Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
Update: The 100,000 point Surpass offer ended 5/31/17, and you can see the latest offer here.
The Hilton Honors Surpass American Express is out with a 100,000 point offer that matches the biggest widely available offer it’s ever had.
Every so often the Hilton Honors Surpass American Express comes out with this big offer.
It went away at the end of last summer, and there was a smaller offer in the interim, but now it’s upping the game to a full 100,000 points for a limited time.
Here are the details:
There is a $75 annual fee, which makes this a less exciting deal, but you get instant Hilton Honors Gold VIP status for holding the card. If you want no annual fee, consider this deal.
This is the largest public deal we’ve seen for this card, so if you’re been holding off, give it a shot now, though if you recently got in on the smaller deal don’t count on Amex matching this bigger offer unfortunately, though you certainly may want to ask.
The free weekend night can be worth hundreds of dollars because it’s good at just about any Hilton hotel worldwide (here’s the list of the handful of hotels that are excluded).
Remember, you can only get one bonus per lifetime on a specific American Express card product, so if you’ve had this specific card before you may not be eligible to receive it again.
The card offers…
No card earns Honors points more quickly based on your everyday spend than this one.
Point prices for Hilton Honors hotels vary by the day you travel, but some examples include…
2 nights at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, saving almost $400
3 nights at the Hilton Miami Downtown, saving over $450
2 nights at the Hilton Mauritius, saving over $400
Are there better intro deals?
The Citi Hilton Honors Reserve card offers 2 weekend nights good at nearly any Hilton, which given many Hilton hotels cost 50,000 points or more a night, can be worth over 100,000 points in value, so if you’re planning to stay at a popular resort of upscale hotel with your free nights, will get you more value than the Surpass offer.
The fee on the Reserve is $95, but unlike the Surpass, it has no foreign transaction fees so it’s a better card if you travel abroad.
There’s no reason you can’t carry both cards though.
There’s also a no annual fee deal until 5/31/2017 for the basic Honors Amex, which may be a better choice since you don’t have to pay a $75 fee to earn extra points. We value Hilton Honors points at about a half a cent each, so the extra 20,000 points could get you about $100 in extra hotel stays, so the $75 fee for the 100,000 point Surpass can be worth it if you’re careful with where you use your points.
Or get both cards if you really want to rack up points. Amex is okay with you holding both cards and earning the bonus from each.
Also consider the the Virgin Atlantic MasterCard from Bank of America, which is offering 90,000 points as a sign on deal with a $90 annual fee. Virgin Flying Club points transfer to Hilton at a rate of 3 Honors points for every 2 Virgin Flying Club points, so 90,000 Virgin points equals 135,000 Honors points.
This card is from Bank of America, so you’re diversifying your bank applications, and again there’s no reason you can’t get this as a 4th option to really boost your Honors point portfolio.
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