For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee on a card.
To view Amex Offers, go to the bottom of the account summary page of any American Express card, where you’ll see all the offers you’re eligible for. These offers come in different forms, including discounts and even in some cases bonus points.
Amex frequently has promotions for hotel stays, which can save you money or earn you bonus points for stays you’d make anyway. They’ve just rolled out their latest such offer.
With this new, targeted Amex Offer, you can earn $40 back or receive 4,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $175+ at Hampton Inn or Hilton Garden Inn in the US by January 31, 2019.
Personally I value Membership Rewards points at 1.7 cents each, so the 4,000 bonus point offer is better than the $40 offer, since I value 4,000 points at $68.
This is an exceptional offer. There was a similar offer a few months ago, but it was for $30/3,000 points, while the offer is now about a third better, so that’s great. Getting the equivalent of nearly 40% back (in points) for stays at budget brands isn’t something you see every day.
All eligible room rates and room charges should qualify towards this offer, including taxes and other fees. You don’t have to spend the entire $175 in one transaction, but rather multiple transactions should qualify.
This promotion is targeted, though it at least seems to be pretty widely targeted, with the exception of Starwood cards, which makes sense. But I see the offer on The Platinum Card® from American Express ($550 annual fee), The Business Platinum® Card from American Express ($450 annual fee), The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express (no annual fee), the Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express ($95 annual fee), and the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card ($95 annual fee).
The best part is that you can combine this with the other great promotions Hilton Honors is offering. For example, Hilton is offering a minimum of double points on all stays through January 3, 2019.
As much as I’m loyal to Hyatt and Marriott/Starwood, Hilton offers an unrivaled return on spend between their Honors program and all the Amex Offers they have. I really need to stay with them more.
Was your account targeted for this promotion, and will this cause you to stay at a Hampton Inn or Hilton Garden Inn?