American Express Cards

American Express Platinum

American Express's Platinum card is a high end card that offers a plethora of benefits, credits, and perks.  Currently there is a 60,000 point offer after spending $5000 in the first 3 months which can be transferred to hotel & airline partners or used for travel directly with American Express.

First, this card provides you with an automatic $15 per month ($35 in December) Uber cash in your account to use for either Uber rides or Uber Eats for a total of $200 per year.

Next, you also get a $200/year airline incidental credit to use on your selected airline which covers bag fees, inflight refreshments, seat assignments, etc.

The third credit this card also gives you is $100/year ($50 in Jan-Jun and $50 Jul-Dec) at Saks Fifth Avenue.  I've always been able to find something I needed at saks.com to make use of the credit twice a year.

The fourth credit is $100 towards Global Entry or TSA Precheck application fee (every 4 years).

Finally, the newest credit is from May 2020 through December 2020, if you charge your wireless phone bill and select streaming services to the card you will get $40 credit each month ($20 for wireless phone & $20 for streaming services) for a total credit of $320.

In addition to the 5 credits above, this card earns 5X points on flights booked directly with airlines or through Amex Travel and 5X points prepaid hotels booked through Amextravel.com. 

Having this card also allows you access to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts program to get free breakfast, hotel credits, room upgrades, and more.

Finally having this card also gets you lounge access including American Express's own Centurion lounges, Delta Sky Club, and Priority Pass Select lounges.

The card's annual fee is $550.  Learn more and apply here.

American Express Blue Business Plus

American Express's Blue Business Plus card is arguably the best and simplest earning card available.  It's at the top of my wallet and stays there since there is NO annual fee.

Currently there is a 10,000 point referrer offer after spending $3000 in the first 3 months.  The 10,000 point offer is not publicly available on American Express's and only available through a referrer.

What makes this card simple to use is that it earns 2X points on ALL purchases (up to $50,000 per year).  No need to memorize different categories.  The valuable Membership Rewards can be transferred to airline and hotel partners for even more value.

Again the card has NO annual feeLearn more and apply here.

Hilton Honors American Express Aspire

Hands down, the Hilton Honors Aspire card may the best premium card available.  Before getting into the benefits of the card, you should know that it is currently offering   150,000 bonus points after you spend $4000 in the first 3 months of account opening. 

First this card offers a $250 airline fee credit which is just as good as cash.  Next it offers a free weekend night certificate when you are approved for the card and a free night each year when you renew.  This certificate is good at ANY Hilton property. 

It also gives you another $250 Hilton Resort credit each year - just use your card at a Hilton Resort property and get up to $250 credited back to your account.  And finally it gives you Hilton's top Diamond status which gets you extra points, upgrades, and my favorite - breakfast during your Hilton stay.

The card's annual fee is only $450.  Learn more and apply here.

 

Hilton Honors American Express Surpass

The second best Hilton card (in my humble opinion) is the Surpass.  Before getting into the benefits of the card, you should know that it is currently offering 130,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of account opening. 

This card also gives you Hilton Gold status which is one step below the highest Diamond status.  Gold status still gets you free breakfast.  If you spend $40,000 in a calendar year you will earn Diamond status.

In addition to earning 12X points at Hilton, it earns 6X points at US restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations.  It earns 3X points everywhere else.  This card also does not charge you foreign transaction fees.

You can also earn a free weekend night certificate after you spend $15,000 in a year.

The card's annual fee is $95.  Learn more and apply here.

 

Hilton Honors American Express

The no annual fee Hilton card is simply known as the Hilton Honors Card.  It is currently offering a 80,000 bonus points after you spend $1000 in the first 3 months of account opening which is really a great offer for a no annual fee card.

In addition to earning 7X points at Hilton, it earns 5X points at US restaurants, supermarkets, and gas stations.  It earns 3X points everywhere else.  This card also does not charge you foreign transaction fees and gives you Hilton Silver status (which doesn't get you much).

The card has no annual fee.  Learn more and apply here.

 

Hilton Honors American Express Business

The business version of the American Express Hilton Honors card is currently offering a 130,000 bonus points after you spend $3000 in the first 3 months of account opening. 

Holding this card also gives you free Gold Status and 10 free airport lounge visits per year with a Priority Pass Select membership.

In addition to earning 12X points at Hilton, it earns 6X points on select business and travel purchases and 3X points on all other purchases.  This card also does not charge you foreign transaction fees and gives you Hilton Silver status (which doesn't get you much).

You can also earn a free weekend night certificate after you spend $15,000 in a year.  And earn a second free night certificate when you spend an additional $45,000 in the same year.

The card's annual fee is $95.  Learn more and apply here.

 

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