Hilton HHonors Updates: Hotel Category Changes Fall 2016 and Promotion Reminders

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Of the 54 hotel and resort properties of Hilton Worldwide which will be changing categories effective as of Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 33 of them will decrease at least one category; while the remaining 21 will increase by at least on category.

Information pertaining to current promotions are also briefly covered later in this article as a reminder to you.

Hotel Category Changes Fall 2016

The changes in category for hotel and resort properties in the brand portfolio of Hilton Worldwide are as follows:

HOTELS WITH REWARD CATEGORY DECREASE — FALL 2016

HOTEL NAME
CITY
STATE
COUNTRY
PREVIOUS
NEW
Hampton by Hilton St Petersburg ExpoForum St Petersburg Russian Federation Category 6 Category 3
Hampton Inn by Hilton Istanbul Atakoy Istanbul Turkey Category 2 Category 1
Hampton by Hilton Samsun Samsun Turkey Category 2 Category 1
Hilton Garden Inn Ankara Gimat Ankara Turkey Category 2 Category 1
Hilton Garden Inn Mardin Mardin Turkey Category 2 Category 1
Hilton Kayseri Kayseri Turkey Category 2 Category 1
Hilton Garden Inn Izmir Bayrakli Izmir Turkey Category 4 Category 1
Hilton Garden Inn Konya Konya Turkey Category 4 Category 1
Hilton Garden Inn Sanliurfa Sanliurfa Turkey Category 4 Category 1
Hilton Garden Inn Erzincan Erzincan Turkey Category 5 Category 1
Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Ataturk Airport Istanbul Turkey Category 5 Category 1
Hilton Adana Adana Turkey Category 3 Category 2
DoubleTree by Hilton Izmir Alsancak Izmir Turkey Category 3 Category 2
Hilton Mersin Mersin Turkey Category 3 Category 2
Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Golden Horn Istanbul Turkey Category 4 Category 2
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Avcilar Avcilar Turkey Category 4 Category 2
DoubleTree Istanbul Tuzla Istanbul Turkey Category 4 Category 2
Hilton Izmir Izmir Turkey Category 4 Category 2
DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos Cappadocia Nevsehir Turkey Category 4 Category 2
DoubleTree by Hilton Van Van Turkey Category 5 Category 2
Hilton Ankara Ankara Turkey Category 4 Category 3
Hilton Bursa Convention Center & Spa Bursa Turkey Category 4 Category 3
DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi Kusadasi Turkey Category 4 Category 3
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Piyalepasa Istanbul Turkey Category 5 Category 3
Hilton Istanbul Kozyatagi Istanbul Turkey Category 5 Category 3
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Sirkeci Istanbul Turkey Category 5 Category 3
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Old Town Istanbul Turkey Category 6 Category 5
Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the Emirates Dubai United Arab Emirates Category 6 Category 4
Hampton Inn Miami South Beach 17th Street Miami Beach Florida United States Category 9 Category 8
Hilton Cabana Miami Beach Miami Beach Florida United States Category 9 Category 8
Vintro Hotel South Beach Curio Collection Miami Beach Florida United States Category 9 Category 8
Hilton Garden Inn Miami South Beach Miami Beach Florida United States Category 9 Category 8
The Saratoga Hilton Saratoga Springs New York United States Category 9 Category 8

HOTELS WITH REWARD CATEGORY INCREASE — FALL 2016

HOTEL NAME
CITY
STATE
COUNTRY
PREVIOUS
NEW
DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing Beijing China Category 2 Category 3
Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake Yuxi China Category 3 Category 4
Hilton Alexandria King’s Ranch Alexandria Egypt Category 1 Category 2
Hilton Dublin Dublin Ireland Category 5 Category 6
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Jerusalem Israel Category 9 Category 10
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian Edinburgh United Kingdom Category 8 Category 9
Embassy Suites Anaheim – South Garden Grove California United States Category 5 Category 6
DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport Burlingame California United States Category 5 Category 6
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Brisbane California United States Category 5 Category 6
Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco Airport/Burlingame Burlingame California United States Category 6 Category 7
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Albany Georgia United States Category 3 Category 4
Hilton Garden Inn Olathe Olathe Kansas United States Category 4 Category 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown Raleigh North Carolina United States Category 4 Category 5
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel North Salem Salem Oregon United States Category 3 Category 4
Hampton Portland Portland Oregon United States Category 4 Category 5
Embassy Suites Hotel Portland Airport Portland Oregon United States Category 5 Category 6
Hampton Inn & Suites Cleburne Cleburne Texas United States Category 1 Category 2
Hilton Garden Inn Houston Northwest / America Plaza Houston Texas United States Category 3 Category 4
Home2 Suites By Hilton Lubbock Lubbock Texas United States Category 4 Category 5
DoubleTree by Hilton Vancouver Vancouver Washington United States Category 3 Category 4
Hilton Bellevue Bellevue Washington United States Category 5 Category 6

Here is a list of how many Hilton HHonors points are needed to be redeemed for hotel and resort properties in each category:

STANDARD ROOM REWARDS

HOTEL CATEGORY HILTON HHONORS POINTS REQUIRED
1 5,000 Points per night
2 10,000 Points per night
3 20,000 Points per night
4 20,000 to 30,000 Points per night
5 30,000 to 40,000 Points per night
6 30,000 to 50,000 Points per night
7 30,000 to 60,000 Points per night
8 40,000 to 70,000 Points per night
9 50,000 to 80,000 Points per night
10 70,000 to 95,000 Points per night

Both the Hilton Garden Inn Erzincan and Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Ataturk Airport hotel properties in Turkey dropped substantially from Category 5 to Category 1; which means that you can save as much as 35,000 Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points — that is a discount of as much as 87.5 percent off of your redemption — per night.

Promotion Reminders

There are currently at least three promotions — all of which you can simultaneously take advantage, assuming that you conform to the terms and conditions of each promotion — and each of the promotions listed below have links to the articles posted at InsideFlyer if you need to know additional information.

Summary

Of the 33 hotel and resort properties which will require fewer Hilton HHonors points to redeem for an award stay, 17 of them — slightly greater than half — decreased by greater than one category; while all of the hotel and resort properties which will require more Hilton HHonors points to redeem for an award stay increased by only a single category.

The recent events in Turkey apparently has had a significantly negative effect on tourism to see hotel and resort properties drop by as many as four categories — but this is your opportunity to take advantage of what has become discounted redemptions on those hotel and resort properties.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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