Time Is Running Out On Great Amex Hilton Sign-Up Bonuses

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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.

Since late March, American Express has been offering their best ever sign-up bonuses on their two co-branded Hilton American Express 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:

Anyway, if you’ve been considering one of these cards but haven’t yet applied, it’s worth being aware that the increased sign-up bonuses end on May 31, which is just about two weeks away.

Which sign-up bonus is better?

For a no annual fee card, the 80,000 point sign-up bonus on the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is great This is a card that can be worth holding onto long term, and to many is probably attractive since it has no annual fee.

However, personally I think the $75 annual fee Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is even more interesting, as it offers 100,000 points plus a free weekend night on your first account anniversary.

Redeem your free anniversary night at the Waldorf-Astoria Chicago

Even if you don’t value the free night on the account anniversary that much (which you should — it’s worth up to 95,000 points), I think it’s worth going for the Surpass over the no annual fee card, since the incremental 20,000 points should be worth more the $75 annual fee.

On top of that, the Surpass product offers Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as you have the card, plus Hilton Diamond status when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year. This is the lowest annual fee card that offers Gold status without any sort of a spend requirement.

Get free breakfast at most Hilton brands as an Honors Gold member

Getting approved for the Hilton Amex Cards

The bonuses on both of these cards are “once in a lifetime,” though you’re eligible for the bonus on each card — so if you’ve had the Hilton Honors Card before, you’re still eligible for the bonus on the Hilton Surpass Card, and vice versa.

Anecdotally I find that these cards are quite easy to get approved for, and that many people report instant approvals. Furthermore, in the unlikely event that you are denied, keep in mind that this typically won’t count against your credit score, assuming you’re an existing cardmember.

Bottom line

You have just about two weeks left to take advantage of the increased sign-up bonuses on the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express. These are the biggest ever sign-up bonuses we’ve seen on the cards, so if you haven’t had one or both of the cards, you’re potentially eligible for both bonuses.

Personally I think the Surpass is the most compelling, as this is by far the best bonus the card has ever had.

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  1. Lucky I have a question. I have the no annual fee amex hilton card. I have never had the surpass. When I log in to amex it only shows I can upgrade the card. It does not give
    me the option to sign up for the card outright. Amex confirms this would not allow me to get the sign up bonus. Do I have to cancel the amex hilton card I have now or can I just stay logged out and apply for the surpass card?

  2. I applied for and received the Hilton Honors no fee Amex card a few weeks ago. Can I also apply and be eligible to receive the Hilton Honors Amex Surpass card?

  3. Thanks so much, Lucky. I’m fairly new to your blog and I’m finding your tips and info very helpful. Keep up the good work!

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