Earn 23 Free Nights at Hiltons After $5k in Spending

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The Hilton Honors Card from American Express is offering 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. It has no annual fee.

The Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card from American Express is offering 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. It has a $75 annual fee.

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You can turn $5k or less of every day spending on the two cards into 48 free hotel nights in Category 1 Hiltons, or 23 free hotel nights in Category 2 Hiltons.

The Deal

If you spend $2,000 on the Hilton Honors Card from American Express in the first three months, you’ll have at least 6,000 points from that spending plus you’ll unlock the 80,000 point sign up bonus for at least 86,000 points total. Category bonuses are:

  • 7 HHonors Points for every $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio
  • 5 HHonors Points for every $1 spent on restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations
  • 3 HHonors Points for every $1 spent on all other purchases

If you spend $3,000 on the Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card from American Express in the first three months, you’ll have at least 9,000 points from that spending plus you’ll unlock the 100,000 point sign up bonus for at least 109,000 points total. Category bonuses are:

  • 12 HHonors Points for every $1 spent on hotel stays within the Hilton Portfolio
  • 6 HHonors Points for every $1 spent on restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations
  • 3 HHonors Points for every $1 spent on all other purchases

109,000 Hilton points + 86,000 Hilton points = 195,000 Hilton points

Changes to Hilton Program

There have been some changes to the Hilton Honors program. They no longer, technically, have hotel categories nor a published award chart–you can read more about that here. The main takeaway though is that no Hilton’s award price per night will exceed the top price of it’s previous category…

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So what used to be called Category 2 Hiltons will remain 10,000 points (or possibly be less if the cash price of the room is cheap). At 10,000 points a night, 195,000 Hilton points are enough for four 5-night stays (plus three extra nights) at Hilton Category 2 hotels. That’s because you get the fifth night free on award bookings as a cardholder of the Hilton Honors Card from American Express and/or the Hilton HHonors Surpass Credit Card from American Express).

Below are some of the best Hiltons for a five night stay.

Cool Locations, Nice Hotels, But Too Cheap

There were a lot of hotels that are in amazing cities and have great reviews, but they aren’t quite as expensive as some other Category 2s, but even with these hotels you are getting 1 cent or more of value per Hilton point, which is amazing. These include:

My Top Picks

HILTON PYRAMIDS GOLF RESORT

5 nights free with max 40,000 Hilton points 
Retail cost: $1,082.25 for five nights

You can stay less than 10 miles from the Pyramids of Giza at a beautiful, modern golf resort.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 11.12.01 PM Guests praise the pool, the location, and the golf course.Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 11.12.08 PMYou can stay five nights at this hotel for 40,000 Hilton points leaving you 40,000 points for five more nights at any other hotel in this post.
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With cash, five nights in the high season go for $1,082. That’s 2.7 cents per point of value.

Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City – Centro Historico

5 nights free with max 40,000 Hilton points
Retail cost: $910.10 for five nights

This hotel is located in the heart of Mexico city’s gorgeous historic district–just blocks from the main square, Zocalo.

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The reviews rave about the staff, and that terrace looks like a lovely place to unwind with a margarita after a day strolling the streets of Mexico city, stuffing yourself with tacos.

Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 10.36.11 PMYou can stay five nights at the Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City to sample the food and culture of one of the Americas’ biggest cities for 40,000 Hilton points, leaving you enough points for five more nights at anywhere else in this post.

That’s a great deal since five nights in late February/early March go for $910, which is about 2.2 cents of value per point.

Other Expensive Properties

Here are some other expensive hotels in interesting cities that are Category 2 Hiltons you can book for 40,000 points for five nights:

Bottom Line

I think Category 1–where 195k points is 48 free nights–and Category 2 Hiltons–where 188k points is 23 free nights–offer the best value for the sign up bonuses on the Hilton Honors Card from American Express and the Hilton HHonors Surpass Credit Card from American Express.

There are (what used to be called) Category 2 hotels that are around $1,000 for five nights in the high season, meaning 195,000 points could be worth around $4,600 in hotel stays.

Did I miss any of your favorite 10k a night Hiltons?


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26 COMMENTS

  1. Just last week, I was booking my first MEX trip, and I absolutely couldn’t believe that this Cat 2 Hampton was two blocks from the Zocalo. I’m taking my daughter in November, Fri-Wed of Thanksgiving week.

    • I took the following from Hilton’s FAQ:

      Silver, Gold and Diamond elite members will receive every 5th night free on Standard Room Reward stays of five or more nights (up to four free nights on a stay of 20 consecutive nights). This is reflected in the point price by applying a per night discount that corresponds to one free night for every five nights.

      In cases where the number of points required per night vary (for example when a stay includes peak and off-peak nights), the point value of the free night is determined by the average cost of points per night. This is calculated by dividing the total point cost of all nights by the number of nights in the stay.

      As a reminder, this elite benefit applies to Standard Room Rewards and must be booked via HHonors.com or our Hilton Reservations & Customer Care team.

      Click here for an example of how “5th Night Free” works.

  2. I think the Mexico hotel is good value.’

    I am not so sure about staying in Egypt or Istanbul. Currently the government suggests not visiting those places.

  3. I stayed at the Hilton Pyramids resort in Cairo for 5 nights last year while spending a month in Egypt. Took advantage of all the amazing Hilton category 1 & 2 hotels in Egypt b/c I was on a furlow in-between jobs and had the time + points! It was amazing… Hilton Pyramids location isn’t ideal if you want to see Cairo, but as a Gold member they upgraded me to the Presidential Suite! It was crazy…. occupancy in Egypt is super low and I found myself upgraded to a suite at all Hilton Pyramids, Hilton Sharm el Sheik, Hilton Alexandria Corniche, and an executive room at Hilton Cairo, etc… seriously was amazing!!! Hilton points in Egypt w/status is the way to go!

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