Can You Still Use the Hilton MVP Rate for 20% Discounts?
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Hilton offers an MVP rate with a 20% discount, often better than the AAA, AARP, even the advance purchase rate, but it looks like the rules might have changed. When it started, it was specifically for those affiliated with sporting teams, though credentials were rarely checked. Then it was broadened to include the general public.
I’m a Starwood & Hyatt devotee, so I rarely stay at Hilton but have found this rate useful upon occasion. It had been a year or two since I last checked, so I was surprised this week to see the Hilton MVP program once again had a sports affiliation requirement:
Please note: You must be an athletic administrator, athlete, or affiliated with a sports entity, sports-related company, sports group or event to be eligible. You will be asked to show credentials, such as an official business card designated with your team logo, etc.
The language was rather broad, so I decided to investigate a little. A sample look at some of the hotels in DC reveals eligibility varies across brands. Some require proof of affiliation, with others you just have to request it or apply the code when booking online.
Should you use these codes? I love taking advantage of good deals, but only when I’m eligible for them. The language about being affiliated with sports groups, sport events, or amateur sports associations is pretty inclusive. I think if you can claim with a straight face (or with a membership card) to participate with and/or support such a group, then the MVP rate is worth checking when making your next Hilton booking.
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