Now that I’ve applied for the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card and Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card since the beginning of October, my next order of business was to apply for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card. This is the other credit card that has been on my radar the longest.
This $450 annual fee card is such a no brainer, as it offers some incredible perks. In particular, I think the following four benefits more than justify the annual fee on the card:
- Hilton Honors Diamond status for as long as you have the card
- An annual weekend night reward valid for a standard room at virtually any property (here’s the small list of excluded properties), so that can get you up to 95,000 points of value
- A $250 Hilton resort credit every cardmember year, which should count towards any spend at a qualifying Hilton resort (including room rate)
- A $250 airline fee credit every calendar year
That’s $500 worth of credits, plus an annual free weekend night reward, plus Honors Diamond status for as long as you have the card, all for the annual fee of $450. The card also offers a Priority Pass membership with guesting privileges, but nowadays quite a few cards offer that, so I know that’s a redundant benefit for many of us.
Once my approval on the Ink Business UnlimitedSM Credit Card came through I applied for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card. To my surprise I didn’t get an instant approval (it’s surprising to me since typically Amex is good about instant approvals).
However, just minutes later I received an email indicating that I had been approved, so I guess this was a glitch, or something.
Within hours my account has been updated to reflect Diamond status, just in time for a Hilton stay I have coming up this weekend, so that’s cool.
As I’ve said before, this is truly one of those credit cards that seems too good to be true. As far as I’m concerned they could eliminate two of the four “core” benefits and I’d still consider the card to be worthwhile, but I’ll gladly take all of them.
At this point I’ve been approved for the three credit cards that I wanted most, so I’m very happy about that. Of course there are still some other cards I’d like to get, but they can wait…