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Many Changes To Benefits And Credits For Hilton Personal Cards Plus Increased Welcome Offers!

- Oct 19, 2023 Credit Card Info, Credit Card Offers0 comments

Today, Amex made several changes to their Personal Hilton cards and also released new welcome offers. Some of the changes are positive and some are negative. Let’s discuss them card by card.

Amex Hilton Honors Card ($0)

The good

Welcome bonus increased: Earn 100,000 points after spending $2,000 within the first 6 months (terms apply).

The bad

Removed lost luggage insurance: The card no longer has lost luggage insurance.

Everything else on the card stayed the same.

Hilton Surpass Card

The good

  • New welcome bonus: Earn 170,000 points after spending $3,000 within the first 6 months (terms apply)
  • New! Get National Car Rental Executive status
  • New! Up to $200 credit for Hilton bookings. Get up to a $50 credit each quarter for any Hilton booking you make using your card
  • New! 4 points on US online retail purchases

The bad 

  • Annual fee increased: Annual went up from $95 to $150 (for existing cardholders the new annual fee will be for cards that renew after 02/01/24)
  • Removed! Priority pass lounge passes: You will no longer receive the 10 free airport lounge visits with Priority Pass, effective 01/31/24 (many people enjoyed this as the cheapest card that had PP Lounge passes. But thankfully, the The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card still has these 10 free passes) 

Everything else on the card stayed the same.

Hilton Honors Amex Aspire Card

The good

  • New welcome bonus: Earn 180,000 points after spending $6,000 within the first 6 months
  • New! Get National Car Rental Executive status
  • New! Up to $400 in Hilton Resort credits: Get a $200 statement credit for purchases at Hilton resorts each half a year.
  • New! Up to $200 credits for airline tickets: Get up to a $50 credit for each paid flight booked directly with an Airline or on Amex Travel for up to $200 in credits per year.
  • New! CLEAR credit: Get a $189 CLEAR statement credit per year
  • New! Free Night Award: Get another Free Night Reward after spending $30K in a calendar year (besides the free night you get complimentary each anniversary year) 
  • New! Cell phone protection: Get reimbursed for up to $800 per claim (with a $50 deductible) if your cell phone is damaged or gets stolen. To activate coverage, you need to pay your monthly cell phone bill with your Aspire credit card. Max 2 claims per year.

The bad

  • Annual fee increased: Annual went up from $450 to $550 (for existing cardholders the new annual fee will be for cards that renew after 02/01/24)
  • Removed! Priority pass lounge passes: You will no longer receive free airport lounge visits with Priority Pass, effective 01/31/24.
  • Removed! $250 airline incidental fee credit: Effective 12/31/23, you will no longer get a $250 airline fee credit per year for incidental fees

Everything else on the card stayed the same.

 

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