I just booked an executive room at the Hilton Tokyo for $3 a night on Expedia. The rate includes breakfast. (The rate on Hilton’s website appears to be ~ US$300 per night.)
Mistake fares and hotel rates happen all the time. The easiest way to learn about them is to sign up for emails from FareAlert.
Usually there’s a keystroke error somewhere and boom… One of my favorites a few years ago was a $55 refundable/changeable business class ticket to Puerta Vallarta. While I was laying on the beach at the Westin there I missed British Airways’ $20 fares from the U.S. to anywhere in Europe. Many of the fares show up at Flyertalk.com in the "Mileage Run" forum, and are then sent out by mass email on FareAlert. It’s been covered extensively in the media, though, and there are thousands of subscribers — so once you get an email you have to act quickly.
This Hilton rate won’t last long. This is what fare alert had to say a few minutes ago:
The Hilton Tokyo is offering rooms for only $2/night (and $3/night for executive level rooms which include breakfast). This offer appears to be valid at least through August 2006, and should work for all dates where the hotel is not sold out.
There’s always some chance that the rate won’t be honored by the hotel, so wait a few days before buying airline tickets…
Update 9:41 am: A quick call to United Mileage Plus and I have 2 first class award tickets to Tokyo (flying ANA) on hold, the plan is to stay a week and then go on to Bangkok (using Thai Airways on the same award ticket) for a few days. It’s just on hold – I haven’t ticketed yet – I’ll wait to be sure the hotel in Tokyo honors the $3 rate. And I’ll still check out award availability on a bunch of other airlines before settling on a plan.
Update 10:08 am: The Hilton Osaka is also available on the same rate glitch over at Expedia.
Update 11:29 am: The deal is no longer available at the Hilton Tokyo, Expedia shows no availability for any date. However it does seem to still be bookable at the Hilton Osaka.