New 100K Offer On Amex Hilton Ascend Credit Card
Back in 2017, American Express and Hilton announced that they would be entering into an exclusive credit card agreement. This meant that the co-branded Hilton Honors card with Citi went away, Amex introduced two new credit cards and rebranded two others.
A few weeks back, the cards went live and as a part of that, we saw the rebranding of the old Hilton Surpass card to the new Amex Hilton Ascend Card. Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
Benefits of the Amex Hilton Ascend Card
Sign Up Bonus – The Amex Hilton Ascend card is offering 100,000 Hilton Honors points after spending $2,000 within the first three months. This is a solid offer. and is only available through 6/27/18. Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
Weekend night certificate – Valid at almost any Hilton property after you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year.
Priority Pass Select Membership – The membership that comes with this card will give you 10 free airport lounge visits each year.
Hilton Honors Gold Status – For as long as you have the card.
Hilton Diamond Status – If you spend $40,000 or more in a calendar year, you will earn Hilton’s top-tier Diamond status.
12X Hilton Honors Points – At all hotels in Hilton hotels.
6X Hilton Honors Points – At U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations.
3X Hilton Honors Points – On all other purchases.
$95 Annual Fee – Not waived for the first year, however, the card does not have foreign transaction fees.
Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
Current State of the Hilton Honors Program
Historically, the Hilton Honors program has been viewed as subpar to many of the other hotel loyalty programs in the marketplace. However, Hilton has made several positive changes in the last year which are a step in the right direction. The most noteworthy changes are as follows:
- Pooling Points (since April 2017): You now have the option of pooling your points with friends and family members (up to 10 people total). This is a great option if you frequently travel with a spouse or significant other. You are allowed to share up to 500,000 points a year, which is a very generous cap.
- Points & Money: Hilton Honors members can now choose nearly any combination of Points and money using a new payment slider that starts at 5,000 Points. With this new perk, Points pricing will be more flexible, giving members the option to use their choice of Points on hotel stays, any time, with no blackout dates. This is a great option if you do not have enough points in your account to book a night 100% on points.
- Amazon Shop with Points: You have the ability to use Hilton Honors Points to shop at Amazon.com. The ratio on this is 0.2 cents per Hilton Honors point, which is not favorable and I generally wouldn’t recommend using your Hilton points on Amazon, however, the option is available.
Application Eligibility for the Amex Hilton Ascend Card
Because the Hilton Honors Ascend card is not a new card, but rather a rebranding of the old Hilton Honors Surpass card from American Express, there are some conflicting opinions on who will be eligible to earn this sign up bonus. American Express has a policy that the sign-up bonuses on their credit cards may be earned “once per lifetime.”
Because many people (myself included) have earned the sign-up bonus on the Hilton Honors Surpass card in the past, it is not yet known if the sign-up offer would be awarded to people who have had the old Amex Surpass card. Sites like Doctor of Credit seem to think the Ascend card will not be treated as a new product. However, Greg at the Frequent Miler thinks that Amex will treat this as a new product and people who have had the Surpass card (As long as they closed it before the card was transitioned to the Ascend card) will be eligible to earn the sign-up bonus offer. The bottom line is we will need to wait for more data points on this before we know for sure.
This is a great offer and one you should take advantage of now if you have never had the American Express Hilton Surpass card. You can squeeze quite a bit of value out of Hilton properties. In 2016, Mr. TT & I booked rooms at the Hampton Inn Mexico City for only 10k Honors points a night. 100k Honors points would be worth 10 nights at that rate.
The New Amex Hilton Ascend card offer represents great value, and I hope I can get the bonus once we know more about how Surpass cardholders will be treated. Learn more about this card and other travel rewards cards here.
Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews, or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer.