Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

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Card Details and Application Link
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
150K Points + free weekend night
150K after $4K spend in 3 months. Free weekend night every year - first certificate is awarded 8-12 weeks after approval. Terms apply.
Click Here to Apply

$450 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: This card is loaded with valuable perks that are more than worth the card's annual fee if you stay in Hilton resorts at least once per year, and other Hilton properties a few times a year..


Card Type: Amex Credit Card

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Earning rate: ⚬ 14X Hilton spend ⚬ 7X US restaurants, flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, select car rental companies ⚬ 3X on all other eligible purchases ⚬ Terms & Limitations Apply.

Big spend bonus: Second free weekend night after $60K spend in calendar year

Noteworthy perks: ⚬Annual Weekend Night Reward upon approval and every year upon renewal ⚬ Free Diamond Status ⚬ Priority Pass w/ 2 free guests ⚬ $250 Hilton Resort Credit per membership year ⚬ $250 Airline Incidental Fee Credit per calendar year ⚬ $100 on-property credit w/ Aspire Card package ⚬ Terms Apply. See Rates & Fees

See also: Amex Hilton Aspire In-Depth Review

Overview

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card offers the following benefits:

  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Hilton Diamond status
  • Earning rate:
    • 14X at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
    • 7X on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies and at U.S. restaurants
    • 3X on other purchases

  • $250 Hilton Resort Credit per membership year. Participating resorts can be found here: hilton.com/resorts. Pay room charges with your card and you should receive statement credits automatically.
  • $250 Airline Incidental Fee Credit per calendar year. This appears to work the same as the Amex Platinum card’s $200 airline fee credit. So, this should be relevant: Amex airline fee reimbursements. What still works?
  • $100 on-property credit at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts when booking the exclusive Aspire Card package
  • One Weekend Night Reward at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio with your new Card and each year of Card Membership. Weekend Night Rewards cannot be used at Hilton hotels listed here: HiltonHonors.com/weekendreward.
  • A second Weekend Night Reward after spending $60,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year
  • Priority Pass
  • Access to 24/7 American Express concierge

Click here for our in-depth review of the Amex Hilton Aspire Card

Overall this is a great option for those who stay often at Hilton hotels and at least once a year at Hilton resorts (thanks to the $250 resort credit). Due to the relatively low value of Hilton points compared to many other types of rewards (see: Reasonable Redemption Values), this isn't the best card to use for spend at 3X, but it's good for it's 7X and 14X categories.

Application Tips


Amex Application Tips



  • Safe to Apply: Amex is the safest bank for trying your luck at earning a new welcome bonus offer. They don’t usually issue a hard pull when denying your application, and if you already have an Amex card, they won't usually issue a hard pull when approved for another one. Plus, they’ll now warn you during the application process if you’re not eligible for the bonus.

  • Lifetime Rule: If you've ever had the same card before, you are most likely prohibited from earning a welcome bonus offer for the card if you apply now. Fortunately you'll be warned during the application process if this is the case. Amex is known to "forget" that you've had a card after about 7 years.

  • 90 Day Rule: You can get at most two credit cards within 90 days. This rule does not apply to Pay Over Time (charge) cards.

  • 5 credit card max: Amex usually won't approve applications for new credit cards if you already have 5 or more Amex credit cards or 10 or more charge cards.

  • Better Offers: You may be able to get a better offer than the best available public offer. Details here.

  • Hard inquiries combine into 1 when approved same day


Check application status here.
If denied, call reconsideration: 877-399-3083 (new accountholders); 866-314-0237 (current accountholders)


How to Meet Spend Requirements

In order to meet minimum spend requirements, people often look for options to increase spend in ways that result in getting their money back. These techniques are referred to as "manufacturing spend". American Express has terms in their welcome offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus offer. For example, most new cardmember bonuses have terms like this:
Eligible purchases to meet the Threshold Amount do NOT include fees or interest charges, purchases of travelers checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or purchases of other cash equivalents.
That said, many techniques for meeting minimum spend are perfectly fine. Here are some techniques that are safe for meeting Amex minimum spend requirements (click each link for more information):

Related Cards (Hilton)

Card Offer
Hilton Honors American Express Card
100K points + $100 in statement credits
Earn 100K after $1K spend in 3 months + up to $100 in statement credits for purchases at any Hilton family hotels in the first 12 months. Terms apply. (Rates & Fees)
(Offer Expires 10/26/2022)

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Kayexelate

My Hilton Aspire card AF is set to bill on 6/5/21. If I cancel/downgrade my card, will I lose my free night certificate? Some posts I read say that it’s tied into your HH account and not the card, so once it’s issued it’s yours. I would love to use it but the only travel I have coming up before my AF hits is a HGI which I can book for $87. Definitely not a good use of the Free night certificate, but I’d rather use it if I’ll lose it. someone suggested making a reservation using the certificate before canceling/downgrading my card. Not sure if that’ll keep it from disappearing?

I am aware I will lose my Diamond status once I cancel. Any advice on what to do? Thanks.

Last edited 1 year ago by Kayexelate
Nick Reyes

You will lose neither the free night certificate nor will you lose Diamond status right away (you should have that at least until next year). Things like points and free night certificates are with the loyalty program – canceling the credit card won’t have any effect on your free night certificate(s) or points. That’s true across all of the hotel programs.

Kayexelate

Thanks Nick. Do you think there will be any Covid related bonuses this year like the $250 reimbursement for restaurants/food instead of using it for resorts? If so, it may be worth it to keep the card as the free night is worth $200 to me and if I got $250 worth of food reimbursement that would cover the $450 AF. My guess is not likely since Covid numbers are improving and the country is re-opening. Do people get offered retention offers or should I just downgrade to the No fee card? (which I already have)? or just close?

Last edited 1 year ago by Kayexelate
VIS

My $450 annual fee is due this month on Aspire. Anyone has any luck with retention offers ? Thanks.

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kayexelate

I have the no fee HIlton Amex card. I’m planning on getting the Aspire card. I know I can use the link in your post, but would that generate a brand new card (not an upgrade)?

I used to see the upgrade offer in my account and it said the same terms: 150k points, free night, diamond status, etc. I no longer see that offer. When I login my account and click on the CC links at the bottom, I can see the Upgrade offer for the Aspire card, but it does not mention anything about the 150k points (still mentions diamond, $250 airline credit, free night etc). I even checked the fine print of the T&C

Does that mean if I used that upgrade I would NOT received the 150k points? who would do that?

Any way I can use an affiliate link and get an “upgrade” rather than a new card so:

1 I don’t have to get a new CC #
2. I don’t have to get a new card, counting against my 5/24.

Kayexelate

Thanks Greg: so the upgrade offer I see, (that doesn’t show any points at all), is not a mistake? If I clicked on that, they would actually upgrade me and not offer any points? What person in their right mind would take that offer? You still pay the $450 AF and don’t get any points??

Kayexelate

Thanks Greg: You mentioned on your podcast that you think Hilton may waive the $450 AF for this card given the current economy. Do you still think that’ll happen? Not sure if I should wait for that offer (if it ever happens ) or just apply now to get the benefit of the 3 month extension on min spend and take advantage of the $250 resort fee now being applicable for restaurants.

Kayexelate

When Amex says the covid benefits ($250 resort credit being able to be used for restaurants and the extension on the free weekend night to two years) applies to “select cards” is that referring to those specific (aspire) cards, or only select customers? I presume it’s anyone who has a Hilton Aspire card, regardless if you’re opening it up new after these benefits have been announced and not just for people who had their cards prior to 5/1 when these were announced. I called Amex, but the rep didn’t know.

Would be a bummer if I applied and didn’t get to utilize these. Otherwise, I would just apply later when I can utilize the Diamond benefit since I have no travel until the fall.

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Jim

Your “Apply Here” link is broken

Nick Reyes

Fixed, thanks!

Kayexelate

I know with this card you get Hilton Diamond status. Do you know how long after you cancel the card the Diamond status runs out?

I’m planning on applying in May/June of this year because then I’ll be Diamond for an upcoming Australia trip (november 2020) and also for another trip (to Asia) in May/June 2021 and I can still quit within 1 year and not pay the $450 AF the next year.

As a data point, In October 2019, I quit my Hilton Surpass card (beginning of year 2 of that card, so got m AF refunded in full) and I’m still Hilton Gold. I think Hilton’s tier/status cycle is every March, so I expect to be downgraded to Silver in March 1, 2020. If that is true, and I apply for the Aspire card in March 2020, and then quit after March 1, 2021 (before the $450 AF in year 2), will I still stay Diamond until March 2022? Trying to max out my benefits with just 1 years AF. Also, after the downgrade, is it a soft landing (to Gold) or to silver (or maybe blue?)

Kathy

I’m sorry but I have looked everywhere on the terms that the first year is annual fee is friend, can Someone tell me where to find that?

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Eugene

I applied for and was approved for the Aspire card, using the referral link in the Best Offers section in this blog. When I clicked through, I did see the 150K point bonus. Now American Express is telling me there is no bonus associated with the account. Any suggestions?

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EFD

i went to the ASPIRE card signup page, but the $250 annual airline credits are not list anymore!!! did they change it and remove the airline credits???

Nick Reyes

Interesting catch. I don’t know why they aren’t marketing that on the page anymore…

However, if you click on “Offer Terms”, it gives you the full terms and I do see the airline credits listed there. Here’s a link, but I’d recommend clicking the terms link again when you apply to be sure you see it in there. “Offer Terms” is usually right under the card art on the application page.

https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card-application/apply/prospect/terms/hilton-honors-aspire-credit-card/51034-10-0/?key=tncBody&rwdFlag=rwd#offer-terms

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P-quick

I have an upgrade offer for my Ascend to Aspire – 150k after $4k spend. But it’s confusing the way they word the $250 resort credit and the annual free night certificate. They say that you’ll get these at card approval and every year there after during your anniversary. But I’m not sure if that means only new accounts will get the $250 and free night certificates. As mine is an upgrade, do I have to wait until account anniversary for the $250 and free night certificate?

Nick Reyes

The language you’re referencing is typically found in new applications – make sure you’re looking at an upgrade offer.

Assuming it is an upgrade offer, you would get those benefits right away and then again at your anniversary. Those are just regular benefits of the card (just like earning 14x on Hilton spend and getting Diamond status), so you would get them upon upgrade (note that the free night certficate took about 8 weeks to arrive, so that’s not instant, but you wouldn’t have to wait for your account anniversary).

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Radu Nistor

Is the 250$ resort credit available for the first year? Or you can only use it starting your second year?

Nick Reyes

First year. Everything under noteworthy perks are standard card benefits that you get every year, including the first year.

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Erik

Do you know if the resort credit really does work for room rates? I want to reserve at the Waldorf Astoria in italy, but I am not sure if it will give me the credit and I do not want to spend that money out of pocket.

Nick Reyes

Yes. There are plenty of reports on Flyertalk confirming this.

That said, make sure the hotel you’re talking about is on the list of resorts. The only Waldorf Astoria resort I see in Italy is in Rome. Check the list of resort properties here:

http://hilton.com/resorts

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