How To Redeem Hilton Honors Free Weekend Night Awards

How To Redeem Hilton Honors Free Weekend Night Awards

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Hotel credit cards offer all kinds of fantastic perks, ranging from elite status to free night awards. In the case of Hilton Honors, there are four co-branded American Express cards, with annual fees ranging from $0 to $450. Three of these cards offer the opportunity to earn one or more free night rewards per year.

In this post I wanted to take a closer look at everything you need to know about redeeming Hilton free night reward certificates.

Which Hilton credit cards offer free night rewards?

There are three Hilton credit cards that can potentially earn you free weekend night rewards.

Hilton Aspire Card free night award

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card (review) offers up to two free weekend night rewards every year:

  • You receive one every cardmember year just for having the card, including the year in which you open the card
  • You receive one when you spend $60,000 on the card in a calendar year
Redeem your certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Hilton Surpass Card free night award

The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card (review) offers a free weekend night reward when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year.

Hilton Business Card free night award

The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card (review) offers up to two free weekend night rewards every year:

  • You receive one when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year
  • You receive one when you spend $60,000 on the card in a calendar year

Can you earn Hilton free night certificates from multiple cards?

You sure can. In theory, you could have all three of the Hilton credit cards that offer free night certificates, and you could earn up to five of these for your account per year, in conjunction with qualifying spending. Note that you’re also eligible for the welcome bonuses on each of these cards.

Redeem your certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

How soon do weekend night rewards post to your account?

In all cases, weekend night rewards post within 8-12 weeks of when they’re earned:

  • In the case of those weekend night rewards earned through spending, expect the certificates to be deposited in your account 8-12 weeks after the spending threshold is reached
  • In the case of the Hilton Aspire Card annual certificate, expect it to post within 8-12 weeks of your anniversary (and in the first year within 8-12 weeks of when you open the card)

For what nights are weekend night rewards valid?

Generally speaking, Hilton weekend night certificates can be redeemed for stays on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. However, in light of the pandemic, these certificates currently have more flexibility. Those issued through December 31, 2022, can be redeemed any day of the week, which is great.

Redeem your certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach

How long are weekend night rewards valid?

Hilton weekend night certificates are valid for 12 months from when they’re issued. As of 2022, the standard expiration policy applies. However, those certificates issued in 2020 and 2021 benefited from extra validity, so don’t be surprised if you have some certificates in your account that are valid longer.

At which hotels can Hilton weekend night certificates be redeemed?

The Hilton free night certificates are valid at virtually any property where standard award redemptions are available, at properties costing up to 150,000 points per night. Specifically, Hilton weekend night certificates are valid at all properties except a few dozen, most of which are all-inclusive properties or Hilton Grand Vacation properties.

Most of the properties you’d want to redeem at are eligible for this certificate.

Redeem your certificate at the Conrad London

How do you view your Hilton free night certificates?

Once you earn a free night certificate you should receive an email from Hilton Honors with all the details (the email usually has the subject line “Your Free Night Reward has arrived!”). Now you can also view free night certificates directly in your Hilton Honors account:

  • This only seems to work on the Hilton website, and not the app
  • Just scroll down past your basic account info, and you’ll see a section that shows your free night awards
  • You can see how you earned the free night certificates, how long they’re valid, and what the last four digits of the certificate codes are
View your free night rewards in your online account

How do you redeem weekend night certificates?

While you can view your free night certificates online, you unfortunately need to pick up the phone to actually book. Just call up Hilton at 1-800-446-6677, and provide your reward code (it’s fine if you don’t have the code when calling — the phone agents should be able to look it up based on your Hilton Honors account number).

It sure would be nice if it were possible to make these bookings online rather than by phone. Free night certificates with virtually all other hotel loyalty programs can be booked online (this includes IHG Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy, and World of Hyatt). Then again, I generally find this benefit to be so generous that I’m not going to complain.

Do you receive elite benefits when redeeming free night awards?

If you have elite status with Hilton (like Hilton Honors Gold or Hilton Honors Diamond status), then yep, all perks also apply when redeeming points or free night certificates. This could include benefits like room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, late check-out, etc.

Receive elite perks when redeeming free night awards

But I don’t want to go to a great hotel for just one night?!

What’s the value of a single free night certificate for a redemption at a remote, aspirational property? Most people aren’t going to go to Bora Bora, the Maldives, etc., for one night… and they shouldn’t. There are two ways to approach this.

Redeem your certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives

One way is to use the free night certificate as part of a longer stay. In other words, if you’re booking a stay of a few nights at one of these properties (either using cash, points, or a combination of the two), you can add on an extra night to the stay using this certificate.

Keep in mind that you can also earn multiple of these certificates, so you can potentially use them for back-to-back nights at the same hotel, which could make a for a great getaway.

Alternatively, there are lots of good city hotels where you can redeem this certificate. This is an area where Hilton keeps getting better, as the Waldorf Astoria and Conrad portfolios keep growing.

From the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, to the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, to the Conrad London, there are so many great city hotels to choose from. Those are just a few examples. The point is, there are lots of fantastic city hotels where you can redeem a free night award that are closer to home (or closer to major cities).

Redeem your certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Bottom line

American Express and Hilton have a great portfolio of credit cards, and the free night rewards are among my favorite perks offered:

  • The Hilton Aspire Card offers one every year just for having the card, which for many people will more than justify the annual fee, in and of itself
  • For the Hilton Surpass Card and Hilton Business Card, I think it can be worth spending $15,000 on the cards each year to earn an anniversary free night certificate

These rewards can potentially be redeemed for stays at hotels retailing for $1,000+ per night, so I continue to get great value out of this benefit.

To those who have earned Hilton free night awards, what has your experience been?

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  1. Belinda Guest

    Yes just booked three. I have 3 expiring in July + 4 others expiring in October/December. I wanna thank the genius Diamond line rep who used two certificates that expire in July and one that expired in October leaving a July cert in my account. Wtf. I really really wish I could do this myself. I don’t need *help*

  2. Chet New Member

    Thanks for the reminder. My free night awards had been on my account page, but disappeared in January. The account is now being "updated." I also earned the $8K spend night, but that also had not posted the account page. I had been waiting for the "update" to be completed, but decided to call in and see if the representative had access to the certificates. I called Hilton today even though the certs did not...

    Thanks for the reminder. My free night awards had been on my account page, but disappeared in January. The account is now being "updated." I also earned the $8K spend night, but that also had not posted the account page. I had been waiting for the "update" to be completed, but decided to call in and see if the representative had access to the certificates. I called Hilton today even though the certs did not show up on my account page while it was being "updated," and I was able to use all three certs. (Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam for three nights). This basically covers the cost the Aspire card, and then some.

  3. Rick Guest

    Stan, your comment makes no sense. This is money you would be spending anyways. You are not paying anyone $15,0000.

  4. Steve Guest

    What’s everyone favorite free night award redemption with Hilton?

    Are there any Hilton experts?

  5. Stan Guest

    Don’t understand the “free night” if you spend $15,000.00. If you spend $15,000.00 at my business/store I will be glad to give you $100.00 cash or a hotel room for one night.
    And remember a hotel room is like a perishable fruit or a seat on an airplane. When the day/night passes someone else will sleep in that room and on that bed. Possibly spending $15,000.00 to go into debt…to get one night “free.” ??? That $100 or $500. room is not being newly purchased for you!

    1. JoePro Guest

      Uh, wut?
      If someone spent $15,000 at someone else's store, would you be happy to give them $100 for your store?
      The $15,000 doesn't need to be spent at Hilton.
      Also, those free night certificates can be worth a lot more than $100.

      If you don't spend $15K a year on merchandise (insurance, Phone/cable, food/gas, car repairs, etc) anyways, then you shouldn't be playing the points game.

      You sound like a Dave Ramsey fanatic.

  6. Reno Joe Guest

    . . . unless the owner of the property you want is "managing" award inventory.

    Wise up people.

  7. Sonu Chatha Guest

    Can you redeem 4 free certs and receive 5th night free? I just redeemed 4 certs at Conrad Rangali island for June. Phone Rep told me I can’t get the 5th night free. He also mentioned no Diamond upgrades at the Conrad.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Sonu Chatha -- Unfortunately not, that only applies to reservations with points, and not those booked with free night certificates.

  8. JoePro Guest

    Burned 4 (wife and I each had 2) at W.A Maldives in 2020. Nada last year, then just spent 2 nights at the W.A Beverly Hills the other week.

    Serious benefit. Hyatt would do well to introduce a premium card with yearly free night. Maybe Explorist included with fasttrak to Globalist. I'd pay $600+ for that. Albeit with their smaller footprint, that might overwhelm the system.

    1. ktc Guest

      Hi how is their food? any buffet? I read Hltion BH has very good buffet would like to try.

    2. JoePro Guest

      I had breakfast at the W.A B.H, and it was quite good (A La Carte). Can't speak to the rest of their food, as we ate out for the rest of it.

  9. Tahsin Guest

    Ben, is Hilton still letting us redeem weekend nights on weekdays this year?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Tahsin -- Unfortunately not, those issued in 2022 have to be redeemed on weekends, at least as of now.

    2. Tahsin Guest

      Ah bummer. Hope they will reconsider. Still have 4 nights I need to use from pre 2022, at least they extended the expiration to July.

    3. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Tahsin -- Sorry, I probably wasn't clear. Those issued before 2022 can still be used any day of the week, even if you're staying in 2022. It's just those that are issued in 2022 that aren't valid on weekdays anymore.

    4. Tahsin Guest

      Thanks for the clarification Ben! Appreciate it.

    5. SB Guest

      False Ben.

      Yes, unexpired Free Weekend Night Rewards and new Free Weekend Night Rewards issued through December 31, 2022 can now be used on any night of the week (not just on the weekends).

      https://www.hilton.com/en/hilton-honors/support-faq/?cid=OH%2CMB%2CWTEPageAMEX%2CMULTIPR%2CTile%2CAboutUs%2CSingleLink%2Ci82378#FaqYearTopicHeadTwo

    6. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ SB -- Whoops, I stand corrected, thanks. Updating the post now to reflect that.

    7. SB Guest

      Haha all good. I had to double check because your post made me second myself lol.

      Also, totally off topic anxiously awaiting the next LAX Park/Innout meet up!

    8. Shahr New Member

      I guess I was logged out...wondered why it said "guest" and I had to manually enter "sb"

    9. Stan P Guest

      Your article states exactly the opposite:” Those issued through December 31, 2022, can be redeemed any day of the week, which is great.”

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Belinda Guest

Yes just booked three. I have 3 expiring in July + 4 others expiring in October/December. I wanna thank the genius Diamond line rep who used two certificates that expire in July and one that expired in October leaving a July cert in my account. Wtf. I really really wish I could do this myself. I don’t need *help*

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Chet New Member

Thanks for the reminder. My free night awards had been on my account page, but disappeared in January. The account is now being "updated." I also earned the $8K spend night, but that also had not posted the account page. I had been waiting for the "update" to be completed, but decided to call in and see if the representative had access to the certificates. I called Hilton today even though the certs did not show up on my account page while it was being "updated," and I was able to use all three certs. (Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam for three nights). This basically covers the cost the Aspire card, and then some.

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JoePro Guest

Uh, wut? If someone spent $15,000 at someone else's store, would you be happy to give them $100 for your store? The $15,000 doesn't need to be spent at Hilton. Also, those free night certificates can be worth a lot more than $100. If you don't spend $15K a year on merchandise (insurance, Phone/cable, food/gas, car repairs, etc) anyways, then you shouldn't be playing the points game. You sound like a Dave Ramsey fanatic.

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