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How Fast Does an Amex/Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate Arrive? (Data Point)

Executive Summary

My Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate arrived 10 days after I completed the $15,000 calendar-year spend requirement on an Amex Hilton Honors Ascend card.

Details

The Amex Hilton Honors Ascend card comes with a benefit of a Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate after spend of $15,000 on the card during a calendar year.  (Other Amex Hilton co-branded cards also have a similar Free Weekend Night Certificate benefit based on spend in a calendar year – the Aspire card earns a certificate after $60,000 in spend, and the Business card earns a certificate after $15,000 in spend.)

These certificates can be quite valuable.  Although they may only be used on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and expire one year after they are issued, these certificates may be used at almost any hotel in the Hilton portfolio worldwide (including Hilton’s high-end brands such as Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and Curio), with only a few exceptions, so long as a standard room is available.  Philly and I recently used a Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate for a very fun date night at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.

The official Amex terms and conditions say that the Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate will be delivered within 8-12 weeks of hitting the purchase requirement.  However, in our recent experience the certificates have been delivered much quicker than this.  I thought our most recent specific data point could be of interest to Middle Age Miles readers, to help you set expectations and plan for using a certificate once you earn it.

Our specific dates were:

  • Friday 6/15/2018 – Hit $15k 2018 calendar-year spend threshold
  • Wednesday 6/20/2018 (5 days later) – Received email from Amex: “You’ve earned a Weekend Night Reward from Hilton Honors”
  • Monday 6/25/2018 (10 days after hitting spend threshold): Receive Free Weekend Night Certificate / email from Hilton Honors: “Your Reward has arrived!”
[There was no requirement that the statement close between the time the spend threshold was hit and the time the certificate issued.  My statement had closed on June 12, and the next statement was due to close on July 12.]

Here is the email we received from Amex (6/20/18) confirming that we had earned the certificate:

And here is the email we received from Hilton Honors (6/25/18) delivering the certificate:

This latter email included our certificate number and instructions for redemption.  Instructions are, in short:  Find a room at a hotel in the Hilton portfolio with standard award availability, call 1-800-HHONORS (1-800-446-6677), and provide your certificate number and preferred date to book the room.

Philly and I are looking forward to another opportunity to use our new certificate on another spontaneous date night or a fun weekend trip.  We have a nice trip to Nashville scheduled for this fall, using two certificates for a Friday and Saturday night when rates at the Hilton Downtown Nashville are high.

 

What is your experience with receiving Amex/Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificates?  And what are your plans for using your certificates?  Let us know in the comments!

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