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Hilton Honors room award availability and VPN

motef

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So as part of our honeymoon I have been looking at standard award availability for rooms across a number of cities including London, Paris, Edinburgh, Helsinki across a number of dates later in the year

I am Hilton Honors Gold and have had about a 50% success rate in finding the hotels we want at the dates we want and booked them in October/November 2019.

I have been logging on about once a week since then to check standard award availability and no luck for the remaining 50% including checking today.

I then did some other planning today that required me to use my VPN, logged in to San Francisco as my location.

I then thought maybe I should check the award availability again with the VPN on, even though I had just checked and what we wanted wasn't available.

Well, guess what, full standard award availability for all the remaining 50% hotels on the dates we wanted.

So I double-checked. Turned VPN off, using a different browser and no availability, turned VPN on and bingo full award availability.

So I, of course, went ahead and booked

Is this a known issue/trick?

Would love to hear others' experiences.

Thanks, motef
 

goldenhorn

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Fascinating discovery!

I’m in Japan at the moment and have been looking to see if I can book a Hilton with points in Tokyo. All searches show nothing.

But after reading your post I turned on my VPN and set to California. Low and behold! I searched again and now points availability is showing.
 

motef

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Fascinating discovery!

I’m in Japan at the moment and have been looking to see if I can book a Hilton with points in Tokyo. All searches show nothing.

But after reading your post I turned on my VPN and set to California. Low and behold! I searched again and now points availability is showing.
That is very interesting and a great data point to add.

Has anybody else experienced this?

Would be great to get some more examples to prove/disprove.
 

Zanzara

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Wow. What an absolute disgrace that Australian based Hilton Honours members are disadvantaged and penalised for reward inventory availabilty in this way. I wonder if it works the other way around, for people searching for availability overseas for reward nights at the sparse number of Hiltons in Australia.
 

blacksultan

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I’m about to make some bookings , so good info to have thanks. What’s an inexpensive VPN to use ?
 

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