Amex Hilton Honors cards offer 80,000-100,000 bonus points

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A revamp of the American Express Hilton Honors and Hilton Honors Surpass cards includes juicy sign-up bonuses (80,000 and 100,000 points), a host of hotel benefits and even rebranded card names.

The updates that rolled out Thursday include  an “H” that has dropped from the card name. “HHonors” is now “Honors.”

The bigger sign-up bonuses are available for those who qualify one of the cards before May 31, 2017:

  • New Hilton Honors card members will receive 80,000 bonus points after they spend $2,000 in the first three months of card membership.
  • New Hilton Honors Surpass card members will receive 100,000 bonus points after they spend $3,000 on the card in the first three months.

An even better value for no annual fee

While 100,000 points is a very large number, we think that the 80,000 bonus for the no-annual-fee Hilton Honors card is the more impressive offer. Our research indicates that Hilton Honors points are inflated, and so that 100,000-points sign-up bonus – which is worth roughly half the value of similar card’s rewards points – falls far behind offers from other cards with large bonuses and high annual fees.

However, an 80,000-point bonus – even at half the value – is a very large figure for a card with no annual fee. By our estimates, this is one of the best sign-up offers currently available among no-annual-fee cards, making the Hilton Honors card a great value.

Loads of other benefits

The Hilton Honors card comes with an overall impressive list of benefits for a no-annual-fee card, including:

  • 7 points per dollar for Hilton Hotel stays.
  • 5 points per dollar for restaurant, grocery store and gas station purchases.
  • 3 points per dollar for all other purchases.
  • Automatic silver status in the Hilton Honors program.
  • Hotel perks, including early check-in/late checkout and free in-room internet access.
  • 15 percent bonus rate on Hilton Honors base points.
  • Free fifth night each time you book four nights in a row.
  • Upgrade to gold status if you spend $20,000 on the card in a year.

While the Hilton Honors Surpass card doesn’t match the value of the no-annual-fee version, it does justify its $75 annual fee through some great elite benefits, including:

  • 12 points per dollar for Hilton Hotel stays.
  • 6 points per dollar for restaurant, grocery store and gas station purchases.
  • 3 points per dollar for all other purchases.
  • Automatic gold status in the Hilton Honors program.
  • Elite hotel perks, including free room upgrades, and free breakfast and lounge access where available, as well as early check-in/late checkout and free in-room internet access.
  • 25 percent bonus on Hilton Honors base points.
  • Free fifth night each time you book four nights in a row.
  • Upgrade to diamond status if you spend $40,000 on the card in a year.

The right time to sign up

If either of these cards is on your radar, now may be the optimal time to submit your application. These are the highest sign-up bonuses we’ve recently seen on these cards and, as noted above, the offer is available only for a limited time.

See related: Best rewards cards: Spring 2017, Hotel rewards: Go for free nights, not points, 7 ways to get the most from rewards credit cards


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Updated: 11-24-2017