Posted by William Charles on September 11, 2018
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Published on September 11th, 2018 | by William Charles

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American Express Hilton Ascend Bonus Increased To 150,000 Points (Best Ever)

The Offer

No direct link, offer available via incognito mode. More information on how to get these offers to show here

  • American Express is offering 150,000 Hilton points after $3,000 in spend within the first three months on the Hilton Ascend card

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

This bonus was just increased to 125,000 points. This new 150,000 offer is the highest we’ve ever seen on this card. American Express doesn’t match sign up bonuses if you’ve recently applied, but they sometimes offer courtesy points. This hasn’t been the case when other Hilton cards had increased bonuses, but it’s always worth a try. I don’t see this offer going any higher in the short term, so if you need/want Hilton points then this is a good opportunity to get some. Keep in mind the sign up bonuses on the other cards are also increased:

I’ll be adding this to the best credit card sign up bonuses. As always if you have any questions, read this post about American Express cards first.



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Chase is dead to me. Amex and citi are it.

Just kidding. Please chase talk to me…
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Dan
Dan

So, if you ever held the Surpass – you are not eligible, correct?
But, Aspire is a separate product… I wish they would name these a little differently.

Stephen
Stephen

I’m not familiar at all with the Hilton programs… In terms of redeeming are they on the high side of the scale like Marriott is (10’s of thousands per night, up to very high numbers 80k+) or the Hyatt side where 40k points can get a top tier property nearly anywhere?

Dan
Dan

30k for double tree / hampton inn. 50k for hilton.

JS
JS

Not really. Depending on where you are.

Brandon
Brandon

I think Hilton high end properties are 95k per night (like Conrad Maldives).

JS
JS

Hilton points are worth less, like 0.5C/pt. Marriott is like 0.9C/pt. You need more Hilton points.

Ken
Ken

Can one apply for this and the no-fee card and receive both bonuses? Or are they considered the same “product”?

sunny

they are different product.

JS
JS

Yes, two different products.

Ace
Ace

I was able to get the 150k to pull up by using that Chinese search engine. It did say that it was 150k points after $3000 spend, not $2000.

I ended up getting this message ‘based on your history with American Express welcome offers, introductory APR offers, or the number of cards you have opened and closed, you are not eligible to receive this welcome offer.’

Vic
Vic

Bummer…

Andrew
Andrew

Did you follow the instructions in the DoC post on how to access higher offers, or something else?

Ace
Ace

Yep, I followed his link. I could only get 125k to pull up using incognito. I was able to get 150k using Braidu.

I only have a couple of Amex cards so I am not sure why I was denied. The pop up said my credit report had not been pulled yet so my lol/24 shouldn’t come into play.

Ferris
Ferris

Are there DPs on how people are getting that message about being not eligible? What is your AMEX history?

Dorky Senior

2/90 :(. The reason for our decision is that you have reached the maximum number and type of Cards that we will approve within the period of a few months. Please know that your prior application(s) has been approved and your Card has been sent to you.

Andrew
Andrew

Anybody have any luck getting this offer to show up?

K-Man
K-Man

Yes. Try https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/category/travel-rewards/

Just shows on the main page for me. I see it both in incognito and normal. Does have the “Special Offer for You” tag, so it may be somehow targeted.

Justin

Copy/pasting that link into Chrome incognito mode worked for me (didn’t even clear cookies). 150k/$3k spend Ascend showed up, as did 100k regular fee free Hilton.

MK
MK

Hello DoC, its $3000 spend in the first 3 months not $2000 spend please correct. Great post !

Rich D
Rich D

Hilton Business version has 125K +$100 after 3K spend. using dummy booking

MK
MK

Hi DoC, any idea these hilton increased SUB are valid till what date (expires on) so that one can apply accordingly.

Charles J
Charles J

If I’m a authorized user on my wife’s AMEX Hilton would I be eligible for this deal?

JP
JP

Am I the only one not jumping on this bandwagon…

Eric
Eric

No.

Eric
Eric

But I think Amex/Hilton are moving to right direction.

John
John

Anyone thinks the Aspire would go higher beyond the 150k since others increased? Thinking about getting the Aspire soon

Hodor
Hodor

I thinks it won’t.

David
David

“Due to bla bla bla you are not eligible for the sign-up bonus.”
I got this pop up on both the Aspire & Biz card today. LOL/24 and have been churning Amex for 7 years… so brutal. How do we get around this thing?

Michelle
Michelle

So I signed up last night for the HH Ascend cc after reading this post. I have also been waiting to pull the trigger. The 150,000 points after the spend was what made me do it. It showed that when I signed up. Today I only see the 125,000 points after 2,000 spend. What the heck? Did I get I? Where do I find the 150,000 on my agreement?

Chris
Chris

You should have, assuming you didn’t get the “not qualified” screen and clicked through it thinking it didn’t apply to you. Although, it’s always a good idea to take screenshots just in case. You could contact AmEx after you get the card to double-check. (Again, use the chat or direct message feature on their site, so you get it in writing.)

You don’t see the offer when you go back to the application page because AmEx only gives out the increased offers when their systems identify you as someone they want to get as a customer. If you’re using the same browser and aren’t in incognito mode, AmEx knows who you are from your cookies, and its systems know you were given that offer. They aren’t going to present it to you again (you wouldn’t get it anyway if you applied). This is why the whole incognito mode thing exists. If you use a clean browser profile with no AmEx cookies, they can’t identify you. They still make some guesses based on your geographic location, etc., and there’s probably a random element as well, which is why you still don’t always get the offers.

John
John

William Charles

Any chance I could get this approved for my spouse. She got her SSN last year and has been auth user on my discover and barclays AP for 18 months. She is stay at home but I got decent income so I can put that under her application.

Applied for Citi AA platinum (60k offer) last month on her name and they declined it. Got letter that its due to insufficient history.

Should we stay away from amex for first card? Try discover or chase freedom type cards?

Thoughts?

Zalmy

If she can become an authorized user on an Amex Card for a few months she’s virtually guaranteed to get approved for Amexes. Assuming everything (credit score, income) is proper and sufficient.

Federico
Federico

Did you try with Barclays Aviator? my sister in law (born in US) was an AU on my Amex since she was 16 and when she turn 19 she tried to apply with Citi AA Plat (got a personal offer on the mail), she was denied for the same reason (insufficient history) and a couple of months later we tried with Barclays, they asked a copy of the DL and SS Card, after providing that she was approved.

In my case, Amex was my first (or second) CC that I got when my credit history was new, I’m still have the old Amex Blue CC and before that I was an Amex AU before that.

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