Each Hilton Honors card costs $450 a year, but this annual fee is waived for Active Duty. It has been over one year with my Hilton Aspire Card, and my only regret is to have closed my Hilton Honors Surpass Card in order to get it. What a fool I was to not have closed anything else in order to keep my Surpass and to upgrade to another Aspire. First off, my anniversary was rewarded today with another one of these free weekend nights at any Hilton Worldwide (excluding these properties).
I realized now how valuable the Hilton Honors Aspire from AmEx really is, and how it’s a perpetual free vacation machine. Now that we know each card can generate a $250 Southwest gift card, as well as give $250 for a resort credit for room rate & incidentals.
You can easily squeeze out thousands of dollars in value every year if you hit all three Hilton Products:
- Hilton Honors $1K for 100,000 points
- Hilton Honors Ascend $3K for 150,000 points
- Hilton Honors Aspire $4K for 150,000 points
In one year you would upgrade the Honors and Ascend both to Aspire for 3 free weekend nights every year. You would then get 400,000 Hilton Honors points to book free rooms. I would then use the free nights at pricey hotels like The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills:
I would book individually a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Night and then combine the three reservations at check in. Remember that these have to be weekend nights per the terms and conditions. In the case of the Beverly Hills Waldorf we are looking at $926 a night for a total of $2,778 not counting taxes and fees. This benefit is perpetual with the card, so I am ready to have 3 of my 5 card be strictly Hilton Honors Aspire cards!
Regarding flights, the three cards would mean $750 in Southwest airfare every January. I looked at taking a flight from MKE (Closest Southwest airport to Great Lakes) to LAX:
You can use up to three payment methods per transaction, so that means you can get up to a $750 ticket over the three gift cards. Southwest won’t let you pay any overages over three Gift Cards with a credit card, but you can use two gift cards and then the rest on credit.
The best part of the trio of Aspires is your getting fed at these places for free. With the Hilton Diamond status from the card you can get breakfast if there is a lounge or restaurant (Most Hilton) or some other means. For example I was given a credit at the Chicago Waldorf Astoria for Breakfast since there was no lounge.
Even better usage would be for a Hilton Resort such as the Orlando Waldorf Astoria:
Here you would be able to charge up to $750 in incidentals and then at the end of the stay split charge over my three Hilton Honors Aspire cards for the $250 resort credits each. Remember the $250 resort credit only resets on the anniversary of the card along with the free night. Now I got to get to a more stable AmEx card portfolio!