold the card
    • Complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status when you spend $40,000 annually on the card
    • Earn 500 bonus Hilton Honors points when you book online at at Hilton portfolio website and pay using your Hilton Surpass card
    • More card member benefits are listed here
  • Offer Expires: May 31st, 2017
  • Annual fee: $75 not waived the first year

 

American Express Hilton Honors

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  • Sign up bonus:
    • 80,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months
    • No free anniversary night certificate
  • Points earnings:
    • 7x per $1 at Hilton properties
    • 5x per $1 at restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations
    • 3x per $1 everywhere else
  • Benefits:
    • Complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status as long as you hold the card
    • Complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status when you spend $20,000 annually on the card
    • Earn 500 bonus Hilton Honors points when you book online at at Hilton portfolio website and pay using your Hilton Honors card
    • More card member benefits are listed here
  • Offer Expires: May 31st, 2017
  • Annual fee: $0

How To Get The Free Anniversary Night Without Paying A Second Annual Fee

To earn the free night certificate, it will require you to keep this card longer than 12 months at which you will be asked to pay the annual fee. What many don’t know though is, you can get your annual fee refunded if you cancel a card within 30 days of being issued the statement with the annual fee. This will allow you to use the free night certificate for free, within the 30 day window of where you can still get the annual fee refunded.

Should You Sign Up?

Short answer yes! Both cards are offering the best sign up bonuses ever publicly available for each card. While Amex does increase these offers at least a couple times a year, it’s not a definite that these offers will ever return.

If you are just starting out in the credit card game though, you should always sign up for any Chase cards first due to the Chase 5/24 rule. Chase will only approve you for their cards, if you’ve been approved for fewer than 5 credit cards in the past 5 years. If this is new to you, consider reading my beginners guide here.

Which Card Should I Sign Up For?

You honestly cannot go wrong with either offer as both offers offer fantastic value.

An 80,000 point sign up bonus on a no annual fee card is extremely generous, and I can probably count the number of times I’ve seen such a generous offer for a no annual fee card on one hand.

While the Amex Hilton Honors Surpass card comes with a $75 annual fee that is not waived the first year, you will get 100,000 points worth around $500 and also a free hotel night. The free hotel night can be redeemed at nearly any Hilton hotel and if you redeem it at a Waldorf Astoria, for example, you could easily get $300-$500 out of that free night certificate.

If you want to, you can apply for both cards in the same day. American Express will approve you for 2 cards a day, so long as you have great credit. Remember though, if you apply for both cards you’ll need to spend a total of $5,000 in the first 3 months to earn both sign up bonuses.

Conclusion

I’ve never had either of these cards, and I am definitely considering signing up for both. While Hilton is not my favorite hotel brand, these sign up bonuses offer tremendous value. Once I get done with my minimum spending on my Ritz Carlton card, I’ll likely apply for these cards.

-Points Tutor

P.S. Again, if you already have the card and have a referral link please post it in the comments below for a chance to earn more points!