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I made a glancing comment on my Booking Hawaii: Part 3 post:
There were technically no award nights available, but I love the soft perk of Hilton giving Diamond guests enhanced award availability.
(Yasss, quoted myself!)
Which prompted some discussion in the comments. Drew asked for more detail. And Brandon reported getting more award space at a lower rate.
Aye verily, I was able to book an award stay when no award rooms were “technically” available:
Hilton also has the room rate as “confidential.” Fancy!
This is, as far as I know, an unpublished benefit of the Hilton HHonors program.
They go on to say:
If you’re Diamond with Hilton, this could come in handy more often than you think.
Is this actually useful?
It can be!
I’ve seen many “no rooms” messages for an award stay, only to have rooms miraculously appear after I log in.
Case in point, I searched for 4 nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City in late September – not logged in.
All Hilton has to say about the matter is “sorry ’bout it.”
In fact, this whole period of a couple of weeks seems sold out.
So then I logged in.
I could suddenly book a 4-night stay for 50,000 Hilton points per night. And Hilton even reminded me that rooms were “filling up quickly! Don’t wait!”
Rooms around this time cost roughly $330 per night after taxes, which makes each Hilton point worth over half a cent each (.066 cents each) – which is about what you can expect with Hilton points.
If you matched to Hilton Diamond
Lots of peeps, including yours truly, matched to Hilton Diamond elite status in late 2015.
Since then, I’ve only redeemed my Hilton points once – and that was for the Hawaii trip. This exact Diamond award availability came into play for the dates I wanted.
Without status, Hilton wouldn’t have given me anything.
So in my case, this benefit was truly meaningful.
And, like in the example above, you never know when they’ll throw you a bone. I don’t know of any other hotel chains that make extra award nights available to their elite members – so this is another +1 for #TeamHilton.
It’s not worth switching to Hilton just to take advantage of this or anything.
But if you matched, be sure to log in when you’re searching around the site – you might get more award rooms and/or a better price on your award stay.
I don’t believe this is an anomaly. Based on searching around the Hilton site for the better part of a year, I’ve noticed the “DIA” (Diamond) award room rate available for many of them. So I can pretty confidently say this is an unpublished “soft perk” of Hilton Diamond elite status.
Remember, you also get the 5th night free on award stays if you have any type of status with Hilton. So if you’re able to combine expanded award availability with a 20% discount – hey, even better!
Again, it’s not worth switching to Hilton for this alone.
But, combined with some pretty nice upgrades, a crap ton of points for every stay, and free breakfast every day, not to mention they’re everywhere!, I’ve been satisfied with Hilton this year.
Us Hilton folks are few and far between, but I’m curious – has anyone else noticed more award nights if you have Diamond status? This is a pretty sweet bonus if your dates happen to line up with extra rooms and discount.* If you liked this post, consider signing up to receive free blog posts in an RSS reader and you’ll never miss an update! And thanks for using my links to apply for new card offers!
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