Posted by William Charles on March 27, 2019
Credit Card Offers

Published on March 27th, 2019 | by William Charles


American Express Hilton Ascend 125,000 Points + $100 Available Via Dummy Booking

The Offer

Offer is showing up when on the payment page when doing a dummy booking on, you don’t actually need to complete the reservation. You should see an offer for the no annual fee card, keep scrolling and then this offer shows

  • American Express is offering 125,000 Hilton points after $2,000 in spend within the first three months on the Hilton Ascend card. You also get a $100 statement credit after your first purchase

Card Details

  • Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product or the Hilton Honors Surpass Card
  • Not a new card vs the Surpass
  • Annual fee of $95
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
    • 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. restaurants, and U.S. gas stations
    • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on all other eligible purchases
  • 10 free priority pass lounge passes
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors gold status. Earn Diamond status after spending $40,000 in purchases within a calendar year
  • One Weekend Night Reward at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio after spending $15,000 in purchases on the card in a calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees

Our Verdict

Best offer has been 150,000 points via incognito mode. What offer you prefer will really depend on how you value Hilton points. Personally I would prefer $100 cash than 25,000 Hilton points, but I know others will strongly disagree and prefer the points. As always if you have any questions, read this post about American Express cards first. I’ll likely add this to our list of the best credit card bonuses as I think it’s a strong offer.

Hat tip to reader Michael

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Self referral is 150k+ atleast 10,000 MR depending on the AMEX card you are referring from.


If I refer myself or others, I still get 10,000 MR (or 20,000 Hilton points depending on which card I use to refer worth at least $100) and the person I refer get 150,000 Hilton points. I think this is better than 125,000 plus $100. The spend is lower on this one at $2k.


Making a booking this way almost screwed me last year after they approved my for the Hilton personal no AF version instead of the HH Biz which I applied for. I would rather self refer like others mentioned


what’s the best offer on the business version currently? either through self referral or dummy booking, whichever is the better deal


I keep getting 75,000 and $100. What am I doing wrong?
Checked it in three browsers.


Yeah, i’m getting the same as you. I guess its YMMV. (If you click on the business card tab, i saw 125K + $100 credit for 3K spend. Not sure if this is a good deal)

Gary Steiger

Hilton is offering $100 credits for some of its credit cards from links seen when making a dummy reservation. The links appear as banners on the payment page. You do not have to pay for (and therefore do not have to reserve) a stay. I saw different offers using private and non-private windows and from and, one for the free standard offer, one for the $95 Ascend offer, and one for the $95 business card. For the latter, click on the tab on the offer page for the personal card you get. All offer mega points bonuses. I had to first log in to see the offers.


I got a call today from amex offering to help me grow my business. I have no business (anymore.) But I have their business credit cards. I told them i was busy and they will call me tomorrow. Should I take the call?

They may get nosy in order to help me grow my business. Anyone else have experience?


Few questions . I upgraded my no fee Hilton card to the Aspire card 2 days ago and have yet to get the new card but I see that online is showing my hilton card as Aspire with Diamond status.
Can I now buy the SW GC to get the credit? The rep told me my card is already aspire card even though I don’t have yet the new Aspire card. When will I be charged the $450 AF? Where do you spend the $4K now? I hope I can meet this req within 90 days. I know it is PIA these days .

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