Up To 10K Hilton Bonus Points For Those With The Amex Platinum Card

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Of the major global hotel chains, Hilton has offered by far the most generous promotions with their loyalty program this year. They’ve had global bonus points promotions for the entire year, and are the only hotel loyalty program where that’s the case. On top of that, they’ve offered so many stackable promotions on top of that.

Hilton has just announced yet another promotion, this time for those with The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express.

Those with the Amex Platinum Card who have enrolled in complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status (which is a perk of the card) can receive 10,000 bonus Honors points after making a stay of at least two nights between October 2 and December 31, 2017. This is only valid for those with cards issued in the US, though a stay at any Hilton family property throughout the portfolio will qualify.

The offer can only be earned one time, and registration is required prior to checking out of the first stay. Interestingly the terms say you have to “pay with your American Express Card,” though it’s not entirely clear whether you have to pay with the Amex Platinum Card, or if paying with the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card would qualify as well, for example (assuming you’re registered). The full terms of the promotion are as follows:

Offer is valid for American Express® Platinum Card Members, Business Platinum Card Members and Corporate Platinum Card Members in the U.S. and U.S. territories who have enrolled in complimentary Hilton Honors™ Gold Status through American Express and complete a qualifying stay. Offer is valid for stays at hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio from October 2, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Check-out for stays must be on or before December 31, 2017. Registration in the offer via HiltonHonors.com/AmexPlatinum is required prior to completing a stay within the offer period. Offer valid one-time only and only when you pay with your American Express Card. Offer is non-transferable. Offer may not be combined with other select promotions, offers or discounts.

After a qualifying stay, you will automatically earn 10,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points. Offer valid for stays at any property in the Hilton Portfolio excluding Hampton by Hilton™ Hotels in the Republic of China and is subject to availability. Minimum 2 consecutive night stay required. If you are not already enrolled in the Hilton Honors Gold Status Benefit through American Express, please visit AmericanExpress.com/HiltonGold to enroll.

“10,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points” means you will receive a bonus of 10,000 Bonus Points in addition to the number of Base Points earned during a stay. Bonus Points earned on Base Points do not count toward elite tier qualification. Please allow six to eight weeks from completion of your stay for Bonus Points to appear in your Hilton Honors account. Bookings may be subject to blackout dates, early departure fees, and deposit and cancellation restrictions that may vary by hotel. Please see individual property for details. Hilton Honors membership, earning of Points & Miles™ when booking direct and redemption of Points are subject to Hilton Honors Terms & Conditions. All Hampton by Hilton hotels in the Republic of China are excluded from the Hilton Honors program.

This is only Hilton’s latest promotion, and can potentially be stacked with several other promotions.

At the moment Hilton’s global promotion offers double points for all stays through December 31, 2017, and Honors Diamond members can earn 10,000 bonus points after every 10 nights, up to a maximum of 50,000 bonus points. That’s a great promotion, especially given that Hilton’s points earnings rates are great to begin with.

Then you can earn 5,000 bonus points after completing two stays and paying with an American Express or Citi card.

In addition to this promotion and Hilton’s global double points promotion, you can also earn 500 bonus points per app booking through the end of 2017.

Furthermore, you can earn an additional 500 bonus points per booking when you reserve and pay with a Hilton American Express card.

There are also some Amex Offers for Hilton family stays, including Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn stays.

Meanwhile Hyatt is offering approximately zero promotions…

(Tip of the hat to Doctor Of Credit)

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  1. Another offer that excludes diamond members. It was only a couple of years ago that Hilton was passing out 100k points at year end to say “thank you” to their diamond members. Now they give us less cash back on portals and exclude us from many of the promotions. What gives?

  2. This is super! I just registered and got: “You’re registered; now book your next Hilton stay.” However, because one must be “enrolled in complimentary Hilton Honors™ Gold Status through American Express” and I was not sure if I am enrolled, I just called AMEX Biz Plat to inquire and have been told that I registered back in 2015. I must have done it in conjunction with a similar offer, since I have been a HH Diamond for 7+ years straight and do not foresee not requalifying any time soon and, thus, had no reason to enroll in the Gold Status program.

    While on the phone with the AMEX representative, however, she decided to go over the list of other the Biz Plat card benefits to ensure that I was taking full advantage of them:

    — Global Entry: Just renewed it a week ago, but by going to Montreal to renew my NEXUS membership, which automatically also renewed my Global Entry membership for another 5 years. And, nope, I am not eligible for a $100 statement credit. One gets only if one gets GE directly, and not by getting it through NEXUS (cost: $50). I will keep getting GE the same way, i.e., by renewing my NEXUS membership because I think it is worth the $50.

    — Gogo Wi-Fi: check.

    — Extended Payment option (may be by invitation only): Although this benefit has been offered to me now for some time in a large banner each time I have logged into my account, I had no interest in registered for it because I pay my bill in full each month and saw no use for it. I told her that and that is were it got interesting. Apparently determined to enroll me, she sweetened the deal, saying it is great that I pay my bills in full monthly, but if I let her enroll me right then over the phone, she would credit me 10,000 MR points! It was a no-brainer, since nothing would stop me from continuing to pay my bill in full each month, but I would be 10K MR points richer! I went for it…

    — Authorized User: nope. The CSR said: “Get someone and enjoy the MR points on their spend.” I politely declined.

    Now back OT: One advantage of this promo appears to be that one would get the bonus points for bookings already done, and not just for booking done after registering. At least that is how I interpret this: “Offer is valid for stays at hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio from October 2, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Check-out for stays must be on or before December 31, 2017.” Only the stays need to happen during the promo period; not the booking(s), which can predate the registration and promo period

    If the past is any indication, I believe that one also gets the bonus points by paying with ANY AMEX card… I will take my chance on based on that and pay with the HH AMEX Surpass because I will end up ahead, since my upcoming stays are extended and will cost more than $1K each. Paying with the Biz Plat card would earn me: [the usual] +1MR points/$ + the 10K HH promo points + other stackable promo points, whereas paying with the AMEX Surpass will get me [the usual] +12K HH/$ + other stackable promo points with EACH stay. Another no-brainer… 😉

  3. @Doug — The offer does not exclude Diamond members. As I just related above, one can be a Diamond and also be “enrolled in complimentary Hilton Honors™ Gold Status through American Express”, which is the only requirement. AMEX awards the points for this offer, and all they check is to establish that one is enrolled in the complimentary Hilton Honors™ Gold Status, and not one’s status in the Hilton Honors program.

  4. Also, the notion that Diamonds are excluded from “may promotions” is patently false…au contraire. Check, e.g., the current global promo for which ONLY “Honors Diamond members can earn 10,000 bonus points after every 10 nights, up to a maximum of 50,000 bonus points.”

  5. This is rediculous! Me and my wife both have Amex plat and I swear in the past 3 months between various Hilton Amex Offers and random Amex Plat points we’ve gotten a total of 350,000 points in just 22 nights! Not even counting the cash back from Amex Offers, Insane earning!

  6. @Alex – Welcome to the most and only highly rewarding program that remains in the hotel loyalty business!

    BTW, in my book, although he has not claimed the “mantle”, @Lucky is a more credible “thought leader in travel” because of his willingness to revisit and revise his assumptions, and give credit where credit is due, in contrast to the self-anointed “thought leader” who still cuts and pastes long-discredited claims. Tough to be a thought leader when one’s thinking, ideas and claims are outdated! 🙂

  7. For some reason I am not eligible either… I got Hilton Gold through Amex Plat, but then I got the Surpass Card, I wonder if that superseded it… but at the same time, I closed my Surpass card, and am still gold. UGHH… frustrating.

  8. “All Hampton by Hilton hotels in the Republic of China are excluded from the Hilton Honors program.” Surely they mean the People’s Republic of China, as Republic of China would usually mean Taiwan, where as far as I can tell Hampton doesn’t have any properties.

  9. @Bo — None other than @Lucky did a piece back in January titled: “Activate Your 2017 Amex Business Platinum Gogo Wifi Passes”, so it is the Gogo Wi-Fi and not Boingo. I know for sure it is Gogo Wi-Fi because I used it on a CA flight from Montreal to LGA last weekend. It connected me automatically after authenticating my email and password, which I’d set up 2 years ago after I activated the benefit and got the following email:

    “From: [email protected]
    Subject: Welcome to the Gogo Preferred Program!
    Date: Fri 2/13/2015, 8:02 AM

    Thank you for activating the Gogo Preferred Program! Complimentary American Express Internet Passes have been loaded into your Gogo account. To view your passes, just sign in to your Gogo account.

    Account Info:
    Email address: dcs—[email protected]
    Pass Details:
    10 Amex Internet Pass

    The next time you fly, just sign in to redeem your pass and soon you’ll be surfing the sky.”

  10. Unfortunately having the Amex Canada Plat business card does not allow you to get Hilton Gold. You can via the personal version but not the business version. So you do have to pay close attention to benefits offered by different cards and even with the same company but across different borders

  11. Just did this and paid with my amex gold to get the 50.00 off 300 offer that I had and this worked. Thanks for the post Lucky!

  12. Any idea whether the entire stay has to be paid by the platinum? I’d like to pay a portion and then put the rest on my CSR…

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