Update 11/6/19: Deal is still dead. Multiple readers in the comments confirm that this application appears to be going properly for those who applied when it was live, and we should not be hit with any annual fee charge for the first year.
There’s a new link that’s surfaced which is apparently waiving the $450 annual fee on the Hilton Aspire American Express card. These premium cards rarely waive the annual fee first year; you can get a huge value from all the benefits for a full year with no fee.
Direct Link to offer (requires login)
The signup bonus is the same at 150,000 points after $4,000 in spend. Some people are considering signing up even if they get the pop-up (which warns them that they aren’t eligible for the bonus) just the benefits for a full year with no fee.
The fee waiver is not showing on the main application page, only in the Rates & Fees page. Be sure to confirm that you are seeing the $0 fee, and also take screenshots in case you have to fight this one. Hopefully they’ll honor it without issue.
Hat tip to readers James and HN and Reddit