Following from IHG’s announcement that there would be a general reduction in points levels required for redemptions from April 15th, Hilton HHonors has published its annual list of category changes.
(This will, apparently, be the last annual Hilton list of category changes. Moves up and down will now be posted on the Hilton website on an on-going basis.)
This page on the Hilton website has all the information. The changes kick in on April 15th.
Hampton by Hilton Sheffield opened March 12th and is Category 2. This is laughably cheap for a new-build hotel which also includes free breakfast and free internet for everyone. You pay just 10,000 points per night.
The Hampton in Waterloo (already open) is Category 7 which means 30,000 – 60,000 points per night. With such a huge range (and the hotel can change pricing month to month) it is hard to say if it is decent value.
The Concorde Opera in Paris is a Category 9 (50,000 – 80,000 points per night)
Doubletree The Point in Edinburgh is a Category 4 (20,000 – 30,000 points). This could be good value but I don’t know anything about the property or its location.
Of the few hotels falling in price, the only ones of interest are three hotels in Barcelona.
Of the hotels going up, the biggest jump is one of the most useful to a UK audience. The Conrad Algarve in Portugal (picture above) jumps from Category 7 to Category 9, which sees it at a maximum of 80,000 points per night. You might remember that this hotel was in the ‘Avios 50% sale’ in January, when a week in peak season was reduced to just over £1,000 – astonishing value.
All in all, not much is happening. However, as Hilton is now using ‘pricing bands’ for most categories, it is very easy for hotels to sneakily increase in price. A hotel which was Category 7 charging 30,000 points per night can double in price to 60,000 points per night for the corresponding month of the year and still call itself Category 7. Clever, eh?
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