Good morning everyone. A few days ago, Doctor of Credit noticed increased referral sign up bonuses for the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card (my referral link) and American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card (my referral link). Both credit cards offer 150,000 Hilton Honors Points when you complete the minimum spending requirement. At the time, the no annual fee American Express Hilton Honors Credit Card and American Express Hilton Honors Business Credit Card were still offering 100,000 Hilton Honors Points via referral links. But it looks like the American Express Hilton Honors Business Credit Card (my referral link) has increased the referral sign up bonus to 125,000 Hilton Honors Points. As a referrer, you can earn up to 80,000 Hilton Honors Points per calendar year (20,000 Hilton Honors Points per referral). Thank you for using my referral links if you decide to apply for any of these credit cards.
Resort fees, destination fees; call them what you want, they all stink. Hotels have a menu (except we don’t get to pick and choose) of junk fees that are attached to our bills for all kinds of “services and amenities” that used to be complimentary or something we could choose to pay extra for. I don’t think any of us really believe hotel claims about why they’re now adding on these fees. From what I’ve read, it seems like these fees enable hotels to still claim their rates are lower and also pay less to travel agents since commissions are paid based on the base rate, not the total rate.
Some of us though do have a work-around for these fees and I was reminded of this recently when booking a Hyatt hotel. As I was finishing up my booking the total rate for the night seemed so high that I actually noticed it. The taxes and fees came to 20% of the total bill.
Hilton is now the master of the co-branded hotel credit card domain. Back in January, Hilton began teaming up with American Express to offer co-branded credit cards. Many Hilton loyalists were excited by this transition away from Citibank to American Express because it increased the Hilton co-branded card offerings, which equated to more opportunities to earn Hilton points. And now, all four Hilton Honors American Express cards are offering elevated bonuses.
These are the best offers Hilton has had since these cards became part of the American Express Hilton portfolio of cards.
Recently a reader asked me what the different benefits were on the four co-branded Hilton American Express cards. Good question!
Benefits and Elevated Offers on the Hilton Honors Cards
HILTON HONORS AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD : Earn 75,000 Points after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months
- No annual fee
- Complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status. Earn Gold status after spending $20,000 in purchases on the card in a calendar year.
- 7x Hilton Honors Bonus Points at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
- 5x Hilton Honors Bonus Points at U.S. grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations
- 3x Hilton Honors Bonus Points on all other eligible purchases
As much as I travel, and as great as my own gusto for travel is, I’m always impressed by the stamina of business travelers. You know, those travelers who week after week head out either to the same location or various locations due to living in one place and conducting business in another. I don’t actually have many friends who spend their weeks living this life, but recently I sat down and talked with my friend Rachel who has been a business traveler for a few years now and travels three weeks out of every month. I was curious about what she looks for in a hotel and how she makes accommodation choices.
Due to a change in business travel locations, about two years ago Rachel switched from Marriott Rewards loyalty to Hilton Honors loyalty. She was pleased with Marriott, so the switch was based purely on Hilton property locations that worked better for her business location. She’s enjoying Hilton properties and has quite a huge accumulation of Hilton points now! For her, hotel location being close to her business is always more important than being close to an airport. Rachel easily maintains Hilton Honors Gold Elite Status. Continue reading
Good morning everyone. I know what you’re thinking… another Hilton post!? Yes, I’m sorry for all the Hilton love lately, but I promise this post is worth it. As you know, I was recently approved for the American Express Hilton Business Credit Card during my Mini July App-O-Rama. I was refreshing my Award Wallet account this afternoon and noticed that my Hilton account balance went up 100,000 Hilton Points. I logged into my Hilton account and saw that the 100,000 Hilton Points from my American Express Hilton Business Credit Card had just posted. Wippie! That was fast. I then logged into my American Express online account to see just how fast the 100,000 Hilton Points posted to my account.