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The offer on the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express has expired and the card is no longer open to applications. You can find all the details for the new Hilton co-brand cards in our dedicated post.
The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express is the premium version of Hilton's co-brand Amex cards, offering a higher welcome bonus, better perks, and higher on-going earning ability than the free version of the card.
The Hilton Surpass earns a stellar 12x points per dollar at Hilton properties, 6x points on bonus categories, and card members receive complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as you keep the card.
We think Hilton Gold is the strongest mid-tier elite status available right now with benefits including free breakfast, 5th night free, flexible check-out times, and a 25% boost on base points adding tangible value.
There is also a fast-track to Hilton Honors Diamond if you put $40K spending on the Hilton Surpass in a calendar year, one of the best elite status shortcuts of any rewards card on the market.
Earn More Hilton Honors Points
The Hilton Surpass boasts some of the highest points earning rates available for any card, and while Hilton Honors points aren’t worth the same as competitors like SPG or Hyatt, we recently featured a post showing how members could stack promos and status to earn a massive 52 Hilton points per dollar with the Hilton Surpass. That is serious points by anyone's standards.
Throw into the mix that you can now pool Hilton points with up to 10 other members and you could be flying out for your next award stay sooner than you think.
The offer on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is no longer available through this site. You can see a full list of available cards in our marketplace.
The Hilton Surpass earns:
- 12x points per dollar at participating Hilton properties
- 6x points at restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations within the US
- 3x points per dollar on everyday spend,
While the SPG Amex only earns 1 point per dollar on everyday spend, Starpoints are worth a touch over 2¢ per point when redeemed with the right partner as opposed to roughly 0.5¢ per point for Hilton points.
Hilton Surpass Extra Benefits and Features
Hilton Honors Gold
In addition to the welcome bonus and top-earning rates for the Hilton Surpass, cardholders will receive Hilton Honors Gold status. This offers a bunch of top quality perks for mid-tier status:
- 25% bonus earning on base points
- Complimentary breakfast
- 5th night free on stays of 5+ nights
- Room upgrades when available
- Late and express checkout
In all honesty, this is reason enough to hold the card (if you don’t already have a card that earns you Hilton Gold) and more than makes up for $75 annual fee. It’s possible to earn Hilton Diamond after spending $40K on the Hilton Surpass is more likely to get you upgrades into executive suites and villas, and a few extra perks.
Complimentary Priority Pass
While not as generous as the access offered on ultra-premium travel cards, the Priority Pass offered with the Hilton Surpass will gain you entry to 1,000+ lounges all over the world for $27 per person. Priority Pass registration typically costs $99 per year which will be waived as long as you remain a cardholder.
There are a few things to be aware of before you pull the trigger on an application for the Hilton Surpass.
- The card charges foreign transaction fees. Not the best for overseas travel when compared to other hotel cards like the SPG Amex.
- Poor transfer options. Hilton needs to be your brand of choice for this card to qualify as a worthwhile investment, as Hilton offers poor transfer rates across the board.
If your rewards earning attention is focused primarily on Hilton, the Hilton Surpass offers top value with a relatively small out-of-pocket expense. We think the card is worth holding as a cheap way to maintain Hilton Gold status, and the ability to earn a substantial number of Honors points in a short space of time means you get a decent return on spend.
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