Posted by William Charles on May 18, 2018
Credit Cards

Published on May 18th, 2018 | by William Charles


[Expired] Hilton Honors American Express Business Card 125,000 Point Offer + $50 Statement Credit

This deal has now expired, click here for current American Express deals or here for current Hilton deals.

Update: By doing a dummy booking you can also get a $50 statement credit to show. Updated post to reflect this. If you applied for the offer without the $50 statement credit, it’s unlikely American Express will match you unfortunately. Hat tip to iStroking

The Offer

Do a dummy booking to get the offer to show up. Will show up in the payment details section, you don’t need to complete the booking to get this bonus.

  • American Express has increased the sign up bonus on the Hilton Honors American Express business card to 125,000 Hilton Honors points after $5,000 in spend within the first three months of card membership + $50 statement credit after first purchase within three months


Card Details

  • Offer valid until 06/27/2018
  • Read our full review here
  • 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 on U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service producers and U.S. purchases for shipping
    • 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on U.S. restaurants, flights booked directly with airlines or, and car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies
    • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on all other eligible purchases
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status; Earn Diamond status after spending $40,000 in purchases on the Card in 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
  • A second Weekend Night Reward at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio after spending $60,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year
  • 10 free Priority PassLounge passes to ease the airport experience and get work done more easily and comfortably while waiting for a flight
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product.

Our Verdict

Previously the sign up bonus on this card was 100,000 points, broken down as follows:

  • 75,000 points after $3,000 in spend within the first three months
  • An additional 25,000 points after you spend an additional $1,000 within the first six months

This is an extra 25,000 points for an extra $1,000 in spend. I think this bonus is significantly better, when the card was first launched I recommended waiting for a better bonus to come along precisely because I thought we’d see an offer such as this. In the short to medium term I don’t see this bonus going any higher than this, but it almost certainly will in the longer term (although Hilton points will almost certainly become less valuable). Some things to note:

For more information and tips about American Express cards, please read this post. It looks like the sign up bonus on the no annual fee card has also been increased to 75,000 points and 100,000 points + free night certificate on anniversary on the Ascend card. I’ve added this to the best credit card sign up bonuses post.

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Hi Will,

The Ascend card is offering a free weekend night after first anniversary on top of the 100,000 point bonus. We saw this on the Surpass previously. Looks like increases bonuses on three Hilton cards this morning.

Literally applied last night for the 100k offer. My bad

Same here but I’m not mad because this requires 5K in spend. Where as the one we got it requires 3k in 3monthe and 1 k in 6 months

Mmm.. So that was not very bad.
But still this card has to be applied only when you are trying to apply for another amex card (to merge inquiries). There isnt much value in this card. Last time I tried to book hilton via points, there isnt much value out of it. 100K points will only give you about 400 dollars worth hotel nights. And the fee 95 dollars need to be deducted.

The only reason I got it. It was only for the points for my honeymoon coming up next year. Later once it hit the year mark I’m going to cancel this card and apply for aspire.

Thanks, I have this on my list of cards I wish to apply for, but was waiting for a higher sign up bonus. Although the spend is hefty, this is a pretty good offer for a non 5/24 card.

Tempting, i am trying to stay off Chase’s radar and this would be no new account on credit report, and likely no HP either…

But other than the sign up bonus i have zero use for this card.

If it had 0% APR it would be much more enticing. I could use it for select categories and go for the $15k and extra free night.

Please be careful not to spread incorrect information. You really had me going there for a second. Business cards don’t report a new account to credit bureaus but still check your credit with a hard pull.

So you can avoid extra hard pulls by combining inquiries. You can possibly avoid any hard pull whatsoever if you already have Amex cards by being denied for the card.

I’ve been approved for additional Amex cards with no hard pull. That’s probably what he was referring to.

I got 2 AmEx cards in March (and a charge card) all without a hard pull. If you’re an existing customer it’s kind of a toss up as to whether or not they pull your credit.

Krista how is truth misinformation? Just because it is not on the 15 things page does not mean i am lying.

My player 2 and i have not had HP’s on our last 7 Amex cards in the last year, all approved.

My unofficial analysis is that if you have a long history with Amex and good credit scores and no issues, there is a good chance they will approve with no HP.

Remember, this game is all about DPs…

Thanks for playing 🙂

What is a DP and player 2?

DP= Data Point
Player 2: Applying for spouse/partner

I’ve opened 5 Amex cards in the past year. No hard pulls.

Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere, but how picky is Amex with business cards on getting approved? A chase business card was painless and this would be a nice additional especially since I am a Hilton traveler. Thanks

I have legitimate side income, but no EIN or registered business. I’ve gotten several business cards from AmEx applying as a sole prop, and never been questioned.

Just to clarify, I wasn’t indicating that I didn’t have business income. It’s just typically not a a lot and under a sole proprietorship. I think the last couple years its consistently been around 10k in revenues. Thanks JF.

I’ve gotten three AmEx Biz cards (Plat, SPG and Gold) with a business income of $10k. Should be good. Also, Go Gata JF

For me Amex was a lot easier to get approved for business cards. I was instantly approved for three business CC every time I signed up online. Chase was a lot harder, had to send in all kinds of information and only approved my CBIP and denied my CBIC.

as long as they have good history with you it should be good. i just got approved for my first business card ever. if you have amex just login and it won’t ask you most of the questions

Do you have a pulse? Is your credit report not a complete dumpster fire? Congratulations, you’re approved for an Amex business card!

Easy peasy

Are referrals available for this offer? It didn’t show up under the Amex Offers page where I usually find it.

okay so being on the phone with amex this morning they told me that since it’s not an MR earning cards the only thing she could do is that file a complaint it would take 4-8 weeks and try to get it matched.

Do typical rules (2/90) apply to this card?

i believe that’s with any amex cards

I know the personal cards are limited to 5 but what about Amex business cards?
Do they have a limit on the number of business cards you can get from Amex?

I think the limit is 5 combined, no?

both per & biz cc are combined

Is there any way around 2/90 for this? I want to apply but I think i’ll get rejected.

Amex SPG: 04/17
Delta Platinum: 05/08

Apply on or near the last day of the offer (June 27), recon in July when your SPG is past 90 days.

Becareful cuz I think sometimes if it goes pending, and you get approved past that date, you wont get the bonus. I recall some DP where that happened to someone. Anyone else seen something like that?


You don’t think with this that the card should be on the best signup bonus page?

Can you have both the Aspire and Ascend card?

Yes, they are two different products

Great timing. I just canceled my fifth Amex card last week to free up a slot.

I just applied for this card on 4/15 and met the $4000 min spend requirement. Called today to see if they would match the offer, they said no. I asked if I could cancel the card and receive a refund of the annual fee. The rep said yes and asked if I really wanted to do that. I said if you really want to lose a customer and refund a $95 annual fee over 25000 Hilton points – that aren’t worth $95 – then yes, I wanted to cancel the card. Rep said she couldn’t match the offer so I cancelled the card and got a refund of the $95 annual fee.

Normally I would never cancel a card this soon after signing up, but not matching the offer is just stupid.

So, I got 100,000 Hilton points for free, rather than 125,000 points for $95. Thanks Amex for being stupid!

Makes sense to me but aren’t you worried of amex concluding that you “gamed the system”. Personally I would try to get them another way. Not risk to get in some list of theirs.

Looks like a good job of all posts containing links in the referral thread, so I don’t want to disrupt that page with Q&A. Unless I am not looking hard enough, I only see referral inks for the personal cards. So, Amex is not giving referral links for the business version currently?

no referral offers for the business version atm

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