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


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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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!


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


Yes exactly. Just add funds.


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.


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.

Last edited 9 months ago by Mark
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).


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


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 ?


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


Same here, that’s my plan.