[YMMV] Upgrade you American Express Hilton Honors to the Ascend or Aspire and Get 150,000 Bonus Points

The Offer

No direct link. Shows up in amex offers

  • Some American Express Hilton cardholders are being offered to upgrade to the Hilton Ascend or Aspire card and receive a bonus of 150,000 points after $4,000 in spend within the first three months

 

Our Verdict

Nice deal if targeted. The nice thing about upgrade offers is that it’s possible to get the upgrade bonus even if you’ve received the sign up bonus on that card previously. For more information on upgrade offers in general, you’ll find this linked post highly helpful.

Hat tip to FIPhile

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Will show under offers (can filter by featured) as ‘special welcome offer’

Ron B
Ron B

Luckily, both myself and my wife were targeted to upgrade from the standard card to the Amex Hilton Surpass card. 150,000 with a 3,000 spend. I called and they even extended my spend time from 3 to six months. Amex has been very good to us and we will be staying with them for sure. When a company takes good care of you, you should direct more of your business to them.

George
George

I got the same offer in February, after i downgraded from Aspire to Surpass. Considering i just opened the acct in 2018, i was surprised but it was honored once i met spending after upgrading back to Aspire.

beat2def
beat2def

Why did you downgrade to the Suprass instead of the no-fee card? Have you already had the no-fee card?

arkistan
arkistan

Only 2 weeks after downgrading my Aspire to no-fee card, I already have an upgrade offer back to the Aspire. Would Amex consider it abuse to take advantage of this offer? Is this a trap?

Phil
Phil

Same thing happened to me. I went for the upgrade and met min. spend. The points posted no problem. Maybe they’ll claw them back later, but no evidence of that yet.

P
P

I did that before although mine was two months after downgrading and they denied the bonus.

jow
jow

doctor if I am targeted do you think i can wait a 2 months before upgrading? or the offer will dissapear? you posted this deal last year thank you for posting again

Bob
Bob

I started with the no-fee Hilton Amex a couple years ago-I think the bonus was 60K. Less than a year later I accepted an upgrade offer to the Surpass (I think back then it was the Ascend) for I think 125K. Less than a year after that I accepted an upgrade offer to the Aspire for 150K. In essence I tripled-up bonus offers on one app for 335K Hilton points. I’d advise considering starting out with the no-fee card (currently 75K bonus) and hoping for the double-upgrade path to those who are eligible.

ReverendK
ReverendK

If you haven’t applied for Surpass/Aspire directly before upgrading to them, you will no longer be eligible for the welcome bonus on those cards

Just a Note
Just a Note

One account has Aspire, Surpass and standard Hilton, no love. One account has Surpass and standard Hilton, also no love… ah well. Perhaps next time.

artgriego
artgriego

Puzzled I got it again, but happy to take Amex up on a second upgrade…haven’t even been paying attention to my offers on this card since I downgraded from the last time, so thanks DoC!

dizzy

nope:/

Jumbotron
Jumbotron

I have the upgrade to Surpass and get 150k points after $3k in spend. I’ll probably do it and hope for a similar offer to upgrade to Aspire in another year.

JJ
JJ

I’d rather downgrade and hope for the offer to the surpass again.

Jumbotron
Jumbotron

Good idea, that sounds better 🙂