Automatic Hilton Gold Status. Complimentary automatic mid-tier status with Hilton is a great benefit if you’re thinking about switching hotel chain loyalty or don’t stay at hotels often enough but still want extra benefits like free breakfast. Hilton Gold status gets you things like a 25% bonus on base points earned, your 5th night free when booking reward stays with points and free breakfast. You’ll also have the ability to earn Hilton Diamond status if you spend $40,000 or more in purchases on your card within a calendar year. Please remember that terms & conditions apply.
Free Hilton weekend night each year with eligible spend. Every year that you spend $15,000 or more on your Ascend card, you’ll get a free weekend night valid at Hilton properties worldwide.
10 Free Priority Pass Lounge visits each year. There are over 1,000 Priority Pass Lounges worldwide, and these 10 free lounge passes will make your airport experience much more enjoyable.
Rack up points, fast. Considering that you’ll earn 12 Hilton Honors bonus points per dollar spent at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio, 6 Hilton Honors bonus points per dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. restaurants and U.S. gas stations and 3 Hilton Honors bonus points per dollar spent on all other purchases, you’ll be well on your way to enough points for your next hotel stay in no time.
$95 annual fee. While this isn’t as high of an annual fee as some cards have, it is higher than the previous version of the Hilton card issued by American Express, the Hilton Surpass Card (which is no longer available). The Hilton Surpass card only had a $75 annual fee, though it didn’t offer some benefits like the annual 10 Priority Pass Lounge passes. Rates & Fees.
For the occasional Hilton stayer, the Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express can really help you extract some extra value during your travels, and possibly even save you some cold, hard cash.
Hilton Gold Status. You will receive complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status as long as you are an Ascend cardholder. Further, if you’re a big spender, you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status by spending at least $40,000 on your card within a calendar year. However, if Diamond status is important to you, it could make more sense to get the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire card which automatically provides Diamond status and some additional benefits (for a steeper $450 annual fee).
10 free Priority Pass Lounge visits per year. You will receive a Priority Pass Membership card which will provide you with 10 free visits per year at over 1,000 Priority Pass Lounges worldwide. Additional visits will cost $27 each.
Ability to earn a free weekend night certificate. Each year, you will have the ability to earn one free weekend night valid at hotels in the Hilton portfolio by spending $15,000 on your Ascend card in a calendar year.
Solid points earning. The Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express offers 12 Hilton Honors bonus points per dollar spent at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio; 6 Hilton Honors bonus points per dollar spent at U.S. supermarkets, U.S. restaurants, and U.S. gas stations. All other purchases will earn 3 Hilton Honors bonus points per dollar spent. There are no limits to the number of points that can be earned in any category.
No foreign transaction fees. The Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express does not charge foreign transaction fees.
Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance. When you rent a car and pay with your Hilton Honors Ascend card, you will be covered for loss and damage to your rental car. You must decline coverage offered by the car rental company. Coverage does not apply in Australia, Italy and New Zealand. Other conditions may apply.
What alternatives are there?
The Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Expressisn’t the only available credit card that earns Hilton Honors points. Hilton offers cards with both lower and higher annual fees. Either could be a better fit depending on your spending habits and Hilton needs.
Here are other Hilton Honors points earning credit cards:
Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express
Best for: Anyone who wants the ability to earn Hilton points without paying an annual fee and doesn’t care about the free breakfast that comes with Gold and higher status levels.
The Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express is the no-annual fee option for earning Hilton Honors points with a credit card. Cardholders will earn:
Cardholders will also receive complimentary Hilton Honors Silver status,and have the ability to earn Gold status after spending $20,000 or more on the card within a calendar year. The Gold status will last through the end of the next calendar year.
Hilton Honors™ Aspire Card from American Express
Best for: Anyone who wants top-tier Hilton Honors Diamond status or unlimited Priority Pass lounge visits, among other benefits, and don’t mind paying a $450 annual fee.
The $450-annual fee The Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express offers higher points earning and more benefits that might make the high price tag worth it. You’ll earn:
In addition to earning a boatload of Hilton Honors points, Aspire cardholders will also receive complimentary top-tier Hilton Honors Diamond status, unlimited Priority Pass Lounge passes, a $250 airline incidental fee statement credit and a $250 Hilton resort statement credit. Each year that you are a cardholder, you’ll be given one weekend night reward to use at a hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio and if you spend $60,000 or more on your card within a calendar year, you will receive a second complimentary weekend night certificate.
Hilton Honors™ American Express Business Card
Best for: Small business owners looking to earn a few bonus points for purchases in business categories like wireless telephone services and shipping purchases, and some benefits with Hilton hotels for a reasonable annual fee.
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card offers many of the benefits of the $95-annual-fee Ascend card for the same annual fee, plus a couple of different ones.
The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card offers the following points earning:
Hilton Business Card members will receive complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status and can earn Diamond status by spending $40,000 or more within a calendar year, just like with the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card. Cardholders will also have access to 10 free Priority Pass Lounge passes each year.
Likewise, one Weekend Night Reward can be earned after spending $15,000 in purchases, but the Hilton Business Card also offers the ability to earn a second Weekend Night Reward after spending $60,000 in purchases within a calendar year.
Where can you stay with Hilton points?
Point redemptions at Hilton hotels start at just 5,000 Hilton Honors points per night with Hilton’s Points & Money Rewards. The cost of booking a room at a Hilton hotel with points depends on the hotel, room type and date. Hilton allows you to look up the maximum price for a redemption at any hotel in their portfolio with this tool.
Here are a few examples of locations you can stays with your Hilton Honors points along with the corresponding maximum price of the hotel.
Ramses Hilton – Cairo, Egypt – 10,000 Hilton Honors Points per Night
Doubletree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 10,000 Hilton Honors Points per Night
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa – Queenstown, New Zealand – 60,000 Hilton Honors Points per Night
Waldorf Astoria Park City – Park City, Utah – 80,000 Hilton Honors Points per Night
Conrad Koh Samui – Taling-Ngam, Koh Samui, Thailand – 95,000 Hilton Honors Points per Night
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