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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post talking about the Hilton suite of brands, including information on MiniBreaks. Mini Breaks were a standing Hilton deal where either kids stay free in their parents room, or you could get a 2nd room for half-price.
The site seemed geared towards travel in Europe and Asia rather than North America (where kids stay free generally speaking anyways), but there was nothing on it that mentioned any geographic limitations.
I had never tried to take advantage of this, but in preparing for an upcoming trip, I was looking through the various Hilton hotels near Indianapolis. I found a mixture of Hampton Inns and Homewood Suites that seemed like they would work, so I was preparing to call on one of the Category 4 Hampton Inns. It’s 20,000 points a night, so my hope was to book 2 rooms for 1 night for 30,000 points total.
I went to check the Mini Breaks website so I was familiar with the exact terms in case I needed to “help” the customer service agent, and…. they were gone! The website http://www.hiltonminibreaks.com/ now redirects to http://www.hiltonworldwidedestinations.com/, specifically mentioning Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The travelling with kids page is up at the UK page – ttp://www.hiltonminibreaks.co.uk/travelling.php, but if you try to hit the same page on the .COM version, it again just redirects you.
So did I kill the deal? I don’t know. That was one of my more popular posts, but since my blog is still pretty new, that doesn’t really mean much (probably fewer than 50 people saw it). Because it was not available online, you did have to call and speak to someone, which is a violation of the #1 rule of deals, which is DO NOT CALL EVER! (Delta Points had a nice post on this the other day). So it’s possible that someone called which alerted Hilton to the loophole, which they promptly closed.
On the other hand, it’s certainly possible that Hilton was aware of this all along and it just took awhile to finally make the changes. Working in IT at a large company myself, I know that sometimes it takes awhile to get fixes and features live.
In any case, it appears the Mini Breaks deal is dead, which means that I need to reconsider my lodging plans for this trip!