In light of Hilton’s upcoming award chart devaluation, a lot of people have been wondering how far out they can book their award stays. Technically the answer is a year from today, because when you look at the calendar, that’s the furthest out you can select.
However, there appears to be a workaround by which you can make a booking up to two years in advance. For example, say you want to make a booking at the Conrad Maldives for two years from now.
Just enter your destination, some arbitrary dates about a year from now, and check both the “Use flexible dates” and “Use HHonors points” boxes.
On the results page select “View available dates” for the hotel you’d like to stay at (in this case the Conrad Maldives).
You’ll be presented with a calendar in which you can scroll all the way to 2015.
Once you select your preferred dates you’ll be given the option to choose your room type and then will be brought to the purchase page.
Now, the challenge is that even though your reservation will be confirmed for a stay more than year out, apparently the reward certificate issued with it is only valid for a year. That being said, I think you have a pretty compelling case if you confirm a booking and have the dates in writing. The one thing worth noting is that AXON awards can only be booked by phone, and I would recommend NOT calling Hilton about this. But if you’re an elite member you can book a GLON award online, so that’s almost as good. As you can see with the above example, I’m only paying 42,500 points per night for the Conrad Maldives because I’m an elite member on a four night stay, compared to the usual cost of 50,000 points per night. So it’s actually not that much more than an AXON stay anyway.
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)