Amex Hilton Honors 2021 Review

Top perks

Big welcome bonus

You’ll get the chance to earn 80,000 Hilton Honors points if you spend $1,000 in three months. You can also earn 50,000 Hilton Honors points if you spend $5,000 in purchases with the first six months. This is a generous welcome bonus for a credit card with no annual fee.  If you plan to travel anywhere with a Hilton hotel — most places, really — you’ll be able to use these bonus points cover a hotel stay. The welcome bonus alone is enough to get you a night at some of the fanciest Hilton hotels or over a week at select budget hotels. Terms apply.

Generous rewards rate

Earn 7 points per $1 at eligible Hilton hotels and 5 points per $1 at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations. That’s about as good as it gets for a no-annual-fee credit card. If you stay with Hilton and spend a lot on food and gas, you’ll accumulate points in no time. That said, if you stay at Hilton hotels regularly, it might be a better idea to get one of the hotel chain’s annual-fee credit cards. Terms apply.

Complimentary Silver status

You’ll get complimentary Silver status with Hilton Honors just for holding the Hilton Honors American Express Card. That gives you 20% more points on your Hilton stays on top of the points you already earn with the card. You’ll also get your fifth night free on reward stays and complimentary water bottles at check-in. Terms apply.

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No annual fee and no foreign transaction fees

The cherry on top is that the Hilton Honors American Express Card comes with no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees (see rates and fees). It’s rare for a credit card to offer this high a rewards rate and welcome bonus without an annual fee. And it’s also rare to find a no-annual-fee credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. Most no-annual-fee credit cards charge up to a 3% fee on all purchases you make in a foreign currency.

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