Big Amex Hilton Card Welcome Bonuses Still Available

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Last September American Express and Hilton introduced increased welcome bonuses on their co-brand credit cards, and I figured it was worth a reminder that these excellent offers are still available, several months later.

Here are the details of these offers:

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 (Rates & Fees) 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

Redeem your Honors points at the Conrad Bora Bora

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

The Amex Hilton mid-range portfolio cards are offering the following welcome bonuses:

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)


Redeem your weekend night reward at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives

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

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card has a $450 annual fee and 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


Redeem your Honors points at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Basic Amex application restrictions

There are a few basic restrictions to be aware of:

  • The welcome bonuses on all American Express cards are “once in a lifetime,” so you can earn the bonus on each card at most once
  • You can generally have at most five Amex credit cards at any given point; it doesn’t matter whether they’re personal or business, and this limit doesn’t include charge cards (none of the above are charge cards)
  • 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 (again, this doesn’t include charge cards)
  • Anecdotally I find all of these cards fairly easy to be approved for assuming you have excellent credit
  • 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, if that’s a consideration.

Bottom line

These great bonuses have been around for several months now, so I figured it was worth a reminder, as you can earn up to 475K Hilton Honors bonus points between these four cards.

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?


Non-Affiliate Product Disclaimer: The information for the Hilton Honors Aspire Card has been collected independently by One Mile At A Time. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card (Rates & Fees), Hilton Honors American Express Card (Rates & Fees), and The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card (Rates & Fees).

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Comments

  1. This is wrong. C’mon Ben, I love the blog but it would take 5 minutes to properly research this.

    The Hilton Amex is 75,000 + $100 if applying from a Hilton booking payment page (before you pay) and 100,000 if applying from referral.

    The Hilton Ascend is 130,000 after $2k spend if applying from the Hilton homepage, and 150,000 after $3k spend if applying from referral.

  2. @Onyxi: Ben is correct as the numbers he gave were for applying from the Amex site as I recently did. I subsequently learned (as you obviously are aware) the bonuses are higher if applying from the Hilton website.

  3. Regarding the $250 annual statement credit for the Aspire card, is it based on calendar year (i.e., Jan-Dec) such that if I get the card this Mar 2019, I can get two $250 statement credits over the period Mar 2019 – Feb 2020 (i.e., one $250 credit in Mar-Dec 2019 and another one in Jan-Feb 2020)? Thank you.

  4. Two weeks I googled “Hilton Ascend card” and the first result was an offer for 150K points. I left the page and when I returned it was gone. I later did the same on a different device and the 150K offer appeared again. I took it that time.

  5. AMEX has killed the Hilton card. Website is slow, customer service is channeled through non US phone centers with bad hold times. By the way, I’ve been an AMEX member since 1993 but I’m reminded of why I gave up my Amex Gold.
    The Hilton card was in much better in the hands of Chase.

  6. @Onyxi Good shout, I applied via the Hilton site today and got the business card with a 130k bonus ($3k spend). Wish the card offered an annual award night (like spg/Marriott cards) w/o the (high) $15k annual min spend…gold status is nice, although a perk w/ any version of the Plat card, still tbd on if this card will have long term value…

  7. Sorry, it was Citi, not Chase who did a much better job with the Hilton card. But I’m still looking for my previous comment to be posted.

  8. With a Citi double cash reward card, $60,000 spend gets 2% reward = $1200
    I’d rather have the cash, than a weekend night.

  9. Received an email 2 days ago if I upgrade my $0 Amex Hilton Card to the Ascend Card earn150,000 Bonus Points after I spend $3k in the first 3 months.

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