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Increased offer: Earn up to 180,000 Hilton points with highest-ever Hilton card bonus

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information.

From low-budget to ultra-luxury, there’s a Hilton property for just about everyone. The global Hilton portfolio includes 18 brands and over 6,000 hotels.

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And thankfully, when it comes to cobranded credit cards, American Express offers Hilton travelers a variety of choices in that arena, too There are actually four Amex Hilton credit cards and three of them have new, elevated offers that you can apply for directly through TPG.

Let’s take a closer look at the refreshed offers on these Hilton cobranded card products with offers higher than we’ve ever seen.

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Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card

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Latest welcome offer

  • Earn up to 180,000 Hilton Honors bonus points. You’ll earn 130,000 points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the  card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the card in the first six months.

If you’re able to meet the spend requirements, this is an all-time high offer for this card worth $1,080 according to TPG valuations.

With this card, you’ll also earn 12x points at participating Hilton properties; 6x points at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. restaurants and U.S. gas stations; and 3x points on all other eligible purchases.

The card comes with some nice perks, including 10 Priority Pass lounge access passes, a weekend night reward after you spend $15,000 on purchases each calendar year, complimentary Hilton Gold elite status and a pathway to earning Hilton Diamond status. It does come with a $95 annual fee (see rates and fees).

Read our review of the Hilton Amex Surpass.

Hilton Honors American Express Card

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Latest welcome offer

  • Earn up to 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points. You’ll earn 80,000 points after you spend $1,000 in purchases in the first three months of card membership. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 points after you spend a total of $5,000 in purchases on the card in the first six months.

This card’s welcome offer is worth $780 according to TPG valuations. It’s not often we see a no-annual-fee card (see rates and fees) with an offer this high.

With this card, you’ll earn 7x points per dollar spent on eligible purchases at Hilton hotels; 5x points per dollar spent on eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets and U.S. gas stations; and 3x points per dollar on all other eligible purchases.

This entry-level card also offers automatic Hilton Honors Silver status (with an upgrade to Gold when you spend $20,000 in a calendar year), ShopRunner membership and no foreign transaction fees (see rates and fees).

Read our review of the Hilton Amex Card.

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

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Latest welcome offer

  • Earn up to 180,000 Hilton Honors bonus points. You’ll earn 130,000 points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on th card in the first three months of card membership. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the card in the first six months.

Like the Surpass card, this welcome offer is worth a whopping $1,080 according to TPG valuations.

With this business card, you’ll earn 12x points per dollar spent on eligible purchases at Hilton hotels; 6x points per dollar spent on wireless services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping, at U.S. restaurants, on flights booked directly with airlines and through Amex Travel, and on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies; and three points per dollar on all other eligible purchases.

Like the Surpass, this small-business card offers automatic valuable Hilton Honors Gold status and the ability to upgrade to Diamond status by spending $40,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year. It also gives you a weekend award night when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year and 10 Priority Pass visits a year. The card has a $95 annual fee (see rates and fees).

Read our review of the Hilton Amex Business Card.

Bottom line

Ever since American Express updated its Hilton credit card lineup to include new features and earning rates, the family of cards has come with welcome bonuses that have ranged from 50,000 to 150,000 Hilton Honors points. These bonuses are not run-of-the-mill Hilton welcome bonuses, they represent a very real increase over the normal range of offers. And in fact, they are the highest point totals we’ve seen for these cards.

Related: How to choose the best Hilton credit card for you

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The 130,000 or 180,000 bonus points are enough to get you started on some amazing Hilton redemptions, including luxury stays at resorts such as the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa. For a more budget-friendly redemption closer to home, there’s the refurbished Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles (I stayed at this property in 2020 for just 42,000 points per night).

You could also look ahead to next winter and book the Hilton DoubleTree in Highline Vail which runs about 80,000 points per night during the winter. Also, remember that you’ll get a fifth night free on reward stays.

If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to apply for a Hilton credit card, now might be that time. Keep in mind that Amex has a “one per card per lifetime” policy for earning welcome bonuses, so you may want to double-check that you’re eligible to earn this elevated bonus before you hit the apply button. Thankfully, having had one type of Hilton Amex card doesn’t prevent you from getting a different one as your needs change and you may be ready to get back to traveling.

For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Amex, please click here.

For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Surpass Amex, click here.

For rates and fees of the Hilton Honors Business Amex, click here.

Featured image courtesy of American Express.  

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And when you do spend on dining, you should use a credit card that will maximize your rewards and potentially even score special discounts. Thanks to temporary card bonuses and changes due to coronavirus, you may even be able to score a meal at your favorite restaurant for free. 

These are the best credit cards for dining out, taking out, and ordering in to maximize every meal purchase.

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Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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