Back in 2013 Hilton substantially raised points prices and changed the way they price within categories.
They no longer shift hotels across categories once a year, either. Instead they make the changes quarterly and they would just post them on a web page. (Savvy members can create a change detection for the page (like I do).)
- When you make these changes several times a year it’s easy to make any given cohort of changes seem small.
- In the last 6 quarters of announcements we’ve seen 154 hotels go up in category and 113 go down.
- Hilton no longer has to raise hotels up a category to increase price since they now have a range of prices within several categories. And there are no announcements when hotels get more expensive within a category.
The Hilton site listing changes will show those changes with an effective date of January 11 tomorrow but Hilton sent them out today. There are 11 hotels going up in category and none going down in category.
- Hilton Urumqi (Urumqi, China) – New Category: 3 / Previous Category: 2
- Hampton by Hilton Newport /East (Newport, United Kingdom) – New Category: 2 / Previous Category: 1
- Doubletree by Hilton Newark – Fremont (Newark, California) – New Category: 5 / Previous Category: 4
- Hilton Oakland Airport (Oakland, California) – New Category: 6 / Previous Category: 4
- Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa / University South Florida / Near Busch Gardens (Tampa, Florida) – New Category: 5 / Previous Category: 4
- Hampton Inn Cornelia (Cornelia, Georgia) – New Category: 3 / Previous Category: 2
- Hampton Inn & Suites Meridian (Meridian, Idaho) – New Category: 4 / Previous Category: 3
- Embassy Suites Hotel Baltimore / Washington International Airport (Linthicum, Maryland): New Category: 5 / Previous Category: 4
- Hampton Inn Bar Harbor (Bar Harbor, Maine) – New Category: 9 / Previous Category: 7
- Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder (Santa Fe, New Mexico) – New Category: 5 / Previous Category: 4
- Hampton Inn & Suites Dumas (Dumas, Texas) – New Category: 4 / Previous Category: 2
These category changes are a non-issue for most. What’s more relevant is the change in pricing within a category and Hilton doesn’t announce those.