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I was reminded today of a little Hilton website trick that has saved me a fair bit of money in the past, and thought it worth sharing – in this case it saved me £4 a night and got me a free dinner.
Navigating the Hilton website
When you search for a hotel on the Hilton website, you’ll be presented with a screen showing the “best rate” for each hotel. In my case, I was looking to stay at the Waldorf Hilton in central London, so I saw this:
So there we have it – seemingly the best price for my dates is £247. I therefore selected this, prepared to lock in the £247 a night rate.
This takes you through to the more detailed room choice screen, as follows:
Again, my best option appears to be the £247 rate, offering a modest saving to me as a Hilton Honors member.
But wait! What’s that I see… Look closely and you’ll see the the blue text at the bottom, saying “More prices from £243”. Now clearly, £243 is less than £247…
Sure enough, when I bring up the “more prices option, not only am I offered a room at £243 a night, it includes dinner!
As such, in not blindly going with the “best” rate flagged to me by the Hilton search function, I save myself £4 a night and get a free dinner.
Is this a fair comparison?
Now I do appreciate the £243 rate is non-flexible, versus the £247 flexible rate. However, I have a couple of points to say on this:
This is not an isolated example. I am an extremely frequent visitor to the Hilton website, and I have fairly regularly found interesting or better offers in the “more prices” section. Sometimes this has been a better rate for an entirely equivalent room (e.g. non-flex versus non-flex), other times it’s included an extra like dinner for just a couple of pounds more.
I was simply looking to get the cheapest rate here. I know I am making this stay, therefore all I was looking for with Hilton was the cheapest non-flex rate. As such, this really is money shaved off my stay and a free dinner.
So get into the habit – always check those hidden options available via the “more prices” link.