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Update: This offer started yesterday, but the link from Amex seemed to be having trouble much of the day, so I held the post until the link was reliably working.
There are currently a couple limited time offers out for co-branded Hilton HHonors cards – including one just announced yesterday. Hilton HHonors points don’t work well for everyone after last year’s devaluation, but they can still be quite useful for securing award nights for some family vacations. In fact, there were a few popular family friendly properties that even got less expensive after the category changes last year, so don’t count HHonors out just because they don’t well for those who want top-end properties.
The first increased limited time offer that came out last week is the Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Visa Signature® Card – LIMITED TIME OFFER. (Offer Expired) It awards 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first four months + $50 statement credit after you spend $50 or more on your first hotel stay within the Hilton HHonors Portfolio during the first six months of cardmembership. It is scheduled to run until April 18th.
HILTON AMEX OFFER REFERENCED HERE HAS EXPIRED!
I think the previous public offer for the Surpass card was 60,000 points after hitting the spending requirement, though I know I have been targeted for a 75k offer before. Be aware that the Surpass card has a $75 annual fee. To give one family friendly option of how you can use HHonors points, the Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa and Hilton Orlando are both 30,000 points per night for much of the year. If you have elite status (which you get via these cards) then your fifth award night is free. That means that five nights at either of these properties could be had for 120,000 HHonors points, which you could get if you took advantage of both of these limited time offers.
If you are collecting Hilton points, keep in mind that potentially the best offer for a Hilton card doesn’t award points for the sign-up bonus, but instead awards two free weekend nights. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card awards two free weekend nights after you spend $2,500 in the first four months + a $100 statement credit after you spend $100 at a Hilton in the first three months. There is a $95 annual fee for that card.
I would personally only focus on these cards over some of the other great offers out there if you have some plans for the HHonors points in the future, but as always limited increased offers perk my interest at least a little!
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