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Several hotel programs incentivize travelers to book on their websites rather than on OTAs by offering Best Rate Guarantee promises. Generally, they’ll match the lower rate and then bump up the offer a little by giving you a bonus. Currently, Hilton matches the lower rate and then gives you a $50 Amex gift card. However, as of next week, Hilton will no longer offer you a gift card — instead, you’ll be eligible for a 25% discount off the lower price.

The general guidelines for how it’ll work are fairly straightforward. Make a confirmed reservation through an official Hilton channel and if you find a lower rate on a non-Hilton channel within 24 hours of making your reservation, submit a Best Price Guarantee claim to Hilton. If your claim is approved, Hilton will honor the lower rate, offer you a bonus 25% discount and you’ll get confirmation of your new rate.

Hilton's Best Rate Guarantee claim page.
Hilton’s Best Rate Guarantee claim page.

Of course, this only applies to cash bookings and not award stays. However, if you’re interested in booking award stays in the future, consider signing up for the Hilton HHonors Surpass Credit Card. The card comes with a sign-up bonus of 75,000 HHonors points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months. You’ll get complimentary Gold status with Hilton, as well as 12 points per dollar on Hilton purchases, 6 points per dollar at US restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations and 3 points per dollar on all other purchases.

Featured image courtesy of Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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