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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?
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:
- 2 Free Weekend Nights after you spend $2,500 in 4 months
- 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)
- 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
- No Foreign Transaction Fees for using the card for purchases in foreign currencies
- Hilton Diamond status if you spend $40,000 between your January to December statements
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.
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 Friday, Saturday, 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.
2. Call 1-800-HHONORS and ask the agent to book the room for you.
A 1 Bedroom OceanView Pool Villa at the Conrad Koh Samui costs ~$699.
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.