Update: This offer for the Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
There are only two days left to apply for the Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express under the current welcome bonus. The card is offering 100,000 Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 within three months, plus a free weekend night certificate on the card’s first anniversary.
The Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express has a very reasonable annual fee ($95 (Rates & Fees)), and offers Honors Gold status for as long as you have the card, which I’d consider to be one of the most useful mid-tier hotel statuses. If you want to earn top tier Diamond status through credit card spend, you can do so by putting $40,000 of spend on the card in a year.
Anyway, as I’ve explained, there’s quite a bit of value you can get out of 100,000 Hilton Honors points. Hilton’s program is pretty close to being revenue based nowadays (except at super high end properties, where you can get outsized value), and 100,000 points will get you roughly $500 towards the cost of a hotel stay.
Some might say “well 100,000 points doesn’t seem like that much, is it worth collecting these points if I don’t have any Hilton points yet? Especially in the context of this welcome bonus I think it’s worth posting a reminder that Hilton recently introduced points pooling. With this feature, you can pool points with up to 11 other Hilton Honors members. There’s no cost to do so, and you can transfer anywhere between 1,000 and 500,000 points into an account per calendar year.
What are the benefits of this? There are two potential areas where this could be especially beneficial:
- If one person has higher status than the other, this will allow you to easily pool points and get the status benefits for the higher status account
- Hilton offers elite members a fifth night free on award redemptions, so this will help you get more points in a single account, which is useful if you’re trying to redeem for five nights at a nice hotel
To give an extreme example, say you and your spouse/friend each applied for the Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors American Express Card ($0 annual fee (Rates & Fees)). After reaching the minimum spend you’d just about have enough pooled points for five nights at a property like the Conrad Maldives.
For example, using the fifth night free benefit, five nights at Hilton’s top hotels would cost a total of 380,000 Honors points, or an average of 76,000 points per night.
That’s compared to a paid rate of over $5,000 for those dates.
Also keep in mind that you’d each get a free weekend night certificate on the first anniversary of the Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express, which can be used at a bunch of awesome hotels.
Hilton’s new “no strings attached” points pooling program is pretty awesome, as it allows friends and family members to pool their points so that they can redeem for a fifth night free redemption, etc. This is especially useful in the context of Amex’s current limited time Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express welcome bonus, as it allows you to maximize those points for the purposes of fifth night free redemptions, etc.
Have you taken advantage of Hilton’s new points pooling feature yet?
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), and Hilton Honors American Express Card (Rates & Fees).