Find out how to get your fourth or fifth evening free on lodge stays

Redeem points for free hotel stays It is a great way to save money on your travels. But even better is to maximize your redemptions until you have a prize night with no points at all.

It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. Many major hotel chains offer pick-up opportunities The fourth or fifth night is free On award residencies. You just have to know how to book it.

Get a free night for longer stays

Three major hotel programs offer a free night on longer stays:

Simply put, when you redeem your points for four or five consecutive nights at one hotel, you’ll get a free night.

Conditions for benefiting from one program to another vary. However, in general, to get the free night, you must stay at one hotel the entire time and pay entirely with points – you won’t get this benefit. When redeeming free night certificates Or points and cash prizes. On the bright side, the rebate is automatic, so there’s no need to involve an agent or deal with rebates.

Marriott Bonvoy

With Marriott Bonvoy, you’ll get the fifth night free for every four consecutive nights you book with Points. The benefit is available to all members and applies to all Bonvoy properties. Better yet, the benefit applies to every fifth night, with no limit to the number of free nights.

The discount is automatically applied online when you book a free stay of at least five nights. Just note that if some nights of your stay are priced differently than others, Marriott will reserve the least expensive night instead of the actual fifth night. Likewise, if you book an upgraded room, the 5th night free benefit will only apply to the standard award rate, so you will still need to pay extra or use Nightwing Award (SNA) for the highest category room on all nights of your stay.

Related: Do the free 5th night awards apply to suites or only standard rooms?

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Hilton Honors

Hilton’s free fifth night benefit works much like Marriott’s but is a little more restrictive. You’ll enjoy every fifth night free when you redeem points for a stay of up to 20 nights. The important thing is that this feature is only available to Elite Hilton Honors members.

Fortunately, it’s very easy to get Hilton status. You can achieve Silver at entry level just by keeping the free fees Hilton Honors American Express Card (be seen Prices and fees). You can unlock higher levels of status using Other co-branded Hilton credit cardsBeside The Platinum Card® from American Express (Registration required).

Again, the discount is automatically applied online, but you must log into your account before searching to see the lowest prices. The feature is limited to standard rooms.

Related: 8 Ways to Maximize Hilton Honors Redemptions

IHG One Rewards

IHG’s free night benefit is our most generous and exclusive. With IHG, you get a free night when you book four nights in a row — not five. However, this feature is only available to those who have it IHG One Rewards Premier Credit Card, IHG One Rewards Traveler Credit Card or IHG One Rewards Premier Business Credit Card. So, even if you have Elite status of IHG One Rewardsyou will not necessarily have access to this feature.


You can use the 4th Night Bonus for an unlimited number of stays per year. You’ll see the discount automatically applied online as long as you’re logged into the account associated with your card.

Related: The super easy way to redeem your IHG 4th Night Reward


If you’re booking a three- or four-night stay with Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors, or IHG One Rewards, there’s no reason not to add an extra night (if that works with your travel plans). This feature allows you to extend your vacation or guarantee an early check-in or late check-out without any additional points. Plus, you’ll get an extra night to qualify for Elite status.

For rates and fees for the Hilton Honors AMEX Card, click here

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