100k offer on New Amex Hilton Honors Business Card
Back in 2017, American Express and Hilton announced that they would be entering into an exclusive credit card agreement. This meant that the co-branded Hilton Honors card with Citi went away, Amex introduced two new credit cards and rebranded two others. On Thursday of last week, the cards went live and as a part of that, we saw the introduction of the new Hilton Honors American Express Business Card. Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
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Benefits of the Hilton Honors Business Card
Welcome Offer – The card is offering 75,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $3,000 within the first three months, and another 25,000 points after spending an additional $1,000 within the first six months (100,000 points total). This is a solid offer.
Hilton Honors Gold Status – For as long as you have the card.
Weekend night certificate – Valid at almost any Hilton property after you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year. You can earn a second weekend night certificate when you spend an additional $45,000 on the card in the same calendar year.
Priority Pass Select Membership – The membership that comes with this card will give you 10 free airport lounge visits each year.
Hilton Diamond Status – If you spend $60,000 or more in a calendar year, you will earn Hilton’s top tier Diamond status.
12X Hilton Honors Points – At all hotels in Hilton hotels.
6X Hilton Honors Points – At U.S. restaurants, flights booked directly with airlines or at amextravel.com and car rentals booked directly from certain car rental companies.
3X Hilton Honors Points – On all other purchases.
$95 Annual Fee – Not waived for the first year, however the card does not have foreign transaction fees.
Current State of the Hilton Honors Program
Historically, the Hilton Honors program has been viewed as subpar to many of the other hotel loyalty programs in the marketplace. However, Hilton has made several positive changes in the last year which are a step in the right direction. The most noteworthy changes are as follows:
- Pooling Points (since April 2017): You now have the option of pooling your points with friends and family members (up to 10 people total). This is a great option if you frequently travel with a spouse or significant other. You are allowed to share up to 500,000 points a year, which is a very generous cap.
- Points & Money: Hilton Honors members can now choose nearly any combination of Points and money using a new payment slider that starts at 5,000 Points. With this new perk, Points pricing will be more flexible, giving members the option to use their choice of Points on hotel stays, any time, with no blackout dates.
- Amazon Shop with Points: You have the ability to use Hilton Honors Points to shop at Amazon.com. The ratio on this is 0.2 cents per Hilton Honors point, which is not favorable and I generally wouldn’t recommend using your Hilton points on Amazon, however the option is available.
You can squeeze quite a bit of value out of Hilton properties. In 2016, Mr. TT & I booked rooms at the Hampton Inn Mexico City for only 10k Honors points a night. 100k Honors points would be worth 10 nights at that rate. The New Hilton Honors Business card offer represents great value, and I plan on picking it up soon. Get more information about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
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