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Surpass will turn into the newly created Amex Hilton Ascend come 2018.
At some point in January Amex is releasing a suite of new cards. I’m pretty stoked about the Aspire, a new $450 card that provides Hilton Diamond status, Priority Pass, $250 airline fee credit, $250 Hilton resort credit, a free weekend night, as well as increased category bonuses and a slew of other bennies. It’s a damn good deal for $450 a year. In face, I’m 99.9% sure I’ll apply for one once the deal is out. I’m also interested to see what the new card offer will be on the 2nd tier card, the Ascend, or what my current Surpass will convert into to which begs the question: Is the Amex Surpass worth keeping?
Amex allows one sign up bonus per product, per life time.
If Amex is going to be offering a completely new product, not grandfathering in the Surpass as a stand alone product, but instead converting – I’m going to be missing out on the sign up bonus for that card. So why would I keep the card and forever miss out on the sign up bonus seeing as tho I’ll sign up for a far better card with benefits that essentially make the Surpass/Ascend moot.
Amex is cracking down on churners
It’s been reported, this year, that Amex isn’t happy with people who have picked up a card only for the sign up bonus, and are taking some action against it. I don’t blame them too much. In fact, they’ve been cracking down on people who cancel their card within the first year of holding that card – so make sure you at least let that first year lapse. This doesn’t apply to me, but something I wanted to bring up for anyone in a similar circumstance…
Verdict: Adios Surpass, Hola Aspire
The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok looks pretttttty suite for that weekend night =)