The Biggest Ever Hilton Surpass Amex Sign-Up Bonus Is Back!

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Earlier this year we saw the biggest ever sign-up bonus on the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express, though it expired on May 31, 2017. The good news is that exactly the same offer is back once again, and it’s valid through October 4, 2017. I applied for the card during the last promotion, so this is a great opportunity to pick up the card if you didn’t have the chance last time (either because you were maxed out on Amex cards, missed the promotion, or whatever).

The $75 annual fee Hilton Honors Surpass Card is offering 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months. On top of that, you get a free weekend night valid at any Hilton Honors hotel on your first cardmember anniversary.

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.

Hilton Honors Gold members receive complimentary breakfast

If you don’t yet have the Hilton Honors Surpass Card, I’d highly recommend applying. We’ve never seen a bigger sign-up bonus on the card. Not only do you get 100,000 points, but on the card’s first anniversary you get a free weekend night that can be redeemed at virtually any property. That includes hotels that retail for up to 95,000 points per night, meaning that you can get up to 195,000 points of value out of this sign-up bonus.

Redeem your free weekend night certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

This is a great card that offers a great sign-up bonus and excellent ongoing perks. You have about five weeks to apply under the current offer.

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  1. Wow excellent timing as I am two stays shy of qualifying for Gold status challenge and instead of spending the $$$ by end of September for those two stays (which I don’t really envision this month) I’ll just spend the $75 and get the card. Thanks Ben for this post!!!

  2. I had the Surpass card for many years. in March 2015, I downgraded it to the no-fee Amex Hilton card. If I apply for a new Surpass card, am I eligible for the 100K bonus?

  3. So… if I currently have the Citi Hilton Reserve, should I apply for this to keep with Hilton? I haven’t seen any info about Amex potentially purchasing the existing Citi portfolio…

  4. @ Paul Ryckbost — I absolutely would. There’s a chance that Amex will somehow buy the Citi portfolio, though as of now my understanding is that existing cardmembers are likely to be converted to other Citi products. Regardless, this is a big sign-up bonus that you’d be missing out on if you don’t apply.

  5. Been waiting for this again. Goodbye Citi Hilton Reserve. Wish I didn’t have to burn one of my 5 AMEX slots on this but so be it.

  6. Yeah, any problem trying to sign up for this one when you already have the other Hilton Amex? During the last offer, I kept getting prompts to upgrade… :S

  7. dmodemd you should try a different browser and you should see the full offer, then it shouldn’t be a problem.

  8. This might be a dumb question, but here it goes. I currently just have the platinum card and I am wondering how do these 100k points work? They cannot be combined with my current points correct?

  9. “though as of now my understanding is that existing cardmembers are likely to be converted to other Citi products. Regardless, this is a big sign-up bonus that you’d be missing out on if you don’t apply.”

    Another good point. Since I was going to churn the Citi Hilton anyhow — I’m overseas most of this year so obviously not using it due to the foreign transaction fees — this card has been D.O.A. since the day I scored the bonus. Why would I want a card conversion?

  10. Can I only pay the annual fee once and get the free one night? Or do I need to pay the 2nd annual fee in order to use the free weekend night?

  11. Applied and approved! Another OMAAT credit card!

    It is a shame though that Hilton rarely makes any rooms available to point users. Amsterdam and Vienna are completely unavailable next summer…not sure if this card will be worth any uses.

  12. I got this offer earlier in the year. Used 40k points for four nights at a HGI in Vietnam and then used another chunk for a Conrad stay in Singapore. Overall was a decent redemption value for a program where the points don’t normally go as far as the competitors.

  13. Well be very careful. I signed up earlier this year for the 100,000 points offer, met my spending threshold on 5/14/17 and as today still have not been credited with the 100,000 points. I have spoken, emailed and writeen AE several times and each time they say that there was a technical error with some of the points and they will fix it. Well it is September 2 and I am still waiting. It has been a nightmare getting a straight answer from them. So Caveat Emptor is what say. I will never trust AE again nor signg for any more of their cards (I have 3).

  14. What is happening with the Visa and American Express conversion?
    No one at AE knows a thing, the Hilton Diamond desk does not know there is a change,
    Will New Hilton AE card have foreign transaction fees?

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