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ICYMI: The new suite of Amex Hilton Cards – Diamond Status anyone?

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Last week Amex announced some exciting new Hilton cards coming January 18th, 2018.

Earlier in the year, American Express announced that they would soon become the sole issuer of Hilton cards. This was a much needed win for Amex who lost out on the Costco deal to Citi/Visa and has faced increased competition in the luxury card market.  The caché of carrying an Amex, and specifically a Platinum card, was no longer enough in a crowded and competitive market space.  Whether this new suite of cards for Amex will result in financial win for Amex isn’t quite clear, but one card in particular is a HUGE win for the cardholder: The Aspire. Let’s take a closer look at these new cards, and how you can get top tier status by holding one of them!

The No Fee Card

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A look at the benefits:

  • 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
  • 5X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at U.S. grocery stores, U.S. restaurants, and U.S. gas stations
  • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on all other eligible purchases
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status; Earn Gold status after spending $20,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • No annual fee

If you carry an Amex Hilton Surpass – you will soon be an Ascend cardholder

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Foreign transaction fees removed, free hotel night after $15k spend, and gold status. Full benefits below:

  • 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
  • 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at U.S. grocery stores, U.S. restaurants, and U.S. gas stations
  • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on all other eligible purchases
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status; Earn Diamond status after spending $40,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year
  • One Weekend Night Reward at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio after spending $15,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year
  • 10 free Priority PassLounge passes to ease the airport experience
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee

HOLY SCHMOLY!!!! The Amex Hilton Aspire – Diamond status, $250 Airline Fee credit, priority pass, $250 Hilton resort credit, and a free weekend night. Every year you hold the card.

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This is the home run card…scratch that: GRAND SLAM. I’ve been a diamond member for the past couple of years due to status matches, extensions, and overall luck. The status provides club lounge access, upgrades, increased earning rates, etc. $450 for that status alone would be a great deal. Throw in airline credits, priority pass, and a free weekend night? That’s incredible. They didn’t stop there – they also threw in a $250 annual resort credit – which can be applied to room rates if you pay with the card at check out. INSANE!

  • 14X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
  • 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies and at U.S. restaurants
  • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on other purchases
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status
  • One Weekend Night Reward at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio with your new Card and each year of Card Membership
  • A second Weekend Night Reward at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio after spending $60,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year
  • Unlimited Priority PassLounge passes to ease the airport experience
  • $250 Airline incidental fee statement credit
  • $250 Hilton resort statement credit
  • $100 on-property credit at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts when booking the exclusive Aspire Card package
  • Access to 24/7 American Express concierge
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $450 annual fee

And a business version 

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  • 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
  • 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service producers and U.S. purchases for shipping
  • 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on U.S. restaurants, flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, and car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies
  • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on all other eligible purchases
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status; Earn Diamond status after spending $40,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year
  • One Weekend Night Reward at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio after spending $15,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year
  • A second Weekend Night Reward at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio after spending $60,000 in purchases on the Card in a calendar year
  • 10 free Priority PassLounge passes to ease the airport experience and get work done more easily and comfortably while waiting for a flight
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee

Thoughts: 

I’m 100% getting an Aspire come January.

Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.

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4 Comments

  • Vicente November 7, 2017

    Marriott or Hyatt? Oh yes.
    Hilton? Nope.

  • Dave November 7, 2017

    If everyone’s a diamond, is anyone still diamond though?🤔

    • Chris November 7, 2017

      Probably not. but I don’t know how many will swallow that af just for hotel status. Honestly, Marriott has Hilton beat hands down in their treatment of elites. We’ll see but I’m not biting!

  • Chris November 7, 2017

    nope. As long as the Hilton at SeaTac “offers” literally a bagel or toast as the Diamond breakfast. Was Diamond now gold due to AXP. I’ll stay at the Marriott around the corner for guaranteed lounge access and a real breakfast with no bs upcharge as a top tier!

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