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Hilton launches new Flash Sale for weekend stays until January

Hilton has launched a seven day ‘flash sale’ which runs until midnight on Monday (10th October).

It is offering special deals at 300 hotels across Europe (including the UK), Middle East and Africa, but only at weekends. Many rooms are discounted by 30% (if you are a Hilton HHonors member) except for Hampton by Hilton hotels where the maximum discount is 15%.

The rates are valid for weekend stays until 29th January. You will also find that some hotels have loaded these rates for weekday stays.

hilton hotel tallinn park exterior press picture

As usual with Hilton sales, you need to take the ‘30% discount’ with a pinch of salt. This is based on the discount from ‘Best Available Rate’ for the same day. However, these sale rates require pre-payment and are non-refundable. A ‘Best Available Rate’ room is cancellable without charge.

There are some deals out there.  I picked a couple at random – the first two based on hotels we have reviewed recently.  All prices quoted include the extra discount for being an Hilton HHonors member:

Hilton Tallinn, 11-13 November (photo above)

€116 Flash Sale vs €145 Best Available Rate (no Advanced Purchase option shown)

Hilton Paris Opera, 09-11 December

€201 Flash Sale vs €269 Best Available Rate (no Advanced Purchase option shown)

Waldorf-Astoria Berlin, 26-28 October

€175 Flash Sale vs €250 Best Available (no Advanced Purchase option shown)

If you have any weekends away planned between now and 29th January, you should take a look at these offers to see if there is anything of interest.  The ‘flash sale’ website is here.

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  1. Simon Schus says:

    If you’re going to make a booking, perhaps could earn double HHonors points (if making a booking via the website) or triple bonus (if you make the booking using their mobile app).

    Details on the double points here. If you sign up for the double points, you’re automatically signed up for the triple points for a mobile booking too.

    Got about 6 nights in Hiltons/Hampton Inns next week so I’m hoping to get a fair few points! Foolishly, I booked a Home2 Suites by Hilton and their earning rate is terrible (should’ve checked it out before booking).

  2. OT. I currently have a BA Amex card (free one) as well as a platinum card.

    I have recently referred my wife for the BA premium card and my next target is to hit the bonus spend target in the next 3 months and then to get 2-4-1 voucher.

    So that I could churn my card (ie wife to refer me in 6 months) I called to cancel my free BA Amex. To my surprise they offered me double points (2 for every £1 spent) for the next 3 months if I chose to stay. This caused a dilemma but I’m assuming I’m still better cancelling as I will accrue more points using wife’s new premium card?

    • Genghis says:

      For me that’s not enough of an incentive to stay given you could cancel, wait 6 months then be referred by your wife and get another sign up bonus.

  3. Hello, quick question. If I switch my points earning HH to double dip will this reduce the amount of HH points I earn?

    • Genghis says:

      By double dip do you mean points+miles vs points+points? If so, yes but you gain the miles. Unless there’s an offer on points+miles, I keep points+points as default as it’s an extra 5 HH points (1.5p) vs a mile (say 1p).

  4. Another related OT question- my husband rang Amex to cancel his BA premium card but was told his earned but unspent 241 would be lost if he did so. Advised to downgrade to the free card instead. I thought it would stay and we would just need any Amex to pay when we get around to using it? Confused

    • Genghis says:

      Amex are wrong. The HfP readership is correct

      • Indeed, this issue comes up all the time on here and we’ve been borne out by experience 🙂

    • I cancelled mine a month ago, after being told the same by Amex as it’s written in the terms and conditions that you have to use your BA Amex to pay for the redemption. I called BA and they told me that while that is true, BA’s systems are not sophisticated enough to tell the difference between a BA Amex card and any other Amex. I took the risk and cancelled the card on this advice. The unspent companion voucher is still there in my BA Exec club account. So everything seems ok.

  5. If you book via shopping website You will Earn 6 Avios per pound extra
    You can transfer it later to BA Executive
    Offer not available on BA shopping portal

  6. James67 says:

    “Pinch of salt” is correct. I held off on a couple of hilton bookings in hope of a lower price in the sale. At one the sale price was just over 50% higher than presale, and the other a massive increase of just over 100%. So, just about to book only my second IHG stay of the year and my first ever Park Inn stay using the carlson 241.

    • Anne Marie says:

      Booked the Berlin Hilton for this weekend, €342 per night (as opposed to €470+) for a Duplex Dome View Suite with Club Access. Supposed to be a decent hotel so fairly satisfied with that. I’m pretty sure I know the answer to this next question but: Can I now sign up for double points after the fact?

    • Pinch of salt indeed.

      Back in early August, I looked at prices for Athens hotels for a long weekend stay at the start of November.

      Hilton showed up as 153€ but in the end I decided on the Intercontinental.

      Today, looking on the Hilton website – big label saying “Flash Sale” and the price is down from 216€ to a mere 153€.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        There was the Big Hilton sale back then too I think so it could just be that

        Also its now a month or so later so normal for rates to get higher as you get closer to stay dates …

  7. Seems rather expensive on the ones that I have tried.

    Anyone get any bargains? I don’t really consider £100 for a Tallinn hotel to be that great a bargain, nice though it is.

  8. OT – how often do Tesco do the printer ink bonus points? Need to get some for the Mrs at some point. Also, can printer ink cartridges be taken on planes (in checked baggage as I assume it’s viewed as a liquid).

    • DTLW201 says:

      Ive got a funny feeling they dont like cartridges in hand luggage in case you try and hide a bomb in them….

    • Very often – 4/5 times per year on HP and own-brand. Recent Canon and Epson deals were first timers though.

      • Ok cheers it’s a HP one. Will wait for an offer. I suppose the Argos route is riskier

      • Ok cheers it’s a HP one. Will wait for an offer. I suppose the Argos route is riskier as I can’t rely on gift cards any more

  9. OT: IHG accalerate. Do you have to complete all offers to get the points or do you get the points as you complete each one.

    • You get points for individual components then a separate bonus for completing x out of y of them.

    • The bonus points do not post at the same time as your ‘stay’ points though. I think they transfer the bonus points once a month.

      • thanks. nothing is showing at all on my accelerate page even thought i have completed some of the components

  10. Genghis says:

    OT. I’ve done my calcs for the Marriott travel package. Can anyone recommend any decent Cat 5 or 6 hotels (pretty open as to where) for a relaxing 7 night stay? TIA

  11. But Hilton are truly awful.

    I would rate Ibis Styles with most UK Hiltons.

    • You must be staying in the wrong ones then!

    • Genghis says:

      There are some shocking Hiltons in the UK (Grosvenor in Edinburgh comes to mind when I last stayed there about 6 years ago). I’ve not had a bad Double Tree in the UK though.

    • try Doubletree Sheffield Park (10,000 points) or HGI Sunderland.

  12. I had previously made a booking with Hilton for 3 nights for €404.28. Despite being the cheapest rate, it was fully flexible. Then I saw this article, and the same nights are now €306.50 non-flexible with this flash sale. So I have rebooked and we are saving €97.78 or 24%. Amex Platinum only gives Hilton Gold status, but I now have Hilton Diamond status (the top status), which I had status-matched from Accor (a former Amex Platinum benefit), thanks also to a previous article on this site. So hopefully my Diamond status should give us a nice upgrade. Thanks Raffles!