Ultimate guide to the Hilton Honors Fifth Night Free benefit

Jan 26, 2020

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If you stay in Hilton hotels worldwide, you should know about the Hilton Honors programme. There are some great benefits to the programme, including free breakfast for Gold members, a status you can get for free with the Platinum Card from American Express U.K. In fact, of the five free elite hotel statuses that come with this card, the Hilton Honors status is my favourite.

If you are amassing Hilton points and looking for a great redemption, you can also take advantage of the programme’s preferable Fifth Night Free benefit.

Related: 5 great Hilton Honors redemptions in Europe

Put simply, if you have Silver status or above and redeem your Hilton points to book five consecutive nights at the same property, you will only be charged the points required for four nights. In other words, the fifth night is free. This means if the hotel you choose charged 30,000 Hilton points per night, then rather than needing 150,000 points for the redemption, you will only need 120,000, so the actual cost will drop to 25,000 points per night — or 20% less.

This is a great way to get more value from your points. TPG U.K. currently values Hilton points 0.4p each, but if you were to take advantage of the Fifth Night Free benefit, then you should be able to get around 0.5p or more value from each point. If your room costs a different number of points per night over the course of your stay, your free night will be an average of the cost of the room in points over the five nights.

(Photo courtesy of the Conrad Maldives)

There are a couple of restrictions on this offer, though they are not unreasonable:

  • As mentioned above, you must hold Silver, Gold or Platinum status in the programme. Note you will receive Gold status as a complimentary benefit with the Platinum Card from American Express U.K.
  • You can only book standard rooms, and these must be pure points redemptions, not a mixture of points and money.
  • You cannot combine this with any other promotion Hilton Honors may run from time to time.
  • You must make a single booking of five consecutive nights at the same property — you won’t receive the fifth night for free if you switch properties mid-stay or book two separate redemptions for different dates at the same time.

Related: When to use Points & Money with Hilton Honors

If your booking is more than five consecutive nights, you will receive the fifth night for free for every fifth night — up to four free nights for a 20-night redemption. If you were booking longer than this, you could make a separate booking at the same property to reset the benefit to continue obtaining a fifth night for free. However, you may have to physically change rooms when you switch from one booking to the next, even if it is the same room type at the same property.

You can book this offer through the Hilton Honors website, its app or by phone.

Related: How to redeem your points at some of Hilton’s cheapest hotels

(Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)
Room service at the Maison Astor Paris Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton property. (Photo by Ben Smithson/The Points Guy)

Bottom line

This is a great perk that can allow you to reduce the cost of your next redemption. Try not to book a four-night redemption if you are eligible for the Fifth Night Free, otherwise you are throwing away a free night.

The Hilton Honors programme is a transfer parter of American Express Membership Rewards U.K. So, points earned from cards like The Platinum Card from American Express U.K. and The Preferred Rewards Gold Card from American Express U.K. can be transferred directly to Hilton. Based on the current transfer rate, 1 Membership Rewards points is equal to 2 Hilton Honors points. There’s a minimum transfer amount of 200 points, and points can take up to five working days to transfer.

Featured image by Katie Genter / The Points Guy

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