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Last year, Hilton began testing a program to give Hilton HHonors members a discount when booking stays directly through the hotel chain rather than using a third-party service like Priceline or a travel agent. While the discounted rates were originally only available in a handful of cities, the program has since expanded to include more than 4,500 properties worldwide.

Save on Hilton stays when you book directly through Hilton.
Save on Hilton stays when you book directly through the hotel chain.

The amount of savings for your stay ultimately depends on which days you’re booking — if you’re traveling on weekdays, you’ll get a 3% discount, while you get 10% off on Friday-Saturday stays. It’s probably still best to shop around, but keep in mind that stays purchased through third parties might not be eligible for all the perks that a direct booking with Hilton offers. Additionally, you might still be better off booking with other discounts, such as AAA rate, through the Hilton site.

Save 10% on a weekend stay at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.
Save 10% on a weekend stay at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

If you are booking directly through Hilton (or another service that provides full benefits when booking), there are also a few credit cards that offer extra perks. You can save quite a bit on longer stays with 4th Night Free from Citi Prestige, for example, and Amex Platinum members get complimentary Gold status in the HHonors program. Thanks to TPG reader Leigh R., who shared this news tip by emailing We’ll be sending out a $200 Visa gift card as a token of our appreciation.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
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  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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