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Because there are so few hotels affected by these changes, it probably will NOT affect most folks. But it could be bad news, depending on your travel plans.
So if you have Hilton award stays coming up, check out the list to see if your hotel is affected. The list hasn’t been updated yet, but should be soon.
Let’s take a look at what’s changing.
Hilton Category Changes
Link: Hilton Category Changes
Link: Hilton Award Chart
Hilton has ~4,600 locations around the world, and because only 11 hotels are changing category, this won’t be a big deal for most folks.
Hilton hotels include Conrad, Canopy, Curio, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Home2Suites, Homewood Suites, Tru, and Waldorf Astoria brand hotels.
All 11 hotels are moving to a higher category, including hotels like:
- Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder (moving from Category 4 to Category 5)
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Baltimore at BWI Airport (moving from Category 4 to Category 5)
- Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens (moving from Category 4 to Category 5)
- Hampton by Hilton Newport / East (moving from Category 1 to Category 2)
- Hampton Inn Bar Harbor (moving from Category 7 to Category 9)
So if you have plans to stay at any of these hotels, book your award stays before January 11, 2017, to lock-in the lower rate.
Want More Hilton Points?
Folks love Hilton points because they’re very easy to earn. Especially with cards like the Hilton Honors Card from American Express and Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express. And Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card and Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature cards.
You can also transfer flexible points to Hilton from:
Hilton is changing its award chart effective January 11, 2017. There are only 11 hotels moving categories, so this likely won’t impact most folks. But check the full list to see if your hotel award stays will be affected.
And if you want more Hilton points, don’t forget, there are plenty of ways to earn them!