In both cases, the annual fees have increased, and each card has had some perks taken away and others added to help offset the higher fees.
Changes to the Hilton Honors Aspire Card
The Hilton Honors American Express US Aspire Card has long been a fan-favourite in the Miles & Points community, as it offers outsized value year-after-year.
On October 19, 2023, a number of changes were made to the card, although it’s worth pointing out that many of the card’s most beloved benefits haven’t changed.
To be clear, cardholders will continue to receive Hilton Honors’s top-tier Diamond status as a benefit.
Beginning with the negative changes, the card’s annual fee has increased from $450 (all figures in USD) to $550. This isn’t too surprising, as we’ve seen similar increases on other Amex US credit cards in the recent past as well.
The biggest loss with these changes is that the card will no longer come with a Priority Pass membership as of February 1, 2024.
The annual $250 Hilton resort credit and $250 annual airline fee credit are no longer offered. If you had the card prior to October 19, 2023, you’ll continue to receive the benefits through to December 31, 2023.
Instead, cardholders will now get up to $400 in annual statement credits for spending at Hilton resorts. The credits are available on a semi-annual basis, which means that you’ll have $200 to use up every six months.
The statement credit can be used towards any spending at Hilton resorts charged to your Aspire card. As long as you can spend at least $200 at Hilton resorts twice per year, you’re coming out ahead when compared to the card’s previous $250 annual credit.
Aspire cardholders will now receive up to $200 in annual statement credits for flights. These credits are available quarterly, which means that you’ll benefit if you spend at least $50 each quarter directly with airlines or for flights booked through Amex Travel.
Cardholders may now earn up to three Free Night Rewards each calendar year, which is up from two.
You’ll receive a Free Night Reward upon your…