The glass in Hilton’s most recent sale is half-full. Or half-empty, depending on how you want to look at it. Hilton announced a 40% off sale for Japan, South Korea and Asia Pacific. I’m not sure how they define the region, bit the sale excludes Mainland China, Honk Kong and Macau. Oh, and it also excludes the Hilton Niseko in Japan, just for good measure. But if you are heading to the region, they might have a deal for you.
The fine print gives some extra conditions, including one that would make this promotion a non-starter for me. But first, here are the details.
Hilton Asia Is on Sale
The Hilton sale in Asia consists of 18 properties, mostly in Japan and South Korea. You’ll have to move quickly: The sale starts today and lasts until November 11, although your stay can be anytime through April 17. The discount is off either the best available rate or you can splurge and go for the bed & breakfast rate. Hey, at 40% off, go crazy.
The Fine Print
BAR and B&B are specific rate types that vary depending on time of purchase, are unrestricted, non-qualified and excludes discount rates. Full non-refundable prepayment required at time of booking. Your credit card will be charged immediately for the total amount quoted for the entire stay as reserved and refunds or credits will not be issued unless otherwise indicated by local law. Charges cannot be applied to other stays, services or merchandise. Booking cannot be changed. This offer may not be combined with other select promotions, offer or discounts and is not valid for existing reservations or groups. Offer components are non-transferrable or redeemable for cash, and cannot be used during future stays.
The bolding above is mine, but it reflects a disturbing trend: An increasing number of sales are based on non-refundable payments. Hey, you can have the room, but you better be sure that you really want it. When, exactly, did the hotels decide that it would be a good idea to take pricing tips from the airlines?