Hilton has released the quarterly update to their hotel award categories. In total, 54 hotels will change category, with 21 of them getting more expensive and 33 getting more affordable. There’s also 69 new hotels. Changes will go into effect on October 12th.
By looking at the numbers, you’d thing that Hilton is making hotels more affordable, but almost all hotels that are moving down in the category chain, are in Turkey and Miami. Turkey has seen some unrest lately to say the least, and Miami has been hit by the zika virus. There’s also the Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the Emirates that’s moving down two categories and The Saratoga Hilton moving down from 9 to 8.
As for the properties that are getting more expensive, the ones that stand out are the two Waldorf Astoria locations in Jerusalem and Edinburgh and also DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing. 15 of the 21 properties moving up a category are in the United States.
When looking at the big picture, this is a minor change that most likely will affect very few people. The changes account for about 1% of the Hilton properties worldwide. Also keep in mind that points prices are flexible within a Hilton category, expect for categories 1 to 3.
Here’s a reminder of the category breakdown.
21 hotels getting more expensive
33 hotels getting cheaper