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I think that very frequent business travelers do best with Marriott — or even better with Hyatt if they can make the smaller chain’s footprint work. However for folks who get their status with a credit card Hilton is unbeatable.
I wrote a month and a half ago that American Express would be renaming their ‘Honors Ascend Card’ to bring back the old Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card name.
Well, they’ve done so and they’ve done it with the best-ever initial bonus for what’s one of the best American Express rewards cards and certainly among the best value rewards cards they offer.
Right now (and American Express tells me, through August 28, 2019) you can earn 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points and a free weekend night reward after you spend $4,000 on the new card within 4 months. Previously the best I’d ever once seen was a targeted offer of 150,000 points but now you can get a free night in addition to points.
There’s incredible value for this $95 annual fee card that comes with Hilton Honors Gold status (See Rates & Fees). Each year you spend $15,000 on the card you’ll earn a weekend night reward, and $40,000 in a calendar year earns Hilton Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year. It also comes with 10 Priority Pass lounge visits per year.
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Ongoing earn is 12 Hilton points per dollar on purchases directly with a participating hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio; 6 per dollar at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations; and 3 per dollar for all other eligible purchases.
Surpass was the name of Hilton’s premium co-brand American Express card since it went live in February 2009. With the re-upped Hilton deal that went exclusive with American Express (and ended Hilton’s co-brand relationship with Citi), a new more premium card was introduced and Surpass was renamed with improved benefits. They’ve decided to resurrect the Surpass name.
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There’s also an improved offer for the no annual fee Hilton Honors American Express Card, a 90,000 point initial bonus after $2000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of card membership (See Rates & Fees). The product comes with Hilton Honors Silver status ($20,000 spend on the card in a calendar year earns Gold status through the end of the next calendar year).