Posted by sirtheta on May 29, 2017
Credit Card Offers Hilton Honors Surpass 100k and Free Weekend Night

Published on May 29th, 2017 | by sirtheta

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Last Chance To Apply: American Express Hilton Cards – 80k / 100k + Free Night (Expires May 31)

American Express has finally caught up with the Hilton re-brand: they’ve changed the name of their Hilton cards and upped the standard offers.

The Offer

Head to the American Express website, or use these direct links: Hilton Honors, Hilton Honors Surpass. (thanks to reader DDG for reminding me about these links!). Help a reader out by using a referral link instead.

  • Hilton Honors card: Earn 80,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $2,000 within 3 months of account opening.
  • Hilton Honors Surpass card: Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 within 3 months of account opening, PLUS earn a free weekend night award after your first anniversary of card membership.
  • Both of these offers can be generated by referral as well. The Hilton Honors card gives 20,000 points per referral, up to 80,000 per year. The Hilton Honors Surpass card gives 25,000 points per referral, up to 80,000 per year.

Hilton Honors Surpass 100k and Free Weekend Night

Upgrade Offers

A lot of people have been able to upgrade to the Surpass card and get a 100,000 point bonus as well. We discuss this in more depth here.

 

Generating Referrals

As a reminder, please do not share referrals in the comments. You can share and use each other’s links here.

 

Matching

As a general rule (with very limited exceptions mostly applying to the SPG cards), American Express does not match offers. However, reader T was able to get 3,000 courtesy points, having recently signed up for the 75,000 points offer. I doubt that American Express will match the weekend free night on the Surpass card, but it can’t hurt to try for some courtesy points on the Hilton Honors card if you recently signed up.

Our Verdict

These bonuses compete with the recent increased referral offers…but there’s a catch for each offer.

The catch for the Hilton Honors card is that the 80,000 bonus points requires $2,000 in spend instead of $1,000 in spend, and you only get an extra 5,000 points. That extra $1,000 in spend is $20 on a 2% card, which isn’t that much less than an extra 8,000 Hilton points (including 3,000 from unbonused spend), even before the recent program changes. And if you really wanted 5,000 more points, $1,000 in spend at a grocery store on this card gives you exactly 5,000 points. Let’s just say I’m not impressed, even if it is technically the highest public offer ever. (Basically, I would stick with the 75,000 bonus points for $1,000 spend offer unless you would put $2,000 on this card anyway. You can use that extra $1,000 in spend for more lucrative signup offers.)

The catch for the Hilton Honors Surpass card is that the free weekend night requires you to keep the card for year 2 and pay the $75 annual fee again. In my opinion, you should easily be able to redeem a free weekend night certificate for much more than $75. This offer is awesome and I’d go for it in a heart beat if I didn’t already have a Surpass.

If you have any questions or comments, please drop them below! If you’re interested in other recent offers on these cards, you can head over to our post “A Spreadsheet of Current & Recent Credit Card Signup Bonuses for Major Issuers”.

As always, we recommend reading through these things everybody should know about American Express credit cards before applying for this card or asking basic questions.

h/t u/ha_ka on r/churning



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Jay
Jay

The extra $1000 spend on the Hilton card will get you 8000 points, not 5000.

DDG
TomTX
TomTX

Also of note is the increased referral bonus. So if you are doing 2 player mode, the new offer is 10k better.

Danielle
Danielle

If we already have the Surpass, will we be eligible for the free night after our card anniversary?

These would be killer offers if it wasn’t for the massive Hilton devaluation. There isn’t a single 5-night stay at my intended hotel that falls within the minimum/maximum stated on their website. It’s at least double the minimum a few weeks, often triple, no matter when you look over the course of the next calendar year.

Saurabh
Saurabh

I have Hilton hhonors card, I am seeing 100,000 Points offer to upgrade to surpass. Upgrade offer doesn’t offer weekend night certificate. So basically it’s buying of one night certificate in $75 if I decide to not to upgrade & open a new card for surpass.

James
James

Apply for the new Surpass card first to get the free anniversary night with 100k bonus. Then afterwards you can upgrade still your existing regular Honors card to another Surpass to get another 100k bonus. This circumvents the once per lifetime rule. I did it for my Amex Business Platinum by applying and getting the 100k bonus and then upgrading my existing BRG afterwards and getting the 50k upgrade bonus 😉

iahphx
iahphx

Thanks. I successfully referred my daughter for the Surpass. It’s a good card if you travel. The “devaluation” at Honors is “complicated.” There are definitely fewer fantastic deals, but there are now more opportunities to use your points at a fair price In the past, most properties were overpriced and points were hard to use.

tassojunior
tassojunior

Doesn’t AmEx have a certain maximum number of cards? I’m holding 4 now.

JamesIV
JamesIV

I have the regular Hilton Honors card with the 100k upgrade offer. However I have had the Hilton Surpass card before ( I think 2 years ago).
Am I still eligible to get the upgrade bonus showing in my account?

mike
mike

Does anyone know if the Surpass free weekend night certificate only available after the first year? Or is it EVERY card-member anniversary (like the Citi Reserve after $10k spend)?

Dave C
Dave C

Just FYI, I went to book a room 2 nights ago, it was $209 or 42,000 points. Waited until last night to book, same cash price $209, but points was 51,000. Points are NOT directly linked to cash price.

Posted in Frustration Friday

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

IIUC all this for just 2 nights?
Am I missing something here?
I had Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card and received 50,000 points but they were only good for one night (40,000 points) and the remaining 15,000 points are just being wasted as I can;t book anything with them now and they will soon expire.

Jerry U
Jerry U

Question about the free weekend night offer with the Surpass card. I just received a free anniversary night with my Chase Marriott card even though my annual fee isn’t due for a few weeks. I am assuming (hopefully correctly) that my free night won’t be taken away when I cancel my card to avoid paying the annual fee. Is there any possibility this would work with the Surpass?

Nate
Nate

No idea what Hilton was thinking by calling it Hilton HHonors. That extra H looked out of place.

I wonder how long it’ll be before Amex changes their card designs for the re-brand. Their links and stock images still have HHonors.

Corridor
Corridor

I have never applied for the surpass card. I have upgraded the same Hilton card on 2 different occasions and received the upgrade bonus both times. This same card is now back to being a regular Hilton card. Do I have a shot at upgrading or applying for the surpass card?

TIA

dan
dan

about the free night, can one gift it or book stay for family or friend w/o the acct holder checking in?

William Charles

You can usually at least book under your name and then add them to the reservation.

dizzy
dizzy

Oh man, this is sweet. I got the upgrade offer too…since I redeem at lowest level hotels, that means between 2 cards you would get 52 nights (assuming you are booking 5th night free pkgs). Um, win? Heck, I might even go crazy and stay in the odd “category 2” hotel. Guess I’m’a spend some time in Romania and Egypt…

Tyler
Tyler

Any one know if this free night will be applied to current Surpass holders? This would be awesome and worth $75

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