Hilton Honors quietly DOUBLES the price of many of its cheapest redemptions

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Hilton Honors has, with no announcement, made substantial increases to the points required to stay at many of its cheapest hotels.

These have been slipped through over the last 48 hours.

As of last week, there were seven UK hotels – I think – which cost 10,000 Hilton Honors points per night:

  • Hampton by Hilton Liverpool / John Lennon Airport
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Newcastle International Airport
  • Hampton by Hilton Newcastle
  • Hampton by Hilton Newport
  • Hampton by Hilton Corby / Kettering
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Sheffield Park
  • Hampton by Hilton Sheffield (photo below)

Hilton doubles cost of 10,000 point hotels

SIX OF THEM now have a maximum price of 20,000 Hilton Honors points per night.  They will be cheaper than 20,000 points on nights when the room rate is under circa £65.  Newport is the only one still showing at 10,000 points.

It isn’t clear how many of the 150 x 10,000 point hotels globally have been raised to 20,000 points, although I have found other examples such as the Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman.  This used to be 5,000 points per night until recently, but jumped to 10,000 points.  It is now 20,000 points.

I randomly checked the six hotels in Malaysia which used to be 10,000 points.   Two are now showing as 20,000 points whilst four remain at 10,000 points.

Some (many?) of the 5,000 point per night hotels globally have also been raised to 10,000 points.

Many of these hotels were, of course, disproportionately cheap at 5,000 or 10,000 points per night.  With the main Hilton in Sheffield costing 30,000 points, having the new Hampton at 10,000 points made little sense as the cash difference was certainly not 3x.  That said, keeping a few bargains in the portfolio does no harm in keeping people interested in the programme.  Giving no notice just continues to undermine trust in the programme.

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Now I understand why there was a heavily pushed points promotion recently.

    I got suckered into that a couple of days ago, specifically to use it on the kind of properties mentioned above (and good value properties I knew in Poland, Turkey, etc.).

    That’s the last time I ever purchase points from Hilton.

  2. O/T……You will save 15% off the cash portion for any Points & Cash getaway you book on the IHG website or app before 25th September for your stays until 28th October 2018.

  3. In many cases I am now finding that Hotels.come are outperforming Hilton in the rewards department, provided you choose carefully. I used to be a Hilton slave, but got fed up with stealthy devaluations of Hilton Reward points.

  4. 100% bonus sale of Hilton points has dried up – all packages now sold – not seen that happen before. No doubt there will be another sale along soon.

  5. I believe Hilton points are on a devaluation spiral. No more categories (so each hotel can charge as many points as they wish) and teh CONSTANT double promo. If something is a constant, it shouldn’t been called proo.

  6. Henry Larsen says:

    There is a thread about this in the Hilton forum on FT. One ‘Johnny Rocket’ has stolen Rob’s post (above) verbatim, without attribution. I clicked the ‘Alert’ flag but no action has been taken; it seems blatant plagiarism is OK on FT. 🙁

  7. Should there be some legislation put in place which specifies a minimum period of notice an organisation must give when devaluing rewards, points, miles etc…. ?
    I think there should be.
    Is there an organisation out there trying to push for such a thing which I can throw my support behind ?
    Cheers.

  8. John Pagani says:

    An update from my situation about the Waldorf in Beverly Hills tripling their redemption values. Low and behold, the 95k, (previously 225k) rooms are now available. Whoever is whispering into their ear, I’m glad we have this voice to express how we feel.

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