Update: This offer for the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.
What bonus is the Hilton Surpass Card offering?
With this offer you can receive a welcome bonus of 130,000 Hilton Honors points, plus a free weekend night reward, after spending $4,000 within the first four months. That’s a fantastic bonus, which could potentially get you up to 250,000 points of value (based on the weekend night reward being redeemable at properties costing up to 120,000 points).
This is the biggest bonus I ever recall seeing on the card. The 130,000 point bonus is pretty straightforward, in the sense that you get the points once you complete the minimum spending, and can spend them however you want.
However, the weekend night certificate is a bit more complicated, so I wanted to take a closer look at how exactly that works.
Redeem your certificate at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
How can you earn a Hilton free weekend night reward?
With the Hilton Honors Surpass Card you can earn a weekend night reward in one of two ways:
- As part of the welcome bonus, after spending $4,000 within four months
- For spending money on the card, as you can earn an additional reward when you spend $15,000 in eligible purchases on the card in a calendar year
Note that if you want to earn even more of these, the Hilton Honors Aspire Card also offers these:
- Receive a free weekend night reward on your account anniversary every year
- Receive an additional free weekend night reward when you spend $60,000 on the card in a calendar year
How soon does the weekend night reward post?
You can expect that the weekend night reward will post within 8-12 weeks of when you meet the spending requirement for earning the certificate. So for the Surpass Card that’s within 8-12 weeks of when you spend $4,000 within four months, and then within 8-12 weeks of when you spend $15,000 in a calendar year.
In practice you may find that these free night certificates post much faster than that, though.
What nights of the week can you redeem your certificate?
This is a weekend night certificate, so it can be redeemed for a stay on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night.
At which hotels can you redeem the free night certificate?
The free night certificate is valid at virtually any property where standard award redemptions are available. Specifically, it’s 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 the weekend night certificate?
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.
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, either by spending on the Surpass Card as well, or by having multiple Hilton cards. So you can potentially use three of these back-to-back, for a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.
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 portfolio keeps 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.
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
The Hilton Honors Surpass Card has a great bonus right now, and part of that bonus is a weekend night reward. Best of all, you can earn an additional weekend night reward on the card for putting spending on it, and then you can earn further rewards through the Hilton Aspire.
Whether you’re looking for a one night stay at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, or to add a night to a stay at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives, there are many great uses of this.
To those who have earned Hilton free weekend night rewards, what’s your favorite place you’ve redeemed one?