Last month, what was probably the best way to enter “travel hacking” closed. For those already in the know this was the Hilton Honors Free Night Certificate that was issued after spending just £750 on the Barclaycard issued Hilton Honors Platinum Visa credit card. The certificate issued allowed you to redeem a one night stay throughout the Hilton portfolio of hotels, even in the most expensive hotels in locations such as the Maldives, Fiji, Seychelles, and Barbados. The free night certificate could even be used when room rates where almost £2,000 per night at the aforementioned properties!
Now as the Barclaycard Hilton credit card has been closed to new applicants this should serve as a reminder to either create a booking if you have already been issued with the free night certificate, or to try and meet the low minimum spend requirements of £750 to receive the Hilton Honors free night certificate.
Though Hilton and Barclaycard have mentioned that the card will continue to operate as normal for existing card holders, the free night certificate may need to be chased up when you hit the minimum spend requirements. Also if you haven’t already reached the minimum spend requirements for the free night certificate you may want to do that sooner rather than later.
Previously the certificate took a couple of weeks to arrive depending on your billing cycle, and was delivered via email. The certificate had a 6 months validity, though this may have changed.
Worth remembering this that if you are spending on a credit card you could be subject to interest charges, so to avoid these pay off the card as soon as you have made a purchase. This can be done at anytime by logging into your online account. Paying interest should be minimised or avoid so that the free night certificate remains “free”.
How To Redeem The Hilton Honors Free Night Certificate
The certificate is valid at all Hilton properties, including Conrad which are some of the most expensive and luxurious in the Hilton portfolio. The Hilton Honors free night certificate is valid for a free weekend night in a standard room (Friday, Saturday or Sunday).
To check room availability at your preferred hotel go to the Hilton site, type in the location and dates. You should then click “Advanced search”, “Add a special rate code”, and select the “Use Honors points” checkbox. The search will now show availability for a standard room. If a standard room is available to book using Hilton Honors points then you will be able to redeem the Hilton Honors free night certificate. To book you need to call Hilton (the UK number is 0845 7466677). There is currently no way to book using the certificate directly on the Hilton site.
The Best Hilton Hotels To Redeem A Free Night
After hitting the minimum spend requirements of £750 you can redeem the Hilton Honors free night certificate at any Hilton property global. Most expensive locations include the Maldives, Fiji, Seychelles, and Barbados. Below are just a few properties where you could use the free night.
Conrad Algarve, Portugal
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Conrad Koh Samui
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Conrad Bora Bora Nui
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri
Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Versailles Paris