17 Best Ways To Redeem a Hilton Free Night Certificate for Maximum Value [2021]

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One of the biggest money savers you can use when you’re booking travel is a free night certificate. And while it’s hard to imagine that you could ever get anything for free, it’s definitely possible to get these certificates as a credit cardholder (and a big spender, too).

With Hilton Honors, you can access more than 6,000 hotels and resorts around the world when you redeem free night certificates.

Thanks to a few amazing luxury hotel brands like Waldorf Astoria and Conrad, you can literally get more than $2,000+ of value with these free night certificates. How often do you get $2,000 handed to you?

Well, in this guide, we’ll show you how to access these free night certificates, and we’ll also walk you through all of the world’s most luxurious, expensive, and opulent properties you can book using Hilton free night certificates.

Of course, you should strive to redeem your free night certificates at the most expensive properties possible; after all, it’s not exactly a great value to book a $50 hotel room when you can book a $1,000 hotel room with the same certificate!

How To Earn Hilton Free Night Certificates

So, how exactly does one get Hilton free night certificates? Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to get these certificates.

Before we forget, though, Hilton has traditionally allowed these free night certificates to only be used for weekend nights, but this has been temporarily expanded to any day of the week due to the complications related to COVID-19.

But as time goes on, we expect Hilton to revert to its older, more restrictive policy.

In any case, let’s take a look at how you can get your hands on these free night certificates!

American Express Hilton Honors Credit Cards

If you hold an eligible American Express Hilton Honors credit card, you can either get a free night certificate just by holding the card or spend your way to get a free night certificate. Here are our favorite Hilton Honors credit cards:

As you can see, the Hilton Aspire card is Amex’s ultra-premium credit card and confers a free Weekend Night Reward certificate within your first year and every year after renewal, so all you need to do is hold onto the card!

You don’t need to make any big purchases or meet any special criteria to get a free night certificate. Also, you can earn an additional Weekend Night Reward certificate if you spend $60,000 on purchases in a calendar year.

You’ll also get access to an array of amazing perks, such as complimentary top-tier Hilton Honors Diamond elite status, a complimentary Priority Pass Select membership, a $250 airline incidentals fee credit, a $250 Hilton resort credit, and much more.

If you have the Hilton Surpass card, you have the ability to earn a free weekend hotel night certificate after spending $15,000 in a calendar year.

Other benefits include complimentary Hilton Honors Gold elite status, 10 single-visit passes to Priority Pass lounges per year, the ability to earn Diamond elite status after spending $40,000 in a calendar year, plus up to 12x points per $1 spent.

The last card you can earn free night certificates on is the Hilton Business Amex card, which offers a free weekend night if you spend $15,000 in a calendar year, plus a second free weekend night after spending $45,000 more in a calendar year. Cardholders also receive the same benefits as previously mentioned for the Hilton Surpass card.

Bottom Line: 3 out of the 4 Amex Hilton cards offer the opportunity to get free night certificates — the only one that doesn’t is the Hilton Honors American Express Card, which has no annual fee (see rates and fees).

How To Redeem Hilton Free Night Certificates

So how do you know when you’ve received the certificate? You will get not 1, but 2 email notifications:

  • An email from American Express sent to your cardmember email address to let you know that your free night certificate is on the way
  • An email from Hilton Honors sent to the email address on your Hilton account to let you know that your free night certificate has been deposited

The first email will look something like this:

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The first email you will receive is from American Express and it simply specifies that your free night certificate is on its way. Image Credit: American Express

And the second email will look something like this:

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The second email you will receive is from Hilton, and it will contain your free night certificate number. Image Credit: Hilton

Typically, your free night certificate will be awarded to you 8 to 14 weeks after your cardmember anniversary. In this example, the card anniversary was on January 8th, and the free night certificate was deposited 76 days later on April 4th, which is around 11 weeks.

Hot Tip: The reason for the long lead times is to avoid cardmembers from getting the free night certificate and then immediately closing the card to avoid the annual fee.

To redeem your free night certificate, you will need to give Hilton Honors customer service a call at 800-446-6677.

Typically, the free night certificate has been valid for 1 year after the date of issuance, but due to COVID-19, these have been extended significantly.

This free night certificate covers the room rate, as well as taxes and fees in almost all situations.

There is only 1 free night certificate awarded, and the only person who gets it is the primary cardmember. That means all authorized users or employees will not get free night certificates.

There are some properties that are excluded, namely all-inclusive and vacation rental properties.

17 Best Hilton Honors Free Night Certificate Redemptions

Once you’ve earned your free night certificate, it is valid at any eligible property, including some of the most expensive Hilton luxury properties in the entire world.

So in this next section, we’ll walk you through some of the most incredible hotels and resorts you can use your certificate at, focusing exclusively on the highest-value redemptions!

1. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Image Credit: Hilton

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is thought to be Hilton’s properties with the most superlatives — it’s the most luxurious Hilton property in the Maldivesone of the most luxurious properties in the Maldives, the most luxurious property in Hilton’s portfolio, and lastly, the most expensive property in Hilton’s portfolio.

This unbelievable resort opened in 2019 to much fanfare — it’s nestled among white sands and crystal blue waters via a 40-minute yacht journey from the international airport (no seaplane ride needed).

Each standard villa is a reef villa (halfway between a beach villa and an overwater villa), which boasts an unbelievable 3,002 square feet of space and an overwater terrace with a posh infinity pool straight out of your dreams. Your private overwater terrace has a swing lounge bed, numerous sun loungers, a private outdoor dining gazebo, plus direct reef access!

The villas are built with floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding doors, a signature Waldorf Astoria bed, a desk, a minibar, coffee and tea facilities, flat-screen TVs, and more.

The superb spa bathroom is outfitted with the finest marble, double vanities, a soaking tub with indoor and outdoor showers, bathrobes, slippers, and Tuscan Soul amenities by Salvatore Ferragamo.

The fun doesn’t stop there because there are 11 restaurants and bars, ranging from treetop to beachside to oceanside eateries. Plus, there’s a watersports center, a dive center, a kids’ club, outdoor pools, direct beach access, a spa, a gym, and even event space.

Cash Rate: $1,900 to $4,500 ($2,500 on average) per night

2. Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal (Mexico)

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Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal. Image Credit: Hilton

The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is one of 2 ultra-luxe resorts that fall under Hilton’s highest reward level (the other being the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi we discussed above).

But luckily, it’s possible to redeem a free night certificate here, which means that this resort is within your reach! The property is set on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula along the beach, around half a mile from Museo de Historia Natural de Cabo San Lucas.

This room offers 119 rooms and suites, each of which offers an amazing private plunge pool, ocean-view terraces, and a bottle of Clase Azul Reposado on arrival.

Each of the standard rooms starts at 856 square feet large and contains complimentary beverages and fruits, a fireplace, a glorious king bed, spacious sitting areas, a flat-screen TV, and a minibar with coffee and tea machines.

The beautiful stone bathroom is appointed with a dedicated sitting area, a deep soaking tub, a walk-in rain shower, twin vanities, a separate water closet, bathrobes, and slippers.

When you make your way across the property grounds, you’ll find 5 dining options, which consist of a signature hacienda-style restaurant, a cliffside seafood restaurant, a beach club, a seafood bar, and a Champagne terrace.

You’ll also find an outdoor infinity pool, a spa, a gym, 2 tennis courts, a gift boutique, and a kids’ club! Lastly, enjoy personal concierge and butler service throughout your stay.

Cash Rate: $1,000 to $2,500 ($1,800 on average) per night

3. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Hawaii, U.S.)

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Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Image Credit: Hilton

Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is Hilton’s most lavish property in Hawaii, set on 40 acres of tropical gardens bordering Wailea Beach. It’s right next to Wailea Blue Golf Course and 6 miles from ʻĀhihi-Kīnaʻu Natural Area Reserve as well.

The iconic property has standard rooms with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds, at least 640 square feet of real estate, a private furnished balcony (lanai), a large sitting area with a couch and a desk, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, and a Keurig coffee machine.

Additionally, the oversized bathroom has a deep soaking tub, a separate walk-in shower, a private water closet, and premium bath amenities!

Indulge in any of the 9 dining options, including a luau experience, Hawaiian food trucks, and more.

There’s a luxe spa with hydrotherapy pools, complimentary scuba and snorkel lessons, a watersports center, countless pools, a 2,000-foot lazy river with waterslides, a kids’ club, and much more!

Cash Rate: $850 to $2,000 ($1,600 on average) per night

Hot Tip: Learn more about the best times to visit Hawaii (by seasons and islands) in our helpful guide.

4. Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels & Resorts. Image Credit: Hilton

Mango House Seychelles is one of Hilton’s newest luxury beach properties — and while Hilton has a strong footprint in Seychelles, Mango House Seychelles takes it to newer luxury heights.

Situated on Mahé Island in the southern section along the Anse aux Poules Bleues edge, this property has a mere 41 rooms and suites and is one of the most lavish hotels you can book.

The standard room reward has either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds, measures 463 square feet large, boasts high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows, and has generous furnishings like a desk, a flat-screen  TV, a daybed, a coffee table, a Nespresso machine, a minibar, and a furnished balcony.

The stylish bathroom has a separate bathtub and walk-in rain shower, a private water closet, granite vanities, a bidet, bathrobes, and slippers.

Enjoy a choice of 5 food and beverage options, including a barbecue pop-up restaurant, a Japanese sushi and robatayaki restaurant, and more.

Some of the property’s amenities include 3 pools (1 is an infinity pool), a tranquil spa, a watersports center, a full gym with Spin classes and personal trainers, access to authentic experiences, and wedding, meeting, and event space.

Cash Rate: $900 to $1,600 ($1,200 on average) per night

5. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (California, U.S.)

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Image Credit: Hilton

Hilton’s most luxurious city hotel is the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills — it’s located in, you guessed it, the world-famous Beverly Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles.

This property is a literal 12-minute trot to Rodeo Drive and 6 miles from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Each of these lavishly appointed rooms come with a signature Waldorf Astoria California King bed or 2 queen beds, plus floor-to-ceiling windows, a furnished balcony, a desk, a sitting area, a flat-screen TV, a Nespresso machine, tea amenities, and a Crestron smart home system to control the room’s lighting, drapes, service, and entertainment with an in-room iPad.

The Italian marble bathroom has 2 washbasins, a soaking bathtub, a separate shower with Tuscan Soul amenities, and even Bluetooth speakers in the bathroom!

The dining options include a French fusion restaurant by Jean-Georges, 3 cocktail bars, plus a rooftop bar and restaurant with panoramic views of Los Angeles.

There’s an incredible La Prairie Spa, a rooftop pool and hot tub, and event space.

Cash Rate: $800 to $2,000 ($1,100 on average) per night

6. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Image Credit: Hilton

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was Hilton’s best resort before the opening of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Although this ritzy resort commands a smaller price tag than the Waldorf Astoria, it’s definitely a solid way to redeem a free night certificate.

This resort occupies 2 private islands joined by a long bridge and is accessible via a 30-minute seaplane ride from the international airport.

The standard villas are either the beach villa or the water villa (which is generally harder to find), and they measure 1,614 square feet and 818 square feet, respectively.

The beach villa has direct access to the white sand beach, as well as floor-to-ceiling glass windows, an extravagant bed, spacious sitting areas, a flat-screen TV, a Nespresso coffee machine, and a thatch-roofed outdoor pavilion with bathing facilities.

Also, the bath areas are indoor and outdoor with an outdoor rain shower, indoor water closet, and indoor twin vanities.

If you snag a water villa, you’ll have a private infinity pool, an ocean-view tub, and direct access to the crystal-clear reef waters.

There are 10 dining options, including the first undersea restaurant, 2 spas, a watersports center, a dive center, gyms, an outdoor movie theater, tennis courts, and excursions such as dolphin spotting.

Cash Rate: $650 to $2,000 ($1,100 on average) per night

7. Zemi Beach House, LXR Hotels & Resorts (Anguilla)

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

Zemi Beach House is one of the few points hotels you can book to take in Anguilla’s breathtaking scenery and beauty. And as an intimate boutique hotel, why would you want anything else?

This opulent resort is set along Shoal Bay Beach and is less than 10 miles from the ferry terminal and the CuisinArt Golf Club.

Each of the standard rooms has at least 600 square feet of real estate and has modern amenities like a private, furnished balcony, garden views, a desk, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a Nespresso machine.

Within the spacious bathroom, you’ll enjoy a set of double vanities, a separate bathtub, a walk-in rain shower, bathrobes, slippers, and MALIN+GOETZ amenities.

There are 5 restaurant and bar options, including a fine-dining sea-to-table restaurant with a sommelier, an all-day restaurant serving complimentary breakfast daily, a rum room, a bar and lounge with live music, and a beach club with cocktails and views to die for.

You’ll also enjoy a gym, a hammam, 4 outdoor pools (1 is an adults-only infinity pool), a Thai spa, a lighted faux lawn grass tennis court, a kids’ club, and direct beach access to Shoal Bay Beach.

Cash Rate: $600 to $1,300 ($1,000 on average) per night

8. Conrad Bora Bora Nui (French Polynesia)

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Conrad Bora Bora Nui. Image Credit: Hilton

Conrad Bora Bora Nui is Hilton’s premier luxury resort in Bora Bora — this resort is nestled on Motu To’opua lagoon and is just a short 20-minute boat ride from Bora Bora Airport (BOB)!

The resort is newly renovated, and each standard room reward is a King Garden View Suite, measuring 1,087 square feet large and offering lagoon views.

The suites each have 4-poster king beds, a separate living and lounging room, a furnished private terrace, flat-screen TVs, a minibar, coffee and tea facilities, floor-to-ceiling windows, Bluetooth sound systems, and the ability to book connecting rooms.

Also, the full bathroom contains double vanities, a soaking bathtub, a separate walk-in shower, a separate water closet room, and Shanghai Tang amenities.

There are 5 restaurants, as well as Polynesian dinner shows and private dining. Additionally, you’ll find a full-service spa, a fitness center, live entertainment, private island access, watersports, diving, and a kids’ club.

Cash Rate: $800 to $1,500 ($900 on average) per night

9. Susona Bodrum, LXR Hotels & Resorts (Turkey)

Susona Bodrum, LXR Hotels & Resorts
Susona Bodrum, LXR Hotels & Resorts. Image Credit: Hilton

Susona Bodrum, LXR Hotels & Resorts is Hilton’s most luxe hotel in Bodrum, which is home to the Turkish Riviera. This property is on the southwestern coast of Turkey and has glorious views of the Aegean Sea.

Each standard reward room is furnished with a comfortable king bed, is built with floor-to-ceiling windows, and has plenty of room to relax in — 431 square feet at a minimum.

The contemporary rooms include partial sea views, a smart TV, a Nespresso machine, tea facilities, and a minibar.

The spa bathroom has double vanities, a huge backlit-LED mirror, bathrobes, slippers, a deep-soaking bathtub, a walk-in rain shower, a separate water closet, and designer toiletries.

Artisanal dining awaits you at any of the 5 eateries, including a cocktail bar and a beachside juicery.

The resort also comprises a spa, a clay tennis court, many pools, jetties, a 24/7 gym, a kids’ club, a beach club, and event space.

Cash Rate: $300 to $1,400 ($900 on average) per night

10. Waldorf Astoria Park City (Utah, U.S.)

Waldorf Astoria Park City
Waldorf Astoria Park City. Image Credit: Hilton

Waldorf Astoria Park City is one of the most elite resorts in the area — it’s located 4 miles from downtown Park City and is at the base of Canyons Village ski area.

Each of the posh rooms at the largest ski resort in the U.S. hosts a gas fireplace, 300 square feet of space, black-out curtains, a flat-screen TV, a Distinctly Waldorf bed with crisp linens, a set of coffee and tea facilities, a minibar, and a small sitting area with a desk.

The bathroom has a jetted soaking tub, bathrobes, slippers, a bathroom television, and upscale bath amenities.

On the property grounds, you’ll find a full-service restaurant and a poolside cocktail bar.

This thrilling resort also boasts 7,300 acres of recreational terrain, as well as a full hotel spa with steam rooms, a fitness center with personal trainers and Pilates, spin, and yoga classes, a dedicated gondola to Canyons Village, and golf course access at Canyons Golf Course.

Lastly, luxuriate in the heated outdoor pool, which is kept at 89 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.

Cash Rate: $350 to $2,500 ($800 on average) per night

Hot Tip: Be prepared to hit the terrain park with our ultimate ski and snowboard trip packing list and our guide to airline ski/snowboard baggage policies. Learn more about the Epic Pass for Park City in our ultimate guide to season ski passes around the world.

11. Conrad Punta de Mita (Mexico)

Conrad Punta de Mita
Conrad Punta de Mita. Image Credit: Hilton

One of the newest resorts to grace the Conrad brand portfolio, this luxe retreat is along Riviera Nayarit and is part of a gated community.

Included in a standard room are a choice of either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds and a minimum of 646 square feet of real estate, plus a large sitting area with a desk and a couch, a furnished patio, a set of coffee and tea facilities, a minibar, a flat-screen TV, and plug-in high-tech amenities.

There’s also a spacious marble bathroom with twin vanities, a walk-in rain shower, a private toilet room, Shanghai Tang amenities, and more.

In total, you’ll find a Mexican breakfast restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge, a coffee shop, 2 pool bars (1 adult-only), and 2 more full-service restaurants.

On the grounds, you’ll find exclusive and private beach access, 3 outdoor pools, a full spa, a 24/7 gym, tennis courts, basketball courts, watersports, event space, and more.

Cash Rate: $500 to $1,200 ($750 on average) per night

12. Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam. Image Credit: Hilton

The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is set in 6 17th- and 18th-century canal-side palaces and is within a 4-minute walk from 2 tram stops and a 15-minute walk from Dam Square for maximum convenience.

This historic property has standard rooms measuring 301 to 365 square feet in size.

Built to resemble luxury residences, the property’s standard rooms have signature Waldorf Astoria beds with the finest Egyptian cotton bedding, plus a desk, a sitting area with a couch and a table, state-of-the-art in-room entertainment, a flat-screen TV, and large, openable windows letting in natural light.

The seductive marble bathroom has a walk-in rain shower, a separate water closet, a single vanity, an LED-backlit mirror, a wall-mounted makeup mirror, bathrobes, slippers, and Tuscan Soul amenities.

You can enjoy a choice of 2 restaurants (1 of which is led by 2 Michelin Star Chef Sidney Schutte), an afternoon tea lounge, as well as an alfresco terrace restaurant with a lively atmosphere.

There’s also a wonderful Guerlain spa with an indoor pool and a gym, as well as meeting and event space.

Cash Rate: $640 to $1,100 ($730 on average) per night

13. Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton (California, U.S.)

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton. Image Credit: Hilton

Hotel del Coronado is one of the most iconic and picturesque resorts in the U.S. As a popular film location with a rich history, this property truly shines with its heritage and exclusive location in San Diego’s Coronado beach area.

This grand Victorian property is a sprawling complex with more than 750+ guestrooms and suites! Each standard room has 1 king bed or 2 queen beds, majestic architecture, and unique charm. You’ll also find a generous sitting area with 2 armchairs and tables, a desk, a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, a Keurig coffee machine, and tea amenities.

Each bathroom contains a walk-in shower or shower-tub combination, bathrobes, premium amenities, and a single vanity.

The property comes with loads of amenities, including 7 dining options (and even a gelato parlor!). There’s an ocean-view seafood restaurant, a pizzeria, and a cocktail lounge with live music.

You’ll also enjoy having a spa with an infinity pool, a gym, 2 outdoor pools with a Jacuzzi, and massive meeting spaces.

Cash Rate: $330 to $2,200 ($700 on average) per night

14. Conrad Tokyo (Japan)

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Conrad Tokyo. Image Credit: Hilton

Hilton’s iconic hotel in the capital city of Japan is Conrad Tokyo, which is nestled in an upscale neighborhood (Shiodome district in Minato City) just a 5-minute walk from the subway station, a 7-minute walk from the beautiful Hamarikyu Gardens, and a half-mile from the Toyosu Fish Market.

Occupying the 28th to 37th floors of the Shiodome skyscraper, this hotel offers standard rooms at least 516 square feet in size, 1 king or 2 twin beds, panoramic city views, a traditional luxury design, and high ceilings.

Each room is appointed with a window-side sitting area featuring 2 daybeds, a desk, as well as a minibar, a Nespresso coffee machine, traditional tea amenities, black-out curtains, a flat-screen TV, and a pillow menu.

The marble bathroom has double marble vanities, an LED light-rimmed circular mirror, a walk-in rain shower, a separate soaking bathtub, Shanghai Tang amenities, a bidet, bathrobes, slippers, and more.

Indulge in any of the 4 memorable restaurants or relax in the skyline cocktail bar TwentyEight.

The property also has a full-service spa, a knowledgeable concierge, a fitness center, an indoor pool, meeting space, and more.

Cash Rate: $260 to $1,500 ($550 on average) per night

Hot Tip: From amazing food to traditional culture, learn about the best things to do, see, and enjoy with our ultimate travel guide to Tokyo.

15. Conrad New York Midtown (New York, U.S.)

Conrad New York Midtown
Conrad New York Midtown. Image Credit: Hilton

Conrad New York Midtown, formerly The London NYC, is an all-suite luxury hotel just 4 blocks from Central Park and Times Square — it’s just 2 blocks from the nearest subway station, too!

The property has standard rooms beginning at 525 square feet in size, including a separate living room and bedroom.

The living room has a flat-screen TV, a table with chairs, a large coffee table, and a sofa, while the bedroom has a glorious bed, a separate dressing area, a minibar, a coffee maker, and more.

There’s a beautiful marble bathroom with a walk-in rain shower, a single vanity, Shanghai Tang amenities, bathrobes, slippers, and a hairdryer.

Some of the property amenities here include a 24/7 gym, a restaurant and bar, over 5,000 square feet of event space, an art collection, and more.

Cash Rate: $275 to $1,000 ($500 on average) per night

16. The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts (United Kingdom)

The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts
The Biltmore Mayfair, LXR Hotels & Resorts. Image Credit: Hilton

Located in London’s prestigious Grosvenor Square, The Biltmore Mayfair consists of 250 rooms and 57 suites, each offering refined accommodations a 7-minute walk from Bond Street tube station and a mile from Buckingham Palace.

At least 237 square feet in size, each standard room is furnished with a soft king bed, a sitting area with a couch and an armchair, a Nespresso machine, a minibar, views of the courtyard, and a make-up table.

Plus, the marble bathroom features a walk-in rain shower, a single vanity, bathrobes, a wall-mounted LED make-up mirror, and more.

4 on-site venues spice up the hotel’s dining scene, starting with an all-day brasserie, a tranquil terrace restaurant, an afternoon tea lounge, and a fine cocktail bar.

Lastly, the hotel’s amenities are rounded out by the gym, green courtyard, and event space (including a 5,380 square-foot ballroom).

Cash Rate: $300 to $750 ($400 on average) per night

Hot Tip: If you’re planning a trip across the pond, our guides have you covered, from the best ways to fly to London with points and miles to the best London hotels to book with points. We’ve also rounded up the best London tours and activities and have an ultimate travel guide to London (with plenty of tips and hacks!). 

17. Conrad London St. James (United Kingdom)

Conrad London St. James
Conrad London St. James. Image Credit: Hilton

Hilton’s popular and lavish 5-star hotel in Westminster, London is the Conrad London St. James — a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, 2 miles from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and conveniently across the street from the St. James’s Park tube station.

Pick between 1 king bed or 2 twin beds in this large room measuring at least 280 square feet in size (large by London standards, anyway). Every room has luxury Egyptian bedding, a sitting area with an armchair, a couch at the foot of the bed, a Nespresso machine, a Chromecast-equipped flat-screen TV, a desk, a minibar, and plug-in high-tech amenities.

Additionally, the marble bathroom is appointed with a walk-in rain shower, bathrobes, slippers, a single vanity, and Shanghai Tang amenities.

As far as dining goes, check out the classic London pub helmed by Chef Sally Abé! There’s also an afternoon tea lounge, as well as a small gym, a business center, and nearly 6,000 square feet of meeting space.

Cash Rate: $250 to $425 ($325 on average) per night

Final Thoughts

One of the best perks you can get with a credit card or with credit card spending is a free night certificate.

When you earn a Hilton free night certificate, you would normally only be able to redeem it on weekend nights, but the policy has been expanded to any night in the wake of COVID-19.

And since these free night certificates are redeemable at any eligible Hilton property with standard room reward availability, it makes the most sense to redeem them at the most opulent luxury properties.

So the next time you’re planning to use a Hilton free night certificate, be sure to redeem it at high-value properties, like all the ones above!


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Frequently asked questions

How do I book my Hilton free night certificate?

Unlike Marriott, IHG, and Hyatt, you need to call the Hilton Honors customer service hotline to redeem your free night certificate at 800-446-6677. After you reach a representative, explain that you’d like to use your free night certificate to book a reservation at the hotel you have in mind.

Is Hilton extending free night certificates?

Hilton has already extended the free night certificates through August 31, 2021, if you were issued a certificate before May 1, 2020. If the certificate was issued between May 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, the certificate is valid for 24 months. If your certificate was issued on January 1, 2021, it’s valid through December 31, 2022.

How do you get free night at Hilton?

You can get a free night at Hilton by holding the Hilton Aspire card or by meeting spending thresholds on the Hilton Surpass card or the Hilton Business Amex card, as well as on the Hilton Aspire card.

Does Hilton give free nights?

Yes! If you are a credit card holder of the Hilton Aspire card, you’ll receive a free night every cardmember year. If you are a holder of the Hilton Surpass card or the Hilton Business Amex card and make $15,000 in purchases in a calendar year, you’ll get a free night. You can also get an additional free night by spending $60,000 in purchases on the Hilton Aspire card or by spending an additional $45,000 in purchases on the Hilton Business Amex card after the first free night from spending $15,000.

How do I maximize my Hilton Aspire card?

You can maximize your Hilton Aspire card by activating your Diamond status, using the free night certificate every year, using the Hilton resort statement credit, and even taking advantage of the airline fee incidental credit.

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  1. Lora Kennedy October 18, 2021

    I just got off the phone with Hilton, I was calling about the Grand Wailea in Maui to try to book my free night and they said all of their rooms are premium and I could not book there with my certificate. So disappointed as it looks amazing!

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