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Which Limited Time Hilton Honors Amex Bonus Is Best?

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Yesterday American Express unveiled two fantastic, “best ever” sign-up bonuses on their co-branded Hilton cards.

The Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is offering 80,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 in purchases within the first three months, and has no annual fee.

Meanwhile the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is offering 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months. You also get a free weekend night valid at any Hilton Honors hotel on your first cardmember anniversary. The card has a $75 annual fee.

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Limited Time: Biggest Ever Sign-Up Bonuses On Hilton Amex Cards!

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At the moment Hilton’s co-branded American Express cards have the biggest sign-up bonuses I’ve ever seen, valid for applications through May 31, 2017. Specifically:

— The no annual fee Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is offering 80,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 in purchases within the first three months
— The $75 annual fee Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is offering 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months; you also get a free weekend night valid at any Hilton Honors hotel on your first cardmember anniversary

Both of these cards have the best ever offers we’ve seen, so let’s look at them a bit more closely:

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And The Winner Of 2 Nights At A DoubleTree By Hilton Is…

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Last week I launched a giveaway for two free nights at any DoubleTree by Hilton property in the world. This giveaway was to celebrate DoubleTree by Hilton opening their 500th hotel worldwide.

To celebrate this milestone they rolled out their first-ever global Cook(ie)book. The digital cookbook, named “We Have Cookies: Taste the World of DoubleTree by Hilton,” is free and available for download at www.wehavecookies.com. The cookbook has 30+ regional recipes that all feature the brand’s signature, warm DoubleTree cookie

Well, the deadline to enter the giveaway was yesterday, so it’s now closed. There were nearly 4,000 entries, so I had Rafflecopter randomly choose an entry (which is powered by random.org). The winner is Twitter user @canadianlinz, who won by Tweeting about the giveaway.

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3 Opportunities To Buy Points With Big Bonuses

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While I’ve written about these deals individually, I think it’s worth posting a reminder that three loyalty programs are offering a pretty compelling bonus on purchased points at the moment. In no particular order:

At the moment Alaska is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles. The bonus is tiered, and the bonus you receive is based on how many miles you buy, as follows:

— Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles = 20% bonus
— Buy 20,000 – 39,000 miles = 30% bonus
— Buy 40,000 – 60,000 miles = 40% bonus

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Should You Buy Hilton Honors Points With A 100% Bonus?

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Through May 3, 2017, Hilton Honors is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased points. This bonus kicks in as long as you purchase at least 5,000 points in one transaction. While Hilton has offered a 100% bonus on purchased points in the past, 5,000 points is one of the lowest thresholds we’ve seen for the full bonus to kick in, which is great.

The cost to purchase points with Hilton is ordinarily one cent per point (including tax), so with the 100% bonus you’re able to pick up Honors points for 0.5 cents each.

You can purchase a maximum of 80,000 Hoonors points before any bonuses per account per calendar year, meaning you can max out the promotion by buying a total of 160,000 points (including the bonus) for $800.

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GIVEAWAY: Two Free Nights At Any DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel

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DoubleTree by Hilton has just opened their 500th hotel worldwide. Now, maybe it’s just me, but the first thing that comes to mind when I think about the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is the complimentary, warm cookies they give guests at check-in.

To celebrate their 500th hotel, they’ve introduced their first-ever global Cook(ie)book. The digital cookbook, named “We Have Cookies: Taste the World of DoubleTree by Hilton,” is free and available for download at www.wehavecookies.com.

The cookbook has 30+ regional recipes that all feature the brand’s signature, warm DoubleTree cookie, including:

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An Unusual Way Hilton Is Discriminating Against Elite Members

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Online shopping portals can be a great way to earn additional rewards for your spend, with the option of earning bonus airline miles, hotel points, transferable points, or even cashback. Essentially you just initiate your purchase with a retailer through one of these portals, and then your purchase will be tracked, and you’ll be awarded a bonus.

The payouts on these portals can vary significantly, so I always recommend using a site like evreward.com to compare the payouts through various portals.

Many hotel chains even participate in these online shopping portals, meaning you can earn cashback for your hotel stays. The catch is that there are usually quite some restrictions in terms of what rates, brands, regions, etc., qualify. So it’s not as straightforward as just going through a portal and always earning a certain percent cashback for hotel stays.

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Hilton Honors Is Introducing Diamond Status Extensions Next Week

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At the beginning of February we learned about some major changes that Hilton is making to their loyalty program.

As of now we’ve seen the name of the program changed, and just a couple of days ago we saw Hilton introduce Points & Money awards, which are a mixed bag depending on your redemption patterns.

While points pooling (yay) and the ability to redeem Hilton points for Amazon purchases (yawn) are being introduced in the coming months, we now have a date where the next new feature will be introduced.

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Hilton Points & Money Awards Are Being Rolled Out March 1, 2017

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At the beginning of the month we learned about the changes that Hilton is making to their loyalty program.

We’re seeing five major changes coming:

— The name of the program is being changed from Hilton HHonors to Hilton Honors
— The introduction of points pooling, where you can pool points with up to 10 Hilton Honors members at no cost
— The ability to redeem points for Amazon purchases; this isn’t something any of us will likely ever use, but I can see value in this for the “average” person

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Earn 75K Hilton Bonus Points On A No Annual Fee Card For A Limited Time

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Link: Citi® Hilton Honors™ Visa Signature® Card Hilton is unique as far as their co-brand credit card agreement goes, in that they have cards issued by both American Express and Citi. They’re the only hotel chain where that’s the case, and that means there are four types of personal credit cards available to consumers. An…

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Earn 500 Bonus Hilton Points Per App Booking For All Of 2017

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Hilton Honors deserves a lot of credit for the continuous promotions they’ve been offering for a while.

As of February 1, 2017, Hilton Honors is running their “2K Every Day” promotion, which is straightforward. Members who register earn 2,000 bonus points per night, regardless of how long they stay for, at what Hilton hotels they stay, etc.

While 2,000 points per night isn’t a huge bonus, it’s solid, especially given the lack of compelling promotions from other hotel loyalty programs at the moment.

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Here’s The Real Reason Hilton Is Changing Their Award Pricing

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Yesterday I shared all the details of the new Hilton Honors program, which will be implemented this year. Perhaps the most significant change is that Hilton is completely reinventing their award pricing. Rather than having a fixed award chart, Hilton will have variable award pricing. The absolute maximum award price for a hotel won’t be increasing, while there will be more flexible low season pricing.

Hilton has a handy calculator that lets you compare the cost of redemptions before and after the change. Understandably a lot of people are skeptical, because we’re used to loyalty program changes being negative nowadays.

Personally I don’t view these changes quite as negatively. Vineet emailed to explain his perspective on these changes, and I think he’s spot on, so I’d like to share his explanation, which is definitely worth a read:

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Earn 3,500 Bonus Amex Points For Spending $250 With Hilton

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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 and bonus offers. In many cases the offers 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. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points.

At the moment there’s a targeted Amex Offer for 3,500 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $250+ at a Hilton Hotels & Resorts or Curio Collection properties. The offer is valid for stays at participating properties through April 15, 2017. The promotion is only valid for stays at U.S. properties, and isn’t valid at any Hilton family brands other than Hilton or Curio.

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