I didn’t smoke in my room. Why is Hilton charging me a $250 cleaning fee?

To celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary, Armen and Anna Balyan checked into the Hilton Garden Inn in Calabasas, Calif. When they checked out, they were surprised by an unwanted gift from the hotel: a $250 cleaning fee for allegedly smoking in their hotel room. Balyan says they didn’t do it.

“They have declined to honor the discounted rate”

Hilton offers Joy Valentine a $199 a night rate at its New York property, but it can’t find the price in its system, so it charges her $239 instead. The rate is nonrefundable, so when Valentine asks it to fix the mistake, Hilton refuses. Is there anything she can do to persuade the hotel to honor its original price?

Sorry, your room is non-refundable — did we neglect to mention that?

Norman and Mary Lou Vitrano are by their own admission not Internet-savvy, which is why they phoned the Doubletree Beach Resort Tampa Bay/North Redington Beach to make their room reservations last August. When the couple’s plans changed and they tried to cancel their reservation, a hotel representative informed them their room was completely non-refundable.

Is Hilton HHonors’ “No Blackout Dates” pledge a lie?

Nate Bear has been a Hilton frequent guest for more than a decade, having earned Gold VIP status during hundreds of hotel stays. One of the benefits he likes the most is Hilton’s No Blackout Dates rule that seems pretty straightforward: “If there’s a standard room available at any Hilton Family hotel or resort worldwide, you can redeem points for it. No exceptions, no fine print. It’s that simple.”

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