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Hilton Honors Surpass Review: Does it earn the most HHonors points?

Pros

Low cost way to earn Honors Gold status.

You get Honors Gold VIP status for as long as you hold the card, so for $75 a year you end up getting free breakfast, room upgrades, late check out and more at most Hilton affiliated hotels.

Fastest earning from everyday spending.

With the exception of airline and car rental purchases, no card earns more Honors points per dollar on everyday spending than the Honors Surpass American Express. You get 12x points at Hilton hotels (10x is the best the closest card, the Citi Hilton Honors Resere offers), 6x points at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations, and 3x points on everything else.

Cons

Foreign transaction fees.

Although the card has an EMV chip built in, you’re probably not going to want to use it traveling abroad. You’ll get hit with a 2.7% foreign transaction fee if you do. The Citi Hilton Honors Reserve with a $95 annual fee waives all foreign transaction fees, but earns less in some categories like U.S. restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations (just 3x points versus 6x for this card).

Hilton Honors points not 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 and Starwood American Express could earn you free nights at nice hotels more quickly.

No trip protection benefits.

An alternate card, the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve, includes benefits like coverage that will pay for a hotel room if your flight is significantly delayed, or coverage that can reimburse you for nonrefundable travel expenses in case you can’t make a trip due to illness or other covered reasons. This card, the Honors Surpass, doesn’t have any of that coverage.

Not the biggest intro deal.

While the headline introductory points deal looks great, and can be very valuable, it’s not quite as valuable as the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve, which earns you 2 free weekend nights. If you like to stay at hotels in big cities or in popular vacation destinations, the 2 free nights can save you 100,000 points or more.

Overall Rating
3/5 Stars   
Key Features
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months. Offer Ends 5/31/17.
  • Earn a free weekend night on your anniversary date of Card approval. Some hotels may have mandatory services and resort charges. Terms Apply.
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a participating hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card. Terms and limitations apply.
  • As a Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card Member you’ll receive Hilton Honors Gold status.
  • Spend $40,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
 

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee, then $95

Annual Fee

$0

Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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