Good morning everyone. I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post: American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card: Welcome Packet, Welcome Letters & Card Art. In today’s post, I am going to share with you the Hilton $60,000 spend tracker, mention the referral bonus, and go through all the card benefits. American Express packs a lot of card benefits into this credit card and shows a few of their most popular card benefits right on the card home page. Let’s examine each card benefit one at a time, starting with the $60,000 spend tracker to get a free weekend night certificate.
Good morning everyone. A few days ago, I wrote about my American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card approval process and how quickly you are upgraded to Hilton Diamond Elite Status after getting approved. In today’s post, I am going to unbox the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card welcome packet, details from the welcome letters, and show you the front and back card art. Luckily, when I was on the phone with American Express, I requested that the credit card be expedited to me. I received an email on Monday morning that my new credit card was shipped, and by Tuesday afternoon, the new credit card arrived via UPS Next Day Air.
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…
Good morning everyone. I hope you enjoyed my post from yesterday: Keep, Cancel or Convert? Chase Sapphire Reserve & Chase Ink Plus. All this week, I am going to review my credit cards that had annual fees post in March. As a reminder, here are all the credit cards and their annual fees. In today’s post, I am going to cover both the American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card and the American Express SPG Business Credit Card. Are they worth keeping, should I close them, or should I convert them to another credit card?
- Chase Sapphire Reserve – $450 (posted 4/1)
- Chase Ink Plus Business – $95 (posted 4/1)
- American Express Hilton Ascend – $95 (posted 4/3)
- American Express SPG Business – $95 (posted 4/6)
- Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business – $75 (posted 4/2)
- Citi AT&T Access More – $95 (posted 4/4)
- US Bank FlexPerks Gold – $85 (posted 4/3)
- Wells Fargo Propel World – $175 (posted 3/31)
American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card
I’ve only had this credit card since January, before then, it was a Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Credit Card. I received the annual free weekend night certificate for spending $10,000 on the credit card when it was a Citi credit card. MSing on the Citi credit card was much easier than MSing on the new AMEX credit card. I also dropped from a Hilton Honors Diamond Elite Member on April 2 when the new Hilton Honors program changes went live, which was terrible timing since I checked into the Hilton Garden Inn on Kauai on April 2 as a Hilton Honors Gold Elite Member. Should I pay $95 to keep this credit card? Having this credit card gives you Hilton Honors Gold Elite Status, but I can already get that for free with my American Express Platinum Business Charge Card. I don’t pay for Hilton stays very often, so if I no longer had this credit card, I would miss out on earning extra bonus points for Hilton stays.
I have had my eyes on the new American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card that comes with 100,000 Hilton points, Hilton Honors Diamond Elite Status, a free weekend night certificate, and $250 Hilton resort credit. The $450 annual fee is steep, but I think the card is wroth it for the first year. I have a credit card App-O-Rama coming up, so I plan on applying for the new American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card. If I do not get instantly approved, I plan on calling American Express and asking them to move my credit line from the American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card to the new card. If that is not possible, I will downgrade to the no annual fee American Express Hilton Honors Credit Card and use that card for the occasional AMEX Offer.
Decision: American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card will be a sacrificial lamb when I apply for the American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card. Plan B is to downgrade to the no annual fee American Express Hilton Honors Credit Card.
Hilton Honors program updates went live last week. They say, as you can see from this email, that the new program elements and perks are based on feedback and will give Hilton travelers more of what they want. Maybe, maybe not. I don’t have any Hilton stays booked right now and Hilton is only my third most used hotel chain, but I am a Hilton Gold Elite Member, and I do have a stash of Hilton Honors points which I intend to keep from expiring, so I figured I should take a look at these changes.
Changes like these usually reward the more loyal customers who stay more often and spend more money. If you’re an infrequent customer and spend less with Hilton, you’ll receive even less in the way of benefits. I fall into the second category. Hilton’s confusing award chart as well as its point award devaluations have kept me away from the program these past few years. Hilton Diamond Elite Members likely see some of these changes as positive, though I get the sense more and more travelers are looking closely at Marriott/SPG since the merger.