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American Express and Hilton have inked a deal expanding their relationship so that there will now be four Hilton Honors co-Branded credit cards in their network, designed with both small businesses and consumers in mind. The cards in this network will offer people up to 14 Honors bonus points per dollar on purchases and are slated to go live in January of 2018.
The Hilton Honors American Express Card was given an overhaul, and three new cards have been added to the mix, including the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card, and the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card. They are all designed with different kinds of travelers in mind.
“We know travelers -- and particularly our Hilton Honors credit cardholders -- are looking for even more access, personalized benefits, premium service and, yes, the ability to earn even more points. In fact, the Aspire Card offers the most Hilton Honors Points we have ever offered for spending in our hotels,” said Mark Weinstein, Hilton's Senior Vice President and Global Head – Customer Engagement, Loyalty, and Partnerships.
Three Consumer Cards
The Hilton Honors American Express Card now offers cardholders seven Hilton Honors bonus points per dollar on stays booked via the Hilton portfolio worldwide, along with five points when making purchases at U.S. based grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations, and triple points on all other purchases.
It is a no-fee card, and there are no foreign transaction fees to deal with when traveling abroad. People also get free Hilton Honors Silver status, while earning Gold status with an annual spend of $20,000 a year.
The Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card offers 12 points per dollar when booking rooms at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio. When shopping for groceries, pumping gas, and eating out in the U.S. people earn six points per dollar, with all other purchases earning them triple points.
Cardholders also get a One Weekend Night Reward after they spend $15,000 annually on their card. Along with this they also get free Hilton Honors Gold status with the card, while earning Diamond status with a $40,000 spend. Other rewards and benefits include 10 free Priority Pass Lounge passes and no foreign transaction fees. The annual fee for the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card is $95.
The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card comes along with free Diamond status, lounge access, airline credits, free nights and 24/7 concierge access. Cardholders also earn 14 Hilton Honors bonus points per dollar when booking stays via the Hilton portfolio. They also get seven points when booking airline tickets with amextravel.com or via airlines and car rentals when using car rental companies, as well as when eating out at restaurants in the U.S. They also earn triple points on everything else, and here too they get free Hilton Honors Diamond status.
People also get a One Weekend Night Reward when they get their card, and this continues for each year they have the card. What about a second night? That is part of the package too, with cardholders getting one after spending $60,000 annually.
Other benefits include: Unlimited Priority Pass Lounge passes, a $250 airline incidental fee statement credit, $250 Hilton resort statement credit, a $100 on-property credit that can be used at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and 24/7 American Express concierge service. The fee for this card is $450.
The small business card
People with small businesses can apply for the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card, offering 12 points per dollar when booking stays via the Hilton portfolio worldwide. They also earn six points per dollar on purchases when pulling up at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone service via U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping services, as well as when eating out, on flights booked via airlines or amextravel.com and car rentals. All other purchases earn three points per dollar.
Small business owners also get free Hilton Honors Gold status, while being upgraded to Diamond status with a $40,000 spend. One Weekend Night Reward is also part of this package when they spend $15,000, and a second night is awarded to them after a $60,000 spend.
Other benefits include10 free Priority Pass Lounge passes and no foreign transaction fees. The annual fee is $95.