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One of the things that should be a regular to-do for any frequent traveler is constant grooming of your travel reservations. It’s how I realized I had forgotten to book a flight I thought I had, and how you can avoid things like Delta making you sit far away from your little children
(SEE ALSO: Delta just split up my family!)
Checking your Southwest reservations
The Southwest Airlines cancellation policy is one of the best in the business, and also periodically runs fare sales. Savvy travelers know that every time Southwest does a fare sale, they should go through each of their upcoming reservations and cancel the Southwest flight and rebook it. It’s how Southwest paid me to take the same flight!
Now it’s Hilton’s turn?
Hilton announced some major changes to its loyalty program back in February, and they have been rolling those out over the past few months. One of those changes was the removal of its award chart. We speculated that this would lead to dynamic pricing, and it appears so.
Here’s an example from my recent trip to Peru at the Doubletree El Pardo in Lima. Originally I booked this ticket for 29,000 Hilton points
then the next day I went back in and saw that the price had gone down!
I can’t remember what the cash price was originally, but I assume it was higher. Since I almost always book refundable hotel reservations (basically for this very reason), I simply canceled the original booking and rebooked the room at the lower price, saving myself 5000 Hilton points in the process. I know Hilton points aren’t worth THAT much, but it’s still probably ~$20!
I’m in the habit of doing this for my cash hotel bookings (which is one of the reason I book refundable reservations) but consider this your heads up that you should do this with all Hilton AWARD reservations as well
Did you know that you can often rebook Hilton award reservations for fewer points?