Hilton, Starwood & Wyndham Increase Points for Hotel Award Nights – Book NOW to Lock in Lower Rates!

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Hilton, Starwood, and Wyndham hotels have increased the number of points needed for a free hotel night.  Loyalty Lobby explains the Hilton hotels increase and the Starwood hotels increase, and Loyalty Traveler explains the Wyndham increase (though many Wyndham hotels aren’t increasing in price).

Hilton Category Changes

Hilton Category Changes

Some folks are upset that the hotels have increased the amount of points needed for a free hotel night.  I don’t get upset when a great deal or something too good to be true ends or changes.  Instead, I’m happy that I was able to participate and start looking for new options!

Make Award Bookings Now

Most hotel award nights can be cancelled for no penalty, but check the cancellation policy before making a booking.

1.  Starwood.  Book by TODAY (March 4, 2013) to avoid award price increases to cash and points & certain regular hotel categories.

2.   Hilton.   Book by March 28, 2013 to avoid paying more points.  Loyalty Lobby shows how to make bookings up to 2015.  Many of the unfavorable changes are to the top Hilton hotels which were priced quite cheaply before the increase.

3.   Wyndham.  Book by March 14, 2013 to avoid award price increases.

Bottom Line

It doesn’t hurt to make award reservations at the lower rate before the hotel award charts increase because you can lock in the lower price and have the option to cancel your award later on.

But be sure to check the cancellation policy before you make a booking!

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21 Responses to Hilton, Starwood & Wyndham Increase Points for Hotel Award Nights – Book NOW to Lock in Lower Rates!

  1. This is old news covered long time ago by many blogs in fact there are over 2000 unhappy customer complaints posted on Hilton’s face book page.

    you can do the same
    https://www.facebook.com/HiltonHHonors?filter=2

  2. Hilton’s 60000 points is barely enough for one night at a 2 star Hampton Inn. Hyatt ‘s 60000 points is good for 6 nights at 5 star Hyatt regency. SPG’s 60000 point is good for 6 nights to 12 nights at many 5 star LeMeridan and Sheraton hotels. Who is happy with Hilton’s devaluation?

  3. Already looks like SPG has pulled a lot of (or maybe all?) cash and points availability. I was looking at a few hotels in SE Asia last night that had plenty of availability, and now today there is zero.

    Plus, one of the hotels that is going up in category had the free night awards disappear too.

  4. Tim- that is a terrible comparison. It’s not that easy to compare straight up seeing that its way easier to accumulate Hilton points vs Starwood

  5. Jordan

    It is not, look at the new devaluation, there are Hampton Inns costing 60k 70k points.

    you need to look up all the information and read first

  6. Is it a recycled old news?
    I think I saw it a few weeks ago. If there is no news, please don’t recycle old news. It is pretty confusion. I thought they did second rounds this year again.

  7. Tim- I think everyone agrees there are very few favorable changes made by Hilton, but you cant just say 22k hyatt points get you a stay at the nicest hotel and 22k hilton gets you nothing. If you wanted to do a fair comparison which many bloggers have done you need to compare by showing if you spend X dollars, how many points will that get you, and from there what will those points get you.

  8. Didnt this happen like 2 weeks ago? wtf? Stop regurgitating old news, come on!

  9. The best thing about these devaluations finally kicking in is, hopefully, all the whining and complaining will finally subside. Hopefully.

  10. The Moana Surfrider seems to be situated in London, based on when its category change kicked in this evening…

  11. LOL.

    This news happened so long ago. As my mother used to tell me “if you don’t have anything good to say keep your mouth shut…” I wish this applied to blog posts.

  12. I wish you would follow your own advice. Yes, it applies to blog readers too.

  13. LOL @ these fake bloggas (you can easily who is behind these @Lucky type of posters) ;)

    This post failed the Mother-In-Law test and will be making the rounds tomorrow for being satire without a disclaimer.

  14. Do you happen to know Hilton’s return policy on points? Thank you!

  15. I mean cancellation policy – will they return the full points?

  16. @Christine – If you cancel within the cancellation window (which varies based on each hotel) they will return the full points.

  17. Are the transfer rates to airlines still the same? Seems like a better use now. What are the best transfer options, i.e., 25k SPG points gets you 30k airline miles, etc? Thanks Primarily interested in SPG and Hilton.

  18. How about Marriott?

  19. Can not agree with you more!

    “Some folks are upset that the hotels have increased the amount of points needed for a free hotel night. I don’t get upset when a great deal or something too good to be true ends or changes. Instead, I’m happy that I was able to participate and start looking for new options!”

  20. @jellybean – The SPG transfer rate to airlines still remains the same.

    @Kalboz – I wrote about the changes to Marriott before.

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