AMEX has won exclusivity for Hilton cards and Citi Hilton cardholders will have their cards converted to AMEX cards on 1/30/18. Citi Hilton cards will become AMEX Hilton cards and Citi Hilton Reserve cards will become AMEX Hilton Ascend cards, the new moniker for the AMEX Hilton Surpass card. Your Citi card will be deactivated and you will be issued a new AMEX card with a new account number. Here is the FAQ on that change.
As AMEX cards have a limit of 1 bonus per lifetime (more like once every 6-7 years, but the exact timeframe is unpublished), you may want to cancel your Citi Hilton card before it converts into an AMEX Hilton card. You won’t get a signup bonus for a converted card and you won’t be eligible for a signup bonus for the flavor of AMEX Hilton card that you get converted to in the future.
Currently AMEX only offers the AMEX Hilton card and the AMEX Hilton Surpass card. The Hilton Surpass card will become the Hilton Ascend card, but the Hilton Aspire and Hilton Business are new card offerings.
Hilton pulled a Delta when they devalued and removed their award charts, but a top-tier hotel like the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem or Conrad Maldives will go for 95K points per night or 76K points per night for elite members/cardholders on a 5 night stay.
Here is a chart comparing the 4 AMEX Hilton cards that they will offer starting in January:
|Hilton AMEX||Hilton AMEX Ascend||Hilton AMEX Business||Hilton AMEX Aspire|
|Points Per Dollar on Everyday Purchases||3||3||3||3|
|Points Per Dollar on Hilton Purchases||7||12||12||14|
|Points Per Dollar on Airlines/Car Rentals||3||3||6||7|
|Points Per Dollar on Wireless Phone Service and Shipping||3||3||6||3|
|Points Per Dollar on Grocery Stores||5||6||3||3|
|Points Per Dollar on Restaurants||5||6||6||7|
|Points Per Dollar on Gas||5||6||6||3|
|Foreign Transaction Fees||None||None||None||None|
|Elite status for being a cardholder||Silver||Gold||Gold||Diamond|
|Elite status with spending||Gold if you spend $20K/year||Diamond if you spend $40K/year||Diamond if you spend $40K/year||-|
|Free weekend nights||None||1 after spending $15K/year||1 after spending $15K/year, a 2nd night after spending $60K/year||1 free annual night, a 2nd night after spending $60K/year|
|Priority Pass Lounge Access||None||10 annual uses||10 annual uses||Unlimited uses|
|Airline fee credit||None||None||None||$250 annual credit|
|Hilton Resort Credit||None||None||None||$250 annual credit at select Hilton resorts|
The Aspire card is an amazing card if you will take advantage of the annual free night, the annual $250 airline fee credit, and the annual $250 Hilton resort credit.
Diamond status comes with the Aspire card and is Hilton’s top-tier status. It comes with benefits like free breakfast, free bottled water, free premium WiFi, upgrades, late checkout, and more. Here’s hoping it also comes with a sweet signup bonus!
What Hilton cards do you currently have? Will you close your Citi Hilton cards before conversion? Will you signup for an AMEX Hilton Aspire card when it becomes available? Hit the comments!