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- Two of Hilton’s rewards credit cards — the
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card, and the
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card — offer
cardholders high complimentary elite status.
- While plenty of hotels offer low levels of status, these two
Hilton cards offer higher levels, which come with a variety of
perks including complimentary breakfast during your stay at a
- Here’s how to take advantage of free hotel breakfast at
There are plenty of
hotel credit cards out there that offer elite loyalty status as
a benefit to cardholders. The
Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card offers Silver status in
the Marriott Bonvoy program, and the
IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card offers Platinum status in
However, only Hilton offers credit cards that give a level of
status high enough to include one of my favorite hotel perks: free
One of Hilton’s credit cards offers the cardholder complimentary
Gold status, while the other offers the highest level of status:
Diamond. Just by having one of the credit cards open and attached
to your account, you’ll be upgraded to that level of status and
receive benefits on every qualifying stay. Both Gold and Diamond
status qualify for complimentary breakfast, room upgrades, and
Each property handles the complimentary breakfast benefit
differently. Some remove breakfast purchases from your bill when
you check out, while others simply print a bill with a $0.00
Here are the two cards, and the perks they come with.
With an annual fee of $95, including the first year,
Ascend is the best mid-range option in Hilton’s line-up.
The Ascend offers
complimentary Gold status, a potentially a stellar deal. The free
breakfast alone can make up for the annual fee in just a few days
— hotel breakfast is expensive, often costing over $20, but
sometimes it’s the only option.
If you spend $40,000 on the
card within a calendar year, you’ll be upgraded to Diamond
status. In addition to the same benefits you’d get from Gold
status, Diamond gets you higher priority for room upgrades,
executive lounge access, and more. Regardless of how much you
spend, the card also comes with 10 free day passes to Priority Pass
When you open an Ascend
card, you can earn 125,000 Hilton Honors points when you spend
$2,000 in the first three months. You’ll also get a free weekend
night’s stay if you spend $15,000 on the card within a calendar
The Ascend earns 12x points on Hilton purchases, 6x points at
restaurants, gas stations, and supermarkets within the US, and 3x
points on everything else.
The Aspire is the premium Hilton card, and even though it has
a $450 annual fee, including the first year, it
offers an absurd amount of potential value to blow that
The card comes with complimentary top-tier Diamond status
without any spending requirement, getting you those room upgrades,
executive lounge access, and more, in addition to all the benefits
of lower tiers such as free breakfast.
It features up to a $250 airline fee credit per calendar year,
and up to a $250 Hilton resort statement credit each card member
year — right away that’s $500 in value. But it doesn’t stop
Aspire also offers up to $100 in Hilton on-property credit
every time you book a stay of two nights or longer at a
luxury-level Hilton property — you just need to book through
website for cardholders.
Cardholders also get a free weekend night reward each year —
regardless of how much you spend — and a second if they spend
$60,000 on the card in a calendar year.
The Aspire, naturally, has the highest rewards earning rate of
the Hilton cards: 14x points per dollar spent with Hilton, 7x
points on flights booked wit the airline, car rentals, and at US
restaurants, and 3x points on everything else.
Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
Plenty of credit cards offer elite loyalty status, but only Hilton has cards that provide one of my my favorite hotel perks: free breakfast