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American Express and Hilton have beefed up their co-branded “Platinum” credit card. Under the revised program, cardholders can upgrade to “Gold VIP HHonors” status for spending $20,000 or more on the card in a calendar year. Also, five “Hilton HHonors” bonus points will be awarded for every eligible dollar charged to the card for purchases at U.S. restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations and drug stores that are not departments of superstores or warehouse clubs, the United States Postal Service and for wireless phone bill payments. Additionally, 500 “Hilton HHonors” bonus points will now be awarded for each qualifying stay at a participating Hilton Family hotel when the stay is booked online at any Hilton Family hotel website and paid for with the card. AmEx launched the “Hilton HHonors Platinum Credit Card” in October 2000. During 1995, Hilton and AmEx teamed up to offer the first Hilton “Optima” credit card. For more information, visit: “”:

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