November 1, 2017
New Hilton Aspire Card comes with Diamond Status and Earns up to 14X
Hilton has traditionally offered a selection of credit cards from both American Express and Citi. Earlier this year, we found out that American Express would be the Hilton’s exclusive credit card issuer come January 2018, though we didn’t have many details beyond that. As part of this change, American Express is introducing a new premium Hilton card with a host of benefits, including top-tier Hilton Diamond Status.
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
The Aspire card comes with a hefty $450 annual fee, but it more that pays for itself with its perks and points earning potential. Right off the bat, it comes with a $250 annual Hilton statement credit and a $250 annual airline fee credit. The airline fee credit covers things like in-flight Wi-Fi, food purchases, bag fees etc. It doesn’t apply towards the cost of the actual ticket and you must select one airline for the credits to apply for. The Aspire card also has no foreign transaction fees.
The card earns 14X Hilton points per $1 spent at Hilton hotels. It earns 7X points per $1 spent on flights booked directly with an airline or through AMEX Travel, on rental cars booked directly with a rental car company, and on restaurants in the United States. It earns 3X Hilton points per $1 spent on all other purchases.
The most significant perk is Hilton Honors Diamond status. This is Hilton’s highest tier of elite status and is normally earned after 30 stays, 60 nights, or 120,000 Hilton Base points. The Aspire card also comes with unlimited Priority Pass lounge access, which gets you in to over 1,000 airport lounges around the world. Cardholders will also receive one annual weekend night award stay, with the ability to earn a second free award night after spending $60,000 on the card in a year. And finally, cardholders will receive a $100 property credit at Waldorf Astoria and Conrad hotels when they book the “Aspire package”.
This is the cheapest and easiest way to earn Hilton Diamond status. The card earns a ridiculous amount of Hilton points and offers some terrific perks-like Priority Pass. The $450 fee is of course expensive, but it’s immediately offset by the annual $250 Hilton credit and $250 airline fee credit. If you’re a Hilton road warrior, this card looks like a terrific addition to your wallet. The Aspire card is set to launch on January 18, 2018.
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