There is no question in my mind that overall last week’s announced changes to the Hilton HHonors program are negative. However, that doesn’t mean that the changes are negative for every single person in every single situation. As usual, there are some situations where the recent changes can be beneficial. I don’t want to get accused of defending this devaluation, so please direct that hate mail elsewhere – just want to point out some positives as well.
Here are some examples potentially interesting destinations that went down in points price for some parts of the year:
This family friendly property went from 40,000 points per night to either 30,000 or 50,000 depending on the time of year. It is just 30,000 points per night from April – September, and then again in December. So, if you want to take your kids to one of the Orlando theme parks in the summer, then this property just became a better value on points. Just like at all of the properties, if you have elite status and book for five consecutive nights, the fifth night will be free (which you can easily get via several of the HHonors co-branded credit cards including the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card or the American Express Hilton HHonors card). In this case would bring your cost to 24,000 points per night when the property is going for 30K points.
If you want to head to Disneyland, the Hilton Anaheim goes from 40,000 points per night to just 30,000 points per night for all months except January, where it increases to 50,000 points per night. Some of the other available HHonors properties in Anaheim also decreased for at least a portion of the year.
London Hyde Park and London – Ealing Hotels:
While many of the HHonors options in London will be requiring more points, there are a couple of exceptions. Both the London Hyde Park and London Ealing Hotels are going from 35,000 HHonors points per night to 30,000 HHonors points per night.
Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa:
If you want to visit Sea World, Fiesta Texas, the Alamo, etc. you can now stay at the Hilton Hill Country Resort for fewer points per night. It is going down from 35,000 to 30,000 points per night for all months except for March and June where it increases to 40,000 points.
British Colonial Nassau Hotel:
This property is holding steady at 50,000 points from December – March, but will decrease to 40,000 points per night from April – November.
Equally as enlightening as finding some properties that were decreasing in points costs was taking note of how many were staying the same. There is no question that top-end properties are, for the most part, increasing in points price. In some cases they are dramatically increasing in points price. However, there are many mid and lower range hotels that are entirely unaffected. And in some cases, like the examples given above, the points rates are going down.
My advice is to compare the old and new points rates (new point requirements take effect on 3/28) and see for yourself how the properties you are interested in will be impacted by the award chart shake-up. You can view the current/old rates by searching at the top of the screen here and the new rates here. If the property you are interested in is going up in points price then by all means lock it in now. Rumor has it you can potentially lock award reservations until 2015 at the current rates.
Have you found some other properties that are “bright spots” in this otherwise negative devaluation?
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