Inflation Is Here – Hilton Devalues Loyalty Program

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Hilton has introduced changes to their award program and award pricing which go into effect March 28, 2013. Not all of the changes are that bad, but overall it marks another devaluation in the Hilton program.

New Award Chart With New Tiers And Higher Pricing

The new and improved award chart adds a category 8, 9 and 10 to the standard award pricing. This is up from the current 7 categories with an eight designated for Waldorf Astoria brand hotels. image

You can still book the rates on the current award chart is good through 12:00 PM Midnight (24:00) CST March 27, 2013 as the changes become effective at 12:01 AM CST on March 28, 2013.


You can view a complete list of properties that are going up in category on March 28, 2013 on Hilton’s website.

One gem of a hotel is the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa located on Silhouette Island in the Seychelles. We’ve always wanted to stay here since our last visit to the Hilton Seychelles Northolme on Mahe Island in the Seychelles.


Other Key Changes

5th Night Free

Beginning on March 28th, 2013 HHonors Silver, Gold and Diamond elite members will begin to receive a 5th night free on award stays greater than or equal to 5 nights with a max of stays consisting of 20 consecutive nights.

Seasonal Award Pricing

Some hotels within a category may have seasonal reward pricing throughout the year, where the number of Points needed to redeem for Standard Room Rewards or Points & Money Rewards may vary if the stay is during an off-peak period. For example, during an off-peak period, a hotel would offer a lower point redemption rate. Seasonal pricing of Rewards can change on a month-to-month basis depending on the demand period for each hotel.

Bottom Line

Inflation is taking hold across the points and miles world. If you burn points and miles as fast as you earn then like me, then you’ll likely be booking a Hilton stay at one of properties going up in category before March 28, 2013.

One thing is certain, this makes the 2 free weekend night certificates better that come with the New Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card. These certificates are good at select hotels and resorts within the Hilton HHonors portfolio and are earned after spending $2,500 in eligible purchases within 4 months of account opening. Plus with this card, you’ll receive instant Gold status that provides upgrades and complimentary breakfast.

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