Good Deal or Not? Receive a $100.00 Hotel Reward for Staying Two Nights at Conrad Hotels & Resorts

ilton Worldwide has been quite generous with some of the promotions lately; and here is one where you can receive a hotel reward of $100.00 if you book a minimum stay of two nights by Thursday, December 31, 2015 at any of the 25 participating Conrad Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide.

That is one way to offer guests an inspired experience — or is it?

Comparing Room Rates Reveals Results

I attempted to book a room at the Conrad Cairo using flexible dates. For July 10 through July 12, 2015 using the “Compliments of Conrad” package — or requesting Plan Code PBBCC1 — I get a rate of $174.00 per room…

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…or — more specifically, when including all taxes and fees — a total of $432.63 before the $100.00 hotel reward is applied, which would bring the total down to $332.63.

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When I switched to Standard Rates, I saw room rates as low as low as $104.00 per night for the same room…

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…which is the result of a current summer sale promotion where — when including all taxes and fees — the total for both nights is $259.33.

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Even after the hotel reward of $100.00, you would actually save $73.30 if you book through the summer promotion instead; but let us use an easy cancellation rate of $149.00 per night instead which  — when including all taxes and fees — the total for both nights is $370.47.

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Because advance reservations are required to participate in this promotion — as you must book your reservation at least three days in advance of your arrival at the hotel property — you are saving only $37.84 off of the flexible standard rate in case your plans change.

Although participating hotel and resort properties are subject to change without notice, here is a list of them which is current as of the time this article was written:

 

Terms and Conditions

Rates are valid for single or double occupancy and exclusive of all taxes, incidental charges, gratuities and resort fees where applicable. Blackout dates, early departure fees, and length of stay, deposit and cancellation restrictions may apply and vary by hotel or resort property. For specific restrictions, please contact the participating hotel or resort property; or visit the official Internet web site of the hotel or resort property for specific terms and conditions.

Hotel credits are earned per room, per stay, with a minimum required stay of two nights. For each completed 2-night stay, a hotel credit of

  • US$100.00 will be awarded for hotel and resort properties in the United States
  • £65.00 will be awarded for hotel and resort properties in the United Kingdom
  • €100.00 will be awarded for hotel and resort properties in Europe

 

After the initial stay requirement of two nights, the credit will be awarded at a rate of $50.00 per night and will be applied to your folio at the time of checkout. For hotel and resort properties outside of the United States, United Kingdom and Europe, the prevailing exchange rate equivalent of $100.00 in local currency — as determined by management of the hotel or resort property — will be applied to the folio in the value of credit earned. The credit will be applied towards certain hotel charges excluding room rate, corresponding taxes and select activities as determined by management of the hotel or resort property. The hotel credit is not transferable, is void upon checkout, and cannot be redeemed for cash or applied towards future stays. Limit one hotel credit per room per stay.

Additional terms, conditions and restrictions may apply.

Summary

Because they can be misleading, I really do not like room rates and promotions where you spend more money in order to save money, ceteris paribus — or all other things being equal. In the example of the Conrad Cairo, you clearly do not save $100.00 when participating in this promotion — and that is at best. At worst, it will wind up costing you more money when compared to certain other room rates despite the $100.00 hotel reward.

I personally cannot confirm that any other room rate will trigger the $100.00 hotel reward or if you can manually request the $100.00 hotel reward at a different room rate; but if it does not, I would say that this promotion — which is not applicable to existing reservations or group bookings; and it may not be combined with other select promotions, discounts or offers — is not worth the bother if other Conrad Hotels & Resorts properties are similar in rate structure to the Conrad Cairo.

If you are willing to pay in advance to reserve a room and a sale with reduced room rates is in effect, book through that sale instead…

…but ensure that you do your homework and compare all available rates before booking your room in order to secure the best deal for you.

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