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Hilton Honors Will Offer Reduced Points Earning At Their New Tru Brand

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Virtually all the major global hotel groups are growing the number of hotel brands they have. The reason for these brands isn’t directly because they’re trying to appeal to consumers, but rather because they’re trying to appeal to hotel owners. The major global hotel chains only manage a vast majority of their properties, so a hotel owner might be excited about being able to invest in the first hotel of its type in a city, rather than the sixth Hampton Inn, for example. That’s the main reason we’ve seen such a big increase in the number of hotel brands.

Since early last year, Hilton has introduced two new hotel brands — Tru by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Here’s how Hilton describes Tru:

“Welcome to Tru by Hilton, a revolutionary new brand that is simplified, spirited and grounded in value for guests with a zest for life and a desire for human connection. We have created an original, back-to-basics experience with soul—grounded in value and anchored in the DNA of Hilton—to win the hearts and minds of guests who are looking for social engagement, unexpected certainty and vibrant simplicity.”

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Is Earning Diamond Status With The Hilton Surpass Card Worth It?

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The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express has its best ever sign-up bonus at the moment, offering 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within three months, plus a free weekend night on your card’s first anniversary.

The card offers Honors Gold status for as long as you have the card, plus you can also earn Diamond status by spending $40,000 on the card in a year. I figured I’d talk a bit about the details of the opportunity to earn Diamond status with the card.

You can earn Hilton Honors’ top tier Diamond status by spending $40,000 in a calendar year on the Hilton Surpass Card. While that’s a significant amount of spend, it’s by far the lowest spend requirement of any card for earning top tier hotel status. So for someone who stays at Hilton properties with any frequency, it may be worthwhile.

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8 Reasons To Apply For The Best Ever Hilton Surpass Card Offer

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The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express has the best ever sign-up bonus at the moment. It’s not often I get excited about Hilton credit card offers, but this one is especially lucrative. Ford applied for the card a bit ago, and I’d apply for it if I weren’t maxed out on Amex credit cards at the moment.

Here are eight reasons to consider applying for the Hilton Surpass Card, which has a $75 annual fee:

The most basic reason to get this card is that it offers a sign-up bonus of 100,000 points after spending $3,000 within three months. This is a limited time sign-up bonus, and is only available through May 31, 2017. 100,000 points is among the biggest bonuses we’ve seen on the card, so that in and of itself would make a great sign-up bonus for this product.

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Earn 25K Points For Referring Friends To The Hilton Surpass Card

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At the moment we’re seeing the biggest ever sign-up bonus on the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express. The card is offering a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months. On top of that, you get a free weekend night valid at virtually any Hilton Honors hotel on your first cardmember anniversary.

The card has a reasonable $75 annual fee, and also gets you Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as you have the card. That’s great mid-tier hotel status, as it gets you free breakfast, premium rooms, bonus points, etc.

Anyway, for those of you who have the Hilton Surpass Card, you can earn a generous bonus of 25,000 Honors points for referring friends to the card. Simply log into your Amex account at this link, and you should see the offer.

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How Does The Hilton Surpass Free Weekend Night Award Work?

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For the past two weeks, Hilton has been offering an increased sign-up bonus on the excellent Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express, which is valid through May 31, 2017. The card is offering a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months, plus a free weekend night valid at any Hilton Honors hotel on the first cardmember anniversary.

This is the biggest sign-up bonus we have ever seen on the card. The 100,000 point sign-up bonus is pretty straightforward, in the sense that you get the points once you complete the minimum spend, and can spend them however you want.

However, the free weekend night certificate you get on your account anniversary is a bit more complicated.

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Amex Platinum Card Benefits: Free Hotel Status

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Recently we saw The Platinum Card® from American Express relaunched with new benefits, a bigger sign-up bonus, and a higher annual fee. The card now has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within three months. On top of that, the card’s annual fee increased by $100, though I think for most people the new benefits will more than make up for the increased annual fee.

I get a lot of questions about the details of the benefits of The Platinum Card® from American Express, so I’m writing a series about the various benefits of the card.

In this post I wanted to talk about the free hotel status you get just for having the Amex Platinum Card. This is a benefit that’s available as long as you have the card, though you do have to activate it. I imagine a majority of cardmembers don’t take advantage of this opportunity, so here’s an explanation of how you can do so easily.

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Instant Approval For 100K Points Plus A Free Night

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A bit over a week ago American Express introduced the biggest ever sign-up bonuses on their two co-branded Hilton cards — the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express.

Specifically, the details of the offers are as follows:

— 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

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SPG Amex Vs. Hilton Amex — Which Limited Time Sign-Up Bonus Is Better?

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American Express’ co-branded hotel credit cards are on fire at the moment. We’re seeing huge increased sign-up bonuses on both the Hilton and Starwood co-brand cards.

The details of the increased Starwood Amex bonuses (which expire on April 5, 2017) are as follows:

— The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is offering 25,000 Starpoints after spending $3,000 within three months, plus an additional 10,000 Starpoints after spending another $2,000 within six months; $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
— The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express is offering 25,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000 within three months, plus an additional 10,000 Starpoints after spending another $3,000 within six months; $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95

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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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