The American Express Hilton Credit Cards

 

Hotel cards are a major part of our travel hacking plan.  Not only can we stay for free, with elite status, but we can also often get breakfast for free!  Free travel, free lodging, free breakfast, and sometimes a room upgrade – that is a travel point and miles user’s dream!

Here’s the current information on the Hilton Credit Cards. Remember that offers change frequently so do not be surprised if you click a link and the offer differs. We try to keep them current.

 

American Express Credit card

 

Hilton Honors American Express Card

  • 100,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months
  • $0 Annual Fee
  • 7 points per dollar spent at Hilton properties
  • 5 points per dollar spent at grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants
  • 3 points per dollar spent everywhere else
  • Complimentary Hilton Silver Status

 

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card

  • 130,000 bonus points when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months with the potential to earn more for more spend
  • $95 Annual Fee
  • 12 points per dollar spent at Hilton properties
  • 6 points per dollar spent at grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants
  • 3 points per dollar spent everywhere else
  • Complimentary Hilton Gold Status
  • 10 free Priority Pass Lounge Passes
  • 1 weekend night reward at Hilton property after $15,000 spend in a calendar year

 

Hilton Honors Business Card

  • 130,000 bonus points when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • $95 Annual Fee
  • 12 points per dollar spent at Hilton properties
  • 6 points per dollar spent at grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants
  • 6 points per dollar on business spend
  • 3 points per dollar spent everywhere else
  • Complimentary Hilton Gold Status
  • 10 free Priority Pass Lounge Passes
  • 1 weekend night reward at Hilton property after $15,000 spend in a calendar year

 

Hilton Honors Aspire Card

  • 150,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months
  • $450 Annual Fee
  • 14 points per dollar spent at Hilton properties
  • 7 points per dollar spent at grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants
  • 3 points per dollar spent everywhere else
  • Complimentary Hilton Diamond Status
  • 1 weekend night reward at Hilton property each year of card membership
  • Unlimited free Priority Pass Lounge passes
  • $250 airline fee credit
  • $250 Hilton Resorts credit
  • $100 luxury on-property credit
  • 24/7 concierge

 

Hilton stays start at 5,000 and can go up to 95,000 points. They don’t have a set award chart like Hyatt and Marriott. The cost in points fluctuates depending on the location, demand, and season. You can check out the Hilton Points Explorer Tool which shows you the minimum and the maximum number of points you could expect to spend at a particular hotel. Let’s say I want to go to Bali.  I can stay at the Bali Hilton Garden Inn Airport for 5,000 points or the Conrad Bali for 41,000 -60,000 points.  It’s all up to you – spend your nights staying at economical hotels and get more stays or go for luxury and use them at the nicer hotels.

 

So what’s up with hotel status?  What will it get you with Hilton Hotels?

 

Silver Status:

  • 5th night free on award stays
  • 2 complimentary bottles of water

 

Gold status:

  • 5th night free on award stays
  • 80% point bonus on paid stays
  • 2 complimentary bottles of water
  • Room upgrades when available
  • Free breakfast for you and one other guest if the hotel doesn’t offer complimentary breakfast to all guests
  • Welcome amenity or bonus points at check-in

 

Diamond status:

  • 5th night free on award stays
  • 100 % point bonus on paid stays
  • 2 complimentary bottles of water
  • Complimentary free premium internet
  • Room upgrades, including suites
  • Complimentary breakfast for you and a guest
  • Executive lounge access (free breakfasts there and also often  hor’s d’ oeuvres in the evening and drinks)
  • Welcome amenity or bonus points at check-in

 

One thing to remember is that you can only get American Express bonuses once per lifetime for each card.  Remember that you can refer your spouse to those same cards and really have a ton of Hilton points!!

 

Not everyone is willing to pay a high annual fee but I have found that the perks often outweigh the fee.  In the case of the Aspire card, the annual fee is $450 but when you use the $250 Hilton resort credit and the $250 airline credit, you basically have paid for the card.  You still have the free weekend night and with the free breakfasts and upgrades you will get, I think it is well worth the fee.  You can always downgrade to the no-fee card after a year if you don’t think it is worth it.

 

Bottom Line

Hilton has some great offers and is another good program to use for hotel rooms. They have hotels available all over the world and may be a great option for you.

 

 

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