My daughter, Stephanie, is going down to New Orleans to interview at Tulane’s Medical School, so Dad was naturally looking for  agood deal on airfare and a place for her to stay.  I came across this offer from Hilton.  It is  a pretty good deal and one of the few discounts I have found that applies to both active AND retired military members.  This is also the first offer that I have seen that includes the Canadian military.  I have stayed many times at Hilton and find them consistently nice with lots of room.  This offer has been apparently going on for a while, but it is new to me.  The best news is that it is good throughout 2014.

We know your time off is valuable, and that’s why we want to help you enjoy it.  We’re offering exclusive savings of up to 15% at participating hotels and resorts in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio for active & retired military and their families.  With 10 distinct hotel brands for every budget, style, and occasion, your next getaway is our top priority.  So relax, unwind, and put your feet up – you’ve earned it.

Offer subject to availability at participating hotels in the Hilton HHonors portfolio within the Americas. Valid only for guests with valid US or Canadian military ID including active duty, reserve, and retired service members and their spouses and families. Rate valid for leisure stays only and not official government or military travel. Must present your current and valid military identification card at check-in. If you are making this reservation by phone, please call our Internet Customer Center at +1 800 HHONORS or view a complete list of Hilton HHonors Reservations phone numbers. Use code “MFR” or “PGMFR1” at time of booking.

The rules for using it are a little weird, see below along with the T&C’s:

Arrivals on Tuesday and Wednesday nights require a 3 night minimum length of stay. Reservations at Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites require a 3 night minimum for Tuesday arrivals and 2 night minimum for Wednesday arrivals.

The Best Available Rate (“BAR”) is a specific rate type that varies depending on time of purchase, is unrestricted, non-qualified and excludes discount or negotiated rates not available to the general public, including, but not limited to: membership, corporate, government, promotional, group, packages, unpublished or rates only available on auction websites. The Bed & Breakfast Rate (“B&B”) is similarly a specific type of rate that includes breakfast for the registered guests. A 10% discount off BAR will be offered at participating Embassy Suites properties and a 15% discount off BAR will be offered at participating Hampton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, and select Hilton Grand Vacations properties. A 10% discount off B&B will be offered at participating Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and DoubleTree by Hilton properties, and a 15% discount off B&B will be offered at participating Hilton Garden Inn properties. Additional restrictions may apply. Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms & Conditions.

 It is always wise to check this rate against other promotions that may be going on and are occasionally cheaper than the special military rate.  To book, you can go to www.hilton.com.  Be sure and sign up for the latest Hilton promotion of 2x/3x/4x points depending on length of stay.  See details here.

Lastly, Andy wanted to add that having the Amex Platinum card gets you Hilton Gold status which gives you free internet and breakfast amongst other things.  Being Gold made a huge difference in how they treated us on my recent Singapore trip!  And of course the best thing is that you can get this card for free as he wrote a couple of months ago.

Posted by glenn | 2 Comments

2 responses to “Hilton Offers 15% Off for Active and Retired Military”

  1. Mike says:

    Nice find Colonel.

    I usually use the Government rate at Hilton properties which often provides outstanding rates. Nice to see they are starting to recognize retirees as well, especially since I am retiring in October!

  2. Andy says:

    I’m not too sure if the Hilton benefit has expired for the Amex Platinum or not, I’ll have to get back to you on that.

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