Big New Welcome Bonuses On Hilton Amex Cards!

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American Express and Hilton have just introduced big new welcome bonuses on their portfolio of co-branded credit cards. These are among the best bonuses we’ve see on their cards, so here are the details:

Up to 75K points with the Hilton no annual fee card

The Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is offering a welcome bonus of 75,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $1,000 within three months. This no annual fee card comes with the following benefits:

  • Hilton Honors Silver status for as long as you have the card
  • Hilton Honors Gold status when you spend $20,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • Access to Amex Offers, which offers savings for purchases with select retailers
  • No foreign transaction fees

Up to 125K points with the Hilton $95 annual fee cards

For the Amex Hilton mid-range portfolio, the two $95 annual fee cards are offering increased bonuses as well:

These cards come with several great features, including:

  • Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as you have the card
  • Hilton Honors Diamond status when you spend $40,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • An anniversary weekend night reward when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • Access to Amex Offers, which offers savings for purchases with select retailers
  • 10 free Priority Pass visits per year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Business card only: a second anniversary weekend night reward when you spend $60,000 on the card in a calendar year (the personal card only offers a maximum of one of these rewards per year)

Up to 150K points with the Hilton $450 annual fee card

The Hilton Honors Aspire Card is offering a welcome bonus of 150,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $4,000 within three months. This card comes with the following benefits:

  • Hilton Honors Diamond status for as long as you have the card
  • A weekend night reward every year, including the year you open the card
  • A $250 annual statement credit for purchases at participating Hilton resorts
  • Access to Amex Offers, which offers savings for purchases with select retailers
  • A Priority Pass Select membership with the ability to bring in up to two guests
  • No foreign transaction fees

Approval odds

For those with excellent credit, I find all of these cards to be pretty easy to be approved for. The major restriction is that Amex limits you to five credit cards per person (this excludes charge cards, like The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum® Card from American Express, and American Express® Business Gold Card).

Assuming you’re within that limit you have good odds of approval. One advantage of the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card is that applying for an Amex small business card generally won’t count towards your total as far as the Chase 5/24 rule is concerned.

Bottom line

These are some great new bonuses on Hilton’s lineup of Amex credit cards, so if you haven’t applied for any of these, I’d seriously consider doing so. Do keep in mind that each of the bonuses is only available “once in a lifetime.”

Do you plan on picking up any Hilton Amex cards with increased bonuses?

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  1. I had the old amex Hilton card if I apply for this one would I get the bonus i cancelled before this one came in .

  2. So for those of us who got the 100k bonus recently, what do you think the odds are Amex would bump up our bonuses to the new level?

  3. Just a quick note to people who want to apply – there are offers for lower spending requirements on the Ascend card if you search incognito.
    Also statement credit offers exist for the other two cards if you do a dummy booking

    OMAAT team, really disappointing that you chose to wait until today to post about this offer which has been out since last week.

  4. @ Senyah @ Kevin — There has been a lot going on here lately, so we absolutely could have missed something, but AFAIK (and what was communicated to us from Hilton) today is the first day this offer is fully publicly available, as opposed to the targeted offers for some Honors members.

    We try and stay on top of this stuff, and always appreciate when people let us know about things we might not have seen!

  5. going along with what Prashant said about incognito mode (im using private window in safari for mac) i got a 100,000 point offer for the hilton honors card. double the normal bonus; what a deal for a no annual fee card!

  6. @ Tiffany… Really…AMEX doesn’t grants cards to someone who has 5 credit cards?? Would seem to be a lot of people. I like the 150k point offer, but the Hilton Ascend AMEX is a card down the road, but I was looking to open the SPG AMEX with a targeted 125k bonus. First I’ve heard of any 5 card limit for AMEX card application(s).

  7. @ David L — What Luis said is mostly correct; you can only have so many American Express credit cards (whether personal or business). It’s not necessarily about how many cards you have across other networks, unless you’ve opened a ton of cards recently.

  8. The offer which was live last week was only for HH members. Today is the first day the offer is open to everyone. Of course its always good to know these things ahead of time regardless.

  9. 75K points good I’m guessing for a night at a Hampton Inn (as long you aren’t trying to get a “premium room”)?

  10. …and then Marriott introduces their new award chart early next year and a 75K rate looks like bargain. What are you gonna say then? See how mindless?

  11. Apparently some people are clueless that a 75K nightly rate equals a $500-$1,000 aspirational property room in Marriott world.


  12. In my family’s experience, 50K Hilton pts gets us a nice enough standard room at a Hilton Resort, with very good pool, in a place we want to vacation. That same set-up usually costs us about 15k Hyatt points. Because Hilton points are easier to earn, the variance seems to even out. The Ascend and new Hyatt Card are both good options for us. And we appreciate OMAAT’s updates and analysis on how to get the most out of them.

  13. Lucky, when does this offer expire?
    I’d love to apply for a card in a few months, but I can’t seem to find the offer expiration date.

  14. It is clear that some are clueless about the fact that Hilton Honors members earn so many points all around that 75K points are just loose change. In the meantime, Marriott is about to have the highest number of points requirement for awards, but without giving members an earning structure that will offset the increase. It is called a massive devaluation.

    The math is trivial. Just do it and shut the hell up for a change!

  15. Current Marriott Platinum, but slowly wanting to take on Hilton credit cards to ease pain of new award chart. Does it make more sense to go the HH Ascend route or focus on picking up Membership Rewards via BBP or EDP for 5th Amex CC slot?

  16. @Jr — Please bring @Sr to the fight, will, ya? I am getting g tired of beating on you like a drum! Why does his Unhingedness argue with “a Hilton spokesman/fake professor”? Simple: he knows that I am neither, certifying YOU, @Jr, as the clueless one.


  17. JP – the Ascend makes sense if you have specific, annual Hilton redemption targets annually, preferably at high priced hotels (95,000 points). So take a look at the Hilton footprint. If that is not the case, EDP or BBP will be better.

  18. @ Luis and @ Tiffany….

    Thanks for the clarification. For what’ reason I thought all AMEX we’re charge cards and not credit cards. So the SPG and Ascend would be AMEX credit cards and the Platinum AMEX would be a charge card?

  19. Now that i have the Ascend card (changed from Surpass), can I apply for the Aspire and get the bonus points?

    I tried to go to the AMEX website and there is only an option to upgrade on the Aspire

  20. Tried to get Amex to bridge the gap on the 100,000 bonus i got with Aspire in January.

    I wish I didn’t call. I went to happy with Amex to reconsidering my relationship with them. Unqualified and insulting customer service and “we’ll let you know if you are eligible for any bonuses.”

    Sometimes kindness and deference would help customer service deal with these issues.

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