Looks like Hilton is making some changes to their loyalty program, too. Not as harsh as Delta, but still significant.
- New hotel classifications — from 5 to 6 — changing the number of points required for award stays effective June 1, 2003
- Unlike Delta, which has more or less replaced their elite qualification system to one more reliant on revenue, Hilton has added revenue as a supplemental qualifying method. Next year, HHonors base points are an alternative to stays for qualifying for Gold and Diamond. Gold status: 60,000 Base points in a calendar year. Diamond: 100,000 Base points in a calendar year.
- Award Stays Now Count Toward VIP Status
- More points required for VIP-only awards effective June 1, 2003. Reward certificates requested prior to June 1 will be at current point prices and the certificate will be valid for one year from date of issue. Reward certificates requested from June 1 forward will be at the new prices.
On the whole, not what I like to see — but not a disaster either, and Hilton is giving plenty of notice.