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Hilton Hotel Category Changes Coming in January

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It’s that time of the year!  First, Hyatt announced changes to its award chart and loyalty program.

Now, Hilton is making some changes too.  But they’re relatively minor and only affect 17 Hilton brand hotels.

As of January 14, 2015, 12 hotels will increase category and 5 will decrease.

Hilton Hotel Category Changes Coming In January
Will Your Favorite Hilton Change Category in January?

I don’t like it when it costs more points to book the same hotel.  Thankfully, there aren’t too many hotels affected!  Let’s see where the changes are.

What’s the Deal?

Link:   Hilton Award Chart Changes

Hilton hotels include DoubleTreeConradEmbassy SuitesHampton InnHiltonHilton Garden InnHome2SuitesHomewood Suites, and Waldorf Astoria brand hotels.

Hilton Hotel Category Changes Coming In January
The Waldorf Astoria, Amsterdam Will Change Category

The list of changes also includes new hotels that Hilton has recently opened or acquired.  It’s worth checking to see if there’s a new Hilton in your favorite destination!

Remember, the changes take effect on January 14, 2015.  So if you want to book a hotel that’s moving up a category, you should book your stay before then.  Of course, if your hotel is moving down a category you should wait!

Hotels Moving to a Higher Category

There are 12 hotels moving to a higher category.  I’m glad none of my favorites are on this list!

Note:   All hotels will increase by 1 category unless otherwise noted.

Here are the hotels that will cost more points per night and their new category:

Hilton Hotel Category Changes Coming In January
Two Hilton Hotels in Edinburgh Are Increasing Category

Hotels Moving to a Lower Category

There are 5 hotels dropping to a lower category, including 1 of my favorites, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa.  Emily and I stayed there on our 2nd honeymoon!

Note:   All hotels will decrease by 1 category unless otherwise noted.

Here are the hotels that will cost fewer points per night and their new category:

Hilton Hotel Category Changes Coming In January
The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Is Going Down a Category

Since the Hilton Bora Bora will cost fewer points, maybe I should take Emily on a 3rd honeymoon! 🙂

Bottom Line

Hilton has changed their award chart for bookings made from January 14, 2015, onward.

There are 12 hotels moving to a higher category (which means award nights will cost more points), and 5 moving to a lower category (fewer points).

What do you think of Hilton’s program changes?  How will they affect you?

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Carol,

This post is about Hilton points— not the Companion Pass. You’d get better advice elsewhere. Regardless, I’ll play.

If it’s good through 2015 — you’ll need to get a new one in 2016 (the same way you did back in 14′) to use it during 2016 and 2017. There’s no CP extension, just a new CP.

So, my companion pass on SW is good through Dec. 2015.

How do I make it last longer?

Thanks

Great. I’ve already booked my son’s honeymoon: 6 nights at the Waikoloa. Now what? How do I get them to rebook the reservation with the lower points needed after Jan. 14? Do you think they’ll do it if I call the Hilton Elite line?