Good news out there is HHonors is going to have some changes for 2018! Mainly we all get free breakfast at the Waldorf-Astoria with our free HHonoros Gold via AmEx Platinum. Bad news is I called AmEx to clarify if I would be eligible for the new signing bonus for the Ascend. My plan was to cancel my Hilton Surpass before the 18 Jan 2018 product change, and reapply for Ascend to get the new bonus. Unfortunately they said that the Surpass would count as the Ascend in the future so I WOULD NOT be eligible for any future Ascend bonus. This revelation kind of goes against Greg’s advice to downgrade the Surpass card to the fee free one, just to get the bonus in the future. It sounds like the Ascend bonus is not advalible to theose who geo the surpass bonus in the past. However, they gave me 5k HHonors points just to keep it open for at least 6-8 weeks. They informed me that the Surpass card would become the Ascend in use, but the physical plastic would be replaced only on card renewal.
Hope that clears things up!