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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.

For more on how to get free hotel nights, check out these posts:

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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