One Interesting Unadvertised Benefit of the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

When I wrote this article about the four new co-branded credit cards which have been announced by Hilton and American Express and are expected to be available in January of 2018, one of those cards is the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card…

One Interesting Unadvertised Benefit of the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

…and amongst the benefits offered by the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card is complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond VIP elite level status, which the holder of the card enjoys for as long as he or she has it. This means that — irrespective of all of the other benefits which are included with this card — you can attain Diamond elite level status for the cost of the annual fee of $450.00 per year without having to stay in a hotel room even once.

One way to earn Diamond elite level status in the Hilton Honors program for the following year is to complete a minimum of 30 qualifying stays of at least one night each within a year. Room rates of $15.00 per stay are impossible to procure at any brand of hotel or resort property within the Hilton portfolio — unless, of course, you use the relatively new Points & Money option; or if you solely use Hilton Honors points per stay, which does count towards earning Diamond elite level status for the next year…

…so this means that Hilton Honors Diamond elite level status at $450.00 per year can be considered a bargain. It is a status which I have enjoyed for years and believe is well worth the price or effort…

…but then I wondered if achieving Diamond elite level status through the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card counts towards lifetime Diamond status — so I asked one of my contacts at Hilton.

The answer I received earlier today is: it does.

Reminder of How to Earn Lifetime Diamond VIP Status

As I first detailed in this article on Thursday, December 15, 2016, Hilton will grant Lifetime Diamond VIP elite level status to all members of the Hilton Honors frequent guest loyalty program who have met the updated criteria as detailed below:

  • Members who have maintained Diamond VIP elite level status for at least ten years, which do not need to be consecutive

AND

  • Have stayed at least 1,000 nights — either paid or reward

OR

  • Have accumulated two million base points since joining the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program — but only base points are eligible, as bonus points earned via promotions, co-branded credit cards, or other means do not count towards VIP elite level status

Summary

Even though you still need to stay a minimum of 1,000 nights — either paid or reward — or accumulate a minimum of two million base points since joining the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program, you can theoretically keep the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card for ten years to maintain Diamond VIP elite level status and satisfy at least that requirement of achieving Lifetime Diamond VIP elite level status.

Assuming that the cost of the annual fee does not increase, you can spend $4,500.00 in annual fees to enjoy Diamond VIP elite level status instead of completing a minimum of 300 qualifying stays of at least one night each — and that counts towards Lifetime Diamond VIP elite level status.

Source: Hilton Honors.

6 thoughts on “One Interesting Unadvertised Benefit of the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card”

  1. Matt B says:

    Might be an unadvertised benefit, but I would hardly call it “interesting”.

  2. Ramzi says:

    Can you share a link that explains that ‘base points’ are not promotions or sign up offers? I’m having trouble finding that info.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I am not sure I understand your request, Ramzi.

      Please give me more details as to exactly what you are looking for and I will try to find it to answer your questions…

  3. Larry says:

    If the lifetime requirement is 1,000 nights, you would have met the 300 night (30 nights per year for 10 years) anyway. So having the credit card count towards the 10 years part of the requirement is really meaningless. The 1,000 is the real threshold. All the other requirements are easily met.

    1. Nicholas Bohn says:

      Not necessarily. 1,000 nights OR 2 Million base points. That would be a break even point of $200 per stay, where you earn base points at hotel restaurants, etc. etc. So if you tend to stay at the higher end of the Hilton portfolio, you can hit 2M points without ever staying 1,000 nights, and thus the card benefit helps. To get diamond status from base points you have to spend $12,000. That would be an average of $400 per night to break even. A big chunk of the Hilton portfolio lives in that gap. Also, of you spread the 1,000 nights over like 35 years, you won’t hit Diamond. If you start out at 25, and you want diamond status in retirement… if you’re already 20 years in and only travel a little bit, now might be the time to get that card.

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