When Do I Get The Free Weekend Night Certificate on the Citi Hilton Reserve Card?

When Do I Get The Free Weekend Night Certificate on the Citi Hilton Reserve Card?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Henry writes in:

I completed my initial spend on the Hilton Reserve and got my 2 free weekend nights.  Then, I made it past the $10,000 spend requirement.  Will I still be eligible for the free night for that threshold as well and if so, how is it awarded?

When Do I Get The Free Weekend Night Certificate On The Citi Hilton Reserve Card
Emily and I Used a Free Nights from the Hilton Reserve Card to Stay at the Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice

The Citi Hilton Reserve Card

Henry is referring to the 1 Free Night Certificate which you get from the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card after spending $10,000 within 1 year.

Henry gets many great benefits from his Hilton Reserve card including:

  1. 2 Free Weekend Nights after you spend $2,500 in 4 months
  2. Free Gold Status for as long as he keeps the card.  This means free breakfast and internet when he stays at Hilton Hotels (~$30 value per night)
  3. 10 Hilton points per $1 spent at Hilton hotels, 5 points per $1 on airlines or car rentals, and 3 points per $1 for everything else
  4. No Foreign Transaction Fees for using the card for purchases in foreign currencies
  5. Hilton Diamond status if you spend $40,000 between your January to December statements
When Do I Get The Free Weekend Night Certificate On The Citi Hilton Reserve Card
Henry Gets Free Weekend Nights and More With his Citi Hilton Reserve Card!

1 Free Weekend Night After Spending $10,000 in 1 Year

You also get 1 free weekend night if you spend $10,000 within 1 year.

Henry qualified for the 1 Free Weekend Night Certificate by spending $10,000 on the Hilton Reserve card.

When Do I Get The Free Weekend Night Certificate On The Citi Hilton Reserve Card
Your Cardmember Year Starts From the Date You Were Approved for the Card and ends 12 Months Later

The terms say that you have to spend $10,000 within your membership year.  The “membership year” is defined as a 1 year period starting from when you were approved for the Hilton Reserve card.

For whatever reason, this time period is different than the time period for earning Diamond status by spending $40,000 within 1 calendar year  (charges posted in your January to December billing statements).

Henry will gets his 1 free weekend night in addition to the 2 free weekend nights he already received for completing the minimum spending on his card.

But you have to wait a while to get the 1 free weekend certificate!

When Will I Get My 1 Free Weekend Night Certificate?

The terms say that you should wait 6 to 8 weeks from your membership anniversary to receive your certificate.

This means that you get the 1 free weekend night certificate at the start of your new membership year.  For example, even if you spend $10,000 on the card within the 1st 6 months, you will get the free weekend night certificate a few weeks after your card anniversary.

You will get the free certificate via email if you have an email address listed in your Hilton account.  Or by mail if you don’t.

Free Weekend Night Terms & Restrictions

You can use your Free Weekend Night Certificates at Hilton hotels around the world such as those in Florida or London, or Hawaii!

You cannot use your free nights at all-inclusive or Hilton Grand Hotels in addition to Waldorf Astoria hotels which do not offer standard rooms.  Here’s a link to the full list of hotels which are excluded.

You can use the free Weekend certificates on FridaySaturday, and Sunday.

Note that your Free Night Certificate expires 12 months from when it is issued. 

How Do I Redeem My Free Nights?

Using your free nights is easy.  Just follow these two steps.

1.  Check for Standard Room Availability

2.  Call 1-800-HHONORS and ask the agent to book the room for you.

For example, you could use your  free weekend night to stay at the Conrad Koh Samui in Thailand.  Or at the expensive Hiltons in London, New York City, Hawaii, or Bora Bora!

When Do I Get The Free Weekend Night Certificate On The Citi Hilton Reserve Card
Henry Can Stay 1 Night at the Beautiful Conrad Koh Samui for Free!

A 1 Bedroom OceanView Pool Villa at the Conrad Koh Samui costs ~$699.

When Do I Get The Free Weekend Night Certificate On The Citi Hilton Reserve Card
That’s a Lot of Cash Saved!

Bottom Line

The Citi Hilton Reserve is my favorite Hilton card because you get  2 free weekend nights as a sign-up bonus and Hilton Gold status (free breakfast and internet.)  I don’t mind paying the $95 annual fee for Hilton Gold status each year.

You can get another free weekend night if you spend $10,000 on on the card within each anniversary year (12 month period starting from when you’re approved for the card).

You will get an email from Hilton with your Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate.  But this will take 6 to 8 weeks after your card anniversary.

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Anyone knows when will I get the 2 free nights? After 4 months? If I spend more than $2500 in one month, can I request the free nights earlier?


Has anyone had any success getting your reward certificates extended? I only need 10 days. I have a work conference and would love to use them the weekend before my meeting but they expire just before. I contacted HiltonHonors and they said the credit card company issues the certificates and there was nothing they could do. Has anyone had success asking Citibank?

Regarding availability for redemption of the weekend certificates- Do I understand correctly that there must be standard award availability in order to redeem the certificate? If so, it may help some dummies like me if you amend step 1 under "How Do I Redeem My Free Nights" to read "Check for standard room award availability" versus just "standard room availability. Love the site! Thanks for all the awesome tips!

Alright, well, I called again, and I guess persistence pays off. They booked it for 80,000 points (which is the "starting" quote that shows up when you're searching by city and have to click on a hotel on the right). They had to make it a handicapable room, though. Oh, well.

I'm having the worst time redeeming free weekend night certificates.

First try was Sydney, Australia. No consecutive day availability as far as the eye could see.

Second try now is Huntington Beach, California. For some reason, they can't book me a standard room because they can't tell how many disHHonor points that is. The reason is that Hilton isn't in the business of quoting standard room disHHonor prices for the top $$$ hotels. She and I could see how much an "Ocean View" room is online (107,640), but for some curious reason, can't see how much a standard "Resort View" room is. Oops! Sorry, that means we can't book it! Fake frowney face!

It's absolutely ridiculous. Their excluded properties list is much longer than is shown. They might as well not have an exclusion list and just not quote points for standard rooms, and get away with it that way. That way they can lie and say: "Valid at every Hilton property! Absolutely no exclusions!" (Then again, perhaps having a fake short exclusion list helps dupe people into thinking that they won't get hassled for booking expensive rooms.)

As soon as I blow the remaining weekend night certificates, and before the next annual fee comes due, I'm closing the credit card. It's not worth it. I'm having a much better experience with Marriott.

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