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Hilton Offers New Credit Card Points Bonus



Hilton Honors has renamed one of their American Express-branded credit cards and also rolled out a new, more generous bonus scheme for new cardholders.

Beginning July 18, the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card will revert to its previous brand name, the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card.

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The Surpass Card is the middle tier rewards card for Hilton Honors. There’s a $95 annual fee and the primary benefits to cardholders in addition to the welcome bonus are Gold status in the Hilton Honors program and a Priority Pass Select membership, which provides 10 free visits to Priority Pass airport lounges each calendar year.

The card also includes additional benefits like no foreign transaction fees and car rental loss and damage insurance that are quickly becoming standard for many travel reward cards.

The welcome bonus for the Surpass Card is 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points and a free weekend night reward after reaching $4,000 in purchases within the first four months after enrolling. There’s a shortlist of exclusions for the free weekend night, and rooms are subject to capacity controls. There are no restrictions on how the welcome bonus points may be redeemed.

In addition to the renamed Surpass Card, two other Hilton Honors credit cards have new welcome bonuses.

The Hilton Honors Business Card, which is essentially the corporate version of the Surpass Card (with the same benefits and annual fee) is offering the same welcome bonus of 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points, but with a $5,000 purchase threshold in the first four months after enrolling.

The Hilton Honors Card, which has no annual fee and confers Silver status in the Hilton Honors program is offering a bonus of 90,000 points after reaching $2,000 in purchases within the first three months after enrolling.

In addition to funding hotel stays, Hilton Honors members can also use their point windfalls to access experiences like a private concert or a mixology workshop.

The promotions are valid through August 28.

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Consumers should review their financial profiles and credit score before applying for a new credit card.

It’s helpful to review the terms of the promotion, card benefits, interest rates and fees, and contact the card issuer with any questions before applying.

Being a previous cardholder of the same card could disqualify members from earning welcome bonuses; contact the card issuer for details.

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Las Vegas Sands Donating Two Million Pieces of Personal Protective Equipment



WHY IT RATES: With the Palazzo and Venetian shuttered in Las Vegas, parent company Las Vegas Sands continues to pay some 10,000 furloughed Team Members and provide full health-care benefits, and has just announced a fresh donation of two millions pieces of personal protective equipment to support the work of those battling coronavirus on the ground in New York and Nevada. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer

Las Vegas Sands today announced it will donate two million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to help health-care professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Medical mask donations will be distributed in the company’s corporate headquarters of Nevada as well as New York, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Each state will receive one million masks. The 20,000 protective suits will be donated to hospitals and first responders in Nevada.

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“Hopefully our donations will help protect people on the front lines so they can continue their invaluable work, and we can start to see the numbers of people affected begin to diminish,” Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson said. “Our properties in Las Vegas may be empty right now, but our hearts are full of hope for the future. The determination and courage I have seen in our Team Members, which I know is the same throughout this country, gives me every confidence we will get through this unprecedented crisis.”

This contribution marks the second round of personal protective equipment donations Sands has made. The company previously provided 100,000 masks to the Las Vegas health-care community and 5,000 masks to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. It also donated 1,900 coronavirus test kits to the state of Nevada.

Mr. Adelson said the one million masks being sent to New York will help health-care professionals and first responders in the state currently with the most cases of coronavirus.

“People are looking to New York as a bellwether for what comes next, both in terms of the pandemic’s impact and for how quickly the region, particularly New York City, is able to recover from the aftermath of the virus,” he said. “It’s important we steer resources to the places where the need is the greatest and most urgent.”

In addition to the protective gear donations, Sands is fulfilling its pledge to give $250,000 to several important local organizations during this time of need. The company is making contributions to ‘Three Square’, Southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization; ‘Communities In Schools’, which is helping provide meals to students who would otherwise be participating in their school’s free and subsidized meal programs; and ‘Share Village Las Vegas’, a veterans assistance organization that also runs a community food pantry.

Sands also has donated 60 pallets of food and more than 55,000 bottles of water to local organizations. In addition, the company is currently paying each of its nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Team Members, along with providing full health-care benefits, while its properties remain closed.

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SOURCE: Las Vegas Sands Corp. press release.

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