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Worth $95? Hilton Honors Ascend from American Express Review

Pros

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.

Cons

$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.

Overall Rating
4.5/5 Stars   
Key Features

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.

 

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee

Yes

Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

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