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Hilton co-branded card upgrade/downgrade [Consolidated]

Hilton co-branded card upgrade/downgrade [Consolidated]

Old Sep 22, 18, 8:28 pm
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Originally Posted by IDM79 View Post
As I mentioned above, I just received the 150,000 upgrade offer to the Aspire only a week or so after I'd applied for that card as a new application. I definitely would have taken the upgrade offer if I'd know it was going to show up because with the upgrade offer I wouldn't have had to cancel one of my other AMEX cards to make room for the Aspire. So, unless you need the specific Hilton Ascend card for whatever reason, you might want to think about that angle if you're like me and are maxed out on AMEX cards.Or have no reason to pay the extra $95 for the Ascend.
My wife has a upgrade to ASCEND offer for 150K sitting in her account today...............just grabbed it, hopefully there is no issue getting the points
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Old Sep 22, 18, 9:04 pm
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Originally Posted by flyer4512 View Post
My wife has a upgrade to ASCEND offer for 150K sitting in her account today...............just grabbed it, hopefully there is no issue getting the points
Are you sure it is for ASCEND? Last night I saw ours have ASPIRE 150K upgrade but the previous Ascend was gone. I had the previously available Ascend Upgrade Offer bookmarked, but now the link said Offer Expired.

EDIT
Never mind. I found the 150K Ascent Upgrade via another method.

Bottom line, can upgrade to either Ascend or Aspire with the same 150K bonus. Tough decision as I do feel Aspire is more valuable than Ascend, but we wont have any FS Hilton family stay the remaining of 2018... This makes Aspire a tougher choice. Actually makes upgrade to either one a tough choice due to no need for status for the rest of 2018. No reason to incur AF when not using the benefits.

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Old Sep 22, 18, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by flyer4512 View Post
My wife has a upgrade to ASCEND offer for 150K sitting in her account today...............just grabbed it, hopefully there is no issue getting the points
I do not see it, only the BCE which I have no plan to upgrade now.
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Old Sep 23, 18, 12:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Happy View Post
Are you sure it is for ASCEND? Last night I saw ours have ASPIRE 150K upgrade but the previous Ascend was gone. I had the previously available Ascend Upgrade Offer bookmarked, but now the link said Offer Expired.

EDIT
Never mind. I found the 150K Ascent Upgrade via another method.

Bottom line, can upgrade to either Ascend or Aspire with the same 150K bonus. Tough decision as I do feel Aspire is more valuable than Ascend, but we wont have any FS Hilton family stay the remaining of 2018... This makes Aspire a tougher choice. Actually makes upgrade to either one a tough choice due to no need for status for the rest of 2018. No reason to incur AF when not using the benefits.
It's Ascend and I have a feeling if we upgrade to the Ascend card first we will then get the Aspire upgrade offer at a later time . We need Gold For April 2019 and would not be able to use the $250 Aspire Hilton Resort credit within 12 months ( which means paying 2 AF's) as we have $700 in Barclay points to use for room charges by June 2019.

Right now the 150K Ascend Offer is the best for us. 150K to upgrade with no hard pull, no Amex denying the bonus ( I asked the rep to read my wife's upgrade bonus via chat with no leading questions and he/she replied 150K /92 days ) and also the AF the first year is pro rated, my dad paid a ~ $39 AF the first year for the Ascend via the upgrade.

If you upgrade now you will have Gold/Diamond until 3/31/2020 provided you don't cancel before April 2019.

I'm not sure how any possible claw back would work if you cancel too early especially in our case where the points will be transferred to my account as soon as they post.

Originally Posted by RedSun View Post
I do not see it, only the BCE which I have no plan to upgrade now.
My wife's Ascend off was located at the top of the page yesterday whereas the offer I used for my dad in June was located in AMEX offers where other discounts for using the card are.

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Old Sep 23, 18, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by flyer4512 View Post
It's Ascend and I have a feeling if we upgrade to the Ascend card first we will then get the Aspire upgrade offer at a later time . We need Gold For April 2019 and would not be able to use the $250 Aspire Hilton Resort credit within 12 months ( which means paying 2 AF's) as we have $700 in Barclay points to use for room charges by June 2019.

Right now the 150K Ascend Offer is the best for us. 150K to upgrade with no hard pull, no Amex denying the bonus ( I asked the rep to read my wife's upgrade bonus via chat with no leading questions and he/she replied 150K /92 days ) and also the AF the first year is pro rated, my dad paid a ~ $39 AF the first year for the Ascend via the upgrade.



My wife's Ascend off was located at the top of the page yesterday whereas the offer I used for my dad in June was located in AMEX offers where other discounts for using the card are.

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Old Sep 23, 18, 7:17 pm
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Agree on the theory of the upgrade sequence. It is very possible that it would go the path.

The T&Cs indeed mention about the pro-rate annual fee. It is based on when the anniversary date of the existing card. I could not remember when was the anniversary date of the free card which has gone thru one iteration of upgrading to Surplus and then on the 13th month downgraded back to the free version. Just checked, the anniversary date may be in May 2017 as that was when the Surplus was billed its 2nd year and then we downgraded it back to no fee, receiving 11 months credit in June 2017.

The offer was not found in AMEX account which only showed Aspire. However when I went to a link that was 150K on Ascend new application, it invited me to log in. Upon logged in it showed an upgrade to the Ascend card but without any information on the bonus. I then back page a couple times - then I saw the upgrade offer in my name with the last digits of my card identified. So it is not a direct way but the offer indeed exists and would show up if one's account is eligible.

Good point on the status duration. If past history is of any guide, it would last thru Mar 2020. We will stay at Marriott family properties thru Jan 2020 though if at all possible after I went for a mattress run challenge to return to Marriott top status due to the balance of our SPG pts and the few travel packages we redeemed. There is also the issue to meet the spend. Already paid the Sept estimate tax AND car insurance last week. The HOA can only be paid in cash (i.e. check) No CC accepted even willing to pay an extra fee. Have to wait till at least Dec to have large spend.

First world dilemma.
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Old Sep 23, 18, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Happy View Post
Agree on the theory of the upgrade sequence. It is very possible that it would go the path.

The T&Cs indeed mention about the pro-rate annual fee. It is based on when the anniversary date of the existing card. I could not remember when was the anniversary date of the free card which has gone thru one iteration of upgrading to Surplus and then on the 13th month downgraded back to the free version.

Good point on the status duration. If past history is of any guide, it would last thru Mar 2020. We will stay at Marriott family properties thru Jan 2020 though if at all possible after I went for a mattress run challenge to return to Marriott top status due to the balance of our SPG pts and the few travel packages we redeemed.

First world dilemma.
IMO 150K is an incredible upgrade offer...............rarely ( if ever) do we see upgrade bonuses as good or better than the bonus for signing up via a new app. Since the first year will cost less than $95 this is a better offer.
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Old Oct 3, 18, 5:49 pm
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Originally Posted by flyer4512 View Post
IMO 150K is an incredible upgrade offer...............rarely ( if ever) do we see upgrade bonuses as good or better than the bonus for signing up via a new app. Since the first year will cost less than $95 this is a better offer.
Here's a caution for those who get this offer. Don't delay. I got the offer by clicking on a link in an Amex Hilton email I got today. Page said offer might not be available if I navigated away from the page so I left the tab open while I did some research, including finding this portion of the thread with recent reports. With a delay of no more than 10 minutes, I clicked on the upgrade link and was told the offer was no longer available. What was left was an upgrade offer with no points, which I have no intention of using.

Oh well, you never know when the roulette wheel will spin in my favor again. . .
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Old Oct 3, 18, 7:33 pm
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Originally Posted by lwildernorva View Post
Here's a caution for those who get this offer. Don't delay. I got the offer by clicking on a link in an Amex Hilton email I got today. Page said offer might not be available if I navigated away from the page so I left the tab open while I did some research, including finding this portion of the thread with recent reports. With a delay of no more than 10 minutes, I clicked on the upgrade link and was told the offer was no longer available. What was left was an upgrade offer with no points, which I have no intention of using.

Oh well, you never know when the roulette wheel will spin in my favor again. . .
While I have no use for the upgrade now the 150K offer is sitting in my Amex acct

I upgraded my wife for the Gold and the points, when her Gold expires I'll look into upgrading my card but that will be years down the road
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Old Oct 3, 18, 7:40 pm
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Originally Posted by flyer4512 View Post
While I have no use for the upgrade now the 150K offer is sitting in my Amex acct

I upgraded my wife for the Gold and the points, when her Gold expires I'll look into upgrading my card but that will be years down the road
When I logged out of my account and then went through the email link, the offer was reduced to 125K. I'm not eager to upgrade, but for 150K, I'll take it to replace my current NF card. And then hope for a similar upgrade offer to the Aspire.
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Old Oct 3, 18, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by lwildernorva View Post
When I logged out of my account and then went through the email link, the offer was reduced to 125K. I'm not eager to upgrade, but for 150K, I'll take it to replace my current NF card. And then hope for a similar upgrade offer to the Aspire.
Mine wasn't an email link, it was an offer in my Amex acct.........I'll check later and see what the offer is when I click it

Actually mine changed and is now 150K for upgrading to ASPIRE

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Old Oct 3, 18, 8:03 pm
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Originally Posted by flyer4512 View Post
Mine wasn't an email link, it was an offer in my Amex acct.........I'll check later and see what the offer is when I click it

Actually mine changed and is now 150K for upgrading to ASPIRE
It's interesting. Amex's IT upgrades apparently allow them to be more nimble in offering "now you see it, now you don't" offers.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 1:29 pm
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I would like to upgrade from the Ascend to the Aspire and get 150K (or even 125K) but that doesn't show up for me.

Interestingly enough, I do get an offer for a 75K on the free Hilton card.

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Old Oct 4, 18, 3:39 pm
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Originally Posted by lwildernorva View Post
It's interesting. Amex's IT upgrades apparently allow them to be more nimble in offering "now you see it, now you don't" offers.
Which have continued today. I kept the Amex email and on several occasions over the last 24 hours, have clicked the email link to see the offers I might get. Sometimes, the webpage has told me the offer has expired while at other times I have gotten 125K and 150K offers--which disappear when I click through, again being told that the offer has expired and sending me to a webpage that will allow me to apply for other cards. And sometimes, I have logged on to my account and other times have not, both approaches with almost the same results.

I don't feel so bad about hesitating yesterday but apparently, I'm not getting any of these offers.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 3:59 pm
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Could you call them and say you’ve been trying to redeem an offer from your email and their IT isn’t letting you?

They may be able to process your app manually for the offer?
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