A rumor spread on FlyerTalk last month about the discontinuation of Hilton HHonors Point Stretcher awards for the remainder of 2009. Point Stretchers are award nights at a 40% points discount of the standard award level. Historically Hilton HHonors has been remiss in timely posting of updated Point Stretcher dates. The typical schedule is to release the first six months of Point Stretcher dates sometime in January for January-to-June bookings and then release the latter six months of dates sometime in July for July-to-December bookings.
There were reports of HHonors customer service representatives stating Point Stretchers would not be offered for the second half of 2009.
Last week the rumor was dispelled. A notice on the Hilton HHonors Point Stretcher web page states new dates will be available in September 2009.
Does the delay indicate a change in the Point Stretcher program?
I have no insider knowledge, but it would be nice to see some changes to the Point Stretcher program which has steadily declined in participating properties over the past few years.
Is Hilton HHonors planning an expansion of Point Stretcher hotel offers? Is a Cash & Points type program possibly in the works in line with Starwood Cash & Points and IHG Priority Club Cash & Points?
Time will tell.
Related post: Loyalty Traveler December 19, 2008 post on the last batch of Hilton Point Stretcher offers.