New 75K Bonus On No Annual Fee Hilton Honors Card From American Express

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American Express has just rolled out a new offer on the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express ($0 annual fee (Rates & Fees)). This is Hilton’s most basic co-branded credit card, and it’s currently offering a welcome bonus of 75,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $1,000 within the first three months.

Previously the welcome bonus offered 50,000 Honors points upon completing minimum spend, so this bonus is 50% better than before. In the past we’ve sometimes seen increased bonuses of 75,000 points (like we’re seeing now), but typically they’ve had a higher spend requirement to earn that bonus. I don’t recall ever seeing a bigger public bonus on the card, so this is as good as it gets — for a no annual fee card this is an excellent reward.

Note that the bonus on this card is once in a lifetime, so if you currently have this card or have had the card in the past, you’re not eligible. However, you are eligible if you’ve just had another type of Hilton credit card (Hilton has four co-branded cards at this point).

As far as other things to know about this card go, it offers:

  • 7x Honors points for spend directly with Hilton, 5x points for spend at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations, and 3x points for all other eligible purchases
  • Hilton Honors Silver status for as long as you have the card; Hilton Honors Silver members receive a fifth night free on award redemptions, so you’d receive that by virtue of having this card
  • Hilton Honors Gold status when you spend at least $20,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees

In addition to the above great benefits, there are some general benefits to having a no annual fee card like the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express:

  • Having this card gives you access to Amex Offers, which can save you money with all kinds of retailers; with some Amex cards I have hundreds of dollars per year with Amex Offers
  • Holding onto some credit cards long term has a positive impact on your credit score, and in general I always recommend holding onto no annual fee cards whenever possible, since they’re the cheapest to hold onto

The increased welcome bonus on the no annual fee Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express is excellent, and if you haven’t yet had the card, I’d seriously consider 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).

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  1. with all these new Hilton AMEX cards, can authorized users be added? if so, will the benefits apply to them as well? For example, would the AUs of an Aspire card also get Diamond status?

  2. @ AT — Authorized users can be added to all these cards. However, they don’t receive all the benefits. On the Aspire Card, for example, authorized users don’t get a Priority Pass membership or Diamond status.

  3. @lucky authorized users on the Aspire card have no additional fee but also don’t get priority pass. ” Priority Pass Select lounge partners and locations are subject to change. To access a lounge, you must show your valid Priority Pass Select card and an airline ticket for travel on the same day for you and each of your guests. Additional Card Members are not eligible for this benefit.”

  4. Lucky – Hope all is well! I’m trying to build my portfolio of cards. This year, I’ve acquired a CSR, IHG, Alaska, and Citi Doublecash – took a ding on my credit score, but it’s still in the range where I should be approved no problem. Is it worth applying for the Hilton card now? Only downside I see is taking yet another ding to my credit score. I wouldn’t have an issue meeting minimum spend. Basically, is this offer worth another credit score ding, or should I wait to see what’s available later this year when my cs has recovered? Thank you so much!!

  5. grrrrr if i wasnt over 5/24 (trying to get either the chase freedom or chase unlimited) id definitely get this card.

  6. I know I’ve posted a lot about Hilton cards recently, if people never have had Hilton cards before, 275,000 in HHonors points across the three AMEX cards (none of which is that hard to get) is pretty good

  7. @ Ally — Sounds like you’re doing well with your strategy so far. If I were in your shoes and were just looking at picking up one or two more cards, I might instead consider one of the premium Hilton cards, which are offering bigger bonuses and have all around more generous perks:

    I’d say both of those are good cards that are well worth the credit score “ding.” Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  8. Have had this card for over 10 years. Don’t remember what the signup bonus (if anything) was back then, but it was undoubtedly much less than what’s being offered right now.

    Free Hilton Silver status, no annual fee, and an OK/decent bonus on gas, restaurant, and supermarket spend. Although it’s not my favorite card, it’s still a keeper.

  9. I just cancelled the Hilton AMEX card I got two days ago. I got the card automatically after Citi exited Hilton. Would I be eligible for this sign up bonus if I applied? I also just applied for the Ascend Hilton Card with the 75K & 25K sign up bonus.

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