See this FT thread: Spouse Stays Free: The Definitive Thread2 Guests - Hilton HHonors® SPOUSE STAYS FREE
Without doing this, I did have a problem three years ago with the Brisbane Hilton. Since I have been doing this, I have not had an issue....
Generally, if the rate for the executive floor specifically includes "additional components" (like breakfast, dinner or opera tickets) in its description then it is ineligible for "spouse stays free".
Another thing to avoid is booking a "Single" room - it may have bedding for only one person. However, single rooms are generally sold as that - "Single". If you book a "Queen"/"Double"/"King"/"Twin" for one then the room should have the capacity for two.
Here's what I do.
- Ascertain the rate has no additional components.
- Check the price of the rate you want for one guest.
- Note this price.
- Check the price of the rate you want for two guests.
- If this rate for two guests is not more than as the rate for one guest, proceed with your booking for two guests.
- If the rate for two guests is more than the rate for one guest then
- start the booking again, but for one guest only.
- Note in the comments section:2 Guests - Hilton HHonors® SPOUSE STAYS FREE
Sounds good to me oz_mark, I think I am being paranoid. I will book.It is not my experience, in Australia, that they check that the second person ever actually turns up, so I wouldn't even bother changing the booking.
Speaking as someone in the industry, it's only modifying the booking if you contact reservations.A quick question re 'spouse stays for free'.
I'm definitely going to stay, but +1 is currently OS, only arrives back a couple of days prior, and is not yet certain of attending.
If I book a 'single' (Advance Purchase, non-refundable, non-changeable) and place a comment along the lines of "2 Guests - Hilton HHonors® SPOUSE STAYS FREE" as per the serfty method and then she does not attend, could that be considered a modification to the booking, hence invalidating it and having them cancel my booking when I'm trying to check in? I know this sounds terribly paranoid, but I've been caught out on technicalities before!
If you cancel for any reason, attempt to modify this reservation, or do not arrive on your specified check-in date, your payment is non-refundable."
It does not appear to be targeted at a situation like the one I may be in, but wondering if anyone has had experience with this.
Perhaps I could 'borrow' someone who is not actually staying, just for the purposes of check-in. :shock:
I concur.It is not my experience, in Australia, that they check that the second person ever actually turns up, so I wouldn't even bother changing the booking.
Standard MO for many folk on FT - it certainly simplifies the 'guesting' process.I concur.
FWIW, if it costs no more, I generally book for "2 Guests", even if I am the only one staying. I have been able to guest for breakfast on the odd occasion doing this.
Any chance of making this sticky? I always forget the text and it does seem to help!I book for one and put a note in the comments box:
Without doing this, I did have a problem three years ago with the Brisbane Hilton. Since I have been doing this, I have not had an issue.
Nup, Hilton Brisbane some years ago wanted to charge me additional for having my wife stay with me on a one person booking....
I suspect that in many cases it's far less of a problem and far less rigid than we think it might be.
Interesting, because Hilton Brisbane was one of those hotels that I've booked a one person booking and arrived with partner. Perhaps I will have to be more aware of this in future. I'll continue booking one person (I'm about to start on a DONE5 in a month) and will report back if I have any grief.Nup, Hilton Brisbane some years ago wanted to charge me additional for having my wife stay with me on a one person booking.
The adamant lady in the exec lounge was 'stunned' when I brought up the amenity online in the Hilton T&C's.
When you get a chance from a desktop, could you link this? I just tried to find it and couldn't.Can't link as iPhone but I just noticed that Exec Lounge access in the HHonors T &C's states you can bring a guest.