American Express Surpass has increased the welcome bonus on the American Express Surpass card to 80,000 Hilton points after spending $3,000 within 3 months. The normal offer is for 60,000 Hilton points, and the past highest offer on the card was 75,000 points.
The annual fee on the card is $75 and not waived the first year. Also, if you have or had a the American Express Surpass card in the past you won’t be eligible for another bonus offer. This is a limited time offer that is slated to end on February 28, 2014.
Earn 80,000 Hilton with the Amex Surpass Card
One of the biggest draws of the American Express Surpass card is the 6x point earning at US supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations. If you do a lot of spending in these bonus categories this can make for a powerful way to earn Hilton HHonors points.
The Amex Surpass card earns:
- 12x points per dollar on eligible purchases at Hilton hotels
- 6x points per dollar U.S restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations
- 3x points per dollar on all other purchases
The Amex Surpass card comes with several other travel perks that include:
Automatic Hilton HHonors gold status. When you spend $40,000 or more in a calendar year you’ll earn HHonors Diamond status through the end of following year.
The nice part is that you can use the Priority Pass at any location around the world, but the downside is you’ll pay $27 per person per visit. This kills the deal in my opinion.
Is it Worth Applying?
If you have been looking for a powerful way to earn Hilton HHonors points this may be the card for you. Even if Hilton points have been devalued beyond return, they can have use at the right place and the right time. Some of the lower-tier Hilton properties can be a steal, such as the Doubletree Kuala Lumpur for 10,000 points per night or the Hilton Garden Inn Tucuman for 5,000 points per night.
The Bottom Line
It’s probably not the best card choice out there, especially just to earn Hilton points if you don’t have an upcoming use for them. In other words, don’t apply and sit on the points, as we’ve seen in the past the Hilton HHonors program is not exactly the most stable one out there.
For 80,000 Hilton points the $75 annual fee could be worth it for some, and if you are looking at a easy way to earn Hilton Gold status than this may be an option. Also, if you plan on spending a considerable amount at Hilton hotels and the 6x bonus spending categories that include U.S restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations it is a great way to quickly rack of points. Big spenders can also earn Diamond status after spending $40,000 in a year.