Less Than One Week Left For Biggest Ever Hilton Amex Sign-Up Bonuses

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Update: The below links for the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express are expired, but you can learn more about best available offers here.

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As I first wrote about at the beginning of April, American Express is offering increased sign-up bonuses on their two co-branded Hilton credit cards. These increased offers are available through next Wednesday, May 4, 2016. So if you’re interested in either offer (or both!), you have less than a week to take advantage of the deal.

The details of these offers are as follows:

These are both good offers — the one on the Hilton HHonors Card is great because it’s a no annual fee credit card with a very nice sign-up bonus, while the one on the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card offers an even bigger bonus. While it has a $75 annual fee, it also comes with a better return on everyday spend, and also Gold status for as long as you have the card, plus Diamond status when you spend $40,000 on the card in a year.

In a previous post I shared my thoughts on which card represents a better value. Overall I think the sign-up bonus on the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card is more compelling, as the sign-up bonus being 25,000 points bigger more than justifies the $75 annual fee. On top of that you get Gold status for as long as you have the card, which I consider to be quite valuable.

View from the Conrad Hong Kong

Bottom line

Both of these cards are offering great sign-up bonuses, and anecdotally I find they’re quite easy to get approved for. If you have the ability to apply for another American Express card (each person is limited to four credit cards and four charge cards), I’d definitely consider applying for either the Hilton HHonors Card or Hilton HHonors Surpass Card.

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  1. Lucky – huge fan, but how are 25,000 Hhonors points worth $75? Perhaps I’m spoiled by other more lucrative programs, but even the better return on everyday spend doesn’t seem worth it. Too many better currencies out there. Aside from the sign up bonus, the only useful benefit of these cards is Amex sync deals, and both get the cardholder into that game – the basic card does it for $75 less.

  2. @Lucky , I’m stacking up Hilton points for use in 2017 at Conrad Maldives. I need 380K HHnonor points for 5 nights. I already have 200K from Citi (75K) and Amex (75K) cards + hilton stays. Should I pull the trigger now and get the surpass for the 100K bonus or do you think I can wait a year and hope to get the same bonus later.

  3. @mileage man – no guarantees it ever comes back at 100k so take while you can get it. It you close it a year down the road you no fee amex will be available to upgrade to surpass after 1 year and you can get another 50k usually upgrading it. So you could potentially get both if you sign up for it now versus waiting a year.

  4. @Jake PB you get gold status with the $75 which will get you free breakfast. Stay at a hilton for 2-3 nights with 2 people and it pays for itself. You can still get the no fee CC too.

  5. Hey Lucky, according to AmEx, they’re the “same card” (cobranded Hilton AmEx) so one wouldn’t be allowed to earn both bonuses… In your experience, is it YMMV? I don’t want to risk applying for it if I might not get the bonus, heh.

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