Free Hilton Weekend Night Certificate for Spending $1,000 on Hilton HHonors Amex Card (Targeted)

I just received an email from American Express offering me a free weekend night certificate valid at any almost any Hilton hotel if I spend $1,000 on my Hilton HHonors American Express card by December 15th. The free weekend night is valid from 12 months of issuance so you have potentially almost all of 2017 to use it if you time the spending right. If you have the card, here is the link to try and see if you are targeted.


This is a really good offer – to put it in perspective if I spent the same $1,000 on a 2% cash back card, I would earn $20. So by shifting $1,000 of my spend to this card (which I normally don’t use), I’ll earn a free weekend night at Hilton family hotel. Forgoing $20 bucks for a free hotel night sounds good to me! If you have the offer, I highly recommend enrolling and taking advantage of it.

Here are the full terms of the offer:

Terms and Conditions

1. To qualify for the Free One Weekend Night Certificate, you must make $1,000 in purchases with your Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express now through December 15th 2016. The Free One Weekend Night Certificate will be sent as an email from Hilton to the email address listed on your Hilton HHonors account, 6-8 weeks after you meet the spend requirement. Purchases to meet the spend requirement of this offer do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchase of travelers checks, purchase or reloading of prepaid cards, or other cash equivalents. Additional Card Members on your account are not eligible for this offer. A Card Member is only eligible to earn 1 Free Night Certificate during the offer period. To receive the Free One Weekend Night Certificate, your account must not be cancelled or in default at the time of fulfillment. American Express reserves the right to modify or revoke offer at any time. If the HHonors member does not receive the Free One Weekend Night Certificate email within 6-8 weeks after the promotion period ends, the Member should check his/her HHonors account by logging into their profile or by calling 1-800-548-8690 . As a reminder, the Free One Weekend Night Certificate will be delivered in an email from Hilton. To ensure receipt of the certificate, the HHonors member should confirm the correct email address is listed under the Card Member’s HHonors Account file on their profile. The Free One Weekend Night Certificate is valid for one (1) weekend night standard accommodation, double occupancy, subject to availability, at properties in the Hilton HHonors portfolio, excluding those listed at HHonors.com/weekendcertificate. The Free One Weekend Night Certificate applies only to room rate and corresponding taxes, and does not apply to any applicable gratuities, resort fees or incidental charges. The Free One Weekend Night Certificate is valid for 12 months after the date of issuance, as noted on the certificate. You must follow all terms stated on the certificate when redeeming or the certificate may not be honoured. For complete Terms and Conditions that apply to the One Weekend Night Certificate, please refer to the Hilton HHonors Free Night Terms and Conditions. Hilton HHonors™ membership, earning of Points & Miles™ when booking direct and redemption of Points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. © 2016 Hilton Worldwide.

You Can Refer Others for the 75k American Express Hilton HHonors Card & Earn 10k Points

I’m not here to entice you about the the “amazing offer” on the American Express Hilton HHonors card which is currently at an all-time high of 75,000 Hilton HHonors Points – fellow bloggers with affiliate links have done well doing that. Instead, I got an email from Hilton yesterday letting me know current cardholders can refer others for the same 75,000 point offer and earn 10,000 points for themselves. I knew you could refer others for the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass card for 10,000 points but the refer a friend offer is available for this no annual fee card as well.

HHonors Referral

To refer someone, visit this link for American Express’s refer a friend site. From there enter your card information or your American Express log in and you should see the offer to refer others that will look like the below.

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If anyone would like a referral, please shoot me an email at ralph@pointscentric.com or let me know in the comments (don’t worry only I can see your email address). I’ll also allow readers to leave their referral information if they so choose in the comments. With American Express’s once a lifetime policy for signup bonuses, you should only apply for Amex cards at their peak signup bonuses. This card qualifies but make sure the Hilton card is a good fit for your travels.

You Can Refer Others to the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass Card & Earn 10,000 Hilton Points

Update: There is currently an 80,000 point offer available that you cannot refer others to. A direct link to that offer can be found here.

Every so often, I like to take a look at the current refer a friend offers on our credit cards as I’ve unexpectedly found some offers (such as this bonus for the Amex Everyday from last year) that I didn’t know existed. This might not be news to many but today was the first time I noticed an offer on my wife’s American Express account to refer others for the American Express Hilton Surpass credit card.

SurpassReferralBonus

The current refer a friend offer allows the referrer to earn 10,000 Hilton HHonors points per referral up to a maximum of 55,000 points per calendar year. I value Hilton HHonors points at .5 cents each so each referral is worth about $50 based on my valuation. If you are a current cardholder, you can check to see if your account is eligible to refer others at this American Express Refer a Friend link.

Now let me be very clear about this – I DO NOT think this offer is worth applying for now as the signup bonus has been as high as 85,000 points in the past on this card. With Amex’s once a lifetime bonus policy, you should try to maximize your earnings by applying for cards only when the offer is at or exceeds the historical best offer on a specific card. However if you are in need of some Hilton points right away and/or the Hilton Gold status for an upcoming stay (to get free breakfast, chance at a better room, etc.) that comes with this card, leave a comment or shoot me an email at ralph@pointscentric.com and I can have my wife refer you.

Our Sunday Night Mini App-O-Rama – 175,000 Points for $95 in Annual Fees

For whatever reason, some of my most popular posts (and maybe other bloggers can weigh in if this is true for them as well) are posts about the credit cards we chose to apply for. I wonder if its a phenomena of “well that blogger applied for it, so it must be a good deal and we must follow!” Or maybe just curiosity to see what the “experts” are doing? I always find it interesting as what I chose to apply for will most likely not be the right solution for you. We are all at different stages in the points/miles game with different needs for points/miles based on our current balances and future trip goals. I’m happy to share what I’ve done but please remember I am an experienced travel hacker with years of knowledge and I understand the risks involved. Do not apply for credit cards just because I did!

As some of you might recall, my wife’s latest round of credit card applications was back in early July and she just about hit the minimum spend on all of them. While I like to stick to a 91+ day application cycle (others will say this is not necessary and they are correct to an extent but this is what I like to do), we will be away for the next two weeks starting Thursday (2nd anniversary trip woohoo!) so I wanted to complete a small round of applications for my wife. Here is what she applied for:

Card 1: Chase British Airways Visa Signature – 100,000 Avios – $95 Annual Fee

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I posted about this offer when it came out last week and let me stress, this card is NOT for everyone (see that post for why). It works for us because we live in an AA hub and we love using AA miles to fly to the Caribbean for cheap. We’ve been to Antigua and Puerto Rico in the last year using Avios for 20,000 Avios roundtrip instead of using 35,000 American AAdvantage miles. The other big reason to get this card for us is the upcoming devaluation of Amex Membership Rewards transfers to British Airways. While we could still transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to BA, I like using my Chase UR points for United & Hyatt so picking up a 120,000 Avios (including the spending requirement) will not force us to rely on flexible rewards from either Amex or Chase.

Card Details:

  • 50,000 Avios for spending $2,000 in 3 months
  • 25,000 additional Avios for spending $10,000 total in the first year
  • 25,000 more Avios for spending $20,000 total in the first year (so 100,000 total Avios if you spend $20k or more in a year)
  • 3x Avios earned on British Airways Purchases
  • 1x Avios earned on All Other Purchases
  • $95 Annual Fee (not waived)
  • Travel Together Ticket after $30,000 in spending in a calendar year 

Neither of us have had a British Airways credit card before so I didn’t have to worry about the 24 month rule nor does Chase’s 5 recent inquiries rule apply on non Ultimate Rewards cards (the rule does apply to the Chase Slate however) as my wife would have failed this requirement. She applied online and got a message asking to call Chase right away to verify some information. She called and after moving some credit lines around from other Chase cards, she was approved.

Card 2: Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature – 75,000 Hilton HHonors Points – $0 Annual Fee

CitiHilton75kOffer

This offer (which expires today by the way) is the highest ever on this card that I am aware of. I actually got this card for myself last year when it was 60,000 points but this offer is obviously better. My wife has just shy of 100k Hilton HHonors points now so this will be a nice little infusion that will cover a few nights at mid tier Hilton hotels.

Card Details:

  • 75,000 Hilton HHonors Points for Spending $2,000 in 3 months
  • No Annual Fee
  • 6x Points earned at Hilton Family Properties
  • 3x Points earned at Supermarkets, Gas Stations & Drug Stores
  • 2x Points earned on All Other Purchases
  • Complimentary Hilton Silver Status (basically you get 15% bonus points that’s about it)

It’s a shame Hilton devalued their program a few years ago but the program isn’t totally dead for our travel needs. I like that this is a no annual fee card that my wife can keep and it ensures will she will always have some status with Hilton, even if it is only marginally worth something. She applied online and was approved instantly.

Summary:

This was a quick and painless round of applications that netted us another 175,000 points for $95 out of pocket. I’ve been waiting to apply for the British Airways card until a 100k offer returned and while it is a bit more spending than I’d like, I have no doubts I’ll accomplish it within a year especially with  some new reselling venues I’ve started to get into (post coming once the items sell and I can calculate my profit).

The Citi Hilton makes sense (especially with the bonus at its highest point ever) for us since we tend to stay in Hiltons that average 40,000 to 50,000 points a night so we will hopefully get 2 nights out of this signup bonus. At the worst, we get one night and some leftover points but my wife will now finally have a no annual fee card from Citibank that she can keep forever. This will help her establish a better relationship with Citi as she has been cancelling many of their cards before the first year is up.

*As always, this post contains does NOT contain any affiliate links*

Now Live: 1,000 Free Hilton HHonors Points for Changing Your Password

Last month, Hilton announced a promotion in which they would give members 1,000 Free Hilton HHonors points for creating a password instead of using a 4 digit pin number to log in. However due to technical difficulties, this promotion was not yet effective until NOW as the Hilton representative on Flyertalk confirmed the promotion is now active. Basically, if you changed your Hilton HHonors password before today, then you need to change it again to get the free 1,000 points. You must change your password by March 25th to get the 1,000 free points.

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Here is how to change your Hilton HHonors password:

  • Click here to log in to your account with your current username/membership number and existing password/ PIN
  • On the left side under the My Profile section, click Personal Information.
  • Select Change Password and choose a new password

That’s it. A pretty easy 1,000 points while making your account more secure. That’s a win-win.

For those interested, here is the complete information from Flyertalk:

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