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Earn up to 100,000 bonus points with AmEx Hilton cards for a limited time

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American Express has upped the sign-up bonuses for the Hilton Honors and Hilton Honors Surpass cards until Oct. 4, 2017. With the new offer, Hilton Honors cardholders can earn up to 75,000 points, and Hilton Honors Surpass cardholders can earn 100,000 points. Along with the increased sign-up bonus, the Surpass card has also added an annual bonus.

See the card updates at a glance:

Along with increasing their sign-up bonuses by 25,000 points, each of these cards offers cardholders a variety of ways to earn points. The Hilton Honors card gives 7 points per dollar on purchases made directly with participating hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio; 5 points per dollar at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations and 3 points per dollar on all other eligible purchases. Card members also earn 500 bonus points when they use their cards to both book online and pay for a Hilton stay.

The Hilton Honors Surpass card offers 12 points per dollar on purchases made directly with participating hotels and resorts within the Hilton Portfolio, 6 points per dollar at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations and 3 points per dollar on all other eligible purchases. Like the Hilton Honors card, the Surpass gives cardholders 500 bonus points when they use their card to both book online and pay for a Hilton stay.

Upgrade your status

Hilton Honors card members receive complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status. Cardholders can upgrade to Gold status through the end of the next calendar year after making $20,000 in eligible purchases in a calendar year.

Surpass cardholders receive complimentary Gold status. They can upgrade to Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year after making $40,000 in purchases within a calendar year.

See what Silver, Gold and Diamond Hilton Honors statuses get you in the table below.

Additionally, all Hilton Honors members receive discounted, changeable and refundable hotel rates, as well as late and express check-outs.

A great value?

Of course 100,000 bonus points sounds like an impressive offer, especially when you're only required to spend $3,000 in three months to receive the bonus. However, we consider Hilton Honors points to be inflated - by our valuation, 100,000 bonus Hilton Honors points are worth about half the value of similar cards' rewards points.

That being said, because the Surpass card does not charge an annual fee - compared to the $75 annual fee of the Hilton Honors card - its 75,000-point sign-up bonus may be the better offer of the two. As mentioned above, the Hilton Honors card automatically elevates you to silver elite status, which comes with bonified hotel perks, including a fifth night free with every consecutive stay of five nights or more - not a bad deal for a no-annual-fee card.

Now's the time

If you're considering either of these cards, now is the time to apply. Remember, the 100,000-point and 75,000-point sign-up bonuses are only available until Oct. 4, 2017.

See related:Chase IHG Rewards card hikes sign-up bonus to 80,000 points , Limited-time offer: Earn a 60K-point sign-up bonus with Chase Southwest cards

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