Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
Update: some of the offers on this page have expired
The no annual fee Hilton Honors Credit Card from American Express is out with the best welcome offer we’ve seen for signing up.
You can earn 80,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 on the card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. The limited time offer ends 5/31/2017 (see rates & fees).
The Honors Amex has no annual fee and the offer isn’t valid if you’ve held this specific card before, but if you have another kind of Honors credit card that’s fine, because it’s okay to get a bonus from different types cards.
This is the highest widely available offer we’ve seen for this card, besting a deal seen last fall for 75,000 points. The more typical offer we see is for just 50,000 points. That said, the prior high 75,000 point deal had a spending requirement of just $1,000, and with this deal you need to spend $2,000 in 3 months to earn the bonus.
If you’re okay with that, the Hilton Honors Amex is a great way to earn Honors points quickly via spending.
You get 5x Hilton Honors Bonus Points per dollar you spend at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations, and 3x Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
You can’t use Honors points like cash, but we estimate Honors points can get you about 0.5 cents in value per point. So 10,000 points could get you about $50 worth of hotel nights.
We think this might be the most valuable no annual fee welcome offer currently available.
80,000 points can get you free nights like these:
4 nights at the DoubleTree near Universal Orlando, which would save over $450.
One night at the Embassy Suites Waikiki, saving over $300.
Almost three nights at the DoubleTree Anaheim, with a free shuttle to Disneyland, saving over $400.
If you’re willing to pay an annual fee, there are bigger offers for cards like the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express
Or, consider the Virgin Atlantic World MasterCard with up to a 95,000 point introductory offer as of the date of this post. Virgin Atlantic miles can be transferred into your Hilton Honors account anytime, and ever 1,000 Virgin miles gets you 1,500 Honors points, so 95,000 Virgin miles can get you 142,500 Honors points.
Citi ThankYou cards with an annual fee like the Citi ThankYou Premier also let you transfer points into your Hilton Honors account, and 1,000 ThankYou points = 1,500 Honors points. And Amex Membership Rewards points also transfer to Hilton at the same rate, but there are much better uses of Amex points than Hilton Honors awards.
The most lucrative deal of all for Hilton awards may be the 2 free weekend nights you get at most Hilton hotels via the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve credit card. With many hotels charging 60,000 points or more for a single night, that could have value of 120,000 points or more, depending on the hotel you choose for your free nights.
Amex only allows one bonus per lifetime for each card product, so if you’ve earned a bonus for the no annual fee Hilton Honors Amex before, you won’t be eligible to earn one again. Though if it’s been many, many years, like 5 or more, there’s a chance your old account might not be in the system.
And if you hold another Hilton card that’s fine, because Amex considers them entirely separate products, and you can earn a bonus for more than one kind of Hilton card.
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