There is absolutly nothing on the Hilton website indicating any requirements to use the mvp rate.
However, if you make a reservation at a Homewood Suites using the rate, it will say something like "press credentials required at check in." No other brand says this -- the rest just say that you need an HHonors number. There is nothing on the mvp site that suggests that you need to be a press member to use the rate.
Bottom line -- I have used the mvp rate repeatedly without any problem. All points and bonuses apply to the rate to my knowledge. I have no idea if there is really supposed to be some sort of membership or other status to use the rate.
I use this rate whenever available at the hotel I am booking at. I have never been asked for credentials, however, I do carry my United States Soccer Federation Referee credentials in my wallet in case anyone ever asks about my "direct affiliation with professional sports clubs,collegiate athletic departments or amateur sports Associations".... but I have never been asked.
@ Check in, the Front Desk commented that he had never seen a rate so low.
I asked him if I could negotiate lower and he said $69 was the lowest he was authorized to offer. He asked how I got such a good rate, so he must not have been aware of the MVP corporate code I used to book with. I told him I found the rate on "The Internets"
I've had a lot of great success using the MVP link over the years but I'm starting to notice more and more properties seem to opt-out of the rate structures. Its usually Homewoods but I've seen at least one Hampton that takes it on weekdays but not weekends.
The old swimming link which had a lower 10% off BAR was more universal but it looks like Hilton discontinued it.
I am very new to the program and am currently a HH Silver thru my Amex card. My question is I seen a link and signed up to get to HH Gold quicker thru the MVP website. It allowed me to post my account number and to make reservations with the MVP lower rate. Does anyone know if this is supposed to be only for certain corporations or who qualifies for MVP? It took my reservation ok and allowed me to sign up for the promo ok, so I am hoping everything is good. Thanks and sorry if this has been addressed before.