Finally! An Easy Way To Track Down Your Amex Hilton Free Night Certificate Info

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Hilton Free Night Certificate Change

I logged into my American Express Aspire account today and was so happy to discover that Amex finally made a much over due Hilton Free Night Certificate change; they finally added your certificate to your online Amex account! This is the first time I’ve ever noticed this feature. As you know at Bougie Miles I find lots of interesting Amex updates because I tend to be a little over obsessed with checking my Amex Accounts.

It used to be that the only way to see the certificate number and issuance date was to wait for the email from Hilton or call Hilton with the certificate number. Now, you can see the certificate number as well as the issuance date- which means your expiration date (in normal years when there are no covid extensions) is one year from that date.

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Hilton Free Night Certificate Change

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Where to Find Hilton Free Night Certificate

When you log into your Hilton Surpass or Hilton Aspire account you’ll see right on the account dashboard page the following notification “Congratulations! You Earned a Weekend Night Award”. If you click the link you’ll be taken to the certificate page.

However, you won’t be able to find it if you haven’t had a certificate issued since they made the change. Have no fear, I figured out a different way to get your older certificates on the Amex website.

  • While your account is logged out, just click this link and you’ll be take to the page with your certificate information and the date is was issued.  I was able to test it by logging into a different account that had a free night issued in August.

UPDATE: It appears this may YMMV.  Seems to work well for free nights earned from spending but not always for anniversary certs.

Final Thoughts

If only American Express and Hilton Honors would make it so that you could redeem the free nights without having to call Hilton, but this is definitely a welcome change. Hilton Aspire Cardmembers get an anniversary free night each year. Hilton Surpass cardholders can earn a free night after spending 15k each calendar year.

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  1. I can see it on my Surpass card but unable to pull up my older cert on Aspire. My Surpass say “congratulations….w/cert #” But when I click on it nothing happens. I can only click on the terms but it wont open up another page with the date etc…

  2. I see my newer Aspire annual weekend night (issued May 2020), but do not see the one for when I opened/converted to the Aspire card (issued October 2019 and subsequently had the expiration extended).

    I will be a nice tool once it is reliable.

  3. How long does it take Hilton/Amex to give you the free night once you spend the $15k ? I am $30 away from $15k and i have been holding off using the card until the end of the year. I have a large # of nights that will have to be used by 12/31/21 so i figured if i hit the 15k at the very end of Dec, maybe that free night will last until the end of Jan 22 or maybe Feb 22 – not sure. Unless they give it to you right away so I will have another night to be used before the end of next year.

    • Tom, IMHO you should go ahead and spend the little amount to get it. Remember this is calendar year so resets to $0 1/1/21. Even if you don’t use it there is no downside this, otherwise, you wouldn’t get the certificate at all

      • I do know it resets at the end of the calendar year. The issue I have is that I may end up using this night during Christmas break next year with the kids. So i don’t want to hit the spend right now and then get the certificate right away with an expiration of Dec 16th or so, when I really want to use it at the very end of Dec 2021 or early Jan 2022. That’s why I asked how quick they give it to you. I have reminders in my phone to make sure i spend enough on Dec 27th and 28th to make sure i don’t screw up and forget. And then hopefully the expiration will be sometime in early Jan 2022

        • Any Free Night certificate you receive after Aug/1/2020 to Dec/31/2020 is valid for 2 full years and may be used for any day of the week

          • Thanks Blackhill – I did not know that. I will finish my spend this week then. I appreciate the response letting me know

    • check the rules, I believe if it issues by 12/31/20, it is good for 2 years. Any new certs that issue next year will be good through 12/31/22 so it’s probably about the same, you want to make sure the charge posts in time so you get your certificate to issue before the spend resets on Jan 1.

  4. Doesn’t work for me. I have both the Aspire & surpass in my AMEX account when I log in. I should have free nights on both. Also logged out & tried the link. My free nights don’t show up. I know I have at least 3-4 of them.

    • Updated to say YMMV. Worked on my account but not on my wife’s. Not sure why either but trying to dig into it.

  5. It would really help if Hilton, not Amex, would actually let you track this. This doesn’t work if you’ve already closed that Amex account.


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