Hilton has launched another round of its Big Dreams, Big Savings sale, which offers up to 30% off at hotels across South East Asia.
|Hilton Big Dreams Sale|
This sale is valid for bookings made from 4-18 May 2021, with stays from 6 May to 30 December 2021. Two days advance reservations are required, and full payment is required at the time of booking.
Reservations are non-refundable, but stay dates can be changed at least three days prior to arrival.
Hilton Big Dreams sale
Conrad Centennial Singapore
The Conrad Centennial reopened for staycations back in December, and I was very pleased with my recent stay- though I understand the situation during the weekends is somewhat more chaotic.
The lowest rates I can find are in August, and start from S$224++ (S$264 nett). If you want to stay during the June school holidays, weekday rates of S$231++ (S$272 nett) are available throughout the month.
Interestingly enough, while previous Big Dreams rates had the option to add on breakfast for two people at an additional S$21++ (S$25 nett) per night, there’s no such option this time. All these rates come without breakfast, although that won’t be an issue if you’re a Hilton Gold or Diamond member.
If it helps, the Conrad Centennial serves up an excellent breakfast, one of the better ones I’ve had on staycation so far.
The Hilton Singapore wasn’t my most impressive staycation, but hey, it’s cheap. Really cheap, in fact, with stays starting from S$119++ (S$140 nett) in July 2021.
Unlike the Conrad Centennial, the Hilton Singapore has the option to add on breakfast for two at S$21++ (S$25 nett) extra. But also unlike the Conrad Centennial, the breakfast at Hilton is not worth paying for. Seriously, it’s awful. I’d save the money and go eat somewhere else.
What card should I use for Hilton bookings?
While these bookings are supposedly prepaid, I’ve read numerous data points that your reservation is not charged until you arrive at the hotel. If that’s indeed the case, then the cards below are the safest bets.
|4 mpd||Cap S$1K per c. month. Must use contactless|
|UOB Lady’s Card
|4 mpd*||Cap S$1K per c. month|
|UOB Lady’s Solitaire
|4 mpd*||Cap S$3K per c. month|
|*Must declare travel as your quarterly 10X category|
That distinction is also important because of the ongoing AMEX Offer for staycations. Registered cardholders can enjoy S$60 off a min. S$300 spend at either the Conrad Centennial or Hilton Singapore, whether it’s on stays or F&B charges. However, this offer must be utilized at the hotel itself; you won’t enjoy it if your transaction is charged online.
If in doubt, I’d recommend emailing the hotel’s reservations team and telling them you want to book the Big Dreams rate. They’ll be able to advise you about the payment method, and if necessary, you can go down to physically swipe your card prior to your stay.
It’s hard to say this without completely jinxing things, but I spotted some good rates for Bali and Bangkok in December too, which might be worth a punt depending on your risk profile. The Conrad Bali, for example, starts at just S$120 in December, while the Conrad Bangkok is going for just S$89.
Remember that bookings cannot be cancelled, but you can change your dates up to 72 hours before arrival (you’ll need to pay the difference in rates, of course).