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    Getting the best price on Hilton Hotels - Advance Purchase/AAA/etc.?

    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?

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    Re: Getting the best price on Hilton Hotels - Advance Purchase/AAA/etc.?

    I look at all the options on the Hilton site at the time of booking. If AAA is close to AP, I'll take AAA for the flexibility but otherwise the AP. I do often think I should try discount accommodation sites and then use those rates (if cheaper) to try the BRG, but to be honest I couldn't be bothered (so far).

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    Re: Getting the best price on Hilton Hotels - Advance Purchase/AAA/etc.?

    Advance Purchase about 2 months out

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    Re: Getting the best price on Hilton Hotels - Advance Purchase/AAA/etc.?

    I never lock in to the AP rate. Book the flexible AAA rate and keep checking.

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    Re: Getting the best price on Hilton Hotels - Advance Purchase/AAA/etc.?

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    I never lock in to the AP rate. Book the flexible AAA rate and keep checking.
    I agree with this approach except in Oz when the Hilton Premium Club discount is available as the AAA rate does not qualify. In Oz I'm very careful and tend to use AP rates if I'm positive about my stay. On the odd occasion I have had an issue I have rung the hotel, pleaded my case and they have always changed it for me.
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    Re: Getting the best price on Hilton Hotels - Advance Purchase/AAA/etc.?

    I am not an AAA member so can't use that rate

    I totally forgot about the Hilton Premium Club, used to be a member, but it's now discontinued and part of a credit card it seems

    AP usually work for me as I don't change dates, or I just travel anyways...

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    I am not an AAA member so can't use that rate

    I totally forgot about the Hilton Premium Club, used to be a member, but it's now discontinued and part of a credit card it seems

    AP usually work for me as I don't change dates, or I just travel anyways...
    The 20% discount also applies to AP bookings so it's certainly worth it for us. I rarely us the card as a CC. Just a few $$$ here and there.
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    Re: Getting the best price on Hilton Hotels - Advance Purchase/AAA/etc.?

    Usually book ap at the last minute which is 7 days prior to check in. If the AAA rate is cheaper then use that. It's pretty easy to get the AAA rate, I don't think i've been asked to produce my card once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC3 View Post
    I never lock in to the AP rate. Book the flexible AAA rate and keep checking.
    That's my strategy too ( as well as the occasional trawl of FT looking for current discount codes )
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    Interesting re: the "FT discount codes"... I came across a code for Hilton the other day which seemed to let me be booking rooms for half price or so, but not for a club I'm a part of - so I didn't go ahead. I thought you would have to log in or something to use it but never seemed to ask for anything??

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