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TPG reader Eaton tweeted to ask about free hotel nights:
@ThePointsGuy — “Is there any way to stack the Citi Prestige fourth night free with Starwood’s fifth night free?”
It’s hard to beat free travel, and when it comes to hotel stays, there are a number of ways to score additional nights at no extra cost. Some hotel programs (including SPG, Hilton HHonors and Marriott Rewards) offer a fifth night free to members who book four award nights (with certain restrictions). That equals a 20% discount, which can help stretch your points further on longer trips.
Another lucrative option for scoring free hotel nights is the fourth night free offer from the Citi Prestige Card. This benefit provides a statement credit equal to the cost of your fourth hotel night when you book through the Citi Concierge and use your Prestige card to pay for your stay. With the right strategy, you can get a discount of greater than 25%, and best of all, this benefit can be used at a huge network of properties worldwide.
Combining those two free nights would be a pretty incredible deal, since you’d get five nights for the price of three, but unfortunately these benefits don’t stack. The fourth night free is for paid stays only and has to be booked through the Citi Concierge. Meanwhile, fifth night free benefits are only for award stays, so you have to book through the respective hotel loyalty program.
That said, there are some ways to improve upon free night offers. For example, one TPG reader took advantage of a promotion for a third night free at the Four Seasons in Miami and combined it with the Citi Prestige benefit to get two nights free on a four-night stay. Also, the Citi Prestige fourth night free stacks with discounted rates like those offered by AAA and AARP, so you can save even more that way.
The opportunities are out there, you just have to pay close attention to the terms and conditions of any discounts and free night offers to see if they can be combined.
For more on how to get free hotel nights, check out these posts:
- Using Amex FHR to Save Big on Luxury Hotels
- Redeeming Ultimate Rewards Points for Free Hotel Stays
- Maximizing Chase Hyatt Visa Free Night Certificates
- How to Score Free Nights with Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts
Citi Prestige® Card
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||15.74%* (Variable)||$450||0%||Excellent Credit|