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The brand new premium credit card that(alongside ) is already among the currently on the market. Although the card carries a $450 annual fee, its perks make it easy to more than offset this significant cost. From airline fee credits to lounge access and high earning rates, here are just seven reasons why the could be worth adding to your wallet.
1. Top Tier Elite Status
Quite possibly the greatest perk that comes with the card is complimentaryfor the primary cardholder. Unlike the , you’ll receive this status as long as your card account is open, without having to reach any minimum spend.
Diamond status comes with bonus points, executive floor lounge access and breakfast and room upgrades, among other benefits. It’s typically earnedin a calendar year (which equates to $12,000 in spending).
2. Two Annual Weekend Reward Nights
With the, you’ll receive one weekend night at after opening your account, and then again each year on your cardmember anniversary. You’ll also receive a second weekend night when you spend $60,000 on the card in a calendar year. As long as the property is eligible and there’s a room available, there are no exclusions to this benefit, so even infrequent travelers should be able to take advantage of this perk and save hundreds of dollars a year.
3. $250 Airline Fee Credit
Thecomes with an annual $250 airline fee credit that can be used to offset a wide variety of airline fees such as checked bag fees, change fees, in-flight food and beverage purchases and . Just like the airline fee credits that come with , you need to choose one airline each year to use exclusively for your fee credit, though that shouldn’t stop you from maximizing this benefit on an annual basis.
4. $250 Hilton Resort Statement Credit
Each cardmember year — which is defined by the date you opened the account — you and your authorized users will receive up to a total of $250 in statement credits to spend at. The best part about this benefit is that it’s not limited to just incidental charges such as meals and spa treatments, but , effectively getting you another free night or two at one of the eligible resorts. Putting aside all of the card’s other benefits, the $250 airline fee credit and $250 resort credit alone already offset the card’s $450 annual fee.
5. Priority Pass Membership
A complimentary Priority Pass Select membership is included as a travel benefit for primarycardholders. This benefit provides you and two guests with unlimited access to , as well as free food and drinks at a number of like the at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
6. Up to $100 Hilton On-Property Credit
Each time you book at least a two-night paid stay at a Hilton property through(or over the phone while quoting booking code ZZAAP1), you’ll receive up to a $100 credit for incidentals during your stay. Unlike the resort credit, this really is just for incidentals and can’t be used to cover the cost of the room or property fees, though it can still be an extremely valuable perk if you spend two or more nights at Hilton properties.
7. Impressive Earning Rates
Theearns you a whopping 14 points per dollar on paid stays within the brand. Based on for Hilton Honors points, that’s an 8.4% return on spending — much more rewarding than . But it doesn’t end there. Since the card comes with complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status and one of the benefits of that status is a 50% point bonus for Hilton stays (or 15 points per dollar at most Hilton properties), you’ll actually be earning a total of 29 points per dollar on most Hilton stays as a cardholder, meaning a 17.4% return.
While not as competitive for other travel purchases as premium cards like theor , you’ll also earn 7 points per dollar spent (a 4.2% return) on flights booked directly with airlines or at amextravel.com, car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt and Thrifty) and at US restaurants; and 3x points (a 1.8% return) on all other spend with the card.
There are a ton of reasons to love theand it’s pretty easy to maximize its benefits to more than offset its annual fee — even if you don’t routinely stay at Hiltons. With perks like top-tier elite status and 29 points per dollar earned on stays with the brand, the card sets a new precedent for hotel co-branded credit cards. The card is currently offering a 100,000 point sign-up bonus worth $600 after you spend $4,000 in the first three months of account opening.
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