A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me a link to updated Hilton HHonors Team Member & Friends & Family webpage that explains these two programs.
All the hotels programs are offering deeply discounted rates for team member stays and Hyatt is the only one that offers 12 completely free nights for team members to use.
You can access Hilton’s web page for this program here.
Note that neither Hilton Team Member nor Friends & Family rate plans are likely to be available when hotel expects to have high occupancy.
The Hilton Team Member rates are excellent:
- $35 for Hampton, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites
- $45 for Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites and Canopy
- $55 for Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and Curio
What better applies to readers of LoyaltyLobby are the Friends & Family rates that friends of Hilton Team members are eligible for. These are basically same as the Travel Agent Rates (read more about Travel Agent Rates here) BUT they are eligible for Hilton HHonors stay/night credits and points exactly like regular paid stays:
For stays under Team Member and Family & Friends room rates, HHonors credit will be granted for the stay and HHonors Points will be awarded for the room rate and incidentals. (Please note Points will not be earned for incidentals at Hampton, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites.)
The great deal with these Friend & Family rate is that they also come with 50% Food & Beverage discount that includes adult drinks outside of the United States. EDIT: The terms state that the F&B discount is valid on both rates but the requirements of valid documents indicate that it is only available for actual employees.
All eligible team members can consume 30 nights using the employee discount and another 30 nights are reserved for friends & family.
It is great that hotel chains are offering deeply discounted rates for employees that can sample various brands and locations to gain more insight.
Those that have Hilton affiliated employees as their friends can enjoy the deeply discounted Friends & Family rate that is now eligible for Hilton stay/night credits and also points. This is not usually the case, however, with deeply discounted rates such as this..