Best Use of Hilton Free Night Certificates


Hilton offers the best hotel annual free night certificate. Surprised? We talk about Hyatt so much, and Hilton is low on our radar (except when it comes to their free night certificates). You can use them at almost ANY Hilton. As long as you can find standard award night availability (sometimes difficult), you can use one of these certificates. Let’s talk about the best ways to redeem a Hilton free night certificate.

First, how do you get one? The premium Hilton card, the Hilton Aspire, comes with one when you open the card and each year on account renewal. Occasionally, Hilton will also offer one as part of a sign-up bonus. Recently, they offered one with the Hilton Honors Business card (the offer has since expired), and all three of us AND our husbands jumped on it because those certificates are that good. Additionally, that card (and the Hilton Surpass) offer another free night certificate when you spend $15K in a calendar year. Overall, we ended up with four free night certificates per couple and over 300K Hilton points, so we were on the lookout for the best hotels to use a Hilton free night certificate.


Conrad Bora Bora

This is where Jess and her husband are going. Alex and I stayed there on our trip to Bora Bora. The standard rooms don’t come up often, but patience pays off, and you can find them. I would absolutely put that on my list of where to use a certificate if I hadn’t already been.


mother daughter at Conrad Hilton bora bora

Hilton Conrad Bora Bora—Jess will love it.


Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

This is where Alex and I both redeemed our certificates. Again, we had to look for a while. Jess actually was looking and noticed availability and alerted us. Thanks, Jess. Setting an alert with Open Hotel Alert can help if you have specific dates. Max My Point is also great for finding dates with standard award night availability. We are going with our husbands at different times, so I can do Alex’s favorite travel hack—having Grandma babysit her cute boys! We can’t wait to tell you all about the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal!


Picture of room courtesy of Waldorf Astoria website.


Hotel del Coronado, San Diego

One of the most popular Hilton hotels in the United States is the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego. It would be an amazing stay for families, and their standard award rooms have either one king bed or two queen beds. A visit to San Diego is always fun, and this beachfront hotel in San Diego is iconic.


Hotel with red tile roof

The Hotel del Coronado is the perfect beach vacation.



Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island

We love the Maldives, and if that is a dream destination for you, too, the Conrad Maldives might be a great place to use your free night certificates. Being able to stay there for free would be amazing, and it even has an undersea restaurant!


Hotel bedroom in white

Beach villa bedroom – picture from Conrad Hotel website.


Grand Wailea

If Hawaii is your pick, the Grand Wailea is a great choice. It is right next door to one of my favorite Maui hotels, and the grounds are spectacular. I have always wondered if the rooms are dated. It is a definite “aspirational stay” for many, though. Let me know if you have stayed there and what the rooms look like. It is on my radar.


Aerial view of hotels on an island.

The Grand Wailea aerial via from Waldorf Astoria website.


Waldorf Astoria Park City

I’m not a cold-weather vacation person, but this would be perfect for a skier or snowboarder. (Actually, any stay at a Waldorf Astoria is a good pick.) Park City is a beautiful place and a fun town, and the Waldorf Astoria Park City looks gorgeous.


Hotel set in valley of mountains

Photo from Waldorf Astoria website.


Conrad Koh Samui

The Conrad Koh Samui was on a short list for me, and I may use points to stay there. Thailand is a dream, and I want to return. I haven’t been to Koh Samui and want to check it out.


Hotel bedroom with view of ocean and palm trees.

Photo from Conrad Hotel website.


Bottom Line

These are just some of the best hotels to use a Hilton free night certificate. What Hiltons have you stayed at that should make the list? We’d love to hear from some of you about where you have stayed or where you would like to stay.

Hilton Conrad Bora Bora pool

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  1. Kelly says:

    We used our 2 at the Waldorf Astoria in DC. Not the absolute top value but somewhere we would never stay otherwise. I would be a little more strategic if I had it to do again. I didn’t realize how valuable those nights were.

  2. Shannon says:

    Conrad Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

  3. Brooke says:

    I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria on Maui and it was really outdated and dingy. The pools and grounds were pretty but the rest was very meh and I would prefer Hyatt Regency Maui.

    I was never able to use a certificate there though. I called multiple times to the diamond desk and was told it’s not eligible. I ended up doing a timeshare presentation and got a great deal.

    • Pam says:

      That is what I was worried about with the Waldorf Astoria there. Thanks for letting us know. I’ll cross it off my list!

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