My wife has the AMEX Surpass card and I’m an AU on it. While I don’t like to MS on the card, it seems that getting Hilton Diamond seems to be worth it these days. I’ve been reading data points that Diamonds are getting better treatment than Golds. I know when I went to the Seychelles, I’m sure my Diamond status secured me this upgrade and this one as well. And we’re headed to the Conrad Koh Samui in a few months and definitely want to be Diamond there as well. So while I hate MS’ing on the card, I think it’s worth doing to get the Diamond status. But what happens once you’ve reached the $40,000 spend? That card is now effectively useless and taking up a valuable AMEX slot.
Confirming Diamond status
I met the $40K spend around May of this year or so. My wife was already Diamond through 2017, but the Hilton site still showed this:
I then decided to do an online chat with Hilton to ask when her status would end and this is what they said:
WOOHOO! That meant the $40K spend was sent to Hilton to reflect her Diamond status through 2018.
Once I confirmed she had Diamond through 2018, I was able to call up AMEX to cancel the Surpass card. While I haven’t checked, I’m 99% sure they didn’t revoke her Diamond status because I had cancelled the card. Once January 2019 rolls around, I’ll get the card again (no signup bonus,) MS on it real fast and get Diamond for 2019 and 2020. Rinse and Repeat. This method allows me a free AMEX slot for 1.5 years. Sure I give up any upgrade bonuses or whatnot, but the extra slot is worth more to me.