I was looking around on American Express’ website last night and I found that one of their credit cards was missing from their personal card lineup. Amex usually has 18 personal credit cards available. But as of last night, there were only 17. I noticed that Amex has removed the Hilton Surpass Card from its website.
However, the other two Hilton credit cards (the Hilton Aspire and no annual fee Hilton Honors Card) are still present. And the entirety of American Express’ other personal and business credit cards remains as well.
Any of American Express’ direct links for the Hilton Surpass will return an error page on Amex’s website. However, you can still get access the Surpass offer via referral links or through Hilton’s website. These two alternate routes are excellent bypasses in the event that American Express has a glitch or an error on their website.
Hilton Surpass Overview
The Hilton Surpass Card is Amex and Hilton’s mid-tier credit card. It comes with a $95 annual fee (NOT waived the first year) and plenty of opportunities to save at Hilton hotels.
Furthermore, the Surpass has a sign-up bonus worth 125,000 Hilton Honors (HH) points. And it can be earned by spending $2,000 within the first three months. The card also earns 12x HH points on Hilton hotel purchases. Plus, it earns 6x HH points on Dining, Groceries, and Gas. All other purchases earn 3x HH points.
Moreover, the biggest perk that comes with the Hilton Surpass is Hilton Gold Elite Status. This is the second-highest level of Hilton Honors Elite status. And some of the perks include free breakfast, room upgrades (up to an Executive level room), and lots of bonus points.
Overall, the Surpass is an excellent card for travelers who occasionally stay at Hilton hotels. It is also a nice card for Hilton lovers who do not want to spend $450 per year for the Aspire Card.
Even though Amex has removed the Hilton Surpass Card from its website, I doubt that this is nothing more than a glitch. Chase has recently removed the Slate Card and three others from their website because they were not profitable. However, I do not believe that Amex would remove the Hilton Surpass for the same reasons.
Fortunately, there are other ways to apply for the Hilton Surpass Card if you wanted to. Using Hilton’s website to transfer you to the application is one of them. Having another route like this is one of the benefits of a co-branded credit card.
Furthermore, you can also use a referral link from a friend or family member. American Express’ referral links are cool because you can apply for whatever card you want to even though your friend or family member has another card. For example, I have the Blue Cash Everyday Card. But I can give a friend my referral link and they can apply for the Hilton Surpass Card. I will still receive a cash back bonus for my card and my friend will receive extra HH points if they are approved for the Surpass Card.