Rack Up Tons Of Hilton Points With These Four Great Welcome Offers

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Since mid-September, American Express and Hilton have offered increased welcome bonuses on their four co-branded credit cards. These are among the best bonuses we’ve seen on their cards, and it has been a while since I’ve written about them, so I think it’s time for a refresher, for anyone who might benefit from one of these cards.

These are increased offers compared to what they were before, though there’s no end date marketed for them yet (though personally I’d expect that they’ll eventually be reduced).

Let’s look at the details of the cards, ranked from smallest to biggest (which also corresponds to the annual fees on the cards):

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:

  • 7x points at Hilton properties, 5x points at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations, and 3x points on all other purchases
  • 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


Hilton Honors Silver status gets you a fifth night free on award redemptions

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

The Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express is offering a welcome bonus of 125,000 Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months. This $95 annual fee card comes with the following benefits:

  • 12x points at Hilton properties, 6x points at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations, and 3x points on all other purchases
  • 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


Hilton Honors Gold members receive complimentary breakfast

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

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card is offering a welcome bonus of 125,000 Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months. This $95 annual fee card comes with the following benefits:

  • 12x points at Hilton properties, 6x points at U.S. gas stations, U.S. restaurants, U.S. purchases for shipping, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers, on flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel, and on car rentals booked directly with select car rental companies, and 3x points on all other purchases
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Access to Amex Offers, which offers savings for purchases with select retailers
  • 10 free Priority Pass visits per year
  • No foreign transaction fees


Earn weekend night rewards that can be redeemed at the Waldorf Astoria Park City

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

The Hilton Honors American Express 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
  • A $250 annual airline fee credit
  • 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


Hilton Honors Diamond members have the best odds of suite upgrades

Application rules & 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 ExpressThe Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPENThe American Express® Gold Card, etc.).

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.

Furthermore, you can typically be approved for at most two American Express credit cards in 90 days, though there are some inconsistencies when it comes to that (this doesn’t include charge cards).

Bottom line

These are some great 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,” though each of these is considered to be a separate product.

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


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Comments

  1. You can get some of the cards with higher welcome offers in incognito or private browsing mode.
    Hilton Honors Card (no fee) 100k with $1k spend
    Hilton Ascend (personal) 150k with $3k spend

  2. I know longer see the annual $250 airline credit on the Aspire regardless of browser, referral link, or browser I choose.

  3. @ Jon W….click on link to offer and then click on the offer details – it’s there.

    @ anyone that has this card….do $50 AA cards work under the $250 airline credit?

  4. Does the Hilton Honors Ascend Premier Plus card give different benefits to different people? I upgraded my current Ascend Premier card ($85 annual fee) to Ascend Premier Plus ($95 annual fee) in exchange for receiving 50k points after do one purchase with the new card. Sounds pretty easy. However, I get only 6 points/$ for Hilton expenses and 2 points/$ for other expenses. This is only half of the 12 points/$ of what you described above. Do I have any recourse on this?

  5. Can anybody verify that the Aspire’s resort credit still earns points at the same exact rate as other spend at the hotel does, or does any of that get taken away once AmEx credits you the $250?

  6. Speaking of Hilton Honors American Express cards, here’s another way the program has been consistent is rewarding and incentivizing loyal members: targeted promos (in addition to non-stop global promos). This one just landed in my inbox, and it is targeted to my Aspire card. Check your email!
    ________________

    You can enjoy this offer up to 2 times by 12/25/2018, for a total of
    40,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points!

    Here’s how:
    — Enroll your Hilton Honors American Express Card by 12/25/2018.
    — Make $2,000 in eligible purchases using your Card by 12/25/2018.
    — Earn 20,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points.
    __________

    With 2 paid stays to book for around Thanksgiving, and 4 award stays already booked, I believe that I will spend enough during the promo period to earn at least 20K of the 40K HH points offered .

    G’day!

  7. BTW, the offer above is ‘stackable’, which makes it truly lucrative:

    “The Hilton Honors Bonus Points you may earn during the Purchase Period as part of this offer are in addition to any other Bonus Points you may get from using your Card.”

  8. @Lucky — I think @JonW is right, looks like the annual $250 airline fee credit is no longer shown on the Aspire offer page. Wow, I feel “lucky” to have applied for the Aspire a few weeks ago when the airline fee credit was included. That’s a pretty big change.

  9. Luke Vader, it is mentioned under Offer and Benefit Terms though: “$250 Airline Fee Credit
    Benefit is available to Hilton Honors Aspire Card Members only. To receive statement credits of up to $250 per calendar year toward incidental air travel fees, Card Member must select one qualifying airline”

  10. I’ve read from one person who apparently confirmed via amex chat that obtaining a bonus on any of their Hilton cards (business or personal) prevents you from getting another bonus again on another Hilton card. Anyone having this recent experience?

  11. are there any miles for upgrading Ascend to Aspire? Like to get the bonus… not just do an upgrade.

  12. @ farsighted99 — You can log into your account as there may be a targeted upgrade offer, but there isn’t a public one.

  13. @ Benigno — The terms clearly state you’re eligible for each of the cards, so you should be eligible for the bonus on any card you haven’t had.

  14. I got the Ascend with a 150k bonus and the free weekend night before they upped the spend requirement. They issued my reward cert automatically (I was worried I’d have to call and argue that I was grandfathered in). I just got a targeted offer to upgrade to the Aspire for another 150k bonus plus all those card perks, including another weekend reward night. The card # stays the same so it doesn’t shorten my credit history or do a credit pull. I just booked a 5th night free reward stay (not even touching my reward cert) and now that I have Diamond status (and based on their availability less than a month out) I should get an upgrade. Because I just renewed my Ascend I was worried I’d be paying $95 + $450 but it looks like they will prorate the $95. I also got the targeted 20k points offer that will stack on top of my $4k /150kpts spend for the new card. I feel like AmEx really makes it easy to maximize the points and rewards opportunities, which has made me a much bigger fan than I expected.

    My only question on the targeted 20k points – could anyone find the “qualified purchases” details? I read the T&C but only saw that it excluded gift cards, travelers checques, etc., but not whether it has to be Hilton purchases or what?

  15. We’re Marriott gold and usually get club level upgrades. With Hilton it says gold can get upgrades. Would that include club level?

  16. Hey Ben, long-time reader, first-time poster. I just used the referral link for the Amex Aspire card. Seemingly unmatched sign-up bonus and rewards. Long story short, I got approved and I have a question about the resort fee rebate. Do you have any clarification on what qualifies as a resort?

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