Posted by William Charles on January 31, 2019
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Published on January 31st, 2019 | by William Charles

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New American Express Authorized User Bonuses (Hilton) & Everything You Need To Know

Update 1/31/19: Another round of e-mails, this time on Hilton cards. Subject line is “<name>, here’s an easy way to earn 5K Bonus Points”. Hat tip to reader Faron

Update 1/8/19: Another round of e-mails has gone out. This time other cardholders (blue cash everyday) also targeted. Hat tip to reader @MordyNY

The Offers

  • American Express has just sent out some offers giving bonus points for adding authorized users. All of the offers are valid until February 28th, 2019

Blue Cash Everyday

  • Add new additional card members to your account through this e-mail and earn $25 after they spend $250 in eligible purchases on their card in the first 3 months of card membership (limit of 20,000 points). Offer ends February 28th, 2019.

Hilton

  • Add new additional card members to your account through this e-mail and earn 5,000 Hilton points after they spend $250 in eligible purchases on their card in the first 3 months of card membership (limit of 20,000 points). Offer ends February 28th, 2019.

Platinum

Direct link to offer (should tell you if you’re not eligible, but doesn’t always work properly)

  • Add new additional card members to your account through this e-mail and earn 5,000 Membership Rewards points after they spend $500 in eligible purchases on their card in the first 3 months of card membership (limit of 20,000 points). Offer ends February 28th, 2019. Keep in mind you can add gold authorized users for free, Platinum authorized users costs $175 but they get some of the benefits.

What You Should Know

  • If you aren’t targeted, call American Express to see if they can add the offer to your account. This is usually possible. At the moment the direct links don’t seem to be working either, so calling in regardless of whether you received an e-mail or not seems like it’s required.
  • SSN is not required when you add an authorized user, but you need to provide one within 60 days of account opening (people have been denied the bonus in the past for not providing this in time)
  • American Express authorized user accounts do count towards your Chase 5/24 status/total.

F.A.Q

Does being added as an authorized user prevent you from getting the sign up bonus?

No, you can be added as an authorized and then sign up for the card as the primary cardholder and still receive the sign up bonus.

Who needs to spend the money to trigger the bonus?

Authorized user needs to complete the spend requirement. Keep in mind authorized users have their own unique card number so this is easy to track. It’s highly unlikely that spend completed by the primary cardholder will trigger the bonus.

Our Verdict

Please share any other offers you received in the comments, along with any direct login links if you have them available.

Hat tip to reader Janzen



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William F
William F

Likelyhood that this results in a hard pull or count towards 5/24?

Frogger
Frogger

As plenty of cards will give you $200 for $500 spend I am not sure why an authorized user would want to get a new account for 5k MR points.

Vic
Vic

AU doesn’t increase burden on the credit report of the primary accoun t holder, and incur no HP either.

Also applying for new cards requires approval. Adding 4 AU takes less than 1 minute and is guaranteed. I’ll take 4-AU MR offer over $200/$500 any day.

On top of this, for MSer the spending requirement is usually simply ignored. It’s not really part of the equation for many.

LeoM
LeoM

Added my wife to the account a couple of weeks ago on this promo, got her a Gold Card. No hard pull.

bluecat
bluecat

I thought adding an authorized user to the AMEX Plat costs money. Am I mistaken?

qmc
qmc

plat yes ($175), gold no.

Matt Katakis
Matt Katakis

Yeah this should be added to the post I think William Charles as it’s a large enough fee to be a deterrent for me.

Eyesonthepoints

Im almost 99% positive you can get a free gold user card at no cost to you and still get the 5K MR per authorizrd user card. Call and find out. The gold authorized user card for the primary cardholder platinum card, is basically a FULLY STRIPPED Platinum card that only earns you 1 point per dollar and NO additional benefits. Correct me if i am wrong anyone😎.

Sam
Sam

you get a fresh $100 TSA credit!!

Vic
Vic

Direct link here:
https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card-application/apply/supplementary/platinum-charge-card/15841-10-0?extlink=em-us-CPS-q4-sas-platinum-A0000F0M4R#/

Also, my account was actually targeted once in September. I added 4 AU and received 5k x 4 already, and today I got this e-mail again. Does anyone know, from DP, whether I will get 2nd set of bonus if I add 4 more?

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

If you’re targeted is there a banner or something that pops up? Clicking your link just takes me to an add user page that doesn’t mention any spend bonus, even in the T&C

Jacob
Jacob

Same here. Just takes me to the page to enter their info.

FindingMyPossible
FindingMyPossible

Same here. Wondering if that means I am targeted or not. Did you ever find out?

NBG
NBG

Did u find out if it worked?.

Gibunono
Gibunono

Hi Vic, I think you can easily check by compare the link addresses? Is that one same as or similar to this one? (especially the 5-digit code 15841)

BeanThinker
BeanThinker

I have never heard of an AU NOT counting towards 5/24– can anyone confirm this before I add P2?

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

An AU card shows on the CR & so will count towards 5/24 for the machine overlord that runs the app. If you’re at 3/24, 4/24, whatev, not counting AU cards then you should call recon after you apply and get denied. HUCA until you get a friendly rep who will remove the AU card from consideration, the phrase ‘Not financially responsible for that card/acct’ is the magic phrase. Rep should rerun the app through the algorithm that decides your fate, and if you would’ve qualified anyway but 5/24 was the only thing blocking you, you should be approved. We did this with P2 back in June with a PRG AU card on her report that put her over 5/24, rules might’ve tightened up since then and the reps might not be as friendly because Chase hates having customers, so YMMV.

Nick
Nick

This 100% – wife applied for CSR last summer when I thought she was 4/24 (which she was for new accounts) but two Amex AUs opened in the last 2 years her at 6/24 in Chase’s eyes. Took a couple of recon calls but she got approved eventually

Jiasus
Jiasus

Safe to MS the 4X$250?

bob einstein
bob einstein

Wut

Roger
Roger

Just called Amex. The agent put me on a long hold trying to see if she could add the offer to my account. She couldn’t, but offered me either $50 or 4K points (one-time only) to add additional holders.

Dave
Dave

Has anyone tried to sign themselves up as an AU?

Sam
Sam

yes – this works!!!!! $100 TSA benefit again also!

_here_
_here_

How do I tell if I’m targeted? When I click the link it shows the Add User page but no mention of the offer – no banner, etc.

Peter
Peter

Same here. Maybe not targeted?

Zalmy

Same here. Through the link on other accounts, it says “sorry you’re not eligible” but on my Vanilla Platinum account it just goes straight to AU adding with no mention of the offer. How do I see the offer?

Anthony
Anthony

So if I’m currently working on min spend for my sign up bonus, would any purchases made on my AU’s cards count toward my $5,000 spend? Or is it just the primary card’s purchases that would count? And I’m seeing the same as some others are. I log in and can add AU’s but no mention of MR points. I’ll hold off until the morning to call and see if they can add it.

shulem92
shulem92

au spend counts towards minimum spend

Dennis
Dennis

Got the offer on Hilton Ascend card.

Add new Additional Card Members to your account through this email and earn 5,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after they spend $250 in purchases on their Card in their first 3 months of Card Membership (limit 20,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points). Offer ends February 28th, 2019.

Gibunono
Gibunono

Could you share the link in the email?

George
George

Can you add yourself as an authorized user and get the points?

Sam
Sam

Yep!

Reed
Reed

For previous iterations of this offer, it worked with the free Gold AU cards that you can get from a Platinum. Is that still the case, or do you have to get the paid Platinum AU cards?

Sam
Sam

here’s the best part. i called in the other day regarding this and the girl told me with my platinum card, i could add myself a GOLD CARD authorized user (which would be my name, same name of account holder) for $0, get 5,000 bonus points with $500 spend in 3 months, AND get $100 TSA/global entry fee. win!!!

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