Hilton HHonors introduced Points & Money rewards in 2011 requiring only 50% points of a standard reward night with a cash copay. The initial announcement was discussed in my May 9, 2011 post on Hilton HHonors Points & Money Rewards when there were only a few hotels offering the reward.
Hilton HHonors officially launched Points & Money Rewards in late 2011 and the FAQ briefly included a table showing the cash co-pay for each hotel category level. The Hilton Points & Money copay table was removed from the Hilton website within a few hours of my October 3, 2011 post on Hilton HHonors Points & Money Rewards.
The table was replaced by this wording: “The number of points required to redeem Points & Money Rewards varies by room, hotel, and booking date.”
These Points & Money copay amounts originally published by Hilton HHonors and quickly removed have been observed for Points & Money rewards over the past year – until now.
Points & Money Reward Nights on the Rise at Conrad Hong Kong and Bali
Conrad Bali June 13-14, 2012
- category 5 hotel = 35,000 points per night.
- Category 5 Points & Money = 17,500 points + $90.
The table above shows the Points & Money co-pay as $60 for a category 5 hotel. $90 copay at Conrad Bali is a 50% higher copay rate than typical for a Category 5 hotel.
I have checked a dozen other hotels in Europe, South America, Asia and the U.S. and the co-pay rate is $60 or within a couple of dollars of that amount with foreign currency exchange rates. All the hotels I checked are in line with the HHonors Points & Money table shown, regardless of hotel category, except for the Conrad Hong Kong.
Conrad Hong Kong
HK$1,009 = US$129.95 for this HHonors category 7 hotel.
Other category 7 hotels I checked all showed $85 or very near that copay rate with currency exchange fluctuations. $130 is a 53% copay increase over the typical $85.
Is this a sign of coming co-pay fluctuation for HHonors Points & Money Rewards?
This is an issue where crowdsourcing data can be handy. I checked more than a dozen hotels in different brands and countries and these two hotels were the only anomalies I located.
Please leave a comment if you have noticed other hotels deviating from the common HHonors Points & Money copay amounts shown in the table.
This FlyerTalk thread also discusses examples of HHonors Points & Money Rewards.
Thanks to Loyalty Traveler reader Jo C. for bringing this issue to my attention.