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Recently the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express temporarily bumped its sign-up bonus al the way up to 100,000 Hilton Honors points after you spend $3,000 on the card in the first 3 months. I totally understand that 100,000 points is an eye-catching and impressive number, however I don’t actually think it is the best part of this increased bonus. I think the best part comes on your first cardmember anniversary when you get a weekend award night that you can use for a standard room at almost any Hilton property around the world.
This card does have a $75 annual fee, but when you remember that some Hilton properties cost you 95,000 points per night for a standard room, or potentially hundreds and hundreds of dollars if you were paying with cash, the annual fee doesn’t sound so terrible. If it still sounds terrible, I’ll point you to the no-annual-fee Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express that also has an increased bonus, though not one that includes a weekend award night.
This is only the second time I can remember seeing the sign-up bonus for the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card going this high and with the weekend anniversary night attached to it on the first anniversary.
To give you an idea how valuable the weekend award night is, we had recently planned to visit the iconic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego before Hurricane Harvey came and rained on that parade. This hotel just joined the Hilton family in August of 2017, and on peak nights it indeed costs 95,000 Hilton points per night. For our intended travel dates, cash rates were close to $600 per night, so we obviously opted to spend 95,000 Hilton points instead. If we had a weekend Hilton award to use, that would have saved us those 95,000 points, which would have been a great deal. Perhaps whenever we eventually do get to reschedule this trip we will indeed have a Hilton weekend award night to use!
If the Hotel del Coronado isn’t your cup of tea, I encourage you to take a peek at the Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria Resort in Hawaii, Conrad New York, Waldorf Hilton London, and the Waldorf Astoria Park City as all would be on my Hilton short-list.
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