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How Long Does The Aspire Free Night Take After Upgrading?
Even though multiple American Express employees told me that my wife would not get a free night after upgrading to the Aspire card she did end up getting one. They insisted it would not come until after the first full anniversary. They said only new accounts get it in the first year. I knew that this information was inaccurate from data points in our Facebook Group. But how long did the Aspire free night take to arrive after upgrading? Did it take as long as it did when I signed up for a new account?
I covered the amazing 150,000 point upgrade offer people were seeing from their Ascend card back in late September. You all know I think the Aspire card is hands down the most valuable premium card on the market. My wife accepted American Express’ generous upgrade offer, much more generous than those clunker Chase upgrade offers, and awaited my wife’s free night.
The upgrade offer was accepted on September 24th, 2018 and my wife received the free night email on November 25, 2018. That is about 9 weeks apart but slightly quicker than when I signed up for my Aspire card. It doesn’t look like American Express has increased the speed with which they issue these certificates. I had said I hoped they would in my previous article.
That leaves us with 2 free nights since she earned one with her Ascend card for spending $15,000 before upgrading. I will probably downgrade one of our Aspire cards back to Ascend since I like to use it as a non bonus spend card. I will just have to make sure it is after a full year if it is her card.
If you were wondering if you get the free night the first year when upgrading to the Aspire card, you do. But, it will take the full 8-10 weeks for it to show up.
I am not sure how it would work if your anniversary date on the Ascend card was just a few months away though. I couldn’t see them issuing two in such a short span but maybe someone can give their personal experience in the comments.
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