I have had a rough time with AmEx lately. The first lied to me about the waiver of the 5th card rule. I ended up closing my Ascend/Surpass to get the Aspire. Then I wrote about my woes regarding closing my Hilton Surpass Card instead of my Delta Gold card since the Delta gold was useless other than for referrals only. I then got this email from reader Dan:
hey, just fyi i was able to reopen a basic hilton card a week after closing it, once i realized i closed an opportunity for a second aspire. it actually worked out perfectly, i just chatted with them online, they approved the reopen, sent me a new card, then after receiving it i chatted again and they upgraded to aspire with original military benefits intact. so as of now i have 2 aspires and my wife has 1. i read online somewhere that you might be able to reopen an account up to 30-60 days after closing it
I am happy for Dan being able to get essentially 2 Aspire cards with fee waiver and $500 in Hilton Resort hotel credit (good for the Tropicana LV room rate) as well as $500 for airline gift cards. However I am sad to report I was unsuccessful in bringing my Hilton Ascend (Surpass) back to life. I asked online and over the phone and both times sounded promising. They asked me to close another card in order to reopen the Hilton Aspire. I chose the Gold Delta which they immediately closed, but in the end they cited the bullshit reason was that the credit limit had been set to $0. My ascend card was to remain dead, and I had an empty slot open! I think they are on to me and my double dipping. They asked me kindly to reapply, but instead I will upgrade my wife’s Aspire to an Ascend, and I went ahead and applied for this because I was getting tired of the Hilton Points game:
Use my link here if you want to get the Delta Platinum. In the mean time use Davey Nelson’s link here if you are still interested in the Aspire!
Reader Dan just sent me an email reporting another benefit of separating you accounts to separate logins. Full disclosure: I have all of my accounts under a single log in, and when I add a AmEx deal to one card it takes it away from other cards. This was not apparent to me until I read this Frequent Miler article here. Also O-5 reader from Pensacola reiterated the benefits of separate accounts over the phone. As long as you have a log in that contains both an AmEx Platinum, and the Hilton Aspire it might be worth it to make new log in accounts for each card you plan to upgrade in 12 months. Reader Dan reports below:
Thanks to contributor LT Howie and Train Wreck Trader, I had another amazing adventure in San Diego! SD is just a wonderful town with some of the best beach views just steps from the best happy hours I have seen (in PB of course). I just wanted to crank out a quick post of things learned with my quick trip here.
There is a smoky casino about an hour north of the city that participates in the Cesar’s Total Reward Program. I am not much of a gambler, but I have Diamond Status with Cesar’s that I got with my Founders Card. This point system also matches status and provides points transfers to the Wyndam rewards. You could earn points on booking a Total Rewards property and transfer them to Wyndham and book a nice hotel for 15,000 points.
I didn’t stay the night here, but sung by and took advantage of their Salute Card program which gave me a free buffet that I had to use in 24 hours. I decided to sign up and treat myself and Davey to a free dinner. This is offered for all active duty, but it appears to be a one time reward on sign up. The gaming was unremarkable, we ended up playing the most complicated version of Pai-Gow at $25 a hand, something that I don not recommend ever doing again.
The Diamond lounge was free for a limited time only (till 31 March 2018) for diamond members with less than 25,000 tier points. After that there will be a fee to enter. Not a bad lounge, free fountain drink, and energy drinks at the bar. Boozes were not free.
More to come once I get off this flight…
Thanks to reader Charlie Lux (who came out to visit me for dinner a few months ago) in alerting me to the end of the Mercedes-Benz card from American Express. Who knows what card this will become? The article can be found here on frequent miler. This is certainly a sad day for me because I have become accustomed to getting $200 in MB schwag every year! I was even considering getting the Credit version in the hopes of upgrading the card to another MB Platinum with $100 in MB stuff.
If you haven’t gotten the Charge or Credit version of the card for 60k and 10k respectively then I would go ahead and take advantage before the card goes away in Jan 2019!
Then go ahead and buy a new Benz for some sweet 5x points, it is entirely possible to buy a whole car on an AmEx Plat!
Thank You LCDR Lux for the great intel!