5 Ways to Use the Amex Hilton Aspire’s $250 Resort Credit

Apr 3, 2018

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Hilton recently rolled out a new line of credit cards exclusively with American Express, and for the first time in the hotel chain’s history, it has introduced a premium card option with a $450 annual fee (See Rates & Fees): the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express. The card comes with a ton of perks ranging from complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond status to unlimited Priority Pass airport lounge access and one weekend award night each year of cardmembership (with the ability to earn an additional night after you spend $60,000 in purchases on the card in a calendar year).

In addition to a $250 airline fee credit, the card also comes with a $250 resort credit. Today we’ll take a look at the ins and outs of the resort credit benefit and also some of the ways you can use the credit.

Benefit Details

During each cardmember year (defined by when you opened the account), you and your authorized users will receive up to a total of $250 in Hilton resort statement credits. As confirmed by American Express, the statement credit is not limited to incidental charges such as meals and spa treatments, but can also be used for room rates and taxes.

The property must be among the 190+ resorts listed on hilton.com/resorts for it to be eligible. In other words, just because a hotel has the word “resort” in its name, or charges a resort fee doesn’t mean that it will automatically count as an eligible resort.

Since the charges must be billed to your room and paid for with your Aspire Card at checkout, you must be a guest at the resort to receive the credit — so no using it to treat yourself during a staycation. And yes, you do count as a guest when redeeming your weekend award nights that come with the card, so as long as the resort is eligible, you can use the credit then.

1. Two Nights in Vegas

Vegas is relatively cheap — well, at least its room rates are when compared to other major US cities. Given that the nightly rate plus resort fee at the Tropicana Las Vegas often comes out to around $100 per night, the $250 resort credit could easily cover a two-night stay there and you might even end up with some credits left over. While it’s not the newest or most posh hotel on the strip by any means, it offers a sparkling five-acre pool area with three tropically-landscaped pools, lagoons, waterfalls and an adults-only area.

Photo courtesy of Hilton.
Photo courtesy of Hilton.

2. Lunch at the World’s First and Only All-Glass Undersea Restaurant

If you make it all the way to the Conrad Maldives Hotel on Rangali Island, you can use the resort credit toward a meal at what is perhaps the Maldives’ best-known attraction: the Ithaa undersea restaurant. Dinner costs a bit over $300 per person, but the resort credit would fully cover one person’s lunch there, and the daylight would allow you to see far more fish then.

Photo by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.

3. Relaxation at One of the Most Luxurious Spas in the Country

The Waldorf Astoria Boca Raton Resort and Club is home to one of the most luxurious spas in the country, and fortunately, the resort credit will cover plenty of treatments there. The average cost for an 80 minute massage is around $220, though if you don’t want to splurge your entire credit, you could also buy a day pass to enjoy the 50,000 square foot facility’s amenities for $43.

Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria.
Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria.

4. Swimming With Dolphins in Hawaii

People have mixed feelings about paying to swim with dolphins, but if it’s something you’re comfortable doing, guests of the Hilton Waikoloa Village can use their resort credit to do so at the on-site sea sanctuary. A 30-minute combination shallow and deep-water dolphin swim experience that the hotel calls “The Encounter” will set you back $210.

Photo by Philip Waller / Getty Images
Photo by Philip Waller / Getty Images.

5. Golf and Lunch for Four at PGA West

Guests of the La Quinta Resort & Club can use the resort credit to tee off at one of the resort’s and PGA WEST’s five renown golf courses. When you’re done playing, you’ll even have leftover resort credits to treat yourself and three others to lunch at one of the clubhouse restaurants.

Photo courtesy of the La Quinta Resort & Club.
Photo courtesy of the La Quinta Resort & Club.

Bottom Line

There are a ton of fun and unique ways you can redeem the $250 resort credit that’s included with the new Hilton Honors Aspire Card, and you’re not limited to just using it to cover incidental charges. Combined with the card’s complimentary weekend award night and $250 airline fee credit, the $250 resort credit allows you to more than offset the card’s annual fee — even if you stay at Hilton resorts just once per year.

For rates and fees of the Hilton Aspire Card, please click here.

Featured image courtesy of Conrad Hotels & Resorts.

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