When Amex made the official announcement about the enhanced benefit of 5x on airfare for the personal Platinum card, they also hinted that there’s more to come. Their Platinum card upgrades weren’t very convincing as they were touted as going against the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
Now the next move seems to be aimed at the Chase Ritz-Carlton card. DoC reports that American Express are considering a new card to their Hilton line up, called the Hilton HHonors Diamond Card. One of the benefits mentioned for the new card would be Diamond status and the ability to earn Diamond+ status with $60K annual spend, maybe a new status tier coming with the release of the card (or maybe just an imaginary one)
Here’s the image provided by DoC:
Earning rates would be great as well, although we’re talking about Hilton points.
There’s no mention of a sign up bonus, but I’d expect such a card to come with one. The problem is that it would have to to be well into the 6-digits because Hilton points are valued at less than half a cent and you can already get 70K points with the no fee card and 100K with the Hilton Surpass card.
Speaking of those two current cards, there’s also hints at enhancements coming. Here’s the rumored changes:
- Amex Hilton HHonors
- 5x points on all purchases at U.S restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations (increased to 7x)
- $25 Hilton gift card with every $2,500 spent
- 50% certificate for meeting specific spend thresholds ($10,000 or $12,000)
- Amex Hilton Hhonors Surpass
- Add priority pass basic membership
- Add priority pass basic membership + 10 free visits
- Add a travel credit of $75 or $100
- Change earning categories to higher levels
- Other random changes