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The most common offer on the web for the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express 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 Hilton HHonorsTM Card from American Express, 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.