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Many Folks Will NOT Be Eligible for This New Card’s Bonus. Are You One of Them?

Many Folks Will NOT Be Eligible for This New Card’s Bonus.  Are You One of Them?

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Via One Mile at a Time comes some bad news regarding the upcoming Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express.

We had hoped this card would be considered a new “product”.  But it looks like it will NOT.  And I’ll tell you why that’s a big deal for lots of folks in the miles & points hobby!

Many Folks Will NOT Be Eligible For This New Cards Sign Up Bonus Are You One Of Them
If You’ve Opened the AMEX Hilton Surpass, You Won’t Get the AMEX Hilton Ascend Welcome Bonus

Are You Eligible for the Hilton Honors Ascend Welcome Bonus?

Link:   AMEX Is Issuing 2 New Hilton Cards and Refreshing 2 Old Ones

The Hilton Honors Ascend Card will be the refreshed version of the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express.

This new card will come with:

  • 12 Hilton points per $1 at Hilton hotels and resorts
  • 6 Hilton points per $1 at US supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations
  • 3 Hilton points per $1 on all other eligible purchases
  • 10 Priority Pass lounge passes
  • Automatic Hilton Honors Gold status
  • Hilton Honors Diamond status after spending $40,000 in purchases within a calendar year
  • 1 weekend night at any Hilton hotel or resort after spending $15,000 in purchases on the card in a calendar year
  • NO foreign transaction fees
  • Terms Apply
  • Rates & Fees

And the annual fee has been increased from $75 to $95.

We were hoping this card would be considered a new “product”, separate from the AMEX Hilton Surpass.  Because if a card is considered a new product, you can earn the bonus on the card, even if you’ve already earned the bonus on its predecessor!  Because AMEX limits folks to earning 1 bonus per product, per lifetime.

But from a live chat with an AMEX representative, it’s pretty clear that the AMEX Hilton Ascend will NOT be considered a new product.

So if you’ve had the AMEX Hilton Surpass before, you will NOT be eligible for the AMEX Hilton Ascend bonus.

And any AMEX Hilton Surpass cards will be automatically converted January 18, 2018.

Bottom Line

The AMEX Hilton Surpass is becoming the AMEX Hilton Ascend card on January 18, 2018!  And unfortunately, the AMEX Hilton Ascend will NOT be considered a new product.

So if you’ve previously opened the AMEX Hilton Surpass, you will NOT be eligible for the new card’s bonus.

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Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card

Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card

  • Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points with the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card after you use your new Card to make $2,000 in eligible purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors after you spend $15,000 on purchases on your Card in a calendar year.
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card directly with a hotel or resort within the Hilton Portfolio.
  • Earn 6X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for each dollar of eligible purchases on your Card at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets, and U.S. gas stations.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for all other eligible purchases on your Card.
  • Spend $40,000 on eligible purchases on your Card in a calendar year and you can earn Hilton Honors Diamond status through the end of the next calendar year.
  • $95 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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Terms Apply | Rates & Fees

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I had posted earlier about trouble finding out about those 10 priority passes. Wondering if anyone knows since neither AMEX nor Hilton nor priority pass could respond.
Can cardholder bring family and have them ‘deduct’ from those 10 passes or are these passes only for cardholder and family can’t be included free for entry? I have travel coming up next week.

Do you think the same will apply to the AMEX Hilton card with no annual fee?

You didn’t say what the bonus for this card will be if there is one.

What’s the hotel pictures in this article? Can you start including footnotes for any featured hotel pictures in your articles?

That hotel looks like the Steamboat Grand in Steamboat Springs, CO.

I wish I waited one more day. Last night I cancelled my Amex Hilton Surpass hoping to stay eligible for the Hilton Asend card bonus. Do you think Amex will allow me to reactivate my card?