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Most Amex Hilton refer-a-friend offers have not been as good as the public offers. I applied for the Aspire last week without refer-a-friend because it was then only 100,000 points. Matching best public offers is a positive development.
These are also the best-ever offers for these cards, too.
Amex Hilton Aspire and Ascend 150k
Here are my refer-a-friend links. Thank you if you use them.
- Amex Hilton Aspire 150,000 point bonus, apply by 3/10/20 (not a typo, that is the date listed)
- Amex Hilton Ascend 150,000 point bonus, apply by 3/10/20
- The no annual fee Hilton card currently has a 100,000 point offer, also the best-ever. I do not have this card. Those interested in applying via my refer-a-friend can scroll down from one of my other links to consult the offer on this card.
The Aspire card gives Hilton Honors Diamond Status, a $250 cardmember year credit at Hilton Resorts, a $250 calendar year airline credit, a weekend anniversary night, and Priority Pass airport lounge access. For many travelers, this may be the best value premium travel rewards credit card. I plan to keep it long-term. The annual fee is $450.
The Ascend card makes a useful combo with the Aspire because $15,000 annual spend earns a weekend anniversary night (that would take $60,000 spend on the Aspire to earn another). A romantic weekend getaway is a lot more romantic when two nights are at the Waldorf, not one night Waldorf and one night Howard Johnson. Double points on grocery store purchases is a popular way to reach the $15,000. The annual fee is $95.
Amex Hilton Business 125k (possible $100 statement credit)
The Amex Hilton business card public offer and refer-a-friend are 125,000 points with no cash statement credit. The annual fee is $95.
However, if you do a dummy booking on the Hilton website you may be able to trigger a 125,000 point + $100 statement credit offer.
If you are referring among friends and family, consider the overall value of $100 cash for yourself vs the 20,000 points for your friend. When I applied for this card using a friend’s link, I wanted him to have 20,000 point more than the $100 for me.