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Can I Stack Free Hotel Nights for a Larger Discount?

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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.

Kenan and her husband were able to afford a last-minute trip to Miami this Fourth of July thanks to several key Citi Prestige benefits.
While Starwood’s fifth night free doesn’t stack with the Citi Prestige benefit, other offers might.

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.

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Citi Prestige® Card

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  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year, and receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre √®
  • 4th night hotel benefit for any hotel stay at hotels booked through the Citi Prestige® Concierge.
  • Earn 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
  • Points are redeemable for a $532 flight on any airline or $400 in gift cards.
  • Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
  • Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
  • 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 15.49%* (Variable) $450 0% Excellent Credit