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Hilton has offered flash sales in the past, and the brand’s at it again with a new promotion. This time, it’s offering up to 33% off a stay in more than 300 hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa if you book before 7pm EST (midnight UK time) on October 11 for weekend stays between October 9 and January 31, 2016, unless otherwise indicated.
When booking, don’t forget if you use your Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card, you’ll receive 10 HHonors Points for every dollar spent on hotel stays at Hilton properties. You’ll also earn two weekend night certificates after spending $2,500 in four months, though you’ll probably want to save those for pricier stays.
Here are a few examples of what you can book during the flash sale:
The Waldorf Hilton (London)
Sample dates: 11/13-11/15
Regular rate: $290
Sale rate: $218
Points rate: 60,000 HHonors Points
TPG values Hilton points at 0.5 cents each, so you’d be using $300 worth of points for this property, which could definitely make sense with the regular rate. At just $218 as part of the flash sale, however, you’d be better off booking the sale rate than redeeming points for your stay in London.
Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris)
Sample dates: 10/31-11/1
Regular rate: $166
Sale rate: $111
Points rate: 50,000 HHonors Points
Based on a 50,000-point redemption, you’d be using $250 worth of points, which far exceeds the cost of either the regular or sale rate. You’d be better off booking with cash and redeeming your points elsewhere.
DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside (Cape Town)
Sample dates: 10/30-11/1
Regular rate: $84
Sale rate: $53
Points rate: 20,000 HHonors Points
You’d be using $100 worth of points to book this Cape Town Hilton property. It could be worth it to book with points for the regular rate, as it runs at $84, but for the sale rate you’d be better off saving those points and booking with cash.
There are clearly some great values to be had as part of Hilton’s latest flash sale. While it may be tempting to redeem your points for a free stay, for many of the European, African and Middle Eastern properties included in this sale, you’ll end up ahead if you pay cash, instead. Especially after you factor in all the bonus points you’ll earn with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card.
This card’s sign-up bonus of two free nights can be worth as much as 190,000 points if you redeem them at top-tier properties like the Conrad Maldives, and it also confers automatic Gold status and the ability to earn Diamond status through spending.