Hilton Just Revealed Hotels that Will Cost More Points (and Less) Starting October 12

Since Hilton’s award chart changes in 2013, there haven’t been huge additional changes.

Hilton decided to alter the way they made changes to how they re-assign hotels to award categories. Instead of an annual change to tons of hotels (a schedule they really weren’t wedded to in the past anyway) they decided they would make rolling changes throughout the year. And instead of informing all members proactively of these changes, they would just post them on a web page in the name of transparency.


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At least they are announcing the changes. And savvy members can create a change detection for the page (like I do).

Hilton HHonors is making category adjustments to several hotels effective October 12.

21 go up in category and 33 go down. Overall a sliver of the overall HHonors portfolio, however:

  • When you make these changes several times a year it’s easy to make any given cohort of changes seem small. In the last 5 quarters of announcements we’ve seen 133 hotels go up in category and 80 go down.

  • More important Hilton no longer has to raise hotels a category to increase their price since they now have a range of prices within several categories. And there are no announcements when hotels get more expensive within a category thus we really can’t say whether there have been big increases or not.



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Here are the changes:

HOTELS WITH CATEGORY DECREASE

Hotel Name
City
State
Country
Previous Reward Category
New Reward Category
Effective Date
Hampton by Hilton St Petersburg ExpoForum St Petersburg Russian Federation Category 6 Category 3 October 12, 2016
Hampton Inn by Hilton Istanbul Atakoy Istanbul Turkey Category 2 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hampton by Hilton Samsun Samsun Turkey Category 2 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Ankara Gimat Ankara Turkey Category 2 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Mardin Mardin Turkey Category 2 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hilton Kayseri Kayseri Turkey Category 2 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Izmir Bayrakli Izmir Turkey Category 4 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Konya Konya Turkey Category 4 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Sanliurfa Sanliurfa Turkey Category 4 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Erzincan Erzincan Turkey Category 5 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Ataturk Airport Istanbul Turkey Category 5 Category 1 October 12, 2016
Hilton Adana Adana Turkey Category 3 Category 2 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Izmir Alsancak Izmir Turkey Category 3 Category 2 October 12, 2016
Hilton Mersin Mersin Turkey Category 3 Category 2 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Golden Horn Istanbul Turkey Category 4 Category 2 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Avcilar Avcilar Turkey Category 4 Category 2 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree Istanbul Tuzla Istanbul Turkey Category 4 Category 2 October 12, 2016
Hilton Izmir Izmir Turkey Category 4 Category 2 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos Cappadocia Nevsehir Turkey Category 4 Category 2 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Van Van Turkey Category 5 Category 2 October 12, 2016
Hilton Ankara Ankara Turkey Category 4 Category 3 October 12, 2016
Hilton Bursa Convention Center & Spa Bursa Turkey Category 4 Category 3 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi Kusadasi Turkey Category 4 Category 3 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Piyalepasa Istanbul Turkey Category 5 Category 3 October 12, 2016
Hilton Istanbul Kozyatagi Istanbul Turkey Category 5 Category 3 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Sirkeci Istanbul Turkey Category 5 Category 3 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Old Town Istanbul Turkey Category 6 Category 5 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the Emirates Dubai United Arab Emirates Category 6 Category 4 October 12, 2016
Hampton Inn Miami South Beach 17th Street Miami Beach FL United States Category 9 Category 8 October 12, 2016
Hilton Cabana Miami Beach Miami Beach FL United States Category 9 Category 8 October 12, 2016
Vintro Hotel South Beach Curio Collection Miami Beach FL United States Category 9 Category 8 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach Miami Beach FL United States Category 9 Category 8 October 12, 2016
The Saratoga Hilton Saratoga Springs NY United States Category 9 Category 8 October 12, 2016

HOTELS WITH CATEGORY INCREASE

Hotel Name
City
State
Country
Previous Reward Category
New Reward Category
Effective Date
DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing Beijing China Category 2 Category 3 October 12, 2016
Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake Yuxi China Category 3 Category 4 October 12, 2016
Hilton Alexandria King’s Ranch Alexandria Egypt Category 1 Category 2 October 12, 2016
Hilton Dublin Dublin Ireland Category 5 Category 6 October 12, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Jerusalem Israel Category 9 Category 10 October 12, 2016
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian Edinburgh United Kingdom Category 8 Category 9 October 12, 2016
Embassy Suites Anaheim – South Garden Grove CA United States Category 5 Category 6 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport Burlingame CA United States Category 5 Category 6 October 12, 2016
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Fransico Arpt Brisbane CA United States Category 5 Category 6 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco Airport/Burlingame Burlingame CA United States Category 6 Category 7 October 12, 2016
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Albany GA United States Category 3 Category 4 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Olathe Olathe KS United States Category 4 Category 5 October 12, 2016
Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown Raleigh NC United States Category 4 Category 5 October 12, 2016
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel North Salem Salem OR United States Category 3 Category 4 October 12, 2016
Hampton Portland  OR Portland OR United States Category 4 Category 5 October 12, 2016
Embassy Suites Hotel Portland Airport Portland OR United States Category 5 Category 6 October 12, 2016
Hampton Inn & Suites Cleburne Cleburne TX United States Category 1 Category 2 October 12, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Houston Northwest / America Plaza Houston TX United States Category 3 Category 4 October 12, 2016
Home2 Suites By Hilton Lubbock, TX Lubbock TX United States Category 4 Category 5 October 12, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Vancouver, WA Vancouver WA United States Category 3 Category 4 October 12, 2016
Hilton Bellevue Bellevue WA United States Category 5 Category 6 October 12, 2016

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  1. Amazing how many of the hotels that went down category are in Turkey and Miami. Methinks coup attempt and Zika play a role here.

  2. Looking at the list, it seems pretty obvious that tourism in Turkey has fallen through the floor.

    And there are Category 9 Hampton Inns? Really???

  3. I always thought that the D’Tree in Beijing was way underpriced. Nice hotel with excellent breakfast. Should still be good value at Cat 3.

  4. In 2013, HHonors introduced their current award chart and have not touched it since. Instead, they have simply been reassigning 1- 2% of their hotels to different categories each time they made changes, which is an innovative approach to devaluation that’s preferable to across-the-board, wholesale award chart “massacring.”

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