Jul242009

Hilton’s International Extra Nights Free Offer

Hilton has a free night offer for 166 hotels in 44 different countries running through the summer months for participating hotels in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia/Pacific regions.

Hotels in North America, Caribbean, Central and South America are excluded from this offer.

Offer:  Valid 7 days a week from for stays from May 1 thru September 30, 2009.

Rates include breakfast.

 

1 free night on a 3-night stay or

2 free nights on a 5-night stay or

3 free nights on a 7-night stay.

Free nights are valid for actual booked stay and do not carry-over to another stay.

Link to Hilton Extra Nights Free offer.

Loyalty Traveler Analysis:

I’ve been searching Paris Hotel rates for someone planning a week in the city of lights. I checked this Hilton Hotels offer to see if the free nights is actually a discount rate. While the free nights rate was not available at all the Hilton Hotels in Paris for dates I checked, I am happy to report that where I did find the special offer rate I found the free nights rate to be a rate discount for Hilton Hotels in Paris.

The problem with many free night offers is the discounted nights are based on purchasing a rack rate or some rate substantially higher than rates otherwise available. About half the time I analyze free night offers I discover they are not the best deal available.

Case Study: Paris, France 7-night hotel stay for September 7-14

Hilton Paris La Defense is not participating in the Extra Free Nights rate.

Hilton Arc de Triomphe does provide a savings on the nightly room rate for dates I checked.                            

Hilton Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France for 7-night stay, September 7-14, 2009

Lowest rate

7-night cost on AAA rate

Extra Nights Rate

(Pay only 4 nights)

7-night cost on Extra Nights rate

Extra Nights Rate Savings

280 EUR

King Deluxe

1,960 EUR

415 EUR

King Deluxe

1,660 EUR

300 EUR

337 EUR

King Deluxe Plus

2,359 EUR

475 EUR

King Deluxe Plus

1,900 EUR

459 EUR

375 EUR

King Executive

2,625 EUR

515 EUR

King Executive

2,060 EUR

565 EUR

404 EUR

King Executive Plus

2,828 EUR

545 EUR

King Executive Plus

2,180 EUR

648 EUR

537 EUR

Junior Suite

3,759 EUR

685 EUR

Junior Suite

2,740 EUR

1,019 EUR

 

Based on the offer of 3 free nights with a 7 night stay a guest would expect to save about 3/7 or 43% on the hotel rate. Unfortunately, the standard practice for hotel free night offers is to base the free nights on higher rates than otherwise available. When calculating actual savings with a special offer the hotel guest should base savings on the otherwise lowest rate available for the hotel stay.

7-night cost on AAA rate

(lowest rate found in regular search)

7-night total rate with Hilton

Extra Nights offer

Actual savings using Extra Nights offer

1,960 EUR

King Deluxe

1,660 EUR

15.3%

2,359 EUR

King Deluxe Plus

1,900 EUR

19.5%

2,625 EUR

King Executive

2,060 EUR

21.5%

2,828 EUR

King Executive Plus

2,180 EUR

22.9%

3,759 EUR

Junior Suite

2,740 EUR

27.1%

 

The Extra Nights free offer does provide a substantial discount, but the discount in this sample is far less than the 43% one might assume with a Pay 4 Nights, Get 3 Nights Free offer.

The savings are greater as one buys up to higher category rooms. This is a good offer to keep in mind when searching international hotel rates.

Loyalty Traveler Promotion Rating for Hilton Extra Nights Offer = 3 of 5 hotel keys.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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