Several weeks ago Hilton announced an
major unprecedented devaluation of their HHonors program, which kicks in for bookings made starting March 28, 2013. That means you have till tomorrow (Wednesday) night to make bookings at the old rates.
Anyway, if you still have a stash of Hilton points you want to redeem in the next couple of days, check out this post for the best uses of HHonors points under the current award chart, and this post for details of how you can actually make bookings using HHonors points up to two years in advance. And of course if you have any questions I can help with, let me know in the comments section below!
Keep in mind that while these changes suck, it’s aspirational properties that are being impacted most. For mid level properties the changes aren’t horrible, as many properties will remain in the same category. So I wouldn’t necessarily burn points just for the sake of burning them. But if you’re looking to redeem your points for a stay at the Conrads in Hong Kong, Koh Samui, The Maldives, or Tokyo, for example, now is the time to do it.
I’m actually writing this post from the Conrad Koh Samui, so I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the property a little later today, since I realize about half of you are probably headed here in the coming year.