Where Can You Redeem Hilton Weekend Nights?

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Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

The Citi Hilton Reserve Card is one of the more lucrative hotel credit cards out there, and one I’ve had in my wallet since it was introduced.

The current sign-up bonus on the card offers:

  • Two free weekend nights at most Hilton family properties after spending $2,500 within four months of account opening
  • Plus for a limited time receive a $100 statement credit after spending $100 or more on your first hotel stay in the Hilton HHonors portfolio within the first three months of account opening

But it’s not just the sign-up bonus that makes the card great, but also the perks and bonus thresholds for putting spend on the card:

  • Hilton HHonors Gold status for as long as you have the card, which gets you complimentary breakfast, lounge access, and internet (which I consider to be the most valuable elite hotel perks)
  • A complimentary weekend night certificate for any cardmember year (different than calendar year) in which you spend $10,000 on the card
  • Hilton HHonors Diamond status for any year in which you spend $40,000 on the card

I’ve been asked a few questions about the restrictions on the weekend night certificates, which you receive as part of the sign-up bonus and on your account anniversary when you spend $10,000 on the card in a year.

Weekend night certificates — what qualifies as a weekend night?

For the purposes of this card, weekend nights include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Weekend night certificates — can they be redeemed at all properties?

The only properties at which these weekend night certificates can’t be redeemed are the following, which are all inclusive properties and “distinctive” properties:

All Inclusive Properties:
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Central Pacific -Costa Rica
Hilton Bodrum Turkbuku Resort & Spa
Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa
Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort
Hilton Hurghada Plaza Hotel
Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort
Hilton Nuweiba Coral Resort
Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa
Hilton Puerto Vallarta
Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Hilton Sharks Bay Resort

Distinctive Properties:
Conrad Koh Samui Residences
Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk
Kingston Plantation Condos
Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences
Royale Palms Condominiums
Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel-Center Strip
Grand Waikikian Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations
Hilton Club New York
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites – Las Vegas (Convention Center)
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at Hilton Hawaiian Village
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at South Beach
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at the Flamingo
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on International Drive
Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip
Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
Kings Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
Parc Soleil Suites by Hilton Grand Vacations
Park City Hilton Grand Vacations
Valdoro Mountain Lodge by Hilton Grand Vacations Suites
West 57th Street by Hilton Club
Ho’olei at Grand Wailea
Las Casitas, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Qasr Al Sharq, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Aside from that you can redeem your weekend night certificates at any property as long as there’s a standard room available for sale. Under Hilton’s current award chart they have “seasonal” pricing, whereby some properties require more points seasonally. You absolutely can redeem these weekend night certificates at destinations during peak season.

So you can book the Conrad Koh Samui when it would cost 95,000 points per night:

Conrad-Koh-Samui-Award-Rate

Or the Conrad Maldives when it would cost 95,000 points per night:

Conrad-Maldives

So it’s not too tough to get 190,000 HHonors points worth of “value” out of the sign-up bonus.

How do you redeem weekend night certificates?

Reservations using the weekend night certificates have to be booked by phone, though it’s a fairly easy process. As long as there are standard rooms available online (meaning there would also be “standard room reward” points availability), you should be able to redeem your weekend night certificate there as well.

Bottom line

This is a great card given both the sign-up bonus and the perks that the card offers long term. Comparatively the weekend night certificates have become more valuable since last year’s Hilton devaluation, whereby they jacked up the rates at their top properties from 50,000 points to 95,000 points per night.

Link: Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card

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Comments

  1. Just booked mine for Hilton Seattle this July ($350 a night or 60,000 points normally). Not a bad value. The only annoying thing about these certs is there is no way to see them or book them without calling. Mine expire at the end of July, and a few months back I had to call in to see when they expire and make sure they were there. When booking today, the phone agent asked me for my cert # (which I can not see), and then ended up spending 2-3 minutes trying to find them through another system.

  2. I have a cert that expires in October 2014. Can I book prior to expiration for a stay after October 2014?

  3. “Hilton HHonors Gold status for as long as you have the card, which gets you complimentary breakfast, lounge access, and internet (which I consider to be the most valuable elite hotel perks)”

    To be clear, Gold only gets you lounge access if you get the upgrade to an executive floor. Only Diamonds get guaranteed lounge access (and even then, not always).

  4. So, the anniversary gift is much better than other cards, but the $10,000 puts it out of reach for me, and I expect a good chunk of people (unless one puts all spending on the card, which probably isn’t the best way to maximize).

  5. Skip the Conrad Koh Samui unless you don’t plan to leave the hotel. The location is remote and people drive like f#$%ing maniacs there.

  6. @ Jose – unfortunately, no. I tried like hell to get around this via HHonors customer service, the HHonors diamond line, HHonors twitter team, and citi customer service (multiple times). My thought was that eventually I’d find someone to extend them or book a stay past the expiration. Failed every time.

  7. @Gene – no reason to leave Conrad Koh Samui – and drivers are no worse than most Asian developing countries.

  8. We just came back from a long weekend in NYC and used our certs for a 2-night stay at the iconic Waldorf Astoria. It was phenomenal. We were given a nice upgrade in the form of a high floor + a lovely view up Park Avenue.

  9. Lucky, how does this card compare to amex surpass? I know the reserve is better for the initial sign up bonus. But for the anniversary bonus, I think surpass is better/more flexible. For $10k spend, you get 60k pts (grocery store) on surpass, which you can use it however you want. Vs. just getting a one weekend night on reserve card. Psychologically, I want to maximize the free night at a cat 10 property but don’t want to dish out 95k for more nights so end up moving. Just seem too much work.

  10. @ Valerie — So the Surpass Card is more rewarding for actual Hilton stays, in that you get more points per dollar spent at properties.

    They also have the grocery store bonus category, though I can’t imagine earning 6x HHonors points per dollar spent at grocery stores when I could be earning 4.5x Membership Rewards points on the AmEx EveryDay Preferred. So while the earnings rate is better in some bonus categories, I still couldn’t imagine justifying putting that spend on the card given the other options out there.

    So for me the big benefit of this card is the weekend night certificate after spending $10,000, not to mention the better sign-up bonus.

  11. I agree with Valerie. Citi reserve is better for the sign up bonus. But the earning structure is not worth it (after 1 year) compare to Amex surpass. What good is it to pay the annual fee to get gold status and not enough points accumulated for hotel stay. Sure 10K spend will yield 1 night + 30K points. So in practice, it would be difficult to maximize the free night at a high end hotel for only 1 night and have to move to a lower point hotel night . Most likely, it will be a 40K hotel caliber so that I dont have to switch around for the 2nd night.

    Long term wise, after the sign up bonus, Amex is the better deal to accumulate the points than citi reserve

  12. Does anyone know if you can have multiple of these cards, like the other Citi Hilton card. Or is this card at least churnable? Thanks

  13. I was wondering if this was a churnable card as I have had this card before over two years ago.

    Thanks in advance Mike K

  14. Lucky, where do you get 4.5x on everyday preferred? Is it 3x on grocery plus 50% bonus if you make >30 purchases? But that still max out at $6k/yr. I can get that spend in a month if I want to on the surpass and no annual limit.

  15. @ Valerie — Sorry, I was assuming the 30 transactions per month. If you’re looking to actually manufacture spend at supermarkets then you’re also correct about the cap. But is it really worth manufacturing spend for six HHonors points per dollar? I value those at 0.4 cents each, so that’s a 2.4% return to me. I’d rather use a Premier Rewards Gold Card if I maxed out the EveryDay Preferred supermarket bonuses.

  16. Lucky, any recommendations for manufactured spend on this card (to hit the $10K) without Vanilla Reloads option? That’s how I qualified last year…

  17. how long does it typically take to get the certificates? i already spent the min. $2,500 and the Citi customer svc reps see the granted weekend certs in my account… but have not had luck getting the Hilton reservation line to see the certs.

    Has anyone else had this trouble as well?

  18. Do you know if canceling the card to avoid the annual fee after earning and receiving the $10k annual free night would void it?

  19. How’s long does it take for the 2 free weekend nights to hit you Hilton account & become bookable? i completed the $2500 spend w/ citi and they say the posted the certs to Hilton but Hilton does not have them yet. citi said it could take up to 8 weeks, but this must be worst case scenario.

  20. @ E — I would probably redeem the certificate beforehand to be on the safe side, but I don’t think that would be an issue.

  21. @ amit — Mine posted shortly after the statement closed, but it can take a few weeks, so I would just keep checking.

  22. Also, there are lots of reports of using the certs for Thursday nights as well. I have a (cat 10) stay booked on a cert for this Thursday. Agent didn’t say a word about it not being a weekend when I called to book. I don’t know if it’s an official policy, a mistake by the agent, or an intentional exception made by the agent (although you’d think they would tell you if they were making an exception), but I’m not complaining.

  23. @ Sher
    I am having the same problem. Spending requirement was completed almost a month ago and the statement was closed already on that amount ( and, of course, paid it all). Couldn’t get any info fro CITI- they were sending me to Hilton, Hilton was sending me to Citi for the answer. And now, they told me to wait 6-8 weeks and keep checking my e-mail. That’s just weird. Hope I will get them soon.

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