How To Use Your Aspire Resort Credit Without An Upcoming Stay
Many people signed up for the amazing Aspire card about 12 months ago. The card comes with an insane amount of perks and one of the better ones is the $250 resort credit. This should be an easy perk to use but American Express added in the caveat that it can only be used at their designated resorts. They did this because you know they love their rules and they love to cause breakage. This has lead some to think that their credit will go unused because they don’t have any stays at the qualified resorts before their cardmember year resets. Don’t let it expire, this is how to use your Aspire Resort credit in that situation.
I can not take credit for this idea. It comes from reader Stephen, one of the regulars at our Detroit area meet ups. He was kind enough to share this tip with me.
His $250 resort credit was set to expire in a few months and he knew he wasn’t going to use it for this cardmember year. He does have an upcoming trip to the Conrad Maldives scheduled for later in 2019. He knew he would be able to use the second cardmember year’s credit but didn’t want to lose out on using the first year’s credit too.
So he decided to give the hotel a call to see if they would be willing to make a deposit that he could attach to his room for his stay. Basically he would have money on his account to use on property when he gets there. They emailed him a form to fill out and had him send a copy of his passport back with the filled out form. They charged his card for $250 and the credit appeared on his account a few days later. Now he will have $500 to spend on property in the very expensive Maldives when he goes on his trip.
This trick inspired me to think of a couple other options that may work.
If you can find a hotel on the resort list that will charge you for an advanced booking that should work. Room rates work towards the credit so if you pay for the room in advance you will get the credit.
UPDATE – Looks like Nick at Frequent Miler did a similar post in the past and cited Flyertalk DP’s that this only works for overseas bookings unless things have changed. UPDATE 2 – Comments by Daniel and Lenny have confirmed that some advanced bookings in Florida have triggered the credit.
If you are near one of the resorts on the list during your travels or one is in your town you could try to buy a gift card at the front desk. I am not sure if this would trigger the credit or not or if they would even sell them. Something to consider and hopefully someone can share their data point in the comments if they have tried it.
Hopefully I gave you a few ideas that you could use to avoid letting the Aspire resort credit go to waste. Thanks again to Stephen for sharing his idea. Have you used any of these methods? Let us know in the comments section.