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Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card Application Experience & Instant Perk
A few years ago Hilton did an amazing status match where I was able to lock in Diamond status for a year and then able to re-match that status for another year. It was fantastic and I sort of got used to having my Hilton Honors account displaying “Diamond”. But alas nothing good lasts forever and recently I finally dropped to the dreaded Hilton Honors “Gold” level.
To be honest, I have been either Gold or Diamond in Hilton Honors for close to a decade and in the United States I don’t notice a huge difference, but internationally I do find Diamonds are treated a bit better. You are technically guaranteed a better upgrade as a Diamond as well, so maybe it will result in better rooms overall.
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire – First Year Value
Okay, so yeah Diamond status is nice, but I am generally a Hyatt guy. So why apply for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card now? The answer is timing and value. Let’s start with value.
Here is what I will get the first year with the Hilton Aspire card in exchange for my $450 annual fee:
- 150,000 Hilton Honors points after $4K spend in the first 3 months
- Hilton Honors Diamond status
- 14X points at Hilton properties, 7X other categories, 3X everyday spend
- $250 airline fee credit each calendar year
- Priority Pass Membership with 2 guests
- $250 Hilton Resort property credit
- A free weekend night
Even More Info!
Mark broke down in detail all of the value of this card in the first year and its tremendous. Make sure to check it out!
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire – Application Experience
I am really loving American Express lately when it comes to applications. Yes, I am a long time customer and I have a lot of their cards, but that means I tend to get easy approvals without any hard credit inquiries. Indeed that happened here as well. I applied (last night) and it went to pending. I called, but was told I needed to wait for a call from a specific department. That call came the next morning (today) where I was told I needed to close one of my other 5 accounts and I was approved!
Instant Hilton Honors Status Perk
While I applied for this card in order to use it on an upcoming trip, there was one instant surprise that will benefit me tonight! After logging into my account post-approval I noticed I had already been instantly upgraded to Hilton Honors Diamond status.
That’s right, the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card gives you an INSTANT upgrade to Hilton Honors Diamond status.
Putting Hilton Honors Diamond Status to Use
While I hopefully will get good use out of my Hilton Honors Diamond status from the Hilton Honors Amex Aspire card in the future, I don’t need to wait a long time for that to happen. Tonight I’ll be attending a Hilton function at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas and staying at the property. The hotel is sold out, so who knows maybe that Diamond status will give me the edge on a better room over my old sad Gold?!?
Mark has been a long time fan of the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card and has covered all of its interesting features and perks many times on the site. After a lot of nagging he finally got me on board and I agree this is one of the most compelling products on the market. It delivers with value from several different angles and I’m just glad that I’m finally back on my perch as a Hilton Honors Diamond member again.
Do you have the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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