[Dead – Letter Sent Out] American Express Hilton Aspire Upgrade Offer – No AF First Year

Update 5/3/21: Another letter has been sent out apologizing for the confusion and saying that the AF won’t be charged until 2022. Hat tip to nytrojans.

Update 1/29/21: Accounts now showing the AF won’t be charged until 2022. Hat tip to /r/churning

Update 1/6/21: Multiple AmEx reps are stating that the no annual fee for the first year will be honored. If you signed up for this offer it might be worth contacting them to get it on the record that no AF will be charged first year. Hat tip to drbao

Update 12/17/20: Letter has been sent out stating that the annual fee will be prorated starting January 30th, 2021. Looks like AmEx will not be honoring this deal. You can reverse the upgrade if you call in by that date. Up to you if you want to try and fight this or not.

Update 12/14/20: American Express has now pulled the Aspire card from the American Express website entirely. I wouldn’t use the link below to apply and it seems like getting the no annual fee might be a fight despite what the terms clearly stated.

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • American Express is offering some Hilton cardholders the ability to upgrade to the Hilton Aspire. The terms state that: “When you upgrade, your new Card will have a promotional annual fee of $0 for one year. In the first billing period on or after the end of the promotional year, you will be charged a prorated amount of the $95 annual fee for your new Card based on the time remaining until your next account anniversary date. On each account anniversary date thereafter, you will be charged the annual fee for your new Card. If you cancel your Card account or switch to another Card during the one year promotional period, you may no longer remain eligible for this promotion.

Card Details

  • Annual fee of $450 (waived first year)
  • Sign up bonus of 100,000 points after $4,000 in spend within the first four months
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 14X Hilton Honors Bonus Points at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio worldwide
    • 7X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com, car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies and at U.S. restaurants
    • 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points on other purchases
  • Complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status for as long as you hold the card
  • One weekend night at any hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio (on account opening and on every account anniversary)
  • A second weekend night at any hotel or resort in the Hilton portfolio after spending $60,000 on the card within a calendar year
  • Priority Pass membership (unlimited access for you and up to two guests)
  • $250 airline incidental fee statement credit (to work the same as the credits provided on Platinum & Gold cards)
  • $250 Hilton resort statement credit
  • $100 on property credit at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts when booking the exclusive Aspire Card package
  • Authorized users can be added for no additional charge but don’t receive any of the benefits the primary cardholder does (they can use the $250 credits, but it’s a total of $250 in credits across all cards. They can also get access to the Waldorf Astoria/Conrad $100 benefit).

Our Verdict

We’ve seen 150,000 point upgrade offers in the past, but saving $450 is a significantly better offer and you can do this upgrade offer even if you’ve held this card in the past as well. I’d recommend reading this detailed Milenomics post to better understand how this upgrade offer works.

Hat tip to Milenomics

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dan
dan

on 2/1/22, my acct was charged $45.55 showing as renewal AF, which appears to be a partial amount of $95; does that mean that the acct will be charged a full $450 fee by anniv date later this yr?

any folks had the similar partial AF charge?

Peter
Peter

On 2/1/22…
P1 was charged $5.43 (RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP FEE)
P2 was charged $10.87 (RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP FEE)
P3 was charged $12.16 (RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP FEE)
P4 was charged $10.61 (RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP FEE)

dan
dan

Peter what’s the anniv month for those accts? mine is early july, trying to figure out my AF of $45

Peter
Peter

P1 end of Jan
P2 end of Feb
P3 beginning of Mar
P4 beginning of Mar

dan
dan

ah, that explained it; will keep eye out on my acct for any addl fee after anniv date

Scott
Scott

Anniversary month early September – fee posted of approx. $56. I just pulled up online cardmember agreement dated 2/5/22. Says $95 annual fee. So the $56 is pro-rated portion of the $95. Just wondering what the renewal fee will be in September? $95 or back up to the $450?

Peter
Peter

Amex did the right thing and decided to honor the $0/$95/$450 terms, so you should expect it to go back to $450.

dan
dan

Peter after ur anniv is upcoming next month or around the corner, do circle back to provide DP if the AF would be $450?

payyoutuesday

Dan I was billed the prorated $95 AF on 2/1/2022. My anniversary recently passed, and the annual fee was charged at $95. No idea when it will increase to $450, but it looks like at least until 2/1/2023 and maybe longer.

Ban
Ban

On Feb 1 2022 it will charge $95 as AF, on Feb 01 2023 it will charge $450, this is a too good to be true news. IN AMEX WE TRUST

Weijer (Alvin) Chong
Weijer (Alvin) Chong

DOA

payyoutuesday

We already got letters saying that the AF would be $0 until 2022. The real news is that they are honoring the 2nd year AF at $95.

Mark
Mark

It just demonstrates our low opinion of American Express that it’s “news” when they fulfill the offer exactly as they advertised it. Of course they brought that on themselves with that stupid first letter.

Alvin
Alvin

Wow. But we upgraded the card around December 10, 2020, does it mean we will get charged annual fee in December 2022? That’s two years without annual fee.

Jordan (Professional MSer)

LOVE IT! Upgraded 2 cards in Jan. In Amex we trust!

wwllmm
wwllmm

Ha! Amex IS such a wonderful entity. Long live Amex!

Marco Diaz
Marco Diaz

I actually upgraded AFTER the offer was gone (From the Surpass to Aspire)
I did this in December to double dip the airline credit (it worked!)

I got my annual fee this February and I was charged 161 and then a credit for 34
So I guess they messed up badly on the renewals, but I got a whole year of an Aspire for 127! (and 2 airline credits since I double dipped on December)

treasureisland
treasureisland

Just received credit for the prorated annual fee that I paid for the Aspire upgrade. I guess this is the conclusion of a strange saga. AMEX came through in the end 🙂

treasureisland
treasureisland

Just heard via AMEX chat that the prorated fee I was charged will be remediated automatically in one billing cycle to 0. The next annual fee will post in August 2022! Sweet!

quasimodo
quasimodo

Aug 2022? Is the next 2022 fee then on our anniversary date? Since mine is 4Q…the language is that the a/f starts Jan 31, 2021 or thereabouts.

treasureisland
treasureisland

yes, I think so. My anniversary date is in Aug.

Baz
Baz

Yesterday i booked a $2000 ski weekemd on expedia points at a vip hotel before it got devalued 50% this morning.

quasimodo
quasimodo

wrong thread dude! 🙂 But nice to hear…I used in Cabo in January.

Baz
Baz

Had to throw it in. I hate expedia. Im done with it now