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These Cards May Come in Very Helpful During AeroMexico Mileage Runs

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When we search for mileage runs, we aim for trips that are both low-priced and short in duration.

Sometimes there’s a trade-off. The great prices occasionally require staying a night (or two) somewhere. You might spend a night in your run’s destination or a connecting city. (Rarely, it’s both.)

We’ve blogged some AeroMexico runs that have long-ish layovers in Mexico City. These range from four hours to more than 12 hours.

Some people don’t mind spending a half-day immersed in airport appreciation or lounge dwelling 🙂 .

But others want a comfortable place to rest and relax. So let’s take a look at some cards that might give you a decent place to kick back in Mexico City — without draining your bank account.

Hilton Mexico City Airport

There’s a Hilton Hotel connected to Terminal 1 at the Mexico City airport. You can either pay cash — or use Hilton Honors points!

I played around with some random dates and saw that standard rooms start at about 36,000 points a night. (Cash prices were in the $136-$160 range.) The Hilton Amex cards all offer very attractive welcome bonuses right now.

But which is the best option for AeroMexico mileage runs?

I think the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card and Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card are probably the way to go.

Why?

Let’s start with the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card. It offers a total of 180,000 bonus Hilton Honors points:

  • 130,000 bonus points when you spend $2,000 in purchases within three months of being approved for the card
  • 50,000 more points when you spend a total of $10,000 within six months of being approved for the card (See rates and fees)

Even if you can’t hit the $10,000 total spending threshold, you still come away with 130,000 bonus points. That’s enough for at least three or four nights at the Mexico City Airport Hilton.

Hilton Amex Surpass card
Learn how to apply for the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card

The card carries a $95 annual fee (see rates and fees) but offers complimentary Hilton Gold status and 10 annual visits to Priority Pass lounges. Plus, you’ll receive a Weekend Night Reward when you spend $15,000 in purchases during a calendar year.

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card is fairly similar. It awards you 130,000 bonus Hilton Honors points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within three months of being approved for the card. (See rates and fees)

 

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
Learn how to apply for the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card

The card carries a $95 annual fee (see rates and fees) but offers complimentary Hilton Gold status and 10 annual visits to Priority Pass lounges. Plus, you’ll receive a Weekend Night Reward when you spend $15,000 in purchases during a calendar year. (You can get another one if you spend $45,000 that same year.)

If you simply want points and limited travel benefits, then you’ll be interested in the Hilton Honors American Express Card, which has no annual fee (see rates and fees). Plus, its welcome offer rewards up to 130,000 bonus Honors points:

  • 80,000 bonus points when you spend just $1,000 in purchases within three months of being approved for the card
  • 50,000 more points when you spend a total of $5,000 within six months of being approved for the card (See rates and fees)
The Hilton Honors American Express Card.
Learn more about The Hilton Honors American Express Card.

The card also offers complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status. (You can get Gold status if you spend $20,000 in purchases during a calendar year. But if you plan to spend that much money on your card, go for the Surpass, which comes with Gold status and you can get yourself a free weekend night.)

Assuming you meet the minimum spending requirement, the welcome bonus will net you at least three or four complimentary nights. That’s not bad for a no-annual-fee card. (See rates and fees)

Rounding out the Hilton Amexes is the high-ticket Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card. This offers 150,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 in purchases within three months of being approved for card membership. (See rates and fees)

It carries a $450 annual fee (see rates and fees) but comes with pretty good perks:

  • Complimentary Hilton Diamond status
  • Complimentary Weekend Night Reward each year — including your first year of card membership
  • $250 Hilton resort statement credit
  • $250 Airline incidental credit
  • Complimentary Priority Pass Select membership

If you’re able to take full advantage of the statement credits, you end up making money. But remember we’re discussing which Hilton Amexes are more advantageous for getting some winks during a mileage run. Keep in mind, too, that if you’re traveling on an AeroMexico business class ticket, you have access to AeroMexico’s club lounges. You can eat and drink there for free — and not spend money on meals at the hotel.

Final Approach

Long layovers in Mexico City are sometimes unavoidable — at least, for a good airfare — during AeroMexico mileage runs. So if you’re not up for a trip into Mexico City or hanging out inside the airport, the Hilton at MEX seems like a great option. Using Hilton Amex’s bonus points can help keep your costs low while you chase Delta MQD!

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2 Comments

  1. There is also a Sheraton at MEX T1. Usually prices there are lower than the T1 Hilton.

  2. My choice would be to use the Am Ex Platinum Personal CC to access the MEX Centurion Lounge and sleep in its Zen Room. Dimly lit, it has five leather chaises and pillows for sleeping. I’ve rarely seen anyone use it. Plenty of electrical outlets for your phone/tablet/laptop. Please no phone calls. Use ear buds/headphones to keep noise to a minimum. Water and fruit are also available in the Zen Room. Need to freshen up? Let the front desk know you’d like to take a shower. They’ll set you up with whatever you need. Before you leave the Centurion enjoy a nice meal and drink of your choice. It’s all free – perks of the Personal Am Ex Platinum Card. Be sure to tip your servers. Lounge hours: 5 am – midnight.

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