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Hilton Free Night Certificate restrictions explained

by on Wed June 11, 2014 • No Comment


The 2 Free Weekend Night Certificates you can earn by signing up for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card can earn you hundreds of dollars in hotel value very quickly.

For example, you could use them to stay at some of the highest end Hilton properties in the world like the Waldorf Astoria in New York or Grand Wailea Resort in Maui, both of which can cost $400 or more per night or over 80,000+ points.

And if you keep the card, each year you get a new certificate that lets you enjoy the same value again, more than covering the annual fee as long as you spend $10,000 on the card each year.

You can see all of the fine print associated with the certificate here, but below are’s answers to some of the most frequent questions.

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Are there restrictions on what hotel categories I can book?

You can use the certificate for any Category level of hotel in the HHonors program. There are some hotels that are excluded from free night benefits, and they are all-inclusive resorts and some Waldorf Astoria hotels that don’t have ‘standard’ rooms in their hotels. You can see a list of hotels that aren’t available for free night bookings here.

What days is the certificate valid?

It’s good for free nights on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights.

Do I have to use both certificates at once?

No, you can spread your certificates over separate stays or hotels if you’d like. Or you can use them both at the same hotel for the same stay.

Are there restrictions on what times of year I can book?

No, you can book any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night stay with the certificate. There just needs to be a Standard hotel room available for sale at the hotel on the night you want to stay.

You can check to see if a Standard room is available by going to and search by selecting the ‘Use HHonors points’ box. Just make sure you do *not* login when you search, because if you do login and don’t have enough points in your account the website will say no rooms are available.

But when using a free night certificate you don’t need to use points, so just do the search without logging in. You can then book the room by calling 1-800-HHONORS.

Can I let a friend use the free night?

Yes, you can book the free night for anyone you’d like, just like you can with HHonors points from your account. Once the reservation is made, the name can’t be changed, so your friend can’t sell it off to another person.

Can I cancel a free night?

Yes, your certificate will be valid if you choose to cancel before the hotel’s cancellation deadline. Hilton will reactivate it and you can use it for another free night as long as it’s before the original expiration date.

How long is the certificate valid?

It’s good for one year from the date it’s issued, though often Hilton won’t send you the certificate for several days after it’s issued, so you might not get a full year’s worth of eligibility.

If I cancel my card, will I lose the certificate?

No, once the certificate is issued, it’s yours to use regardless of whether you continue to hold the card that made you eligible to receive the certificate.

Will I earn points for a free night?

No you won’t earn points for a night booked with the free night, but you will earn credit toward earning HHonors VIP status that year. You can also earn points for incidental charges you make at the hotel like room service.

Will I pay lots of taxes?

No, taxes are covered in the same way they are for nights booked with your HHonors points.

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