[ American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass ] Enhanced Co-Branded Card for Hilton Members

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  • Credit card type: Hotel rewards card
  • Current offer: Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors Points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.
  • Special bonus: Complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status for cardholder.
  • Bonus Category: 12x points per dollar for hotel stays within Hilton properties. 6x points per dollar for US restaurants, US supermarkets, and US gas stations. 3x points per dollar for all other purchases.
  • Annual Fee:$75 (Not waived First Year)


1. As the elite Hilton member, you will receive every 5th night free on Standard Room Reward stays of 5 nights or more (up to 4 free nights on a stay of 20 consecutive nights).

2. Upgrade to Hilton Honors Diamond when spending $40,000 or more in purchases each calendar year.

3. Complimentary Priority Pass (PP) membership, but the $27 fee per person will be charged for the PP lounge access.

4. After having this card over 12 months, you can upgrade it to AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass Card to earn 50,000 points (no credit hard-pull).

Restrictions when you apply:

1. You can only apply for one AMEX credit card per day, but the rule does not apply to AMEX charge cards. If you apply one credit card and one charge card on the same day, AMEX are going to combine hard-pull (for credit report). Therefore we suggest the reader apply for another AMEX charge card at the same time when applying AMEX credit card, so the applicant will only be hard-pulled once.

2. Please check the status from this link if you do not get instant approval. We strongly suggest you to call AMEX Reconsider Line to ask them about reconsidering the application if you do not get instant approval or be denied. Generally, you will have a chance to be approved after providing the information they need when calling them. The phone number of AMEX Reconsideration Line is 1-800-567-1083.


Even this card has annual fee, it provides higher category spending bonus and complimentary Hilton Honors Gold membership (free breakfast in most of Hilton properties). However, the Priority Pass membership offered by this card doesn’t give you complimentary lounge access since you still need to pay $27 per person for using PP lounge each time. Although this card can be upgraded to AMEX HHS to earn bonus without credit hard-pull, it is not suggested to do it before applying AMEX HHS since welcome bonus from newly applied AMEX credit cards can only be earned once in a lifetime.

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