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Over the last few years banks have been cracking down on credit card churners with the addition of restrictive language, clawbacks, and arbitrary time restrictions (I’m looking at you, 5/24). American Express is one of the toughest, allowing cardholders to receive a bonus for a particular card once per lifetime, no matter how many times you open or close the card. Today the past has returned in the form of a new offer from American Express’s no-fee Hilton without the addition of the lifetime language.
- Direct link to the offer here (not an affiliate link)
- 75,000 bonus after $1,000 in spend in the first three months
- Valid only for the no-fee Hilton Honors American Express Card
If you haven’t had the card yet, you can get 100,000 points after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months through this link (may pay me a commission), which is of course a better deal (This would be more, wouldn’t it), but only if you haven’t had the no-fee Hilton card before
I’ve already hit my maximum for American Express credit cards, otherwise I’d be all over this. There are a couple of points to note here: American Express has been known to claw back bonuses on targeted offers exploited by the public (though never, as far as I know, on a co-brand card, only for Membership Rewards), and this offer does appear to be targeted due to the language in its terms and conditions.
That being said, this is technically a publicly available offer, so YMMV. I’m interested to see if they’re honoring the bonus on this. Comments on DoC show people with existing cards being approved, so we’ll see!
Do you already have the no-fee Hilton Honors Amex? Are you going to try for this?
H/T Doctor of Credit
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I have a link to a 100,000 Hilton points offer with same requirements (referral link), but it may have lifetime language. It is a better offer for those who don’t (or didn’t) have this card.
Yes – I also have a link for 100,000 Hilton points but it definitely DOES have that lifetime language (which I am sure yours does as well)
Interested in this. Can you link the DoC were people are talking about people with existing cards getting this?
I believe it’s linked at the bottom of the post
If you already have this card can you do the spend and it be considered an upgrade?
Upgrade to what?
I guess basically to the same card. Other words if you have the card and have gotten the bonus can you just get it again? But it sounds like you’d have to reapply
Yeah – you can’t really do that. You used to be able to do it with some issuers, but very few allow anything like this now. American Express specifically has a rule that you can only get the bonus on a card once per lifetime. That’s specifically why this post was written because this particular link does NOT have that language, meaning someone that doesn’t have the card (but had it previously) can again earn the bonus
Well I decided to give it a try and see what happens. I currently have this card (this was my very FIRST card – where I discovered travel hacking in 2015!). I was instantly approved. I used a browser that I had not previously used to login to my Amex acct. I did enter my Hilton member number. I’ll be sure to come back here and comment to say if I receive the bonus or not. Thank you for posting this! DOC ROCKS! : )
Can you get the 100K bonus if you already have the Ascend card?
Yes – they are separate cards and the lifetime limit language does not apply
Yes – they are totally separate cards so the lifetime limit language does not apply