This post is about putting my experience up with booking Hilton Hotels to see what other people's experience is how people reserve their Hilton hotel stays. I am recently back from a trip through Europe, the Middle East and Moscow with my partner, and given nothing was going to change in our bookings (I have a partner that doesn't like change, and the Amex policy would have covered the prepaid expenses ill health forced a change in plans). So I booked a huge majority of hotels on Advance Purchase about a month out of travelling, thinking that might have been the best price I could get.
I did do some checking, however and noticed that in the great majority of the time, the pricing for rooms on the Hilton website had gone down closer to check-in. In some cases the pricing had gone down to the point that it was cheaper for a new booking on the day than it was for my advance purchase booking a month earlier!
As such, I'm wondering about the wisdom of purchasing advance purchase fares on overseas trips. In the US, there is the MVP rate for many places and that's flexible (can cancel with 24 hours notice). In Australia there is the Hilton Macquarie Card for 20% off. But in the UK, and Europe, there doesn't seem to be any consistent way to get things cheaper.
I'm thinking what I might do in future is just book the AAA rate or whatever the cheapest flexible rate is for a booking. Then if it gets cheaper, I'll book the new reservation and cancel my old one.
When you're booking Hilton bookings, what's your strategy for getting the best rate possible?