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Get Up To 62,500 HHonors Points With the Hilton Honors Credit Card

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The most common offer on the web for the Hilton Amex card is for 20,000 bonus points, which isn’t that impressive when you consider that HHonors points are typically only worth 0.5 cents apiece. That low point value actually puts Hilton points behind most other hotel chains in our hotel rewards analysis, and also led us to a pretty lackluster review of the Hilton HHonors program.

However, savvy credit card nerds are never satisfied with the generic deals that everyone else is advertising.  Instead, we keep an ear open for hidden deals that credit card companies don’t even want you to know about.  This is how we turned up an offer to score a much more tempting 62,500 HHonors points. Using our average 0.5 cent valuation, this works out to about $312 worth of sign-up bonuses, instead of the standard $100.

And to put this in perspective in terms of hotel stays, 20,000 points won’t even get you a night at many Hampton Inn hotels in California, while 62,500 will get you a night at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, with points to spare.

Sign-up offer details

This is how the sign-up bonus is broken down:

  • 20,000 points when you make your first purchase
  • 30,000 points when you spend $500 in the first 3 months
  • 2,500 points for each of your first 4 Hilton hotel stays during the first 18 months of card membership
  • 2,500 points for adding another authorized user to your account

Beyond the sign-up bonus, this card works just like the standard Hilton Amex, paying 6 points per $1 spent on gas, groceries, drugstores, and at Hilton hotels, and 3 points per $1 spent on all other purchases. It even pays 6 points on “wireless and home phone, internet, cable and satellite TB service providers,” which is a rare benefit among rewards cards. Plus it carries no annual fee.

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  • Runner312

    So how long do those sign up offers (first 60k pts) last? I am thinking about getting one since I don’t have any credit card now to pay for gas and wireless.  And seems like you can reach the Gold Elit Status since you have more than 60pts base points. Which means you can have all the additional services listed on the Gold status? Please confirm this. Also, the point worth 1.7 cents when redeemed for tier 1 hotels then, every dollar I spend on Gas, Grocery and Wireless bill will work 6×1.7=10.2 cents, under the condition if I only redeem for tier 1 hotel and only spend on categories to get 6 points per dollar.

    • http://www.nerdwallet.com/ Tim

      They don’t typically have stated expiration dates. But in this case, the link above is still alive and well.

      • Runner312

        Hi Tim, When I try to apply the credit card on Hilton hotel website, I do not see the bonus points you listed on this page: 30,000 points when you spend $500 in the first 3 months. Or do I have to enter from somewhere else?

        • http://www.nerdwallet.com/ Tim

          Did you use the link on our website to get there? This deal isn’t publicized on their site.

          Go here and click the “Apply Now” button: http://www.nerdwallet.com/card-details/card-name/American-Express-Hilton-HHonors-Special-Deal
          And you should see this deal, including 20k points on your first purchase, 30k points after spending $500, 5k points for adding another user to your account, and then up to 10k for your first 4 nights at Hilton hotels.

          If you don’t see the offer using that link, make sure you aren’t logged into americanexpress.com, and try deleting your cookies or using a different browser.

          Hope that helps!

          • Runner312

            Thank you Tim, I can see the offer now using your link, just last question: I never had a brand credit card before, my current credit cards are all associated with its own bank and check/save account. I wonder how to pay a brand credit card like Hilton card without a associate checking account? Is there a fee if I need to pay from another bank? Is the balance transfer related to this issue (I never studied it). Thank you again

          • http://www.nerdwallet.com/ Tim

            Nope, in this case the card I actually issued by American Express, and you can pay it from any bank’s checking or savings account.
            There shouldn’t be any fees associated with these payments.

  • Ozzie

    I tried on May 5, 2012 and it says this card is no longer being offered.

  • Ozzie

    Do you have any other Hilton card deals out there? We stay at Hilton a lot. I am Gold status now. I have a priority Club VISA signature card and have LOTS of points, but they don’t have hotels where I want to stay on my free time.