If you’re a fan of Hilton hotels, you’ll want to add a Hilton credit card to your travel credit card portfolio. The cards allow you to earn major Hilton points, which you can use for free stays all around the world.

Several of Hilton’s credit cards have increased their bonus points upon approval and meeting the minimum spend by 25,000 points each! You can now earn up to 125,000 bonus points on several cards.

See a full list of the Hilton cards, as well as ideas for how to use the points below.

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The Embassy Suites at Lexington Green in Lexington, Kentucky, an outstanding Hilton property!

About Hilton Credit Cards

Signing up for Hilton credit cards can be a great way to supplement free flights with free or reduced-cost hotel rooms to make your travel even more affordable.

Keep in mind, if you want to apply for any Chase cards (like the Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards cards to earn the Southwest Companion Pass or cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points like Chase Sapphire Preferred), Chase will not approve you if you have opened five or more credit cards in the last 24 months. So be sure you have those cards FIRST before supplementing your wallet with hotel cards.

Here’s my recommended Travel Credit Card Plan.

Note: To apply for the credit cards in this post, please use the COMPARE CARDS links below or start at TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS in the Go to Travel Gal main menu above. This allows me to earn a commission — at no cost to you — to help pay the blogging bills, so I can continue to bring you great information — free! Thank you for taking this step!

Top Hilton Credit Card Offers

1.  Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card from American Express

Bonus: 125,000 points (up from 100,000 points), $2,000 minimum spend

Annual Fee: $95

The Hilton Honors™ Ascend Credit Card from American Express has a bonus of 100,000 Hilton Honors points after a $3,000 minimum spend in the first three months. You also get a free weekend night award after your one-year anniversary when you hold this card.

Here are the Hilton Honors Acscend credit card highlights:

  • Earn 12X points for Hilton purchases
  • Earn 6X points at groceries, gas stations and restaurants
  • Earn 3X points on all other purchases
  • Complimentary Gold Status
  • No foreign transaction fees


2.  Hilton Honors Card from American Express

Bonus: 75,000 points (up from 50,000 points), $1,000 minimum spend

Annual Fee: None

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Right now you can earn 50,000 points when you are approved for the Hilton Honors Card and meet a $1,000 minimum spend within three months.

Highlights of the Hilton Honors Card:

  • Complimentary Silver Status
  • Earn 5X Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card: at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets and U.S. gas stations
  • Earn 3X Hilton HHonors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.


3.  Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

Bonus: 125,000 points (increased from 100,000 points), $3,000 minimum spend

Annual Fee: $95

This card is currently offering 100,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first three months. If you spend $15,000 on the card within a calendar year, you’ll also get a free weekend night reward, and if you spend $60,000, you’ll get one more.

This Hilton business credit card features include:

  • Earn 12X points for Hilton purchases
  • Earn 6X points at gas stations, US wireless phone providers and shipping, as well as restaurants, flights and car rentals
  • Earn 3X points on all other purchases
  • Complimentary Gold Status
  • 10 free Priority Pass lounge visits
  • Spend $40,000 within a calendar year and get Diamond status through the end of the FOLLOWING year
  • No foreign transaction fees


Improvements to Hilton Honors Loyalty Program

Hilton Honors app

Get the Hilton app and use the Hilton Digital Key

In 2017, Hilton made some awesome changes to the Hilton Honors program. Card Members can pay with a combination of points and money and can pool points with friends and family, as well as use points to make purchases on Amazon.

I also love their app, which you can download by texting HILTONAPP to 55000. From their app you can check in remotely, choose your room, bypass the front desk and go right to your room using your Hilton digital key. Read my post on how to use the Hilton digital key.

At some properties, like the Conrad Indianapolis, you can also use the app to select your pillow type and even bathroom amenities ahead of time, as well!

How to Spend Hilton Honors Points

Hilton Casa Marina

Stay at the gorgeous Hilton Casa Marina Hotel with your Hilton Honors points; Credit: Hilton

Hotel Nights

You can use points to book free hotel stays online or via the Hilton app starting at 5,000 points per night, though points vary and increase from there. Additionally, Gold (you get this status automatically with some of these cards), Silver and Diamond status members get their fifth consecutive award night FREE!

If you applied for the Ascend personal and the Hilton business cards above, you’d have at least 206,000 points to use on hotel rooms. That could get you two nights at the Hampton Inn Times Square at 70,000 points per night. Check out the Hilton rewards booking page for more options.

Hotel Experiences

You can also use your points to book hotel activities like a spa treatment, dinner or for a golf lesson or tee time.

Off-Property Experiences

Hilton Experiences

Attend a concert or awards show using your Hilton Honors points

Similar to SPG Moments, Hilton offers an opportunity to redeem points for amazing experiences like concerts, a PGA tour event and attending awards shows.

Thanks again for using the COMPARE CARDS links in this post or the TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS link in the main menu above!


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