Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. Last week, I did a credit card App-O-Rama and applied for the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card. The credit card has a $450 annual fee, but comes with a 100,000 Hilton points sign up bonus ($4,000 spend in 3 months), Hilton Diamond Elite Status, $250 airline travel credit, $250 Hilton resort credit, 1 free weekend night certificate and a few other benefits (read Doctor of Credit’s full review). It sounds like a great deal, at least for the first year, so I applied for the credit card.
Unfortunately, my application went pending and I decided to wait for a call or letter in the mail from American Express. I felt pretty confident that I could get approved for this credit card because I had an existing American Express SPG Business Credit Card and an American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card that I could use for leverage to get approved for the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long to hear from American Express…
A few hours later (3:16pm PT on Thursday), I received a call from American Express. The rep wanted to confirm that I applied for the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card (yes, that was me). She told me that I had 6 credit card accounts currently open and that I would need to close 2 credit card accounts to get approved for the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card. Not a problem, I told her she could close both of my American Express SPG Business Credit Card and my American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card. I asked her if she could move the credit limits from those 2 credit cards over to the new American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card, but she said that was not possible, but I ended up getting a fairly high credit limit anyway. I asked her if she could expedite the new credit card to me and she said she would request that it be sent via UPS Next Day Air (but I still haven’t received the credit card by mid Sunday). I thanked her for the call and hung up.
4 hours later (7:03pm PT on Thursday), I received an email from Hilton with the subject line, “Grant, you’ve been upgraded to Diamond status!” Sweet, that was fast!
I then checked the Hilton app to confirm that my status was upgraded. Unfortunately, both the Hilton app or Hilton website showed me as a Hilton Honors Gold Elite Member. The next evening (Friday), I remembered to check the Hilton app and that is when I saw that I was upgraded to a Hilton Honors Diamond Elite Member. I am not sure what time on Friday my status changed, but I would say ~24 hours after getting the “you’ve been upgraded” email, my elite status was upgraded. I look forward to my next Hilton stay.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!