Hilton Honors Extends Free Night Certificates for Amex Cardholders

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For many travelers, finding ways to redeem their hotel credit card’s free night certificates has been quite difficult over the past 15 months. Fortunately, virtually every hotel program has done the right thing by extending these certificates to a more reasonable redemption timeline.

Now Hilton Honors has extended these certificates once again in an effort to provide more flexibility to its members. So, if you’re a Hilton Honors credit cardholder, here are the details of the latest extension.

Hilton Honors Extends Free Night Certificates

Hilton Honors credit cardholders with free night certificates issued before May 1, 2020, that were set to expire August 31, 2021, are now valid until January 3, 2022.

Free night certificates that were issued after May 1, 2020, but before December 31, 2020, are valid for 24 months from their issue date. Certificates issued between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021, will expire on December 31, 2022. Further, Free Weekend Night Reward certificates can continue to be used any night of the week.

Plus, as a reminder, Hilton Honors extended members’ status through March 2022, and any points set to expire in 2020 won’t expire until December 31, 2021.

Hilton Honors Cards That Offer Free Night Certificates

Cardholders of the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card receive 1 free night certificate each year at their card renewal, plus the ability to receive 1 additional free night certificate after spending $60,000 on the card within a calendar year.

With the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, you can earn a free weekend night reward after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases on your card in a calendar year.

Just like the Hilton Surpass card, The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card allows you to earn a free weekend night reward after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases on your card in a calendar year.

Hot Tip: With a few Hilton Honors credit cards to choose from, how are you to know which is the best one for you? Compare the benefits and perks of the Amex Hilton Honors credit cards in our helpful guide.

Use Your Free Night Certificate for a Caribbean Getaway

Zemi Beach House LXR Hotels Resorts
Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels Resorts. Image Credit: Hilton

You could redeem your free night certificate at the Zemi Beach House in Anguilla, a 2-time winner of the Best Resort in the Caribbean that offers a complimentary breakfast each morning and views overlooking Shoal Bay.

Standard rooms start at 95,000 Hilton Honors points, or about $500 per night, making the property a high-value option for your free night certificate.

Need more ideas? See the best Hilton luxury hotels to book with points for maximum value.

Final Thoughts

While travel is beginning to pick back up, this is certainly a welcome extension for many Hilton Honors members who were facing a rapidly approaching use-it-or-lose-it scenario with their free night certificates. Fortunately, with all certificates being extended until at least 2022, this is no longer something that they need to worry about!


The information regarding the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, and Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.


Jarrod West

About Jarrod West

Jarrod first became fascinated with the world of points and miles as the perfect way to visit dream destinations without breaking the bank. On his first major award trip, he spent 3 months traveling through Europe, financed nearly entirely with points; while flying in premium cabins and staying in 5-star hotels along the way. Now, he is on a mission to help others realize their travel goals and upgrade their travel experiences. Jarrod has been writing about credit cards and travel loyalty programs for 4 years, and his work has been featured by Travel and Leisure, Matador Network, Yahoo Finance, and U.S. News.

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