Tag Archives: AMEX

Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificates Posted from my Citi Hilton Reserve Credit Cards

Updated at 12:40pm PT on 2/13: My Hilton account now shows the 2 Free Weekend Night Certificates in my account.

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.  I have a short post today on the Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate.  I used to have 2 Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Cards and spent $10,000 on each credit card before the conversion to the American Express Hilton Ascend Credit Card.  This morning, around 2am PT, I received 2 emails regarding my Free Weekend Night Certificates.  These Free Weekend Night Certificates came earlier than I was expecting and did not mention anything about spending a combined $15,000 on the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card and American Express Hilton Ascend Credit Card.  Here is what the Free Weekend Night Certificates email looks like.  You have to make a reservation before the expiration date listed in the email.  I believe your reservation can be anytime after that though.

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I Closed my AMEX Hilton Ascend Credit Card & Received a $95 Statement Credit (Refunded Annual Fee)

Good morning everyone, happy Friday.  When I was doing research for my previous Hilton post (Hilton Ascend Credit Card: Unlink Citi Card; Set up AMEX Card; View AMEX Offers; Call for Retention Offers), I closed one of my American Express Hilton Ascend Credit Cards.  A few days later, I logged back into American Express and saw a $95 statement credit on my account.  That was surprising since I hadn’t used the credit card in several months before it was converted from Citi to American Express.  I did some digging and found out that the $95 was a refund of my annual fee.

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Hilton Ascend Credit Card: Unlink Citi Card; Set up AMEX Card; View AMEX Offers; Call for Retention Offers

Good afternoon everyone.  Today is the day Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Cards are officially converted to American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Cards.  I logged into my Citi online account and noticed that my 2 Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Cards are missing from my account.  The only remnant of their existence is the last 4 digits of the credit card number and links to unlink the credit cards.  A few days ago, I wrote a post on how to remove / unlink Citi credit cards, so check that out if you have any questions.

I then went through the process of setting up both of my American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Cards.  I was able to add both of those credit cards to my American Express online account and there were several AMEX Offers available too.  I also called American Express to inquire about upgrade options to the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card and asked about retention offers.  All that info is below, so let’s get started!

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American Express Enrolled me in their Cash Advance Program (Without my Approval)

Good afternoon everyone.  A few weeks ago, American Express sent out emails with the subject line “Cash Advance Enrollment Update.”  Uh oh, “cash advance” are bad words to any travel hacker and credit card user.  I decided to investigate further to see what American Express was up to regarding the cash advance feature on one of my credit cards.  Based on the context of the email, it looks like American Express proactively enrolled me in the “Cash Advance program” without getting my permission.  I decided to log in and see what was going on.

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Should We Call for AMEX Hilton Ascend Credit Card Retention Offers on January 30?

Good afternoon everyone, I just had an idea and I wanted to run it by you guys.  According to Reuters, American Express paid Citi $150 million dollars for their Hilton credit card portfolio.  I couldn’t find out how many cardmembers that covers, but I assume American Express paid a few bucks per cardmember.  If I were American Express and paid a lot of money for cardmembers and then cardmembers started canceling their new American Express Hilton Ascend Credit Cards before they started using the credit cards, I would be pretty annoyed.  I wonder if American Express thought about that and is prepared to keep cardmembers with decent retention offers.

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