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Changes coming to the Hilton Honors cards from American Express

Updates to include a card name change and a benefits update

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Upcoming changes are expected for the Hilton Honors cards this summer.

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American Express has announced upcoming changes to the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card and the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, including a new card name and a benefits update. Read on to learn what to expect.

Hilton Honors Ascend Card update

Effective July 18, 2019, the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend card will be referred to as the “Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card.”

Existing cardholders will be able to continue using their cards as normal, as American Express will not issue new cards unless requested by the cardholder.

If you do request a replacement card on or after July 18, you will see “Hilton Surpass” printed on the back in place of “Ascend.” Otherwise, you will receive an updated card when your card is renewed.

American Express began notifying cardholders of the impending change on Monday, June 3, via their monthly billing statement.

Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card  (American Express Surpass® Card as of July 18)

Inroductory bonus:

  • 125,000 points when you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Rewards rate: 

  • 12 points per dollar at select Hilton properties
  • 6 points per dollar at U.S. restaurants, U.S. supermarkets and U.S. gas station
  • 3 points per dollar on general purchases
  • Terms apply

Annual fee: $95

Estimated yearly rewards value ($15,900 monthly): $699

American Express originally changed the Hilton Honors Surpass card’s name to the Hilton Honors American Express Ascend card in January 2018. When asked why the card name is being reverted back, a representative stated via email that American Express re-evaluates the names of products from time to time. Amex chose to revert to the Ascend card’s original name “to further differentiate the card within the Hilton portfolio of cobranded cards and broader competitive landscape.”

Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card update

American Express has also announced an upcoming change to its Hilton Honors Aspire card. Currently, the Aspire card offers up to $250 in statement credits each year of card membership for eligible purchases at participating Hilton resorts. While the card will continue to offer this credit, starting August 1, the resort statement credit will not apply when booking an “advanced purchase” rate.

Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card

Introductory bonus:

  • 150,000 points when you spend $4,000 in first 3 months
  • Terms apply
Rewards rate: 

  • 14 points per dollar at select Hilton properties
  • 7 points per dollar on airfare, car rentals and restaurants
  • 3 points per dollar on general purchases
  • Terms apply

Annual fee: $95

Estimated yearly rewards value ($15,900 monthly): $1,219

To view a full list of participating Hilton resorts, click here.

More changes to come

More changes are expected for the Hilton Honors cards this summer, including a generous, limited-time offer for new cardholders.

See related: Hilton Honors American Express credit cards offer up to 150,000 rewards points for introductory bonusHilton Honors guide: The best ways to earn and use Hilton Honors points

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