AmEx Hikes Bonuses for Some Hilton Credit Cards

Erin HurdMay 6, 2021
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As Americans ponder post-pandemic travel, AmEx and Hilton are boosting the welcome bonuses on several of their co-branded credit cards.

As of May 6, 2021, Hilton enthusiasts who qualify for the Hilton Honors American Express Card, the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card or The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card can earn extra points:

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The Hilton Honors American Express Card can earn up to 130,000 bonus points:

  • Earn 80,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $1,000 in purchases on the card in the first 3 months.

  • Earn an additional 50,000 Hilton Honors Points after you spend a total of $5,000 in purchases on the card in the first 6 months. Terms apply.

  • Terms apply (see rates and fees).

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The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card and The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card can earn up to 180,000 bonus points:

  • Earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card in the first 3 months.

  • Earn an additional 50,000 Points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months. Terms apply.

For the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, terms apply (see rates and fees).

For The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, terms apply (see rates and fees).

What Hilton points are worth

According to NerdWallet’s March, 2021 study, 56% of Americans plan to take a vacation in 2021, and if you plan to stay at a Hilton, these offers could be quite valuable.

Hilton doesn’t publish an award chart, so the cost of an award night can vary significantly based on the date and location of the hotel. A standard room night can cost as few as 5,000 Hilton Honors points, or as much as 95,000 points per night. You can use the Hilton Points Explorer tool to find your price ranges.

NerdWallet values Hilton Honors points at 0.4 cent each.

That means the bonus on the Hilton Honors American Express Card could be worth up to $520, while the bonus on the The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card and Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card could be worth as much as $720.


To view rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Card, see this page. To view rates and fees of the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, see this page. To view rates and fees of The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, see this page.