Does The Aspire Resort Credit Earn Points? Yes It Does!
This will be a quick post but I wanted to alert you guys to another nice little perk of the Aspire and American Express in general. When you use Amex Offers or airline incidental credits you have always been able to earn points on the full cost of the purchase. That adds another 1,000 Membership Rewards points to your stash when you use your $200 airline incidental credit on your Amex Platinum card. But does it work the same way for the Aspire card’s resort credit?
But when the points posted she earned the points for the full amount, not subtracting out the $250 credit amount (14X earning). She also earned the 20X points from her Diamond status that comes with the card. That is because the purchases are billed back to the room but you can also use it on your room rate which gets the same return. That is an additional 5,000 Hilton Honor points not including whatever promo they may have going on.
This is different than others like the Chase Sapphire Reserve where you don’t earn anything on the $300 incidental purchase each year, which is one of the reasons it should always be discounted.
That nets you an extra 3,500 Hilton Honors points each year from the resort credit. Not to mention the 1,750 you earn from the $250 airline incidental (which earns 7X). When you add that to the 5,000 points you earn for the cash charge at the hotel it totals over 10,000 points. I didn’t include these additional 10,000 points in my decision making process to keep or cancel the card. But it does net you another $50 or so in value each year which is a nice little extra perk.
This is one of the better under the radar perks of American Express cards, that their credits earn points. The nice thing about this resort credit is that you also earn points based on your status. And with the gifted Diamond status that can add up. If you max out the card’s perks you are assured an extra 10,000 Hilton Honor points each and every year. Talk about some value!