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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

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.

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Comments (134)

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  • New says:

    Totally OT, any asked before many times.
    Just want to confirm if you can cancel the BA Amex, the vouchers stay with BA not with Amex right? So I don’t lose the voucher right.

    • Clive says:

      In 99.9% of cases once the voucher is in your BAEC account you don’t lose it.

    • Stevie G says:

      Yes. They say otherwise but the should be no issue as long as you have a Amex to pay the taxes/fees.

  • Pangolin says:

    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.

    • Brian S says:

      Me too, that was my thinking behind buying too.

    • Peter K says:

      I understand your frustration but they have 80%/100% bonus points sales all the time. It just seems this time is has coincided with a devaluation.

    • James says:

      They won’t give you a refund. All points sales are final I bet 🙁

  • Andrew L says:

    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.

  • William says:

    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.

  • Cormac says:

    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.

  • marcw says:

    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.

  • 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. 🙁

  • James says:

    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 ?

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