Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hilton HHonors Reward Category Updates

Gary over at View from the Wing posted a link this morning to a .pdf listing of Hilton's reward category adjustments.  In all, 330 hotels are moving up one category and 117 are moving down one category. These changes will take effect at the end of the month so you have a few weeks to book stays at the hotels which are moving up. You can see the list HERE.

For the most part I don't see anything too upsetting in the changes though of course we'd like to see more hotels moving down than up.  with roughly 3,800 hotels in the Hilton portfolio, the 330 going up represents less than 10% over all so this isn't a big devaluation. This said, it does bother me a bit seeing Hampton Inns as Category 6 rewards.  Is it ever really a good deal to spend 40,000 points a night for a Hampton Inn stay? I  would certainly be looking at other options.

On the other hand, some of the Hampton's moving down to category 1 or 2 could be great options at 7,500 or 12,500 points respectively.  I don't actually see any on the list in areas I have plans to travel to this year but you never know...

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