Hilton Honors Cards from American Express

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Announced at the start of November 2017, Amex has rebranded and overhauled both current Hilton cards and launched brand new business and premium cards, increasing the lineup to four products. It kicked off a busy year for Hilton, with a multitude of changes to Hilton's loyalty program that went into effect mid-year.

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The refreshed roster of Hilton Honors cards:

  • The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card – Earn Earn 125,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases in the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply
  • Hilton Honors American Express Card – Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Card after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply
  • Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card – Earn 125,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply
  • Hilton Honors American Express Aspire CardEarn 100,000 bonus points

For those holding the previously issued Hilton cards from Amex and Citi, the cards have been converted as follows:

Hilton Honors American Express Card

The replacement for the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and Citi® Hilton Honors™ Visa Signature® Card, the No-Fee Hilton Amex has a current welcome offer of Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points bonus points. Outside of dropping foreign transaction fees, the No-Fee Hilton Amex hasn’t undergone any significant changes. It retains the same category bonuses and benefits as its predecessor Amex card, still a reliable option for a no annual fee hotel rewards card.

  • Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Card after you use your new Card to make $1,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Honors portfolio of brands.
  • Earn 5X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees. Enjoy international travel without additional fees on purchases made abroad.
  • Enjoy complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status with your Card. Plus, spend $20,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn an upgrade to Hilton Honors Gold status through the end of the next calendar year.
  • No Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • Rates & Fees

Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card

The Hilton Ascend is a replacement for the Hilton Surpass. While there are some differences in the new product, if you have or have had the previous card, you won't be eligible for the bonus on the replacement.

Amex is offering a Earn 125,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points welcome bonus points for new Hilton Ascend cardmembers after you meet the minimum spend on the card. Benefits include:

  • Earn 125,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend $15,000 on purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • Spend $40,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
  • $95 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • Rates & Fees

Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

By far the most anticipated card in Hilton’s new collection, the Hilton Aspire is a premium hotel rewards card commanding a $450 annual fee. The card is a brand new product, earns 100,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months, and offers a full-suite of perks including top-tier elite status, up to $500 in travel credits, lounge access, and free nights, alongside the highest earning rates Hilton has ever offered. Benefits include:

  • Complimentary top-tier Hilton Diamond status
  • 14X points at Hilton properties, 7X points on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, car rentals booked directly through select rental companies, and at U.S. restaurants, and 3X points on all other purchases
  • A free weekend night certificate when approved for the card and each year after account anniversary, you'll also receive a second free weekend night certificate after spending $60,000 in a calendar year
  • Complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership (unlimited visits for cardmember + 2 guests)
  • $250 airline incidentals credit, $250 Hilton resort credit, and $100 credit at Waldorf Astoria and Conrad properties when booking an Aspire Card package

We’re expecting a flood of new Diamond Elite members in Hilton’s loyalty program with the release of the Hilton Aspire. It’s unprecedented for a hotel rewards program to offer top-tier elite status (with this much value) simply for holding a credit card and combined with the other perks the card offers, the value far outweighs the annual fee.

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

The second of Hilton’s new rewards cards and the first ever aimed squarely at business owners, new applicants for the Hilton Business Card can earn Earn 125,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points Hilton Honors Bonus Points after meeting the minimum spend requirements. The card features different category bonuses than the Hilton Business Card, and cardholders also get the chance to earn a second free weekend night certificate if they can put enough spend on the card. Benefits include:

  • Welcome Offer: Earn 125,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases in the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card: 12X at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio, 6X on Select Business & Travel Purchases, 3X Everywhere Else. Terms & Limitations Apply.
  • Enjoy complimentary Gold status with your Hilton Honors Business Card.
  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend $15,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn another Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend an additional $45,000 in purchases on your Card in the same calendar year.
  • Relax with 10 free airport lounge visits each year once enrolled in complimentary Priority Pass™ Select membership, which offers access to over 1,000 lounges in over 120 countries.
  • Terms apply.
  • Rates & Fees

The Hilton Business Card carries a $95 annual fee and is a brand new product, so provided you qualify for a business credit card; you’ll be eligible to receive the welcome bonus offer on this card.

Are the Hilton Amex Cards Considered ‘New’ Products?

American Express restricts the welcome bonuses on all rewards cards to once per lifetime, per product. While the Hilton Honors American Express Card and the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card are new card names, they're effectively replacements for the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express, and the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express. That said, if you have or have had the previous card, you won't be eligible for the bonus on the replacement.

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card and the The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card are, however, brand new card products and you don't have to worry about previously received bonuses.

If you previously held either of the Citi Hilton cards and canceled before the cards were converted to Amex, you should still qualify to receive the new cardmember welcome bonus on all four Hilton Amex cards.

Final Thoughts

The refreshed Hilton lineup offers some massive value, rewarding cardholders with free nights, elite status, travel credits, and more. Amex has done a stellar job putting together the Hilton Aspire card, adding well thought out benefits and the ability to earn an unprecedented number of points on Hilton spend. It’s also great to see a dedicated business card added to the mix, and the ability to obtain an additional free night on the Hilton Business Card will incentivize cardholders to keep spending on the card.

We’ll update this post as more data points come to light on the welcome bonus offer eligibility for the two refreshed cards, so if you have any experiences to share, please add it to the comments below.

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Hilton Honors American Express Card (Rates & Fees), Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card (Rates & Fees), and The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card (Rates & Fees)

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