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For nearly a month now, American Express has been offering increased welcome bonuses on their two Hilton Honors cards. Both of these increased offers are valid for applications through October 4, 2017, meaning you have one more week to take advantage of these great welcome bonuses. The detaIls of these two offers are as follows:
- The no annual fee Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is offering a welcome bonus of 50,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $1,000 within the first three months, plus a further 25,000 Hilton Honors points after spending another $1,000 within the first six months
- The $75 annual fee Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is offering a welcome bonus of 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first three months, plus a free weekend night certificate on the card’s first anniversary
These are truly great welcome bonuses, and if you don’t have either or both of those cards, I’d consider applying.
The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express offers Honors Gold status for as long as you have the card, the best return on Hilton spend (at 12x points per dollar spent), and Diamond status if you spend $40,000 on the card in a year. In addition to the great welcome bonus, to me the biggest benefit is that this is the lowest annual fee card to offer Gold status, which is a useful mid-tier status.
Hilton Honors Gold members receive complimentary breakfast at many Hilton brands
As far as the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express this is a great no annual fee card that offers Hilton Silver status, which gets you access to fifth night free award redemptions and much more. Also keep in mind that having cards long term can help your credit score, and there’s no better way to accomplish that than to get a no annual fee card. I also recommend having as many no annual fee Amex cards as possible so you have access to Amex Offers.
You can potentially quite easily get approved for both of these cards. Do keep in mind American Express’ general card application guidelines:
- You can have at most five American Express credit cards; this includes personal and business cards, though excludes charge cards, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, The Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, and The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
- You can typically only be approved for one American Express credit card every five days (or so), and two credit cards every 90 days (or so); this only applies to credit cards, and not charge cards
If you want to pick up these cards, personally I’d consider applying for the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express now, and then the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express in a few days.
Regardless of your strategy, the clock is ticking on these great welcome bonuses.