Dec062010

Hilton 2011 Save Up to 50% Any Weekend and Double Base Points

Save up to 50% Any Weekend Anywhere is accurate at some hotels, though hardly representative of the 20% savings for the vast majority of hotels in the U.S.A. Stays at Doubletree hotels get you 30% off in U.S. A.

International promotion link

Prepayment and full nonrefundable terms.  Use it just as you booked it or lose it. No changes allowed.

 

Booking Any Weekend Anywhere Offer

  • Book December 6 through January 31, 2011 for weekend hotel stays through the entire 2011 year.
  • Hotel stays are allowed between December 17, 2010 and December 31, 2011.
  • Must book at least 7 days in advance.

 

Any Weekend Discount is 20% to 50% BAR depending on region

Europe, Middle East and Africa – EMEA looks to be the primary promotion region and best value based on up to a 50% discount for Best Available Rate (BAR) or Breakfast Rate with no hotel brand limitations. Hampton Inn normally includes breakfast, so rate is discount on BAR only.

Asia-Pacific up to 25% discount on Best Available Rate (BAR) and Breakfast Rate with no brand limitations.

Americas 20% off Best Available Rate (BAR) for all brands, except Doubletree with 30% discount. Brands where breakfast is not complimentary also offer same percentage discount on Breakfast Rate: Doubletree, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Conrad, Waldorf-Astoria.

 

Arrival Requirements for Hilton Any Weekend Anywhere Offer

These are important terms when planning travel for this offer.

Arrival Requirements for Participating Hotels:

Middle East and Egypt: Must arrive on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Wednesday arrivals are allowed with a two (2) night minimal length of stay. 

Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific region: Must arrive on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Thursday arrivals are allowed with a two (2) night minimal length of stay. 

North and South America: Must arrive on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Thursday arrivals are allowed with a two (2) night minimal length of stay. Embassy Suites provides this exemption: Arrivals on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday are allowed at participating Embassy Suites hotels with a four (4) night minimal length of stay.

Other Restrictions:

Hilton Grand Vacations: Participating hotels require a three (3) night minimal length of stay regardless the day of arrival. “Breakfast included” offer applies to all participating hotels except Hilton Grand Vacations hotels.

Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites: Maximum length of stay is four (4) nights.

 

Double Base Points looks like an afterthought to this analyst. The only reference to double base points comes at the end of the Hilton offer Terms & Conditions page.

There is no reference to Double Base Points in the images for the promotion as the three image slideshow for this offer opens with London hotels as the default page.

The Americas tab has a different image and also does not mention double base points.

Promotion image for Hilton’s USA webpage for Any Weekend Anywhere

 

Loyalty Traveler opinion:

Prepaid, full nonrefundable travel deals are gambling on life events with a bet that everything goes as planned. I have lost a couple of thousand dollars on those bets.  

Consider trip insurance if investing more than a few hundred dollars on a single trip just in case you have to cancel due to circumstances like illness, injury, death, disasters and strikes.

 

Promotion Rate Sample:

Hilton Sorrento Palace, Sorrento, Italy (May 13-15, 2011)

High category room

  • King Executive Top Floor (includes breakfast buffet)  
  • BAR = 419 EUR/night
  • Any Weekend Anywhere Rate = 209.50 EUR/night (US$278/night)

Budget category room (includes breakfast buffet)

  • Quadruple Family Room for 2 adults and 2 kids with King Bed and two twins.
  • BAR = 284 EUR/night
  • Any Weekend Anywhere Rate = 142 EUR/night (US$189/night)

Hilton Sorrento Palace Hotel Webpage

The “quadruple family room” is actually a good size room for a family at nearly 500 square feet and a rate under $200 per night.  This category 6 hotel at a desirable Hilton location in Italy is 80,000 points for a two night stay reward. This Any Weekend Anywhere 50% BAR promotional rate with breakfast may be a better value than spending points.

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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