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Hilton is a massive company with over 5,000 hotels in over 100 countries, so having some Hilton Honors points at your disposal is a very good idea since you will almost always find a Hilton where you want to go. We are seriously eyeing some Hilton properties in Hawaii for a big family trip next summer, so beefing up our Hilton Honors account balances in advance of that trip is a points priority in my household.
I’ve talked a decent amount about new The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card and its increased sign-up bonus of up to 100,000 points. It is probably the best fit of the two ‘new’ $95 per year Hilton cards since I have a small business, and small business credit cards don’t impact your Chase 5/24 numbers the way that personal cards do. However, I know not everyone has a small business or cares about the number of cards they applied for in a year, so the best Hilton cards for many families probably isn’t the small business version, but rather the new Hilton Honors Ascend Card that also awards up to a 100,000 point sign-up bonus
Earn up to 100,000 Bonus Hilton Points on Hilton Ascend Card
The new Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express awards 75,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months and an additional 25,000 bonus points after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases in the first 6 months. That is a very solid number of bonus points for a reasonable amount of purchases.
In addition to the up to 100,000 sign-up bonus points, you can earn a weekend night award for $15,000 in purchases on the card each year. I think this is very worth it if you have plans to use the weekend night somewhere on the higher end of the (unpublished) Hilton award chart that goes as high as 95,000 points per night for a resort like the Grand Wailea in Hawaii.
Hilton Ascend Travel Perks
If you have the Hilton Ascend Card, you will also have Hilton Honors Gold elite status to enjoy while you are on your travels. This Gold elite status will get you included breakfast for two at some Hilton brands, bonus points, potential room upgrades, possible lounge access, bottled water, and more. It isn’t a game-changing elite status to have, but it can help keep costs down a bit while making your Hilton stays a little more comfortable.
The card awards 12x points at Hilton properties, 6x at US restaurants, US supermarkets, and US gas stations, and 3x elsewhere. It also comes with 12 complimentary Priority Pass Select lounge visits each year so you can relax a little in airports along your journey (remember that there is an increasing number of Priority Pass eligible airport restaurants!). If you put $40,000 on the Hilton Ascend Card each year you can bump your Gold Hilton elite status all the way up to top-tier Hilton Diamond. However, even Gold status is enough to get you the fifth award night free on award stays of at least five consecutive nights.
Who Can Get the Hilton Ascend Card Bonus
The terms indicate that the welcome bonus offer is not available to applicants who have or have had this product. This is standard language for American Express credit card offers, but I want to point out that even though the Ascend is ‘new’, Amex may be treating it as just a new version of the old Surpass Card and disqualifying previous Amex Surpass Cardholders from getting the bonus on the Ascend. There aren’t any real data points available just to see how this is playing out in real life, but it is just something to be aware of if you had the Amex Hilton Surpass Card in the past.
If neither the small business Hilton card or this Hilton Honors Ascend Card is the right choice for you, know that there is also a Hilton Honors Amex with no annual fee and a 50,000 point welcome bonus. There is also a brand new Hilton Honors Aspire Card that has a 100,000 point welcome bonus and some pretty nifty built-in travel perks to go along with its $450 annual fee.
Which Hilton credit card meets your family’s needs the best? Where do you plan to spend your next round of Hilton Honors points?
Hilton Honors Ascend Card: 75,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months and an additional 25,000 bonus points after you make an additional $1,000 in purchases in the first 6 months. Terms Apply.
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