The Hilton Honors Ascend Card is meant for people who spend a lot of time staying at properties within the Hilton Portfolio.
It’s quite rewarding, with 12X and 6X bonus categories to earn points in. Two different signup bonuses are available as well, which is a rare find. Cardholders get complimentary Hilton Honors Gold status, which comes with a variety of nice benefits. There’s also a fast track to Diamond status by spending $40,000 per year with the card.
The extra perks and benefits can be quite valuable, and the more you travel the more useful this card will be for you. There is an annual fee, but it’s pretty reasonable for all the value you could get.
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- Annual Fee $95
- Intro Purchase APR -
- Regular Purchase APR 16.99%–25.99% Variable
- 12X Hilton Honors points per dollar at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Portfolio
- 6X Hilton Honors points per dollar at:
- U.S. restaurants
- U.S. supermarkets
- U.S. gas stations
- 3X Hilton Honors points on all other eligible purchases
- Signup Bonus 75,000 bonus points for spending $2,000 in 3 months, 25,000 bonus points for spending an additional $1,000 in the first 6 months
- Chip Technology Chip-and-Signature
- Foreign Transaction Fee 0%
- Intro Balance Transfer APR -
- Regular Balance Transfer APR 16.99%–25.99% Variable
- Cash Advance APR 26.49% Variable
- Penalty APR 29.99% Variable
- Late Fee Up to $38
- Returned Payment Fee Up to $38
Check your card's Guide to Benefits to learn the specific benefits your card offers and how to access them. Learn more about credit card benefits here.
Complimentary Hilton Honors Gold Status
Benefits can include your 2nd guest stays free, digital check-in up to 24 hours in advance, complimentary Internet access, complimentary access to gyms and health clubs, and more.
Fast Track to Hilton Honors Diamond Status
You’ll be awarded Diamond status if your purchases for a given year reach $40,000. Diamond status comes with even better benefits, free night stays, complimentary services, and more.
Annual Weekend Night Reward
Get a free weekend night after spending $15,000 on purchases in any calendar year. Redeemable for one weekend standard accommodation, double occupancy. Weekend nights refer to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
Online Booking Bonus
Get 500 Hilton Honors bonus points for booking eligible stays at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Portfolio. Reservations must be made online.
Priority Pass™ Select Access
Provides access to over 600 Priority Pass airport lounges around the world, including 10 free lounge visits per year. Additional passes are $27 per person.
Lowest Hotel Rates Guarantee
If you book an eligible room on Amex Travel and then find the same offer being advertised for a lesser price, you can be refunded for the difference.
Discounts to card member-only events, concerts, sporting events, and shows.
Complimentary ShopRunner Membership
Free membership to ShopRunner, which provides free two-day shipping from many retailers. Cardholders must enroll in this benefit.
Get help with fraudulent transactions if your account becomes compromised.
$0 Fraud Liability Guarantee
Cardholders are not held responsible for unauthorized purchases with the card.
For warranties of 5 years or less you can get up to one extra year added to the original manufacturer’s warranty.
If the merchant won’t take back an eligible item that you purchased on your card within 90 days from the date of purchase, American Express may refund the purchase price, minus shipping and handling, for up to $300 per item, up to $1,000 per year for each account.
Items purchased with your card are protected against accidental damage and theft within 90 days of the purchase.
Global Assist® Hotline
When you travel 100 miles or more from home you can get help with travel accidents such as a lost passport, the need for a lawyer, sudden illness, and more. You must pay for all third-party service costs.
Roadside Assistance Hotline
Assistance with services such as towing, changing a flat, or boosting a battery in case of emergency. You pay for all third-party service costs.
Car Rental Loss and Damage Insurance
Stolen or damaged vehicles are covered if you use your card to pay and reserve the rental, and you decline the collision damage waiver. Not all rentals or vehicles are covered. Provides secondary coverage only, not liability coverage.
Travel Accident Insurance
Added financial security against death and dismemberment when traveling by Common Carrier. Includes traveling by plane, train, ship, or bus.
Baggage Insurance Plan
When you buy a Common Carrier ticket on your card, eligible lost, damaged, or stolen bags are covered up to $1,250 for carry-on baggage and up to $500 for checked baggage.