Deal of the Month: Free night with Hilton HHonors Surpass Card
February 1, 2012
By: Joe Taylor Jr.
Travel credit cards reflect the brutal market for business trips and family vacations. Road warriors tend to pick one brand of airline and hotel chain, so switching vendors means giving up hard-fought perks and rewards. Leisure travelers often use online booking sites to get the best deals, choosing rewards credit cards that don't require loyalty to a single brand. Therefore, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has teamed up with American Express on a special offer that could steal some thunder from their competitors while encouraging repeat resort visits.
The Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express now offers a signup bonus of up to 60,000 reward points in your first year, along with the opportunity to leapfrog into one of Hilton's highest reward tiers. In exchange for a $75 annual fee, new cardmembers enjoy a bonus of 40,000 HHonors bonus points after the first purchase and a year of HHonors Gold Elite status. According to published rates, that's enough rewards points for a free night at a Hilton property in Times Square, or for five stays at some of the chain's rural Hampton Inn locations.
Earn extra bonus reward points and elite status as you use the Surpass Card
Spend just $3,000 more with the Surpass Card in the first 90 days of Cardmembership, and you can earn another 20,000 bonus points. Your combined 60,000 bonus points can get you a room at the legendary Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, or at any of 18 other Waldorf-Astoria resorts around the world. Your Gold Elite status gives you access to Hilton's Executive Floor lounges, free room upgrades whenever available, and a guaranteed reservation with 48 hours notice.
Hit spending plateaus as low as $20,000 in a single year, and Hilton will graduate you to an even higher loyalty status, for yet more perks and privileges. Meanwhile, you'll earn 9 HHonors points for every dollar of eligible purchases spent at a participating hotel.
Just 11 months into a 4-year plan to overhaul its loyalty program, Hilton has made HHonors points easier to redeem with a streamlined reservations system and a new series of experience-based rewards. Instead of saving your rewards points for room nights, you can use them to book a European hot air balloon ride, an American motorcycle tour, or a Canadian ski adventure.
Because your Surpass Card earns 6 HHonors points per dollar on many everyday purchases and at least 3 points on every dollar you spend, you can easily redeem larger rewards than most cash back credit cards. Like most special deals, this one can change at any moment and points are only earned on eligible purchases. Check out American Express' terms and conditions to see if Hilton's offer could fit your lifestyle.