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Don’t Forget: Best Ever Amex Hilton Surpass 100k + Free night ends May 31st. 25k referral bonus too

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Don’t Forget: BEST EVER Amex Hilton Surpass 100k + Free night ends May 31st. 25k referral bonus too.

An Amex Hilton Surpass 10ok offer lured me into the card last year and I locked down the best ever sign up bonus for the card. I was very happy. WELL, times have changed, and Amex is offering an even better bonus: 100k bonus points + a Free night after your first cardmember anniversary. That’s right, you will earn 100k Hilton Honors points after you spend $3k in 3 months and then a free weekend night after your cardmember 1st year. Let’s take a look at the deal and also where you could spend these points. Oh…and if you already have the card – add your referrals to the bottom of this post and earn 25k per approved applicant.

Amex Hilton Surpass 100k + Free nightScreen Shot 2017-05-09 at 3.16.32 PMThe annual fee on the card is $75 and as someone who just paid to keep the card for another year…it’s a no brainer. You’re getting a ton of points and for keeping the card a 2nd year you’ll get a free weekend night to use anywhere in the world.

My favorite card benefits…

  • 12x at hilton properties
  • 6x at grocery stores
  • Comped gold status
  • after $40k spend – diamond status.

Don't Forget: BEST EVER Amex Hilton Surpass 100k + Free night ends May 31st. 25k referral bonus too

This card falls into the category of ones that I keep and pay the annual fee on, but rarely, if ever, use.

Why do I keep the card? Referral Bonuses. 25k for each referral right now. 

I will gladly pay $75 to earn 80k points a year in referral bonuses. Even valuing Hilton points at half a cent means I’m earning $400 a year in referral bonuses. Team that with Gold status and you’ll be enjoying some nice digs when you vacay!Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 9.10.48 AM

Where could we use these points and Free weekend night?

I just stayed at the Conrad Bali.

It was GORGEOUS and I would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a beach trip.

Or are you more into a city Jaunt? Use your points to stay in London at the Conrad London. We had a great stay there in 2015.

One place I loved visiting was Tokyo. We stayed at the Ritz, but would love to visit again and stay at the Conrad Tokyo. Looks amazing.

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

Super solid welcome offer.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

  • 3x on dining
    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
  • $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Primary rental car coverage is my favorite

There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 


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