Yesterday, I wrote about increased sign-up bonuses on several credit cards, including a Marriott Rewards Credit card that is now offering 80,000 points. Today, we’ve got Hilton cards offering up to 100,000 points.* I’m not sure we’re quite ready yet for your first million point card, but who am I to rule it out? Just imagine the annual fee on that one, though.
Two Hilton Cards, up to 100,000 Points
Another day, another bonus. Hilton is now offering two cards, the standard American Express card and the Surpass American Express, which are giving sign-up bonuses of 80,000 and 100,000 points, respectively. You’ve got plenty of time on these, with the rates good for more than two months, until May 31.
Hilton Honors Card from American Express
The card has raised its bonus to 80,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months as a cardholder. Sadly, Hilton has eliminated its award chart, but it’s safe to view the points as worth 0.4 – 0.5 cents apiece. The card offers decent spending rewards, including 7X points at Hilton properties; 5X at restaurants, gas stations and supermarkets; and 3X on all other purchases.
Elite Status: You’ll get Silver status automatically and Gold status if you spend $20,000 in the card in a calendar year. For most people, I think that, like love, Gold is all you need (although Diamond is always nice).
Bonus: There is no annual fee on this card.
Hilton Honors Surpass Card
This is the higher octane of the two cards. It comes with a $75 annual fee, but also has a host of other benefits:
- You’ll get a free weekend night on your card anniversary. Best as I can tell, it’s a one-time benefit.
- Your earnings rate goes up. It’s now 12X at Hilton properties; 6X at restaurants, gas stations and supermarkets; and 3X points for all other purchases.
Elite Status: You’ll automatically get Gold status, but they’ll bump you up to Diamond if you spend $40,000 on the card in a year.
The Bottom Line: There are a couple of good offers out there. You can get any cards through the Credit Cards for Charity page.
*Beginner’s Hint: Travel providers like to throw large numbers out there, but the absolute number means nothing. you have to look at the per point value. For instance, what’s worth more, 100,000 Marriott points or 50,000 Starwood points? The former may be a larger number but, the Starwood points are worth more, since their rewards levels are also much lower. In fact, Marriott would be the first to admit that fact. They now own both brands and will give you Marriott Rewards points at a 3 to 1 for SPG points. 50,000 Starwood points are actually worth 150,000 Marriott points!
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