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Hilton HHonors members: Check out this new Amex

Feb 13, 2009 | | Comments Comments Off

I’m always on the alert for great new rewards cards, and there’s one that might be a great fit if you spend time at Hilton-chain hotels.hilton_champagne_web_a1

The Hilton HHonors Surpass Card, just launched from American Express, offers all the bennies of the existing Hilton HHonors card, plus a few, including:

  • 9 points (triple bonus points) for every eligible $1 spent at Hilton Family hotels, 6 points for every $1 spent at supermarkets, drug stores or gas stations and on phone, TV and Internet service, plus 3 points for every $1 spent elsewhere
  • complimentary standard membership in Priority Passâ„¢,  which gives you access to more than 500 airport lounges worldwide
  • automatic Diamond VIP status with an annual spend of $40,000 (Diamond status gives you automatic upgrades, access to executive floor lounges, free breakfast in some locations and a 50% bonus on all HHonors Base points earned

Savvy travelers have long since figured out that hotel cards often offer a better deal than airline cards. It’s typically easier to earn and use points; plus you often get more bang for your buck, since your hotel bill can often dwarf your airfare.

You have to travel enough to justify the $75 fee (although a couple stays in an airport lounge would do that). If you’re not a big traveler, Curtis Arnold at CardRatings.com points out that Schwab and Fidelity have both launched premium cards with an excellent 2% redemption rate (payable into your investment accounts there). Thanks, Curtis!

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