How Does The Hilton Surpass Weekend Night Reward Work?

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Update: This offer for the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card has expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

Through August 28, 2019, the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card (review), which is one of the best Hilton credit cards, is offering an increased welcome bonus.

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

Bottom line

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?

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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..

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