Earn 150,000 Bonus Points with the Hilton Aspire Card

AwardWallet receives compensation from advertising partners for links on the blog. Terms Apply to the offers listed on this page. The opinions expressed here are our own and have not been reviewed, provided, or approved by any bank advertiser. Here's our complete list of Advertisers.

Offers for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card are not available through this site. All information has been independently collected by AwardWallet and has not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer. Some offers may have expired. Please see our card marketplace for available offers.

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card has one of the best new-cardmember bonuses currently available with 150,000 Hilton points after you make $4,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months.

The current bonus matches the highest public offer we've seen on this card, delivering enough points for a luxury weekend at some of Hilton's finest (and most expensive) hotels and resorts. Hilton award nights start at just 5,000 points, and there are plenty of budget-savvy options if you're looking to stretch your bonus into multiple trips or a longer getaway.

The Hilton Aspire comes with a $450 annual fee , but the card's incredible lineup of benefits make it a solid long-term value for many.

Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
Annual Fee$450
Welcome Bonus Earn 150,000 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $4,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, enjoy a free Weekend Night Reward within your first year and every year after renewal.
  • 14X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio
  • 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, car rentals booked directly through select rental companies, and at U.S. restaurants
  • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card

Feature Benefits of the Hilton Aspire

The cornerstone of a good rewards strategy is choosing cards whose benefits far outweigh their costs. For anyone who stays with Hilton at least a few times per year, the Hilton Aspire should pass that test with flying colors. Here are the top benefits you get just for being a Cardholder:

  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond Elite status – The Hilton Aspire is the only co-branded rewards card to offer top-tier elite status just for holding the card. Hilton Diamond provides access to room upgrades, free breakfast, lounge access, and a 100% bonus on points earned from Hilton stays. Hilton elite members also receive every fifth night free on stays booked with points.
  • $250 Hilton Resort statement credit – Each cardmember year, you’ll get up to $250 in statement credits for eligible purchases at Hilton Resorts, including incidental charges made at restaurants and spas when you charge them to your room and pay with your Hilton Aspire.
  • $250 Airline Fee Credit – You’ll get up to $250 in statement credits towards your selected airline’s incidental airline charges. Eligible charges include checked bag fees, change and cancellation fees, lounge passes, in-flight food and beverage purchases, and seat upgrades. This benefit is per calendar year, so you could technically claim it twice in the first year, depending on when you receive your card. This credit won’t cover airline tickets, paid upgrades, points or miles purchases, or gift cards.
  • Weekend Night Rewards – Earn a weekend night reward when you receive your new card and each year on your account anniversary. Except for a small list of excluded properties, you can use your free nights at almost any Hilton Hotel or Resort. You can also earn a second weekend night award by spending $60K on your card in a calendar year.
  • Priority Pass Select Membership – Gain unlimited access to over 1,200 Priority Pass lounges worldwide for you and up to two guests. Keep in mind, Amex cardholders no longer receive credits at restaurants and other non-lounge locations, so we don’t give this benefit as high a value as Priority Pass memberships provided by other issuers.
  • $100 Property Credit – Book two-nights or more at a Waldorf Astoria or Conrad property via HiltonHonors.com/aspirecard, and receive a $100 property credit towards incidental charges during your stay.
  • Additional benefits – In January 2020, Amex added trip delay and trip interruption & cancellation coverage to the Hilton Aspire, plus the card offers lost baggage insurance, and you’ll pay no foreign transaction fees .

Temporary Covid-19 Hilton Aspire Enhancements

In response to the current outbreak, Amex made some changes that can help you get more value from your card while you're waiting for travel to return to normal.

  • Unexpired Free Weekend Night Rewards—including new rewards issued between May 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020—can now be redeemed any night of the week.
  • Weekend Night Rewards issued between May 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, will be valid for 24 months instead of the typical 12 months.

In particular, the 24-month validity for weekend night certificates should make a big difference for anyone on the fence about whether they can cover the $450 annual fee long term with travel on hold.

Application Restrictions

American Express limits welcome bonuses to once per lifetime per product. If you currently hold or have previously held the Hilton Aspire, you won’t be eligible for the signup bonus. There are no restrictions on applying for this card if you already hold another card within the Hilton co-branded family. However, Amex does have some additional rules that apply to their overall relationship with each cardholder. If you have four or more Amex credit cards, check out this post for more details.

Our Take

The Hilton Aspire comes with benefits you won’t find with any other hotel rewards cards. In addition to the increased 150,000 point welcome offer, the complimentary Hilton Diamond status provides top-tier elite perks that can genuinely enhance your stay, and the annual weekend reward night can return a ton of value when redeemed at premium properties. Add in the $250 airline and resort credits and complimentary lounge access, and it isn’t hard to justify the card’s $450 annual fee.

Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
Annual Fee$450
Welcome Bonus Earn 150,000 Bonus Points after you use your new Card to make $4,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, enjoy a free Weekend Night Reward within your first year and every year after renewal.
  • 14X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio
  • 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, car rentals booked directly through select rental companies, and at U.S. restaurants
  • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

**You may receive 5 bonus AAdvantage miles for leaving a comment (Details/FAQ)

Comments

  • Avatar

    It’s a great set of perks, but the much cheaper card from Hilton offers many of the same things. Almost as good but not quite, so before signing up, you should compare the two cards to see which one best meets your needs.

  • Avatar

    Hilton card is the best choice! Always…

  • Avatar

    Can you get the 150,000 with an upgrade?

    • Avatar
      JT Genter says:

      Some cardholders have indeed reported receiving 150k bonuses for upgrading to an Aspire. However, it’s a targeted offer.

  • Avatar

    This is great specially now that I found out that Hilton points can be used as cash in a famous online shopping site that also has a video streaming service. (wasn’t sure if I could say the name here)

  • Avatar

    If you held the equivalent of the Aspire card with Citi before Amex Hilton then you won’t get the bonus either. I learned that. Oh well, I still like the card and the benefits. I just wish that I would gotten the bonus. Amex has always been very tough on getting bonuses and applying for their cards. I wonder what their angle is. With Marriott not guaranteeing their elite benefits I wonder if Hilton is getting more business now?

  • Avatar

    Had 100k before but it expired without giving me alert notification. Lost a few days of hotel stay.

  • Avatar

    I was planning to downgrade the Aspire to the Surpass next month when my annual fee posts. Do we know if the extended Diamond status applies for those who got status from the credit card only? Will my status be downgraded immediately when my card is downgraded?

    • Avatar
      JT Genter says:

      Before the Amex announced changes for COVID-19, I was eyeing my upcoming Aspire Card renewal and wondering the same thing. With the resort credit being applicable to restaurants, I decided to keep the Aspire for this renewal. So, I don’t have a data point for you on this. I could see it going either way.

  • Avatar

    Hilton cards are definitely better than Marriott offers now.

  • Avatar

    Is there an Amex Hilton Aspire Business? Does it have a similar bonus?

  • Avatar
    Michaelj1 says:

    12 points on groceries is the winner for me! Thanks.

  • Avatar

    looks good. hilton is bouncing back and this will be good for the industry

  • Avatar

    I got the no annual fee card last year. Great deal for no annual fee.

  • Avatar
    Bill from Maine says:

    I use this card the most. The free night, resort and airline credit more than take care of the AF.

  • Avatar

    Dang I’m tempted!

  • Avatar

    Always one of the best cobranded hotel credit cards

  • Avatar
    40orFight says:

    In general, I really like this card. Keeping track of all the little perks and credit amounts can be a bit much sometimes, but the Diamond status is especially great at some of the nice Asian properties.

  • Avatar

    I’m waiting for the Surpass card to get an increased welcome bonus as well.

  • Avatar

    Looks like a great card if you use Hilton.

  • Avatar

    A great bunch of points! Very tempting!

  • Avatar

    Great time to apply for this card now, especially since the $250 resort credit applies to restaurants through August. Easy to maximize that benefit!

  • Avatar

    This is a powerful card and for the right people is possibly the best card in the industry.

    It’s mildly disappointing that the $95 card offers 12x points and the $450 card only bumps up to 14x but for everything else it has, it’s a great card.

  • Avatar

    Nice deal but very similar to Amex Platinum…the Covid enhancements are a nice perk!