I can’t believe it: Amex likes me again!

After 4 years of getting the dreaded Amex pop-up box when I applied for any American Express card, my luck finally changed.

Finally Approved for Amex Card!

My last Amex approval was in 2018. I’ve tried at least 3 times since then to get a new Amex card, but I was always denied. It’s likely because in my earlier days of churning, I spent just enough to earn the sign-up bonus and frequently cancelled cards after the first year. Amex does not like that behavior because I wasn’t generating enough profit for the bank.

Well, I’ve been putting more spending on my current Amex Hilton card over the past two years. I’ve spent around $9k on it. Then recently, I received an email from Amex inviting me to apply for the business version of the card. I’ve never had the card before. I thought, why not try?

Much to my surprise, I was approved!

Hilton Honors Amex Business Card

The Hilton Honors Amex Business Card has a special offer through 12/21/22:

  • 130,000 bonus points after spending $5000 in the first 3 months
  • Free Hilton night after spending $10k in the first 6 months
  • Free weekend night after spending $15k in a calendar year
  • 12X at Hilton properties
  • 6X at gas stations, shipping and wireless phone services
  • 6X points on flights and car rentals booked through Amex travel
  • 3X on all other purchases
  • Hilton Gold Status
  • no foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee

My last big Hilton points splurge was at Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak over spring break a few years ago. I plan to use my bonus points and (and potential bonus free night certificate) for a getaway during Spring Break 2024. So many possibilities!

Hotel Conrad Punta de Mita. Photo by Fernando Gutierrez on Unsplash

How does my family travel so much? We use miles and points from credit card bonuses. See my Travel Hacking 101 post as well as current credit card offers here.

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