Hilton Extends Validity of Free Weekend Night Rewards Certificate Yet Again Hilton Extends Validity of Free Weekend Night Rewards Certificate Yet Again

Hilton Extends Validity of Free "Weekend Night Rewards" Certificate Yet Again

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Hilton is extending all active free weekend night certificates yet again as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Hilton Honors members who have an unexpired free weekend night certificate should see that the expiration date has been extended.

Key Takeaways

  • No activation or opt-in is required.
  • Expiration dates for any free weekend night reward certificates issued through June 30, 2020 have been extended until July 1, 2022.
  • Certificates issued between July 1 – December 31, 2020 expire 24 months from the date of issuance.
  • Certificates issued between January 1 – December 31, 2021 will expire December 31, 2022.
  • Going forward, certificates issued in 2022 will expire 12 months from the date of issuance.

Hilton Free Night Certificate Extension History

This isn't the first time that Hilton has extended free night certificates. First, in mid-March 2020, Hilton extended all valid free weekend night certificates through August 31, 2021.

Letter from Hilton notifying member that Weekend Night Reward certificate expiration dates are being extended.

Then, in May 2021, Hilton further extended Free Night Certificates through January 3, 2022:

Free Weekend Night Rewards currently set to expire on August 31, 2021, will now be extended through January 3, 2022, and can continue to be used any night of the week (not just on weekends).

Now, in November 2021, Hilton is extending these original certificates through July 1, 2022 — and extending other certificates even further.

How to Earn a Free Night Certificate

Hilton Honors members can earn these free night certificates through one of three Hilton co-branded credit cards.

The Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card grants a free weekend night certificate when approved for the card and each year after account anniversary. You will also receive a second free weekend night certificate after spending $60,000 on the card in a calendar year. The Hilton Aspire comes with a $450 annual fee.

The Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card also lets cardholders earn their way to a free weekend night. You will earn a Weekend Night Reward after you spend $15,000 on purchases on your Card in a calendar year (Terms Apply).

Small business owners can also earn a free weekend night through The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card. You'll earn a Weekend Night Reward after you spend $15,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Plus, you'll earn another Weekend Night Reward after you spend an additional $45,000 in purchases in the same calendar year (Terms Apply).

Hilton is also offering a targeted promotion for some cardholders to spend $8,000 on an enrolled card to earn another free night certificate.

Our Take

This is fantastic news for anyone with a free night certificate or who will earn one in the coming months. For cardholders of the Hilton Aspire, you could potentially stack an extended night certificate with one earned during your next cardmember year. That means you can piece together a free two-night weekend stay at any Hilton property worldwide. In theory, you could even triple up.

Triple up options for Hilton Aspire cardholders include any of the following:

  1. Spend $60,000 on a Hilton Aspire in a calendar year.
  2. Sign up for and spend $15,000 in a calendar year on either the Hilton Surpass or the Hilton Business Card.
  3. Earn another free night certificate by enrolling and spending $8,000 on a targeted card.
  4. Join forces—and in this case, certificates—with another certificate-earning cardholder.
  5. Be in the lucky situation where you have multiple extended free night certificates and another account anniversary coming up.

At a time of travel fitfully returning to normal, Hilton is building goodwill with its members with these generous extensions.

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  • I have been hugely impressed with how Hilton have managed loyalty during the pandemic. I suspect in years to come it will be a case study in how to get it right.

  • Hilton generally seem to have treated customers well during the pandemic. That hasn’t been the case with every chain.

  • Sweet! I really hope they extend the credit card base point offer as well. I’m putting a lot of spend on the card to earn base points toward lifetime Diamond status.

  • Nice gesture, but probably unnecessary.

  • I saw that the expiration date was extended when I logged in to the Hilton website. That made me happy to see.

  • Eleanor Holtzman says:

    I received a certificate for a free night at a Hampton Inn last February. We have tried to travel twice and have cancelled because of Covid. Can I have this voucher nenewed so we can use it when we can travel again?

  • Donna J Corser says:

    We attended a Hilton Getaway in February 2020 which earned us a “Spend a Night on Us” good for 6 months. I remember reading something that because of Covid, those terms were extended. Can you please direct me to that in writing or tell me how long this certificate is good for. Thank you!

    Donna Corser

    • Hey Donna! I’m not sure how those free night certificates are being treated. Hilton has extended the “Free Weekend Night Rewards” that come with Hilton credit cards through at least August 31, 2021 (https://www.hilton.com/en/corporate/coronavirus/). But there’s nothing that I’ve seen about free night certificates earned in other ways. I’d recommend reaching out to Hilton directly on that.

  • Is there anyone know how to redeem the free weekend night award outside US? The certificate states to call 1-800-4HONORS to book. It is very unfriendly to members in other area!

  • I’m happy that my certificates will not expire. Since I’m not anticipating any travel for the next year I don’t think that I can justify the $450 annual fee on the Aspire card. Does anyone know if I would use the certificates that were issued last year if I cancel the card. Thank you

  • Oh it’s so great!!! I don’t think I would be able to use mine for the virus thing

    • Hopefully, growing clarity on the pandemic will reveal itself soon because most of us cannot wait to return live the normal life.

  • any thoughts on what to do with 10000 points?

  • Patrick B. says:

    Very cool that Hilton is willing to take this kind of step to make things a little better for their customers. i wonder how many travel agencies will do similarly during these times?

  • This is very nice of Hilton. I am suppose to travel for work in the West Coast. While because of coronavirus, my plan was canceled. I always stay at Hilton hotel because of its vibe and professional. Wish to enjoy this additional benefit once the condition gets better

  • Hilton will get a lot more of my business now they have rolled over status for another year.

  • gustavo sanza says:

    me parece una medida acertada que deberian imitar otras empresas de turismo

  • This is fair

  • Hopefully, the goodwill gesture will attract many new and repeated customers when the situation improves.

  • Great news from Hilton, I hope other chains will join the initiative and offer free cancellations and benefits to their users. we will overcome the coronavirus all together!

  • Hopefully, the extension will make the summer vacation of many a better one.

  • With the corona virus stopping all travel, it is a good thing that the travel industry is allowing free cancellations. I just hope that everything gets back to normal soon so that the travel industry can recover from this also.

  • hania zynger says:

    I hope that Hilton also changes its points expiration policy to longer the current 15 month expiration policy

    • You could sign up for the Hilton Honors card. No annual fee and it gives Silver status and keeps your points from expiring.

  • Really great news, thank you Hilton, I hope that all this Covid-19 thing ends really soon

  • Great news and the right thing to do. Marriott, how about you?

  • Juan Martinez says:

    Excellent job Hilton!!!

  • This is a great news!! I cancelled my trip but hope to stay at Hilton soon

  • Oh man I used my cert in early February in anticipation of not being able to use it later due to the worsening situation…
    Had I known I would have waited…being proactive is not necessarily good.

    • Don’t beat yourself up too much. You correctly saw part of the future – a worsening situation – and acted proactively out of caution. That ability in life will repeatedly reward you and more than make up for this miss.

  • This is great news! I definitely wasn’t going to be able to use mine.

  • You mention the Aspire. Any word on Amex extending the airline or resort credit? We were going to Waikiki in May but now can’t use it. 🙁

  • Marcos Barg says:

    unas de las mejores app para administrar tus millas y saber cuando se te vencen

  • A lot of possibilities here for sure. And the right thing to do proactively (before others did).

  • Travelfreek says:

    I used to get a free night w/ Hilton with just the Surpass card. I never spent $15k on the card. Maybe it was a one time deal. It came in handy recently when I “gave it” to my son and his new bride to stay in Waikiki @ the HHV. That was July 2019! I used one from my husband’s card at an Embassy in Atlanta area to attend daughter in law’s bridal shower. I love the perk. I just wish it didn’t take so much spending to get it!

  • Wow, awesome. Hilton seems to be the leader at the moment in terms of generosity related to policies for reservation cancellations, and point & cert expiry. Bravo.

  • I have to give Hilton credit for being the first one to pro-actively do this and also give a good extension. I actually had a certificate that i had planned to use but had to cancel the reservation due to the covid-19 situation and would have lost the certificate (now i have a year to use it)

  • Excellent job Hilton!!! IHG is still canceling my free night and I’m not happy about that. It is expiring in the next 2 weeks. I was supposed to use it last week, but my travel plans were canceled due to the viral situation.

  • Bill from Maine says:

    That’s great news from Hilton. IHG needs to do the same thing with their free night awards.