For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings offers. In many cases the savings can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.
To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. Most of these offers are for a discount when you spend a certain amount with a retailer, and registration is required. Over the years I’ve saved thousands of dollars with Amex Offers.
At the moment there’s a targeted Amex Offer for $50 off a $250+ Hilton stay. The offer is valid between November 1 and December 31, 2016. The promotion is for US Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties, so doesn’t include other brands, like Embassy Suites, Hampton, etc. The terms also state that the booking has to be made directly with Hilton in order to qualify. However, in practice I suspect that as long as your payment goes directly to Hilton you’ll likely qualify.
As stated above, this is a targeted Amex Offers deal. However, it seems to be fairly widely targeted. In my case, all my personal cards are eligible for the offer, with the exception of the Starwood Amex. If you’re eligible you’ll want to register as soon as possible, as registration is limited.
However, do keep in mind that there’s an opportunity cost to using this promotion. There’s also a promotion right now offering 5,000 bonus points per Hilton stay when you pay with a Visa card. That promotion can be repeated and is valid on top of Hilton’s current global promotion.
However, if you’re eligible for the Amex Offers deal, I do think that one is better. I value 5,000 Hilton points at ~$20, so saving $50 in cash is better. Of course this assumes you’re booking a stay that costs at least $250 at a US Hilton property. The Visa offer, on the other hand, is valid at all Hilton brands internationally, regardless of how much the stay costs.
Regardless of which promotion you decide to take advantage of, there are lots of ways to maximize value with Hilton right now!
The full terms of the Hilton Amex Offers promotion is as follows:
Reservations must be made online at hilton.com, via the HHonors App or by calling 1-800-445-8667. Offer only valid at Hilton Hotels & Resorts in the US & US territories. Excludes Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts™, Conrad Hotels & Resorts™, Canopy by Hilton™, Curio – A Collection by Hilton™, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Embassy Suites™, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hampton by Hilton™, Tru by Hilton™, Homewood Suites by Hilton™, Home2 Suites by Hilton™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™. Offer only valid on room rate and room charges. Offer not valid for stays that are paid for before or after the promotion start and end dates. Excludes gift card purchases. Corporate Cards are not eligible for this offer. Enrollment limited. Must add offer to Card and use same Card to redeem. Limit 1 statement credit(s) per American Express® Card across all American Express offer channels. Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 12/31/2016, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase. Statement credit may be reversed if qualifying purchase is cancelled. If American Express does not receive information that identifies your transaction as qualifying for the offer, you will not receive the statement credit. For example, your transaction will not qualify if it is not made directly with the merchant. In addition, in most cases, you may not receive the statement credit if your transaction is made with an electronic wallet or through a third party or if the merchant uses a mobile or wireless card reader to process it. By adding an offer to a Card, you agree that American Express may send you communications about the offer. POID: CE46:0001