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

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

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:

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

Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express

Ordinarily during a limited time sign-up bonus, this card will have a bonus of 75,000 points at most, so this is even better. You can earn 80,000 Honors points after spending $2,000 within three months. This is a fantastic no annual fee card, and offers the following return on spend:

  • 7x points on Hilton purchases
  • 5x points at US restaurants, US supermarkets, and US gas stations
  • 3x points on other purchases

The card also offers Honors Silver status for as long as you have the card, which gets you a 15% points bonus. If you spend $20,000 on the card in a year you’ll earn Hilton Honors Gold status as well.

Keep in mind that all Hilton elite members receive a fifth night free on award stays, which is probably the most useful perk of being a Silver member. For a no annual fee card, this is pretty tough to beat. As a point of comparison, Citi also has a no annual fee Hilton card. The Citi® Hilton Honors™ Visa Signature® Card has a sign-up bonus of 75,000 points upon completing minimum spend.


Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express

This is an incredible sign-up bonus for this card. You earn a bonus of 100,000 points upon completing minimum spend, and then on your first cardmember anniversary earn a free night, which can be used for a stay that would otherwise retail for up to 95,000 points per night. You do have to pay the second year’s annual fee to get that, though we’re still talking about only $150 in annual fees for stays that are valued at up to 195,000 points. That’s really great.

The Surpass Card offers the following return on spend:

  • 12x points on Hilton purchases
  • 6x points at US restaurants, US supermarkets, and US gas stations
  • 3x points on other purchases

The card also offers Honors Gold status for as long as you have the card, which gets you room upgrades, lounge access, free breakfast, etc. If you spend $40,000 on the card in a year you’ll earn Hilton Honors Diamond status as well.

Bottom line

Both of these card bonuses are valid to people who haven’t had the cards before, so you can potentially earn the sign-up bonus on both of these cards. These are both fantastic offers. Personally I’ve had the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express before, though I’m still eligible for the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express, which I consider to be the more compelling sign-up bonus anyway.

If you haven’t had either of these cards before, I’d highly recommend taking advantage of this offer.

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  1. Also could be a good idea to get both cards now if you haven’t before, get the bonus on both, cancel the Surpass after you get the free night in year 2, and then upgrade the no-fee Amex to the Surpass and get another 50K points. When you upgrade you pay the Surpass annual fee and meet another 3K spend.

  2. I have never been able to find out for sure whether it is possible for the same person to have both the no-fee and Surpass HH AMEX cards at the same time.

    Already having had the NF HH AMEX for a while, I applied for the Surpass and I was approved. The sign up bonus at the time was 50K points, and I got, BUT — and this the key point — AMEX discontinued my NF card and simply set up the new Surpass account as if it were still the NF account (different card design but The same credit line, the same card number, except for a 4-digit security code number, etc).

    I had not requested an upgrade and, in fact, I had not spoken with anyone. I just applied online and rather than ending up with two cards, I wound with one as an unsolicited upgraded…

  3. Hilton does NOT guarantee lounge access for Golds any longer. I am Gold and have not gotten lounge access nor upgrades to club level rooms in the past 18 months or so.

    “Executive Floor Lounge Access Policy: The following policy applies at all Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and DoubleTree by Hilton™ hotels with Executive Floor Lounges. Executive Floor Lounges are available only at select properties.

    If you are a Hilton Honors guest with Gold status, you and up to one additional registered guest in the same room will be granted complimentary access to the Executive Floor Lounge only if you receive a room upgrade to the Executive Floor or an upgrade to a room type that confers Executive Floor Lounge access benefits”

  4. @MCX — That’s been the rule since 2008. The new bit, which is makes things better is that Golds can now get lounge access if they get “an upgrade to a room type that confers Executive Floor Lounge access benefits”. The key is finding out what such rooms are but I suspect they would be premium rooms like suites on lower, non-exec floors.

  5. Lucky (or anyone else) where are you seeing the free weekend night upon account renewal? I can’t find that anywhere in the benefits or T&Cs

  6. @DCS – Yes, I had both HH Amex cards simultaneously. Opened them within 2 months of each other about 2 years ago. Cancelled the Surpass after a year and then upgraded the no-fee to the Surpass (which I still have).

  7. @Mark P — Thanks for the data point. Maybe others can provide additional points to make it a rule, which may have changed from the time 4-5 years ago of the “forced” upgrade I described above.

  8. @ Mark P—how long did you wait between canceling the Surpass and asking Amex to upgrade the Honors to Surpass?

  9. @Ethan – according to my records I cancelled the first Surpass in Feb 2016 and then upgraded the no-fee to the Surpass in July 2016. So, 5 months.

  10. does the free night on surpass only after first anniversary each year? as i understood from t&c only once?

  11. @Tiffany — I think I was logged in to my Hilton account so it only let me “upgrade” and the offer was different. Sorry I see it now

  12. Hey Lucky and all other travel experts here..

    I have a question in general: Is this offer with the HH cards bonuses only eligble for
    US customers?
    Or can I aplly for these cards when I’m a German and live and work in Germany?


  13. Amex limits the bonus to once a lifetime. If you had this card before you can NOT get the bonus again.

  14. You may want to correct this since this isn’t the biggest promotion we’ve seen, my father got this card with the same amount of bonus points, just only with 3,000 dollars spend instead of two thousand dollar spend.

  15. Sorry if I missed. Does the second card give you free night every anniversary or it’s just one time bonus? Thanks

  16. We’ve had the surpass card for just under a year (last time they had the 100k bonus) and just got the no fee one yesterday so yes you can get both. I am curious though….this free night. It’s not a new benefit of the surpass correct? It’s a one time deal only when applying during this bonus period and only received once after your first year anniversary. That’s how I read it. Not sure why they don’t just up the fee to 95 and offer it permanently.

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