Posted by William Charles on January 29, 2018
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Published on January 29th, 2018 | by William Charles

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Best Uses Of Hilton Free Night Certificates

Update 01/29/18: A number of properties were missing due to some bad data. In addition it wasn’t clear what properties were excluded from using the free night weekend certificates at. We’ve updated the tables to make this clearer. We’ve also made similar changes to the Hyatt & IHG pages.

I imagine that a lot of people are going to have access to Hilton free night certificates with no category restrictions soon. The new American Express Hilton Aspire card comes with one free night certificate on card anniversary (and will possibly come with a free night sign up bonus) and there is the possibility to get two free night certificates with the Citi Hilton Reserve product change. In this post we will look at some of the best uses of these free night certificates. As we’ve stated in other posts in this series it’s always better to use your free night certificate than to try and save it for the perfect redemption (perfection is the enemy of good). In addition I don’t think it makes sense to plan trips around using this certificates, this hobby is all about leveraging miles and points to see and experience things YOU want to see and experience rather than trying to maximize the theoretical value of things like Hilton free night certificates.

Other posts in this series:

Best Uses Based On Cash Rates

Pointimize has graciously come through again and agreed to share their pricing data with us. They have a hotel award search tool that shows prices in cash, cash & points and award nights using points. The below values are based on real world searches their users have made, keep in mind that the more people that use the tool the better the data will become. It’s also worth noting that the data might not be 100% accurate as the free night certificates can only be used on standard rooms and Pointimize didn’t have the room type data (recording the lowest price of each property that day). This means that there will be some bias in these rankings, so please keep that in mind.

 

 

Best Conrad/Waldorf Astoria Properties

Conrad/Waldorf Astoria properties are often some of the nicest Hilton properties. Here is a list with the highest cash price for those properties.

 

Readers Suggestions

Whenever we do these sorts of posts, readers always have some good suggestions on what properties they have redeemed their certificates for before and why it was/wasn’t good value. I thought it would be a good idea to create a readers choice section to provide some other options. Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments.

Conrad Bora Bora

This one was something a lot of readers were surprised wasn’t on the list.  I’m not sure why it didn’t make it, I guess the average room rate is not high enough. The property itself looks beautiful and room rates are exceptionally high. The only issue with Bora Bora is getting there is expensive (and time consuming) and you’ll likely want to stay multiple nights to get any sort of value out of your trip. Things like food are also crazy expensive when you arrive.

Final Thoughts

These lists are by no means definitive, the idea is to give you some ideas at a glance. AwardTravel has also put together a nice data report on the value of Hilton points that I’d recommend reading here. I’m sure we are missing a lot of great properties, if that is the case then please let us know in the comments below so that I can add them to the readers section. Also feel free to discuss properties that are higher/lower than you expected and why that might be the case.



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Lee
Lee

Unless I’m missing it you don’t have the Conrad Bora Bora listed

mark
mark

Anyone on the list an all-inclusive hotel? meals included?

JC
JC

What about Hotel Del Coronado ?

Smitty
Smitty

I agree. The Hotel Del would be a good property for using certs. Maybe not quite as pricey as some of the others on this list, but a wonderful hotel.

DCJoe
DCJoe

Stayed at the Conrad St. James London a few years ago for 2 nights on certificates. I am surprised it’s not the highest cost Hilton in London on this list- when I looked at all the options it was the nicest one. Convenient location across the street from a Tube stop, although in a somewhat quiet area near St. James’ Park and Westminster Palace. Beautiful hotel, very nice rooms, and a very nice free buffet breakfast in the restaurant for golds and diamonds.

Danielle
Danielle

I stayed at this hotel and was kind of disappointed with the rooms, so much so that I had to speak to management about moving us and that took 3 days. Do not stay in a standard room. Location cannot be beat though, I will say that!

Their sister property in Dublin was the nicest hotel in Europe I’ve been to in terms of a breakfast… holy moly. But the Conrad St. James breakfast was solid.

E__aventura
E__aventura

We go upgraded to an executive room(20$ tip and friendly conversation go a long way) with lounge access. The room was amazing and we LOVED IT. I personally loved it more than the PH Vendome, but they were on the same level of class. Location was awesome, and not sure if I would have had the same experience in a standard room.

Danielle
Danielle

Sadly, we went during Wimbledon so there wasn’t any upgrade available. There also wasn’t anywhere to put our four pieces of luggage and the gap between the sides of the bed and the walls was about 18″, foot of the bed and wall was 12″. Also, the window was five feet off of the ground, meaning there was a very small window and little light. It was very unpleasant.

Mark
Mark

Stayed at Conrad Osaka couple of weeks ago and the property is beyond amazing. The view is everything

Jed
Jed

Ditto on the Conrad Osaka. As a Diamond (using free night certs) I was upgraded to a suite that would have cost $1200/night in October.

Andy
Andy

Two questions:

Ive seen the Grand Wailea often at 255K points a night, is that standard? Any way to get around that?

Is it worth it it keep Citi Reserve and Surpass and essentially get three free nights?

Danielle
Danielle

I am booked there on points for the end of March. Just keep checking… I had to wait until June of 2017 for March 2018 standard room availability at 95k per night. When you see the 255k, it means the base room for points isn’t available at that time.

Andy
Andy

Thanks!

Son
Son

I used my certs (4x) when I went to Europe. Hilton Milano in Venice, and Waldorf in Rome.

Mark P
Mark P

How is the Conrad Bora Bora not on here?

stvr
stvr

This is inexplicably missing the W=A Beverly Hills

Derek
Derek

I would argue that the same reason you omitted Conrad Bora Bora, that you should omit Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. You have an equally tough time getting to both.

Derek
Derek

Also, I didn’t think you could use free night vacations at HGVC properties.

Hadley V. Baxendale
Hadley V. Baxendale

I believe you are correct. All Grand Vacations (timeshare) properties are excluded.

P
P

Just an fyi the Ho’olei at Grand Wailea is excluded from redemption for the free night certificate. It’s one of the ones I’ve looked at for a family staycation in Hawaii from the Citi Hilton. The Embassy Suites in Waikiki is also excluded, and they’re prices can go up to $400+ a night excluding taxes. This is why I don’t like free weekend night certificates as a sign up bonus. They can only be used three nights of the week and not redeemable at all properties.

https://www.hiltonhhonors.com/processlanding/processlanding/?lp=citiparticipatingproperties

Matt Katakis
Matt Katakis

If this is true, Doc, it sounds like a lot of the properties on the list above the certs won’t work at? Worth mentioning?

MSer
MSer

FYI, Whistler is still in Canada.

Dan
Dan

Honestly, the more luxurious the hotel, the more they nickel and dime you.

JF
JF

The Double Tree in Gainesville being $474/night has to be a mistake. I live about 30 minutes from there and it’s a nice enough hotel, but I’ve never seen it over $150 except on weekends with big football games.

Michael C
Michael C

^Agreed. UF alum here and there is no way Gainesville should be on this list. Small college town with the only major draw being Gator Football. Not sure how that value of over $400 came up

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