Hilton cards: Enhancements for 2021 (dining, wireless, and spend bonuses)

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American Express today has launched awesome temporary perks for most of their hotel and airline co-branded cards.  In this post I’ll highlight the perks available to Hilton cardholders.  In separate posts I covered perks for Delta and Marriott cardholders:

Each of the perks listed below should be found when you log into your Amex account, select your Hilton card and scroll down to view “Amex Offers & Benefits” (or, on mobile, click the tab labelled “Offers”).

Note that these offers are only for those who’s accounts were active as of January 1, 2021. Those with newer accounts are not eligible.

The Amex Press Release regarding these offers can be found here.

Restaurant Rebates

Each of the Hilton consumer cards is offering a monthly rebate for spend at U.S. Restaurants, as follows:

Simply use your card for restaurant spend each month in the U.S. and you should receive the rebate automatically.  These offers will work for dine-in, take out, or delivery.

Eligibility for this offer is limited. Enrollment is required in the Amex Offers section of your account before redeeming.

Cell Phone Services

The Hilton Business card is offering a monthly rebate for U.S. wireless telephone services (e.g. cell phone service):

Use your card to pay $10 or more towards your cell phone service each month in order to earn $10 back.

Eligibility for this offer is limited. Enrollment is required in the Amex Offers section of your account before redeeming.

Spend Bonuses

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Through the end of June 2021, each Hilton card is offering a bonus for big spend

  • Spend $5,000, Earn 10,000 Bonus Points

If you spend exactly in $5,000 intervals, this is like getting an extra 2 points per dollar on all spend.  Since Hilton cards always earn a minimum of 3X on all spend, this is an opportunity to earn 5X on spend through the end of June.  Our current Reasonable Redemption Value (RRV) for Hilton points is 0.45 cents per point.  With this offer, you’ll be earning the RRV equivalent of 5 x 0.45 = 2.25% back for all spend.

If you have multiple Hilton cards, you can only enroll one card with this spend offer.  So, make sure to enroll the card that you most want to put spend on.

Eligibility for this offer is limited. Enrollment is required in the Amex Offers section of your account before redeeming.

My Take

The restaurant and wireless rebates are like free money for most of us.  Yes, it requires a tiny bit of work to make sure to use them each month but still… it’s easy money.  One possible exception is for Verizon customers who get a $10 monthly discount by auto-paying via debit card or bank account.  Some readers have said that it’s possible to pre-pay part of your bill with a credit card and still get the autopay discount, but others have said that doesn’t work for them.  Please see the comments in this post where this debate will probably show up soon.

Regarding the spend bonuses, personally I don’t think that an extra 2X is enough to motivate spend just for the points.  However, both the Surpass and business cards offer a free night certificate with $15K spend.  This is a really nice kicker on top of that!  With $15K spend through June 30th, you’ll earn 30,000 bonus points with the new spend offer.

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Kim

Do these benefits work in 2022 ?

jkliving9

For people who just want to accrue credits so you can spend the aggregate at a later time, the way to do this is the “add funds” which I see working for Chick-fil-A and Starbucks. That is the only two I see this working on currently. I just accrued $30 across my wifes and my card to use in 1 transaction anytime I want instead of within the month and by piecemail.  If anyone else knows of more I’d love to know!

kristin

did you do this in the starbucks app, like reloading your gift card?

jkliving9

Yes exactly. Just add funds.

Lynn

A warning. I just added the $10 first to my hilton surpass. I then checked my hilton no fee card and had $5, which I was also able to add. But when I went back to check the $10 it was no longer added, even though I did that one first. So, don’t make the same mistake. Just do I hilton card. I ended up with just $5.

Mark

Data point: The dining seems to only be good for one card type per person. I have two Hilton Surpass cards. When I added this offer to one of the cards, it disappeared from the other one. However, it was also available on my Marriott AMEX Bonvoy card and the offer stuck. So, I ended up with $10 dining credit on one of two Amex Hilton Surpass cards and on my only Marriott Bonvoy card.

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Nick Reyes

Out of curiosity, do you have all of the cards in a single login? I’ve heard DPs suggesting that maybe having two Surpass cards under different logins works for getting dining credits on both (I doubt that separating now will do any good, just asking so I can shoot down that theory if you already had yours under separate logins).

Mark

No, sadly, they are under the same log on.

VIS

Looks like restaurant is cumulative for the month so if you spend $5 each, 4 times on Aspire during the month, you get total $20. Can anyone confirm ?

voyager

I have wireless offer on both Bonvoy ($15) and Hilton ($10).I assume I can split the bill and use both?

Brian

Same here, that’s my plan.

lochquel

dp with Fee Free Hilton card. Had separate $5 & $20 credits for dining. This card was initially opened as the fee-free Aspire in Nov 2019.

Jay

My Aspire that was a free version with the Surpass upgrade is only showing $10/dining credit/month. Not sure if it matters but this came after I added the $20 Aspire dining credit on my original Aspire card.

Jay

No. I upgraded Dec 12, 2020. I wonder if you can’t have 2 different $20/month offers.

dan

Greg,

the hilton $5k spend for a 10k bonus pts can be cumulative, not a single trxn, correct? i have a Surpass, will def put $15k spend for a FNC & 120k pts; when its AF comes due in june, hope will get a retention offer

edit: nvm Greg, i overlooked the word ‘combined purchases’; so cumulative total of $5k sb good

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GP_7676

I’m not seeing the spend bonus on my Surpass account. I do see it on my Aspire. Both were opened before 1/1/21. Pretty disappointing. I guess I’ll give it a few days and maybe it will show up.

Larry K

Meanwhile Chase is messing around with offers like “get 10 percent off up to $9” and do 50 swipes this month for 5,000 points. I know they have different approaches for marketing but Amex is making a much stronger top of the wallet push.

DSK

I know the title is just about Hilton, but here are some other data points: For restaurants, I received the $20 per month on Aspire and $10 per month on Surpass, but also received $20 per month on Bonvoy and $15 per month on Delta Platinum. All added successfully. Also, unfortunately, I only received the Hilton extra points offer on Aspire and not on Surpass, which matters a lot since I was putting spend on Surpass to get the free night and have more than $5,000 to go. Finally, in addition to the Hilton spend offer, I got a spend offer on Bonvoy (spend $7500, get $7500), which I’m not sure moves the needle.

DSK

DofC had terms–noticed this one: “If you have more than one Hilton Honors American Express Cards, you will only be able to enroll the Card which you received this offer for.” So it looks like if someone has two Hilton cards, the offer is only on one and you can’t choose. Two others wrote in with my same situation–only on Aspire and not on Surpass.

ktc

$20 dinning credit is showing on both Aspire & Bonvoy, they are considered difference offers?

Frank

Yes, they’re considered separate offers. I successfully added offers for both $15/month restaurant credit on my Delta Platinum and $20/month restaurant on my Aspire.

Larry K

I think there may be a grandfather date on some of these because we get neither the cell nor spend offer on Hilton business, but it is a new card.

Nick Reyes

Must have had the card by 1/1/21 to get the offers.

Joseph

On my Aspire, I have both 10 off 10 and 20 off 20 showing

HChris

I had 5 off 5 and 20 off 20 no the Aspire. I think it is because I upgraded my no AF Hilton to the Aspire in December. The T&C state that you must’ve been a card member before January 1, 2021 so I think this is a glitch in the system that they have a certain cut-off date and in a select few cases it will show you both offers. I am not expecting it to work, but one can be hopeful that I will get a combined 25 off 25…

MrFios

Does anyone think this might work on Verizon FiOS?

Larry K

I see the spend bonus on aspire but not business, which is a bummer because I was thinking about going for the free night on business.

Nick Reyes

Was your business card open before 1/1/21?

Larry K

Nope. That’s it.

Aloha808

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Rena

I was originally thinking that I’d still wait to put the $15k spend on my Surpass until the second half of the year, so that I could get the longest expiration out of the cert. However, I looked back at a post from October and saw that certs issued in 2021 are all good through 12/31/22? Is that right? Thanks!

Nick Reyes

Yes it is.

Thegoose100

My wife and I each have 2 aspire cards (we upgraded them near the end of December). On both of the Aspires the $20 food credit was showing. And on one of the two it had the $5 off food offer. I added the $20 offer from the one that just had that one offer. Then when I went to the one that had both offers, only the $5 offer was showing (which is what I expected). So one Aspire has $20 off and the other has $5 off. This was the same for both my wife and myself.

Abbas

Does the Hilton food credit work with UberEats?

Nick Reyes

Since it just came out a few hours ago, it’ll be tough to verify that for at least a few days until someone has had a chance to try it, but I expect it would.

Larry K

I bet it is all the same stuff that worked for the $250 resort credit last year when you could use on dining, so yes on Uber eats but not Uber eats reloads.

George

Late reply here, but yes. Stacked Platinum $15 Uber Cash + Gold $10 Uber Cash + Surpass $10 statement credit for $35 off.

THEsocalledfan

Sadly, this does not help with Hilton Amex, but if I pay my verizon cell phone with Ink Plus via PayPal Key, I am getting the 5x and not getting hit with the $10 up charge. (Splitting no longer works; it used to.) Feel free to add to PPK guide if desired.

Last edited 1 year ago by THEsocalledfan
DSK

But PayPal Key no longer works with AMEX, sadly (at least that is what they said–I haven’t tried it with AMEX since December)

THEsocalledfan

Which is why I said it did not help with Hilton Amex.

DSK

not sure I’d try PayPal Key with Ink Plus after March, based on the Chase mailings.

THEsocalledfan

I would. Listen to Miler’s thoughts on this from the podcast. It would be quite extreme to charge CA on all paypal purchases, don’t you think?

DSK

Let us know. I am a big PPK fan and called Chase a few days ago as soon as I got the flyer. They said once the changes go into effect, any PP charge that comes through their system as a debit transaction will be processed as a cash advance (i.e., PPK) and that is what they were getting at in the last bullet. Seriously, let us know–hope the CSR was wrong (and they often are), but she was pretty specific that they were aiming at PP charges that code as debit on their system.

THEsocalledfan

Actually, this would make some sense to me. The question is can they differentiate from PPK and regular paypal? I just don’t see them shutting down regular paypal. But I could see key…….I am doing a great trick right now use PPK aside from the verizon one……too sensitive to disclose here and no blogger has posted on it.

Dave

whoah, this is great. I’ve been using my ink preferred and getting hit with the upcharge (since after running the numbers, the points + cell insurance was more valuable to me than the “non-CC Autopay discount” I was losing out on). Now it seems like I can enjoy both the cell insurance and the discount.

George

FYI if you’re afraid the upcoming changes might turn it into a cash advance and end this trick, you can pre-pay Verizon to up to a -$500 balance. So if your bill is $180 (you have a $180 balance), you can manually make a $680 payment.