Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

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Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
150K points
150K after $4K spend in 3 months.
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$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

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

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

Noteworthy perks: ⚬Annual Weekend Night Reward upon signup 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 a new welcome bonus. They don’t usually issue a hard pull when denying your application. 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 getting a welcome bonus for the card if you sign up 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.

  • 5/90 Rule: In general, you can get at most one credit card within 5 days and 2 within 90 days. The 5 day limit is not enforced when your applications are automatically approved. Neither rule is enforced for 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 open. This limit does not apply to 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 the money back. These techniques are often referred to as "manufacturing spend". American Express has terms in their signup offers that exclude some manufactured spend techniques from counting towards the minimum spend requirements for the welcome bonus. For example, most signup bonuses have terms like this:
Eligible purchases to meet the Threshold Amount of this offer do NOT include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, purchase of travelers checks, purchase or reloading of prepaid cards, purchases of gift cards, person-to-person payments, or 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)

Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card
150K points
150K after $3K spend in 3 months. Terms apply.

$95 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Recent better offer: 125K after $3K in first 3 months + free weekend night at first anniversary (Expired 6/27/18)

Hilton Honors American Express Card
100K points
100K after $1K spend in 3 months

$0 Annual Fee

Info about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.

Alternate offer: You may see a better offer that includes a $100 statement credit during the booking process at Hilton.com.

Hilton Honors American Express Business Card
125K points
125K after $3K spend in 3 months

$95 Annual Fee

Recent better offer: 125K after $5K in the first 3 months (Expired 6/27/18)

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Erik
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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
Editor

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

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Does AMEX the one who does the credit approval. My credit is great except I burned AMEX 7!yesrs ago and I understand they never forget

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P-quick
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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
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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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EFD
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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
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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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