Huge Hilton Amex Card Bonuses: Points & Statement Credits

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American Express and Hilton have four co-branded credit cards, and the welcome bonuses for three of these cards were recently improved significantly. These are by far the best bonuses I ever recall seeing on these cards, as you can earn both bonus points and a statement credit. Not only that, but these cards are worth holding onto long-term.

I wanted to recap the three increased offers we’re seeing on Hilton’s co-branded American Express cards, as I plan on having family members pick up some of these cards shortly:

Hilton Honors Amex Card: 100K points + $100 statement credit

The Hilton Honors Card from American Express has no annual fee (Rates & Fees) and is offering a welcome bonus that includes points and a statement credit:

  • Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $1,000 within three months
  • Earn a $100 statement credit after your first purchase within three months

For comparison, the card previously offered 80,000 Hilton Honors points upon completing minimum spending, with no statement credit. So you’re getting 20,000 extra points plus a $100 statement credit.

Among other things, the Hilton Honors Amex Card offers:

  • 7x points for spending at Hilton hotels
  • 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

Read a full review of the Hilton Honors Amex Card.

Redeem your Hilton Honors points at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

Hilton Honors Surpass Card: 150K points + $150 statement credit

The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card has a $95 annual fee (Rates & Fees) and is offering a welcome bonus that includes points and a statement credit:

  • Earn 150,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 within three months
  • Earn a $150 statement credit after your first purchase within three months

For comparison, the card previously offered 130,000 Hilton Honors points upon completing minimum spending, with no statement credit. So you’re getting 20,000 extra points plus a $150 statement credit.

Among other things, the Hilton Honors Surpass Card offers:

Read a full review of the Hilton Honors Surpass Card.

Receive a room upgrade as a Hilton Honors Gold member

Hilton Honors Business Card: 150K points + $150 statement credit

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card has a $95 annual fee (Rates & Fees) and is offering a welcome bonus that includes points and a statement credit:

  • Earn 150,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 within three months
  • Earn a $150 statement credit after your first purchase within three months

For comparison, the card previously offered 130,000 Hilton Honors points upon completing minimum spending, with no statement credit. So you’re getting 20,000 extra points plus a $150 statement credit.

Among other things, the Hilton Honors Business Card offers:

  • 12x points for spending at Hilton hotels
  • 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
  • A Hilton weekend night reward when you spend $15,000 on the card in a year, and a second one when you spend $60,000 on the card in a year
  • 10 Priority Pass visits per year

Read a full review of the Hilton Honors Business Card.

Redeem your free night certificate at the Conrad Algarve

You’re eligible for the bonuses on all Hilton cards

American Express considers each of the above Hilton cards to be a different product, so you’re eligible for each of the welcome bonuses once. You’ll be subjected to the standard American Express card application rules, but personally I find Amex cards to be among the easiest to be approved for (assuming you have excellent credit).

These are really, really good offers, so I’d highly recommend considering whichever one of these offers you’re eligible for.

Bottom line

Co-branded American Express Hilton cards have incredible welcome bonuses that are the best I ever recall seeing. Not only do you get more points than before, but you also get a significant statement credit.

How cool to get a statement credit on the no annual fee Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express, and how great to get statement credits bigger than the first year’s annual fee on both the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card and Hilton Honors American Express Business Card (see here for a comparison of the two cards).

If you don’t have any of these cards, I’d highly recommend applying.

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

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Comments
  1. Approved for 1 Surpass card and 1 biz card apiece, P2 and I will soon have ~620k Hilton points and 40 Priority Pass lounge entries between us — for a total out-of-pocket cost of ~$20 (factoring in Plastiq fees) and exactly 0 loyalty to Hilton up to now lol.

    Can’t recall many deals this good in the 10 years or so I’ve been in this game.

  2. Hi Ben, do you know if the Surpass Card gives 2 free night certificates if you put $30K on the card, rather than just $15K? Thanks.

  3. Is Hilton still treating bonus points from the cards as base points towards qualification?

    If they are then somewhere around $2500 in Hilton spend this year on a Surpass is good for Diamond status into 2023 (10 base points per $ directly plus 12 base points per dollar from the Surpass, plus hotel taxes of around 10% which earn Surpass points mean around 23 base points per dollar of room rate; since Hilton cut the qualification requirement in half to 60k base points, that means 13 nights at $201 per, if paid with the Surpass, is sufficient for Diamond).

    Alternatively, if you exclusively use the Surpass for the 6x categories, that’s $10k for Diamond and if you only use the Surpass for non-bonus spend, it’s $20k for Diamond.

  4. @Levi — Bonus points from credit cards have never counted toward status qualification; only base points, i.e., 10x for eligible spend on stays, count toward status qualification. The 12x on the Surpass or 14x on the Aspire are bonus points and not elite -qualifying points,

  5. @DCS they definitely considered bonus points from cards last year to be base points for status (including lifetime status).

    See https://newsroom.hilton.com/hilton-honors/news/hilton-american-express-credit-card-enhancements# which specifically says bonus points from (at least US Amex) card spend from May-December 2020 will count as base points.

    The announcement on the Honors website of extended expiration, status extension, halved qualification requirements, and reduced thresholds for milestone bonuses/status gifting also mentions turning everyday spend into elite status faster.

    I’m having a hard time seeing how I have as many base points as hiltonhonors.com shows for 2021 unless they counted January bonus points as base points.

  6. Actually, the total lines up exactly for 2021:

    Surpass card bonus pts on Hilton spend (a Workspaces day use room at the end of December): 1,854 points posted Jan. 28
    Surpass card pts on eligible spend: 11,385 points posted Jan. 28
    Surpass card bonus points on restaurants: 2,535 points posted Jan. 28
    Day use stay in February: 1,012 base points

    That totals 16,786 base points, which is exactly what the status tracker shows (43,214 base points to Diamond).

    Most of the January posting was from spend in January (paid a couple of thousand in property taxes). So is this a programming error, or does “more time for everyday card spend to qualify faster for elite status” (note “more time” and “faster”) mean they extended the Amex bonus points are base points (in which case, “for how long?”)

  7. Confirmed on covid.hilton.com:

    “All bonus points earned through December 31, 2021 on eligible purchases with any Hilton Honors American Express card will be considered base points, which count toward elite status qualification, including lifetime diamond status.”

    $20k of non-bonus-category spend in 2021 on any of the cards guarantees Diamond.

  8. @Levi — I stand corrected. I quote the general program policy, not aware that the policy had been bent to accommodate a special offer.

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