How Does The Hilton Surpass Free Weekend Night Award Work?

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For the past two weeks, Hilton has been offering an increased sign-up bonus on the excellent Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express, which is valid through May 31, 2017. The card is offering a sign-up bonus of 100,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months, plus a free weekend night valid at any Hilton Honors hotel on the first cardmember anniversary.

This is the biggest sign-up bonus we have ever seen on the card. The 100,000 point sign-up bonus is pretty straightforward, in the sense that you get the points once you complete the minimum spend, and can spend them however you want.

However, the free weekend night certificate you get on your account anniversary is a bit more complicated.

Hilton Surpass free weekend night certificate basics

The free weekend night certificate being offered on the Hilton Surpass Card is a benefit available exclusively through the current sign-up bonus. You get a free weekend night certificate only on your first account anniversary, upon paying the $75 annual fee.

Within 6-8 weeks of your card’s first anniversary, you’ll be emailed the certificate to the email you have on file on your account. Then you can redeem that certificate electronically for a stay within a year of the date the certificate was issued. The stay has to be consumed within a year, and not just booked within that timeframe.

The certificate is valid for a stay on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night.

At what hotels is the Hilton Surpass free weekend night certificate valid?

The free night certificate offered by the Hilton Surpass Card is valid at virtually any property where standard award redemptions are available. Specifically, it’s valid at all properties except those listed on this website. As you can see, this includes all but a few dozen Hilton properties. Most of the excluded properties are all inclusive properties or Hilton Grand Vacation properties.

Most of the properties you’d want to redeem at, like the Conrad Hong Kong, Conrad Koh Samui, Conrad Bora Bora, etc., are eligible with this certificate.


I’m supposed to go to the Maldives/Bora Bora/Koh Samui for one night?

What’s the value of a single free night certificate for a redemption at a remote, aspirational property? Most people aren’t going to go to Bora Bora, the Maldives, etc., for one night… and they shouldn’t. There are two ways to approach this.

One way is to use the free night certificate as part of a longer stay. In other words, if you’re booking a stay of a few nights at one of these properties (either using cash, points, or a combination of the two), you can add on an extra night to the stay using this certificate.

Alternatively, there are lots of good city hotels where you can redeem this certificate. For example, the Conrad Hong Kong is a great option in Hong Kong, if you happen to be in the area…


Or the Conrad London


Or the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam


Or the Waldorf Astoria Chicago


Those are just a few examples. The point is, there are lots of fantastic city hotels where you can redeem a weekend night that are closer to home (or closer to major cities).

That’s part of the reason I value this certificate conservatively. I value it at ~$250 or so, even though you could easily redeem it for a hotel that would cost $1,000+ per night. But I think most people can get ~$250 of value out of a certificate like this by redeeming at a major city hotel, and it leaves a lot of room for people to maximize the value even further, if they so choose.

Bottom line

The sign-up bonus of 100,000 points plus a free weekend night certificate on the Hilton Surpass Card is the best bonus we’ve ever seen on the card. The value of the 100,000 points speaks for itself, but I think there’s a lot of value to be had with the free night certificate as well. If you haven’t yet applied for the card, I’d seriously consider doing so — Ford applied for the card a few days ago, and was instantly approved.

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  1. These posts are boring.

    Time for another trip lucky. You have never been to south America. Have you?

    Those lovely, lovely Brazilian women.

  2. @Lucky

    Do you know if you can stack this with the Hilton Honors Reserve Card’s two weekend night certificates?

  3. So this is a one shot charlie — as in you don’t get a free night cert at EVERY anniversary, just the 1st year & that’s it?!

  4. Can you combine weekend certificate with Hilton points to take advantage of 5th night free for HHonor silver+ members?

  5. You can get the Surpass even if you currently have the no annual fee Hilton Amex, right? (Assuming you have never had the Surpass before).

  6. This is the best card to own if you like Hilton properties. There are rooms at all taste levels & price points so using the many Honors points you can earn with this card s/b no problem.

    I am using my anniv free weekend night (earned with the Reserve card & works the same) at the beautiful new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills opening in 2 momths. Standard rooms go for $950/night!

    Since you will earn the equiv of 3 – 3.6 cents on every restaurant, gas, & grocery purchase dollar, the resulting points add up quickly & profitably with the Surpass (6 points x .005/.006 point value).

    Good refresher on the mechanics of “bonus” spending, Luvky. Readers should understand the thoughht, time & effort that redemptions can sometimes take before first applying for a card!

  7. Very useful post, 100,000 points and a free weekend night anywhere? This will help for my trip to Maldives in 2019!

    Now if only they would give you a free weekend night every year like the IHG credit card does, it would be a real game changer.

  8. Dear Lucky ,

    > Is the 100k bonus from the AMEX SURPASS available to us if we have received the bonuses from the AMEX Hilton Honors card recently ?

    > Next question is if the bonus for booking thru the Hilton App is still in effect as we were told at a Hilton this past week that using the app did not give bonuses any longer but we would receive 2000 points daily since we were registered for that bonus in addition to our rate charges and other items billed to our room ?

    > Next. FYI Comment . We have received 500 Hilton Points for listening to short telephone spiel about their timeshare program. The sales pitch comes after calling our booked Hilton properties to confirm details. It took two minutes to listen and say no and the points showed in our accounts within 48 hours.

    Thank you.

  9. I recommend saying “yes!” sometimes to the timeshare deal. For $200, for example, I have stayed in a very nice new condo in Carlsbad for a couple of nights. With an elevator that takes you directly to/from the beach.

    750,000 Honors points for doing a deal might, or might not, be worth it. You won’t know until you see if it’s for you, your travel goals, & your budget, but certainly there can be an attractive payoff for your time, including bonus Honors points.

  10. Does anyone have screenshots of the offer for the free night, Hilton is now claiming it’s not part of bonus?

  11. I have the same question as Adam.
    IS THIS A ONE SHOT DEAL? We only get a free weekend night ONCE on our 1st year anniversary and NOT every anniversary? I know IHG offers every anniversary.

    Please clarify. Thanks.

  12. @lucky Waldorf Astoria Chicago does not appear to be able to be booked with the free weekend night stays.

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