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What is the Hilton airline employee rate?
Hilton Hotels & Resorts is well-known for offering preferred lower rates to those in the travel industry, like other major hotel brands and travel providers. The Hilton airline staff rate is just one of these preferred rates, and it can save you up to 50% off your stay at a participating hotel or resort worldwide, though it is only available within the Hilton portfolio outside of the US.
This travel industry rate can also be used by travel agents, though you should also compare rates with Hilton’s dedicated Travel Agent site, in case you can get a better discount.
It’s important to note that the Hilton airline employee rate is said to be for certified travel agents and airline employees only. In the T&C, it states that you’ll need to show valid ID upon check-in (though not every property does actually check). Plus it’s exclusive to leisure stays and cannot be booked for business-related overnight stays. Rates are shown up to 90 days in advance, for periods of low demand, so discounted stays are subject to availability and blackout dates may apply, depending on the property.
Testing the Hilton airline employee rate…
You can check the airline staff rate page to see where you can a decent Hilton hotel discount in the near future. You can also just use the main Hilton website, by adding the promotional code AL to your booking. Click on ‘Advanced Search’ and then on ‘Add a Special Rate Code’:
After we added this code to the booking, we had a little trouble getting it to work at first, but a lovely Hilton employee named Iris said you may also need to add the promo code AL to the ‘Group Code’ box, which worked for us:
We searched for an overnight stay for two people in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur on September 18th, 2017, and the airline staff rate came up at just RM 207 (US$48). Including taxes and fees, this came to RM 241 total (US$56).
The same stay is $80 plus taxes and fees for the flexible rate (RM 402 total – US$94) or $78 plus taxes and fees for the HHonors member rate (RM 390 total – US$91). So in this instance, the airline staff discount saves you 38% off the Hilton HHonors rate.
What else do I need to know about the Hilton airline employee rate?
While using the travel agent / staff airline discounted rate will often save you around 25% to 50% off your Hilton stay, it does depend on the chosen property and/or dates, so flexibility is often key.
Don’t forget that you can only use this rate if you are entitled to it and you may have to show valid ID upon check-in.