Hilton HHonors released its list of hotels changing reward category on April 30, 2012. There are 330 hotels going up one category level. There are 117 hotels moving down one category.
HHonors has seven categories of hotels used to designate the hotel reward level for all Hilton brand hotels except Waldorf Astoria Hotels.
Category 6 and 7 hotels will receive 123 new hotels into the ranks of the top tiers. Only three hotels will drop in category with the Hilton Beverly Hills dropping to category 6 from category 7. Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing in Branson, Missouri drops from category 6 to category 5 as does Hilton Mumbai International Airport India.
The 123 hotels rising to the cream of the HHonors reward chart include 95 hotels moving up to category 6 at 40,000 points per night and 28 hotels rising to category 7 reward status at 50,000 points.
Sucks to Travel the USA with Hilton
These changes wouldn’t be so shocking if it were not for the large proportion of hotels in the USA increasing relative to international hotels.
Category 6 additions include 11 international hotels like Hilton Sao Paulo, Brazil and Doubletree Gold Resort in Acaya, Italy and Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa in the beach resort getaway of China.
Contrast these world-class cities and resort destinations with the typical change for the USA where there will be 84 new hotels in Category 6 from the USA, including these California Hampton Inns.
- Hampton San Francisco Airport, South San Francisco
-Daly City= Category 6 = 40,000 points.
- Hampton Inn & Suites Goleta = Category 6 = 40,000 points.
- Hampton Inn Santa Cruz = Category 6 = 40,000 points.
[Update 4-10-12 11:30am PT: The Hilton HHonors list simply stated Hampton San Francisco and there is no Hampton Inn in the city of San Francisco. I thought it meant Hampton Inn Daly City, the town next to San Francisco. Then I found Hampton Daly City on the Category 5 list. I now assume Hampton San Francisco means Hampton San Francisco Airport in South San Francisco is rising from category 5 to category 6.
This is the problem with a poorly constructed list of hotel names from Hilton HHonors. Several hotels left off complete identifying names to accurately determine the specific hotel changing category.
Also, Hampton Inn Fredericksburg, Texas was misidentified as being Virginia in an earlier version of the category 6 list.]
Category 7 changes include six London hotels and four other hotels in the UK. I wonder if the hotels outside of London may drop down again after this Olympics year.
Hilton Buenos Aires and Hilton Perth are locations where a category 7 hotel is to be expected.
But, Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo, in a shopping center, beside Highway 101, in the lovely central coast, but not on the coast college town of San Luis Obispo, California now joins the ranks of the vaulted HHonors Category 7 elite properties around the world!
I’ll take London with my points please!
Hilton HHonors Does Not Care Much about Geography (or Members?)
One of the most annoying aspects of the Hilton HHonors list of hotels changing reward category April 30, 2012 is the absence of hotel order by Country, State, or Hotel Reward Category. The list is organized by brand.
Here is my contribution to the effort to make the Hilton HHonors list of hotels more consumer-friendly since Hilton HHonors apparently does not care how difficult the list is to read for people interested in the hotel category changes.
This graphic only shows the 123 hotels moving up to Category 6 and 7 for Hilton HHonors Rewards on April 30, 2012.
International Hotels rising to Hilton HHonors Category 7 Rewards
USA Hotels rising to Hilton HHonors Category 7 Rewards
International Hotels rising to Hilton HHonors Category 6 Rewards
USA Hotels rising to Hilton HHonors Category 6 Rewards
Loyalty Traveler post:
Hilton HHonors Category 5 Hotel Changes listed by location (April 10, 2012).
Loyalty Traveler Category 4 hotels by location (April 10, 2012)
Loyalty Traveler Category 3 hotels by location (April 11, 2012)