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With all the reward program devaluations happening recently, it’s nice to see some companies taking initiative to make their credit cards more consumer-friendly. The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express just got a pretty rad upgrade. Before the change, cardholders would receive complimentary Hilton HHonors Gold Status for the first year of their account. Every year after that, they would have to charge at least $20,000 to maintain Gold Status. Now, cardholders automatically get free Gold Status without having to worry about spending minimums.
What are the perks of Gold Status?
Okay, so Gold Status sounds like it’s probably pretty cool, but what can it actually do for me? If you enjoy staying at the Hilton and do so fairly often, you’ll want this upgrade. Here is the current list of Gold Status benefits:
- Earn a 25% bonus on all HHonors Base Points earned. This makes it a lot quicker to earn free stays.
- Your 5th night is free on every Standard Room Reward stay.
- Free WiFi.
- Late checkout.
- Express checkout.
- Fast reservations and check-ins based on personal room preferences.
- Your spouse stays free.
- Free access to health clubs and fitness centers.
- 2 free bottles of water, yee-haw!
- eCheck-in, which allows you to select your room up to 24 hours in advance.
But is it a good credit card?
Sure, those are some cool perks, but does the credit card have decent rates? For Hilton lovers, we say yes, definitely.
The Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express earns 12 points per dollar spent at Hilton hotels and 6 points per dollar at restaurants, gas stations and supermarkets. Right now, the signing bonus is as follows: Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 in purchases on the Card within your first 3 months of Card Membership. Terms Apply.. One of the most tantalizing perks is the complimentary Priority Pass membership, which is your key to over 600 airport lounges across the globe. The $75.
The other card you may want to consider is the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card. Another card that offers complimentary gold status, this card has a slightly different rewards model, tailored more for travel needs than everyday purchases. You earn 10 points per dollar spent at Hilton hotels, 5 points on airline and car rental purchases and 3 points on everything else. It also has a sign-up bonus: Earn 2 weekend night certificates good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton portfolio after you make $2,500 in purchases within 4 months of account opening*. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card may appeal to international travels for a couple of reasons. It does not charge a foreign transaction fee, saving you 3% on every out-of-country purchase. You can also get the card with an EMV chip implanted in the plastic, making it easier to use in destinations that favor chip technology to magnetic stripes. The annual fee is $95.
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