It looks like Amex has increased the offer on the Hilton HHonors Surpass to 80,000 points after $3000 minimum spend. The annual fee of $75 is NOT waived. This offer has been higher at 85,000 points, but difference is fairly minimal, so if you’re in need of Hilton points, it’s worth jumping on this now.

Although HHonors points have been majorly devalued in the last couple years, there are some great opportunities to be had when redeeming for Category 1/2 hotels. Check out this post by Travel is Free for some ideas.

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You can apply here.

As a reminder, this card grants you Hilton HHonors Gold status with the opportunity to achieve Diamond status with $40,000 in spending in a year. Additionally, it has the following (fairly lucrative) earning structure:

  • 12x at Hilton properties
  • 6x at grocery stores
  • 3x everywhere else

The 6x at grocery stores presents a good opportunity to earn lots of points for top-tier redemptions, but as always, you should be mindful of the opportunity cost (or imputed redemption value) of doing so. Additionally, this will use up one of your four credit card ‘slots’ for Amex, so bear that in mind.

Happy Hacking!