Huge new bonuses on two more hilton credit cards! – one mile at a time gas 99 cents


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These are fantastic bonuses. As a point of comparison, both cards previously offered 100,000 points upon completing minimum spend, meaning that the personal version of the card has a free night certificate thrown in on the account anniversary (valid at a hotel retailing for up to 95,000 points per night), while the business version of the card has a bonus of an additional 25,000 points. Annual fees

• The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card offers 12x points per dollar spent with Hilton, 6x points per dollar spent at US gas stations, on wireless phone services with US service providers, on US shipping purchases, at US restaurants, on flights booked directly with airlines or with, and on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies, and 3x points per dollar spent on everything else

The personal card exclusively offers 6x points at US supermarkets, while the business version of the card exclusively offers 6x points on wireless phone services, shipping purchases, flights booked directly with airlines, and rental car spend.

Both cards offer 10 free visits to Priority Pass lounges per year. Additional passes are $27 per person per visit. However, given how many excellent cards offer Priority Pass memberships with unlimited visits (like The Platinum Card® from American Express and Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card), I don’t personally value this benefit all that much.

For those with excellent credit, I find both of these cards to be pretty easy to be approved for. The major restriction is that Amex limits you to five credit cards per person (this excludes charge cards, like The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN, and The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN).

Assuming you’re within that limit you have good odds of approval. One advantage of the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card is that applying for an Amex small business card generally won’t count towards your total as far as the Chase 5/24 rule is concerned. Bottom line

The Hilton Honors Ascend Card and Hilton Honors American Express Business Card have great new bonuses that are the best we’ve seen on these fairly new cards. If you haven’t had either of these cards before then I’d highly recommend picking up one or both of them. I’d say all things considered the personal version has a slightly more compelling bonus, while the business version is ideal for anyone looking to stay below 5/24.

(a) in PRACTICE, there is not a single, fixed redemption value for points currencies [above I got values from ~4cpp down to 0.27cpp), and that’s because points currencies have no redemption values before a redemption has been identified or the points have been redeemed. The Yucatan Hampton redemption shows that even at a single property, redemption values can vary widely in PRACTICE.

(c) In the Yucatan Hampton scenario above, I would not even pay cash for the STANDARD room @5K points/night. I would pay cash for the SUITE, which would earn me, as a HH Diamond with the Aspire card: 34*107= 3,638/night — i.e, almost enough points to be able to afford a standard award at the property. While the suite is affordable in points (40K), the room rate in cash ($107) and the redemption value (.27cpp) are too low to justify redeeming points. Cash all the way in the Yucatan!

BOTTOM LINE: The focus on the “value” of points outside of actual redemption scenarios is self-anointed travel gurus’ MASTURBATORY exercise of the mind, with no practical import because invariably and grossly underestimates the monetary of points currencies. One must first identify a redemption and then do the math to determine the value of a redemption and then decide what do…

No, silly comment that presupposes that everyone who plays the game has exactly the same financial backgrounds and means, tastes, aspirations, etc, etc, etc, justifying a single redemptions value, even though because the point of the game is to shoot for redemption values that are greater than the average, using the average redemption value would consistently underestimate the monetary value that a points currency can achieve in a realistic scenarios. That is why redemptions value are meaningful only after the points have been redeemed.

Another silly statement that explains the first – cluelessness. You do not compare the purchasing power of 100K starpoints with that of 100K HH points because that’s like comparing the purchasing power of US$100 with that of JP¥100. It is a meaningless and senseless comparison.

On their $95 AF SPG and HH co-brand cards, AMEX awards 2points/$ and 12points/$, respectively, which means that OFFICIALLY one earns 6x more HH than starpoints per $. Therefore, the meaning comparison would be 100K starpoints vs 600K HH points. But why bother when starpoints are dead, while Hilton points are thriving and getting more and more rewarding.