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Hilton Ascend to Become Surpass Again – And a change to the Hilton Aspire

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Back when Hilton and American Express rolled out the newest lineup of Hilton Honors credit cards in November 2017, they renamed the mid-tier $95 annual fee version from the Hilton Honors Surpass to the Hilton Honors Ascend.

Word is that they are changing it back to the Surpass. I don’t expect this to have any impact at all on being eligible for a new bonus (i.e. I believe they will keep the product SKU the same internally as they did when they changed from Surpass to Ascend). I guess there is likely a fair bit of confusion with customers and two very different cards that both start with the letter A.

Additionally, the $250 annual resort credit that comes with the Hilton Aspire card will no longer apply to prepaid rates. This will only matter to you if you tend to book prepaid rates. I personally avoid them like the plague to preserve flexibility – both in the event I need to make a change as well as if the rate comes down later. But the hotels have pushed prepaid rates HARD in recent years so it’s worth knowing about.

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