I’m a big fan of Hilton and a few years ago ranked the program as numero uno for my family’s travel needs. We’ve had good experiences with this chain, and I like the fact that you can sometimes redeem points on suites at a standard rate in places like Embassy Suites. See my post on visiting DC during cherry blossom season. I’m also a fan of Embassy Suites breakfast, especially their omelet bar. Seriously, how good is it?! This is a rare case when included breakfast is actually something I would pay for.
The problem? I’ve already applied for all flavors of Amex Hilton co-branded credit cards, and the only reasonable way for me to acquire points is by buying them for 0.5 cent apiece (when on sale). Due to stealth ongoing devaluation, this rarely makes sense compared to cash rates.
So, when I saw DoC post mentioning “no lifetime language” offers on several Amex Hilton cards, it definitely piqued my interest. Application links, copied from DoC blog (none pay us commission, obviously):
I tried applying for Surpass offer in my name first, and was shocked when it went through. I’ve been in pop-up jail forever. What’s better than one Hilton bonus? Two, of course. I applied in my husband’s name and he was approved as well. We will have to spend $6k in 6 months, which is very doable. I’ll try to think of ways to offset $300 in annual fees by utilizing quarterly $50 Hilton credits (new feature).
I honestly don’t know where we will use the points, but one possible option is Embassy Suites St. Augustine Oceanfront resort. The cost is steep at 80k points per night, but the suites will comfortably fit my family of four, and breakfast would be a cherry on top. We would redeem points on four nights during winter holidays, and get the fifth night free. So, the total cost would be 320k points.
A word of caution
I have no idea where these links came from. They look legitimate, and don’t appear to be targeted. But it goes without saying that there is no guarantee that we will actually get the bonus. Please understand that before you choose to apply. If you’ve never had Amex Hilton cards, you should be fine. Otherwise, there is a risk that you are wasting your time and money.
I’m OK with it, but please don’t blame me if something goes wrong. Some decisions in this hobby require a leap of faith, and this is one of them. If you are just starting out, I urge you to focus on other offers, like 75k points offer on Capital One Venture Rewards (our affiliate link) with $95 annual fee.
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.