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Hilton Honors American Express review: No annual fee, but can you do better?

Pros

Fastest no annual fee Honors point earning.

There are two cards with no annual fee that earn Hilton Honors points directly: this American Express card and the Citi Hilton Honors Visa Signature. The American Express version earns points more quickly, with 7x points at Hilton properties versus 6x for the Citi Honors Visa, and 5x points at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations versus 3x for the Citi Honors Visa. You also get 3x points on everything else versus just 2x with the Citi Honors Visa. 

Honors Silver status.

You get free Honors Silver status every year you hold the card. Don’t expect much from that. You might get a slightly more desirable room, and can earn more points on hotel stays, but there’s not much else to it. You can also move up to Gold status if you spend $20,000 or more on the card in a year.

Cons

Foreign transaction fees.

If you use this card while you travel abroad, you’ll get hit with 2.7% fees on your purchases.

Honors points aren’t the most valuable.

Hilton points aren’t the most valuable around, as it takes a lot of points just to get a free night at most hotels. Think 40,000 points or more for a decent hotel. They make up for it by making the points really easy to earn, but if you’re simply trying to earn points for hotel nights via your card spending, other cards like the Chase Hyatt Visa and Starwood American Express could earn you free nights at nice hotels more quickly.

Overall Rating
4/5 Stars   
Key Features

 

Info about the Hilton Honors American Express has been collected independently by MileCards.com. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy

 

Earning: 7x points at Hilton properties, 5x points at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations, 3x for all other eligible purchases. Terms apply.

Status: You get complimentary Honors Silver status for being a cardholder, which gets you 5 nights for the price of 4 when you make an award reservation with your Honors points.

 

 

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

Annual Fee

Yes

Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes

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One thought on “Hilton Honors American Express review: No annual fee, but can you do better?

  1. Michael

    If you have had this card many years ago, they will let you sign up and let you assume you will get the offer. It won’t arrive, and then after many phone calls someone may tell you. Since they don’t want to tell you, they will pass it along as though it is still coming or someone might call you. VERY disappointed to be dealt with like this by AMEX. Below them really. Not churning the card, but lured back years later by better perks and a sign up offer. Fair enough maybe, but don’t come back. No point.

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