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Summer travel may be winding down, but there’s still time to get a vacation or two in before 2022 draws to a close, or start planning for 2023—and American Express and Hilton are making it even easier to do so while cashing in rewards points.
Through October 26, the Hilton Honors American Express Card is offering new applicants the opportunity to earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 in purchases on the card in the first three months of card membership. As part of that introductory offer, new cardholders can also collect up to $100 in statement credits on eligible purchases made on the card at any of the properties in Hilton’s portfolio during the first year of card membership.
The best part? The card has no annual fee, making it a great pick to keep in your wallet long-term.
Here’s a closer look at the card, what kind of travelers it’s best for, and how to spend the welcome bonus.
What are the perks of the Hilton Honors American Express Card?
Aside from the sign-up offer, there are several other reasons you might want to have the Hilton Honors American Express Card in your rotation, starting with its points-earning capabilities.
The card nets seven Honors points per dollar on eligible purchases made directly with a Hilton hotel or resort; five points per dollar at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations; and three points per dollar on all other purchases. That’s a fair amount of earning power for a fee-free card, especially considering that Hilton’s cheapest award nights start at just 5,000 points.
But there’s more to the card than its ability to rack up Hilton Honors points on everyday spending. It also comes with entry-level Hilton Honors Silver elite status, which offers members perks such as a 20 percent points bonus on paid stays, free bottled water, and the ability to get a fifth night free when redeeming points for four or more consecutive nights.
If you’re looking for even more benefits, you can elevate your status to Gold after spending $20,000 on the card in a calendar year. Doing so will unlock perks including an 80 percent points bonus on paid stays, space-available room upgrades, and a daily food and beverage credit at U.S. hotels or continental breakfast credit at non-U.S. hotels.
Who should get the Hilton Honors American Express Card?
While the Hilton Honors American Express Card’s lack of an annual fee makes it accessible to everyone, it’s not necessarily the best pick for every type of traveler. The card is best suited to those who see themselves making only occasional Hilton stays, as its sister cards provide more value to those who plan to stay often.