Hilton Extends Free Night Certificate Validity Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

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Hilton is extending all active free weekend night certificates as a result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. Hilton Honors members who have an unexpired free weekend night certificate should have received the following communication via email:

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

Key Takeaways

  • No activation or opt-in is required.
  • Expiration dates for any free weekend night certificates valid as of March 11, 2020 have been extended until August 31, 2021.
  • Expiration dates for any additional free weekend night certificates earned between now and August 30, 2020 will be extended until August 31, 2021.

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.

In addition to top-tier Hilton Diamond status, 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. (Rates & Fees)

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 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).

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 free weekend 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, as Hilton defines the “weekend” to include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. 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. Join forces—and in this case, certificates—with another certificate-earning cardholder.
  4. Be in the lucky situation that you have a cardmember anniversary between now and August 30, 2020 and haven't already used your free weekend night for the current cardmember year. The certificate that you already have is extended through August 31, 2021. And the one that you will earn in the next few month will also have an August 31, 2021 expiration date. If you plan a trip between your 2021 cardmember anniversary and August 31, 2021, you'll have three active certificates to use.

At a time of trip cancellations left and right, Hilton is building goodwill with its members with this move. Are you curious to find out which other hotel loyalty programs will extend similar offers?

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card (Rates & Fees)

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Comments

  • Bill from Maine says:

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

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • Marcos Barg says:

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

  • 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. 🙁

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

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

  • Juan Martinez says:

    Excellent job Hilton!!!

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • This is fair

  • gustavo sanza says:

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

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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • any thoughts on what to do with 10000 points?

  • 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.

  • 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

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