The Amex Hilton Aspire is one of the very best cards available today. One of its key benefits is a Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate, good at any Hilton-family property worldwide on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday night when a room is available at a standard award redemption rate. (Full terms and conditions of the Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificates are available here.)
Cardholders receive a Free Weekend Night Certificate after approval for the Aspire card, and annually after each year’s renewal. Many people who sign up for the Aspire card are anxious to receive this valuable certificate, so we wanted to provide data points on when to expect the certificate to arrive.
We have two data points – one from an upgrade a few months ago, and another from a new card sign-up and approval where our reader just received his Free Weekend Night Certificate this morning:
- Middle Age Miles data point
- Upgraded from Ascend card with bonus offer
- Upgrade Date: 7/2/2018
- Received Free Weekend Night Certificate: 9/3/2018
- Number of Days: 63
- Friend-of-Middle-Age-Miles JV13 data point
- New sign-up & approval for Aspire card
- Approval Date: 12/20/2018
- Received Free Weekend Night Certificate: 2/21/2019
- Number of Days: 63
As you can see, our data points are perfectly consistent – expect the Free Weekend Night Certificate to arrive a little more than 2 months after you are approved for the Aspire card or upgrade to it.
Note that the email you receive from Amex notifying you of the Free Weekend Night Certificate says that the certificate may take 8-14 weeks to arrive. However, in our experience, the Certificate was available almost immediately.
Certificates are valid for exactly 1 year from the date they are issued.
How Do I Redeem My Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificates?
Redeeming requires a call to the Hilton reservations center, but otherwise it’s pretty simple. Use the Hilton website to find any weekend night where a Standard Room Reward is available. Then, call in to Hilton at 1-800-4HONORS (1-800-466-6677), tell them the date and property for your stay, and provide the agent with your Certificate number.
Are There Other Ways to Get Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificates?
Yes. The 3 main other ways to get Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificates are:
- Spend $15,000 in a calendar year on the Amex Hilton Ascend card (referral link);
- Spend $60,000 in a calendar year on your Aspire card; or
- Have your spouse or significant other also sign up for the Aspire card (referral link).
Having multiple certificates can be a very good way to get a full weekend’s worth of stays for free!
Where Are Some Places I Might Use My Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate?
We wanted to give you some ideas to start brainstorming and daydreaming about where you might want to use your Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate. There are many great places worldwide, but for this article we thought we’d focus on a few places in the US where the Certificate might help you make a fun weekend getaway:
1. Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection – San Diego
The iconic Hotel del Coronado is beautifully situated on a beach on Coronado Island in San Diego. It became part of Hilton’s Curio Collection – and thus accessible with Hilton points and free night certificates – a couple of years ago.
We’ve visited the Del Coronado but never actually stayed there. It’s definitely on our short list of possible weekend getaways, and using a Free Weekend Night Certificate there can be a great deal.
Here’s an example of a night where a Free Weekend Night Certificate could be redeemed when the paid rate would be $555, on Saturday, March 9:[For all of these examples, we searched for AAA and AARP rates, so we’d be comparing against the standard discounted rates that many people would be able to readily access. As you can see in this example, the Hilton Honors discount resulted in a lower rate than AAA or AARP.]
2. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
The new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills has now been open for a little over a year and a half, and it’s perhaps the crown jewel of the Hilton collection in the US. Middle Age Miles did a date weekend at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills using a Free Weekend Night Certificate, and we had a blast.
Here’s a night with Certificate availability at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, on Saturday, April 6:
A paid rate would be almost $800 (and well over $800 including tax!) – and this is a run-of-the-mill price at the WA Beverly Hills – but you can stay for free with your Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate!
3. Hilton Nashville Downtown
Downtown Nashville is white-hot right now, with hotel rooms in heavy demand and prices skyrocketing. The biggest action is on Broadway, and you can’t find a nice hotel in a better location than the Hilton Nashville Downtown.
Middle Age Miles recently had a very fun weekend in Nashville with our friends from Edventure, and we used two Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificates to stay at the all-suites Hilton Nashville Downtown. We stayed for free on Friday and Saturday nights, when paid rates would have been $400-500.
Here’s an example of a night where a Free Weekend Night Certificate could be redeemed when the paid rate would be $699, on Saturday, June 8:
4. Hilton Times Square – New York
The Hilton Times Square in New York isn’t always expensive, but it can get that way, especially during the holiday season. How about using a Free Weekend Night Certificate on Thanksgiving weekend, when a paid rate would be $449?
This example is for Friday, November 29:
As you’ve seen, it takes a little over 2 months to receive your Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate after you are approved for the Amex Hilton Aspire card or upgrade into it. And you can use the Certificate to get some great value at some very fun locations where you might not ever pay the going rate.
Now, did we cherry pick our examples a bit? Yes we did. But that’s exactly the point – the Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate can be used at any Hilton property as long as a Standard Room Reward is available. Hilton hotels certainly aren’t perfect about making standard rooms available, but frankly, they’re pretty good about it. It’s not hard to get $250-300 in value out of the Free Weekend Night Certificates, and as you can see, it’s possible to get a lot more than that! This is exactly the type of thing we talk about in our mission statement at Middle Age Miles – we want to help you live your travel dreams.
Do you have other data points on Free Weekend Night Certificates? Where are your favorite redemptions – either ones you’ve actually done, or ones you’re still dreaming of? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!
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