[Expired] New Hilton bonus offers now include a Free Night Award

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Update 4/1/22: This offer has expired.

Update 3/31/22: Reminder that today is the last day to apply for these offers that include a free night award. Application terms even on the refer-a-friend offers indicate the following: “If your application is not received by 03/31/2022, we will not process your application even if we later receive your application.” If you want one of these offers, you’ll need to act sooner rather than later.

Today the offers have been updated on the Hilton Honors, Hilton Honors Surpass, and Hilton Honors Business cards. All of the cards now offer the chance to earn a Free Night Award after meeting minimum spending requirement. Given the current state of the world, I’m lukewarm on free night certificates, but these could certainly be a great deal for someone able to leverage a certificate to good use.

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The Offers & Key Card Details

Card Offer and Details
90K after $2K spend in 6 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
No Annual Fee
Information about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.
Recent better offer: 70K + free night certificate after $2K spend in 3 months. [Expired 7/19/23]
FM Mini Review: This card isn't particularly rewarding, but it's good to keep primarily for targeted Amex upgrade offers to the Surpass card.
Earning rate: ✦ 7X Hilton spend ✦ 5X US restaurants, US Supermarkets, and US gas stations ✦ 3X on all other eligible purchases
Base: 3X (1.44%)
Dine: 5X (2.4%)
Gas: 5X (2.4%)
Grocery: 5X (2.4%)
Brand: 7X (3.36%)
Card Info: Amex Credit Card issued by Amex. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Big spend bonus: Gold elite status with $20K calendar year spend
Noteworthy perks: ✦ Free Silver status; Gold status with $20K spend. ✦ Terms Apply. (Rates & Fees)
Card Offer and Details
140K points ⓘ Non-Affiliate
140K after $3K spend in 6 months. Terms apply.
$150 Annual Fee
Information about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.
Recent better offer: 130K + free night certificate after $2K spend in 3 months [Expired 7/19/23]
FM Mini Review: Easy way to secure Hilton Gold status (which offers free breakfast among other perks). Those who want Diamond status may be better off with the Aspire card.
Earning rate: ✦ 12X Hilton spend ✦ 6X U.S. restaurants, US Supermarkets, and US gas stations ✦ 4X U.S. Online Retail Purchases ✦ 3X on all other eligible purchases
Base: 3X (1.44%)
Dine: 6X (2.88%)
Gas: 6X (2.88%)
Grocery: 6X (2.88%)
Shop: 4X (1.92%)
Brand: 12X (5.76%)
Card Info: Amex Credit Card issued by Amex. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Big spend bonus:
✦ Free night award after $15K spend in calendar year ✦ Diamond elite status with $40K calendar year spend ✦ Terms apply
Noteworthy perks: Free Gold status. Diamond status w/ $40K spend. ✦ Up to $200 in Hilton credits ($50 per quarter) ✦ Terms Apply. (Rates & Fees)
Card Offer and Details
130K Points ⓘ Affiliate
130K after $3K spend in 3 months. Terms apply.
$95 Annual Fee
FM Mini Review: Easy way to secure Hilton Gold status (which offers free breakfast among other perks). Amex business cards do not count towards 5/24 status so will not hurt chances of applying for Chase cards.
Earning rate: ✦ 12X Hilton spend ✦ 6X on Select Business & Travel Purchases (flights booked directly with airlines or Amex Travel; car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies; US restaurants; US gas stations; wireless telephone services purchased directly from US service provider; US shipping purchases) ✦ 3X on all other eligible purchases
Base: 3X (1.44%)
Travel: 6X (2.88%)
Dine: 6X (2.88%)
Gas: 6X (2.88%)
Phone: 6X (2.88%)
Biz: 6X (2.88%)
Brand: 12X (5.76%)
Other: 6X (2.88%)
Card Info: Amex Credit Card issued by Amex. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Big spend bonus:
Free night award after $15K spend in calendar year and another after $60K spend

Diamond elite status with $40K calendar year spend
Noteworthy perks: ✦ Free Gold status. Diamond status w/ $40K spend. ✦ 10 free Priority Pass lounge visits per calendar year ✦ Terms Apply. (Rates & Fees)

Quick Thoughts

While there were previously opportunities to score more total points with these cards, the new offers introduce reduced spending requirements and the chance to earn a bonus that could be even more valuable than the previous offers if you are able to leverage the Free Night Award.

The nice thing is that the offer terms clearly indicate that the Free Night Award you can earn upon meeting the minimum spending requirement is valid for double occupancy of a standard room any night of the week. In years past, Hilton Free Night Certificates were restricted to weekend use. Throughout the pandemic, Hilton has increased the flexibility of these awards to be valid any night of the week, so it’s great to see that continue.

Note that beginning today, free night certificates issued on these cards are valid for 12 months from date of issuance. That means you will have exactly one year to use it or lose it once a certificate is issued. I used to be very excited about free night awards like these since Hilton does not cap their use to a specific point level (you need to find a standard room available, but it can be at any category hotel with just a small handful of exceptions). However, given the uncertainty of travel over these past couple of years, you may not prefer to pick up certificates with hard expiration dates. That’ll surely vary with your personal circumstances.

If you can maximize the use of the Free Night Award, any of these three bonuses can be fantastic given the relatively low spend required to earn the welcome offers. Note that there has been no change to the Hilton Honors Aspire card, though that card already offers an incredibly generous bonus.

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