How Do Hilton Weekend Night Rewards Work?

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There are four co-branded American Express Hilton cards, with annual fees ranging from $0 to $450. Three of these cards offer the opportunity to earn one (or more) free weekend night rewards.

In this post, I wanted to take a closer look at how those benefits work, especially given the added flexibility that these rewards are offering at the moment, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s the difference between Hilton credit cards?

There are four Hilton credit cards issued by American Express:

Redeem your certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Which Hilton credit cards offer free night rewards?

There are three Hilton credit cards that can potentially earn you free weekend night rewards (in addition to all kinds of other great perks, including Hilton Honors status):

Hilton Aspire Card weekend night reward

The Hilton Aspire Card offers up to two free weekend night rewards every year:

  • You receive one every 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

Hilton Surpass Card weekend night reward

The Hilton Surpass Card offers a free weekend night reward when you spend $15,000 on the card in a calendar year.

Hilton Business Card weekend night reward

The Hilton Business Card 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

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?

Historically, Hilton weekend night certificates can be redeemed for stays on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. However, in light of current circumstances, rewards issued through December 31, 2021, can be redeemed for any night of the week.

That offers some fantastic flexibility that you wouldn’t otherwise get.

Redeem your certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach

How long are weekend night rewards valid?

Generally speaking, Hilton weekend night certificates are valid for 12 months from when they’re issued. However, in light of current circumstances, all certificates issued between January 1 and December 31, 2021, will be valid through December 31, 2022.

That potentially gives you quite a bit of extra validity, in addition to the lack of restrictions on what days of the week you can redeem.

At which hotels can Hilton weekend night certificates be redeemed?

The free night certificate are valid at virtually any property where standard award redemptions are available, at properties costing up to 120,000 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 redeem weekend night certificates?

You’ll be emailed the weekend night certificate after eligible activity. That email will have a code, and then you’ll have to phone up Hilton at 1-800-446-6677 to book. 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. Then again, I generally find this benefit to be so generous that I’m not going to complain.

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 extended weekend 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, and from the Conrad London to the Conrad Hong Kong, there are so many great city hotels to choose from (once borders reopen fully).

Those are just a few examples. The point is, there are lots of fantastic city hotels where you can redeem a weekend night 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 weekend night rewards are among my favorite perks offered:

  • The Hilton Aspire Card offers one every year just for having the card, which for many 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

To those who have a Hilton weekend night reward, will you benefit from the added flexibility in terms of expiration and days of the week they can be used? How have you redeemed these certificates?

The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: Hilton Honors American Express Card (Rates & Fees), The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card (Rates & Fees), Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card (Rates & Fees), and Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card (Rates & Fees).

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  1. By contrast, over at VFTW, self-anointed ‘thought leader in travel’ gushes over the ‘phenomenal value’ of the Chase World of Hyatt visa card relative to “comparable” offerings from other hotel programs, including the HH AMEX Surpass reviewed here:
    “[The WoH Chase visa card offers a] Great initial bonus Earn 50,000 points as a new cardmember: 25,000 after $3000 spend within 3 months of account opening, and an additional 25,000 points after a total of $6000 spend during the first six months (that’s just an average of $1000 per month to earn the full bonus).

    I value Hyatt points at 1.4 cents apiece so see this bonus as worth $700. Compare that to 130,000 Hilton [Surpass] points which I’d only value at $520 and 75,000 Marriott points which I’d consider worth $525. I really like the offer to earn 80,000 IHG Rewards Club points but even that’s worth ‘just’ $400. The value here is really phenomenal. ”

    The only problem with that claim, as with the vast majority of the blogger’s claims, is that it either shades the truth to support a biased point or it is outright totally ignorant.

    This what you are being asked to believe:

    Spending ***$6,000*** in real money on the WoH Chase visa to get 50K WoH bonus points offers more value than spending ***$4,000*** in real money on the HH AMEX Surpass to get 130K Hilton Honors bonus points because, based on his valuations of 1.4cpp for a WoH point and 0.4cpp for a HH point

    — the WoH Chase card offer is worth about 1.4cpp*50,000 = $700
    — the HH AMEX Surpass card offer is worth about 0.4cpp*130,000 = $520

    It seems straightforward that the WoH offer is more valuable because $700 is more than $520, right? Wrong! Because…

    …it requires spending ***$6000*** on the WoH Chase visa to get 50,000 WoH points, whereas one has to spend “just” $4000 on the Surpass to earn the 130,000 HH points…

    …so that the relative values are

    — WoH Chase: 1.4cpp * 50,000 = $700
    — HH AMEX Surpass: 0.4cpp * 130,000 + $2,000 = $2,520 because the person with the AMEX Surpass would still have $2000 in his bank account to spend!

    Or, we could compare apples and apples by calculating the number of bonus points that one would get on the HH AMEX Surpass if one spent $6,000 rather than $4,000 at same rate:

    130,000 * ($6000/$4000) = 195,000

    The value of 195K HH points at 0.4cpp is

    195,000HH * 0.004$/HH = $780.

    So, comparing apples and apples, the value of spending ***$6,000*** on the WoH visa and getting 50,000 WoH points is…

    and the value of spending ***$6,000*** on the HH AMEX Surpass and getting 195,000 HH points is…


    which means, Q.E.D., that the claim that the relative to comparable offerings, value the WoH card is “really phenomenal” is utterly bogus.

    Is it possible to simply review a product without the usual (bogus) claims about its “superiority”?


  2. @Lucky … i think the spending requirement for the welcome bonus is $4000 in the first 4 months, your post indicates within the first 3 months. Can you please check?

  3. Botched that sentence…
    “which means, Q.E.D., that the claim that relative to comparable offerings, the value of the WoH card is “really phenomenal” is utterly bogus.”

    BTW, the AMEX offer for the HH Aspire is 150K after spending ***$4,000***. The value of the Aspire if one were to spend ***$6,000*** at the same rate would be:

    $150,000 * ($6000/$4000) ) * $0.004/HH = $900,

    i.e., based on an apples-to-apples comparison, the Aspire is the “superior” card, but one would know that even without the self-serving comparisons!


  4. Every time I have the opportunity to stay in a HIlton, it’s not a weekend. Now that it’s hard to get the Aspire card travel credit, I’ll probably cancel.

  5. I tried to book the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, looking at ALL weekend nights for the present-2020, and NO standard awards were listed for redemption. I called Hilton and they verified that no weekend dates were offered. I’d love to know what other high end properties are quietly being excluded from this benefit.

  6. @qofmiwok — While ‘on paper’ it says that the Aspire free night certs are good only for free weekend nights, I urge you and anyone else who has such a cert to call Hilton customer support and request that it be applied to book a free “week night” instead.

    I successfully used my Aspire cert to book a free *week night* at the brand new Waldorf Astoria Bangkok by calling HH Diamond Desk and requesting that the cert be used to get me a free Monday night. Notably, the agent told me that she saw no day-of-week restriction on the cert anywhere.

    I did I luck out? Was the CSR confused? I have no idea, but I know for sure that the reservation system did not complain because the free *week night* booking was confirmed:

    Your Upcoming Stay
    Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
    80000 Points per Night
    *Total* for Stay 80000 Points

    The total for stay is 80K points although it was a 2-night stay (Mon-Wed) @ 80K/night, meaning that I was charged points for one week night and the cert was applied got the second week night free.

    This is just one data point, so please report (but…shhh…quietly) your experience trying to have a weekend night cert applied to get a free week night. I would not call to ask if a weekend night was available; I would call to request that my AMEX cert be used to book one free night on_________ (a week night), and see what they say…

  7. I would be interested in other people’s actual experiences: what nice properties have you successfully booked using this benefit? Recommendations?

  8. @Kendor — WA Bangkok is brand new and, by all accounts, a nice property (I will report after I stay there). In addition, I was able to book a free *week night* there using my free weekend night cert, as I just stated above. So, first find an available award night — any night — that you’d like to book at a ‘nice’ property and then call to request that your free weekend night cert be used to book it, and see how it works out for you.

  9. @DCS Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is where I used my last certificate. Great hotel and fantastic stay. Enjoy!

  10. @DCS – the problem is when actually checking in; if it is not a weekend night, the property will not accept the cert as payment.

  11. @Pam — I am not sure I understand. Are you saying that if one called CSR and succeeded in getting a free weekend night cert applied to a weeknight award and the booking was confirmed, a hotel would refuse to take a cert at check-in as payment? Is there even a cert to show at check-in? Isn’t the cert automatically taken out of play once a booking using a cert has been confirmed because at that point it becomes just another award night or stay? Won’t the property or HH customer service have a hard time explaining why the weeknight booking using a cert was confirmed in the first?

  12. @DCS – Doesn’t matter if incorrectly booked by Hilton. The front desk does indeed receive the electronic certificate (linked to the res) & will decline fulfillment of the charges if terms aren’t met.

  13. @Pam — Good to know, but I will win my case if things transpire as you just stated. Stay tuned…

  14. We live in Southern California. My wife and I each have an Aspire, and use the weekend nights each year at the Hotel Del Coronado. Big property, right in the beach, good free breakfast, rates are often $400++. Each card has a $450 annual fee, but $250 resort credit and airline incidental (though value of that is less now). We look at it as paying $900 for Diamond status and an all expense paid weekend at Hotel Del. Then the airline credit is just a bonus. If you live within a couple hours driving distance of a nice resort, the Aspire for everyone in the family is a no brainer.

  15. @Hepworth: we live in SoCal, too. The Hotel Del is a great tip, and we live about an hour from it. Is it hard to find weekend availablilty?

    Any other ideas for particularly good uses of the weekend certificate in California anywhere in the USA, in Europe, or in Asia?

  16. What experiences do people have applying for, keeping, and using multiple AMEX cards with the weekend certificate benefit? I imagine you get one night for each of the cards you carry. Worth it, in your experience?

    We have excellent (800+) credit and qualifying is not typically an issue.

  17. In addition to email, the certificate number is available directly on the Amex website for the Surpass/Aspire/Hilton Biz. It posts more rapidly than the email as well.

  18. @Kendor–absolutely best way to play the game. We have both Surpass and Aspire and put $15K of spend on Surpass to get the certificate. Then, we take the two certificates together with one or two nights on points and stay in nice hotels. We have used this plan for the Hilton Paris Opera as well as numerous hotels in south Florida during the winter when the rates get expensive, including Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, Conrad Fort Lauderdale and Boca Beach Club (last one was a real coup on Saturday night of Valentine’s Day weekend when the cheapest room was $1600 per night), as well as an upcoming stay during the winter at the Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida. Also, for what it is worth, we have also gotten very good value out of 5th night free at the Conrad Maldives, Conrad Bora Boar, Hilton Tokyo, Hilton Phuket (Thailand), Hilton Fiji and Hilton Rose Hall (Jamaica). While Marriott has 5th night free, unfortunately Hyatt does not. We have gotten a lot of good value out of the Hilton program and the AMEX (and formerly Citi) certificates.

    P.S. Love the Del. Stayed there twice.

  19. @Kirk ~ I have already used all my weekend certs for the year but can you please tell me specifically where on the AMEX site they disclose the numbers when new ones post?

    Always thought it was a bad procedure to have to track myself after receiving the initial email (unlike Hyatt & Marriott who readily disclose free nights). Seems Hilton was making it easier all along! Thanks

  20. @Kendor – never had trouble finding availability. We stay once a year, and sometimes pay with points to add on a third night. We typically are not going over holiday weekends, but have never had trouble. And proximity and cancellation policy make it great – this year the temp was only going to be low 70s for the weekend we originally booked in June, so 3 days ahead we just cancelled, and now have rebooked for next month. Note that, as a resort, Diamond members do not get late checkout. But the free breakfast is great, there are several restaurants on site, and the $500 combined resort credit easily covers lunches, dinners, and drinks for a couple days.

    If you live nearby a resort you’d go to for a “staycation,” such that you don’t have to pay for airfare or try to book nights around flights and can easily reschedule if plans (or weather) changes, it’s hard not to justify the cards.

    Also Hyatt globalist, so most stays are there. The Hilton cards are just a weekend at the Del, and then the occasional Hilton where there isn’t a Hyatt where I need to be.

  21. @Kendor, my favorite redemption remains the Grand Wailea on Maui. Request the Napua Tower which is like the Griffin Club is to JW Marriott – a boutique hotel within a hotel. Free cocktails/apps/chocs/bfast, outstanding lounge if you snag a free upgrade with Diamond status (get the Aspire).

  22. @Kendor, btw the rooms at the Del are a crapshoot. If you use free weekend night certificates there, you really have to stay on the front desk for a decent room. I have been there 3x & each tine they first tried shoving us into a broom closet.

    The rooms are “historic” (& therefore small in nature to begin with – like Casa Marina in the Keys). Even with renos, the suites are on the smallish side. This is a Tribute property so again not altogether unexpected.

    I love the overall property itself, but if you want to stay in the historic hotel (rather than the newer/larger towers), you’ll want to work for a better room.

  23. We really enjoyed the Waldorf Astoria la Quinta, and they are available for free night certificates. We also used a certificate for the Conrad Algrave in southern Portugal. Lovely resort,

  24. I’m not blowing mine on a business trip. We’re going to the Hilton Beach Resort and Spa in Fiji,
    naturally staying additional nights and then on to Australia to use my Marriott CC certificates and points. I love these certs! Definitely worth the annual cost of the cards.

  25. If my dad has this card and receives the free night certificate, can he use it to make a booking for me? Note that he will not be present with me at the time of booking or at any time during my stay.

  26. I feel as if it must be kismet. Just used our reward for the Hotel Del and then checked here to see if there were any other suggestions. Glad to confirm that others were happy using there.

  27. Lot of times free night certificates are PIA, and somewhat over-hyped/valued specially the Hilton wknd-only nights, due to their expiry, restrictions by the hotels, travel plan changes etc. I would rather have more points..

  28. I am considering to book Waldorf in Maui with the Amex Aspire weekend certificate. Do you still get upgraded to a nicer room when booking a room with Standard Room Rewards because you hold Diamond status?

  29. @Ben who do I call to find out the status of my promotional Surpass card bonus weekend night certificate?

  30. @ Liu – chat w AMEX & first confirm the free night ID was sent over to Hilton. If not, & past the 12-wk limit, open an investigation as to why not. If was, contact the Hilton escalation team at (888) 240-6152.

  31. @ Mouse – specifically request an upgrade to the Napua Tower. It is a small boutique hotel w/in the main Grand Wailea property. Free apps; cocktails; breakfast; chocs; water in their dedicated lounge.

  32. I am sorry if this was already answered but where do I locate the free night cert on American Express and it’s expiration date? Thank you

  33. I’ve gotten the certificate faster than 8-12 weeks after hitting $15k, but probably good to advise the conservative estimate. I’ve redeemed them for nights that would have been 70,000 points, but I still think I got tremendous value. Also, for the 1-night concern, you can redeem points for additional nights and keep it all as part of the same reservation so don’t have to combine reservations. Yes, the downside is having to call in to redeem, but I’ve never had a problem with that, though I’ve checked for standard rooms online beforehand each time. I wish it was a free night for each $15k, not just the first $15k spend.

  34. Hey Ben

    I believe the Hilton business earns one cert at 15k and another at 60k. Thus in theory you can earn 5 certs annually if you have the 3 cards

  35. @Pam — Now I can confirm that an agent at Hilton Honors Diamond Desk letting me use my Aspire free **weekend** night certificate to cover part of a Monday to Wednesday stay at WA BKK did not cause any of the issues that you had claimed I would run into, like

    “@DCS – the problem is when actually checking in; if it is not a weekend night, the property will not accept the cert as payment.”


    “@DCS – Doesn’t matter if incorrectly booked by Hilton. The front desk does indeed receive the electronic certificate (linked to the res) & will decline fulfillment of the charges if terms aren’t met.”

    None of those claims made any sense to me at the time. In fact, the way things work in practice is exactly as I had suggested at the time, through a series of questions that are now simply rhetorical because I have confirmed the answer to each question:

    “@Pam — ….Is there even a cert to show at check-in? [No]. Isn’t the cert automatically taken out of play once a booking using a cert has been confirmed because at that point it becomes just another award night or stay? [Yup]. Won’t the property or HH customer service have a hard time explaining why the weeknight booking using a cert was confirmed in the first? [I believe they would, but it’s a moot point because that is not how things work.]”

  36. I used mine at the Conrad Algarve, and will be using one there again this year. The following year I plan on using it at the Conrad Koh Samui. Every Conrad I’ve stayed at -Hong Kong, NYC, and Algarve have been wonderful. However, the Algarve tops them all with the amazing rooms, a buffet with incredible options, free spa pool usage, and staff that bend over backwards for you. They have a free shuttle that takes you to a beautiful beach, too. The hotel infinity pool is gorgeous!

  37. Used 2 of these at the Conrad London St James, and 1 in conjunction with a standard 80k award at the Hilton Paris Opera. Both were great (Conrad better), with very good breakfast buffets available for Hilton Gold and Diamonds.

  38. I LOVE Hilton and the Aspire, but the problem with the free night is that you must book a standard room. As others have mentioned such as with the Del Coronado in San Diego, a standard room can be not so great.

    When I travel, I almost never book a standard room. Even with Diamond status from Aspire, I’m not willing to gamble on just the chance of an upgrade, particularly here in the U.S. where upgrades are less common. For example, would you really want to go to Hawaii and not have a room with a water view (as is the case with most standard rooms)? I wouldn’t.

    It’s fine to book a standard room in a very nice city hotel such as the Waldorf Beverly Hills for a one night getaway. But tacking this stay onto the rest of a longer stay doesn’t work because a standard room isn’t what I want on a longer trip.

  39. @DCS – what I posted is what Hilton desk said would be the case & glad you found a rep to bend the rules for you

  40. @Pam — I am not at all sure that the rep ‘bent’ any rules for me, as it did not have to coax her into doing anything. I made the request, she pulled the cert and found not restrictions and applied it. It was that simple. Sometimes written rules do not match their implementation.

    Bottom line is we need more data points before making claims for or against. What I am absolutely sure about is that there are no requests for certs at check-in if the associated free night is confirmed at booking.

  41. “…but the problem with the free night is that you must book a standard room. ”

    Standard rooms are the “currency” of practically every hotel loyalty program, so methinks that is asking a bit too much! You get a gift horse and then look it in the mouth…chutzpah!

  42. @DCS: But it’s not a “gift” if I wouldn’t use it. I feel the same way about the Southwest Companion Pass or the Alaska BOGO — I don’t want to fly coach, so those aren’t valuable or useful offers for me.

    Again, I’m a huge fan of Hilton and Aspire. I also max out the credits on this card, and think it’s outstanding in many ways. However, it’s important to acknowledge that the free night benefit is not as great as everyone claims. For example, would you really want to go all the way to the Maldives and stay anywhere other than in an overwater villa? You wouldn’t get that as a standard room. Or go to Hawaii and have a mountain view instead of ocean? I wouldn’t. Standard rooms often have “resort” aka “parking lot” views. That’s not necessarily an alluring benefit. It’s fine for a one night city stay where you just need a room and don’t want to pay, or in a Waldorf or Conrad, but not for a resort.

  43. @Bob — You want to play outside of the rules, by imposing your own upon the program.

    It is a “gift” if you play by the program’s rules and bend your own rules to take advantage of it.

    The free night benefit is great. I used mine to book a free at WA Bangkok and loved it. Next? Maybe a free night in Bora Bora!

  44. I have uses mine exclusively at Waldorf Astoria’s or Conrad’s.

    WA Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Berlin
    Conrad, Tianjin, Beijing, Bangkok, Dalian, Seoul

    It’s a great deal.

  45. I recently booked three nights at the Queenstown Hilton Resort In New Zealand for four nights and applied the weekend certificate to one of the nights. The phone agent reminded me that the $250 resort credit that comes with the Aspire card would be applied to this, and she put in the reservation notes the suite upgrade as a Diamond member. Overall, quite a stacking of benefits.

  46. How are you guys actually able to redeem this???? I have a free weekend night certificate from meeting my spend that I CAN’T redeem anywhere. I’m told it is only VALID on Hilton properties – not Waldorfs, Conrads, not resorts, and you can’t book a property for just one night. I’ve been going back and forth with Hilton for four days now and there is no resolution. Furthermore, I have a be my guest certificate that is also only valid for Hilton’s and I’m told that’s not combinable with a free night certificate. Biggest scam of an incentive to spend on this credit card I’ve ever seen.

  47. Between Surpass and Aspire, we have had a few nights to spend. So far we have done
    – Hotel del Coronado in San Diego
    – London NYC (now a Conrad)
    – Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (upcoming, 2 nights in June!)
    – Hotel Niepce in Paris (a Curio collection one)
    – Hilton NYC midtown

    Enjoyed every single one of these and looking forward to more in the future!

  48. Some simple questions for the certificate that I am hoping informed users can answer –
    1) For the expiry date (Say Oct 1 of every year), does that mean only travel needs to be booked by that date or should travel be booked and completed by that date (ala Marriott)
    2) Can the certificate only be used by the card holder/HHonors member or can I use it to book a stay for a family member (assuming I will NOT be at the property at any time during the stay nor checkin)

  49. Lucky,

    If I end up getting 4 free nights, and use them on back to back nights including weekdays (since now this is being allowed due to COVID), for example, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; then would I be eligible to get 5th night free? I heard there’s a math involved for combining award nights and points for calculation, but how does that factor in if all 4 nights are free award nights?

  50. I have an upcoming visit to Ft Lauderdale. Plan on using my free night certificate at the Conrad Hilton. I realize I can only ask for a standard room but what happens if the first night of a two night stay is on the club/concierge level? Do I remain in the same room or move downstairs?

  51. “Generally speaking, Hilton weekend night certificates can be redeemed for stays on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. However, in light of current circumstances, rewards issued prior to December 31, 2020, can be redeemed for any night of the week. That offers some fantastic flexibility.”

    @Lucky — The e-mail I received from Hilton on March 25th stated “We have extended the expiration date of all unexpired Weekend Night Rewards as of March 11, 2020, and all new ones issued until August 30, 2020, through the end of next summer (August 31, 2021).”

    Can you point us to your source? Thanks.

  52. I was pleasantly surprised when I called last week and was told I would be able to use all 3 of my weekend night certificate for a Sun-Wed stay in December at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedegral.
    Best value for these certs at 120K points/night!!!
    Let’s hope I can go on this trip in Dec.

  53. @Billy2011 — I think the card came out in Feb 2018, when I immediately got it. So, I have had 3 free “weekend” night certs.

    I completely forgot about the first cert and it expired (!) and I vowed never to let it happen again.

    As per my comments above, I used my second “weekend” cert to book a free MONDAY night at the then brand new Waldorf Astoria BKK in January 2019, just as CV-19 had started erupting up north in Wuhan.

    I got the third cert, which has been extended, but have no idea where or even whether I’ll get to use it.

  54. I received my free night (e-mailed from Hilton) the day after i met the 15k spend on my Hilton Surpass card.

  55. We are considering applying for this card, but I am a bit concerned about the use of the free night certificate. Specifically, in your review above it states, “The free night certificate are valid at virtually any property where standard award redemptions are available, at properties costing up to 120,000 points per night.” It’s the “up to 120,000 points per night” that worries me. For example, that would preclude me from being able to redeem the certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Park City in January 2021 because standard award nights on the weekends run 300,000+ points. But when I looked at the terms and conditions for the card, I can’t find anywhere where it says the free night is limited to properties costing up to 120,000 points per night. Any chance you could clarify this? Would it be possible for me to use the free night certificate on a weekend at the Waldorf Astoria Park City in January 2021 if the current weekend standard award rate for the rooms is more than 300,000 points? Thanks Lucky!

  56. Just a data point. I had originally signed up for aspire March 2019, I believe it took a couple months to get free weekend night reward at that time. I decided to downgrade to no annual fee hilton honors after 1 year due to lack of planned travel planned and too many annual fees over several cards. However, I decided to see if I was able to upgrade back up again and get travel credits both years (wasn’t sure if they’d make me wait until having no annual fee for 1 year). I was approved for the upgrade and where I had read people with the Surpass card had cardmember year based off original card date (and prorated annual fees). Mine is actually fully changed to the day I updated as if I just opened a new card. What really surprised me was I upgraded 4 nights ago, online account updated 2 days later. Yesterday, I got email saying free night award was on it’s way. Now I have the actual award with reservation details emailed to me. As well as how I get to use it for 24 months and on weekdays 😀 So I was just suprised that I got it so quick, especially when it led to me getting the extented benefits. So if you’re considering an upgrade. I’d recommend it! My 450 annual fee hasn’t even posted. Going to try hard to wait and use it along with my free night next year.

  57. Love that Hilton has loosened the restrictions on the weekend night certs. Mrs. DLPTATL and I had a great three night stay at The Boulders in Scottsdale in December using three of my certs (Aspire (x2) plus Surpass $15k spend) as well as the resort credit for a dinner and some merch at the pro shop. Free breakfast with the Diamond status achieved through the Aspire was great on a resort property. The socially distanced Casitas and ability to eat meals outside was great. Thinking about going back again this next winter to do the same thing. This will get me to put $15k in spend on the Surpass Card this year, partly through business stays at Hilton properties where I earn a mountain of points.

  58. A new Waldorf is coming to Dana Point, CA. I might use my cert expiring this year there and save my cert expiring next year to combine with next year’s cert.

    I’m trying to delay any luxury stays until post-pandemic (if that ever happens), so the quality of the experience will be better.

  59. @mjolnir22 Yes, assuming you can find standard room availability for 120,000 points. Those nights can be hard to find.

  60. Used at Rome Cavaliers (Waldorf Astoria) really nice and this summer travel permitted 2 rooms/two nights at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam midweek. Definitely getting great value. On the downside it looks like the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is not on the list for the $250 resort credit. Anyone successfully used the resort credit there???? thanks in advance

  61. The free nights are an awesome benefit. I have used mine at the Conrad Osaka which is an absolute lovely hotel. Have also used at the Hilton in queens town NZ where I was upgraded to a fantastic lake view suite. I have also used at the Bentley in south beach and Hawaii recently just because I wanted to use them to not forget about them. This is the one thing I don’t like about the certs. Hilton needs to be more transparent and add them to your account. I am always worried they are going to expire. However, there is significant value to be had.

    And DCS is correct. These certs are translated into the reservation system as a points booking. I have always had a desk agent if referring to my stay say something like I see we have you using points to stay with us or something along those lines. I would imagine half of them don’t even realize some people earn free night certs.

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