Hilton is running a ‘friends and family’ sale with up to 50% off stays between December 14 and January 7.
They call it a friends and family rate but there’s no need to actually know or be related to a Hilton employee, it’s just a way of signaling that the rates are really good (which they happen to be in some cases). No form or other sort of verification requirements.
Searches I’ve done pull up a cancellable rate, though the terms and conditions of the offer suggest that cancellation policies may vary. It looks as though it does seem to take 50% off best available rates in some cases, although at other hotels the discount is much less. This rates does earn points and stay credit.
The rates aren’t available for New Years eve, and are only 30% off at Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites properties.
But here’s the lowest rate I think I’ve ever seen for a full service property in New York through a non-opaque booking site (back in the day I used to get the Grand Hyatt New York for $77, but that was two renovations and two recessions ago).
Business travel is done for the year and won’t heat up until January is well underway. Hotels except in a handful of leisure destinations will tend to empty out.
In my own home town it’s the absolute dead of low season, I’ve seeing rates at my local Fairmont for under $150. Come April it’ll be three times that…
(HT: Jeff R.)