Hilton HHonros has a total of 10 award categories, and a while ago they began publishing changes on a quarterly basis, instead of unloading all changes onto members once every year. The last round of changes was announced on September 30, 2016, and took effect on October 12; it was mostly properties in Turkey going down in prices, though a new notable properties also went up by one category, like the DoubleTree Beijing and the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem.
Hilton has announced the latest wave of category changes, which will take effect for award bookings made on or after January 11, 2017.
Only 11 properties will be going up in prices come January 2017, and all but three of them are only one-category bump. However, there won’t be any hotels going down in prices this time around. This is Hilton’s current award chart, which itself is not affected by category updates.
Hilton Properties Increasing in Award Category in January 2017
|Hampton by Hilton Newport/East||United Kingdom||1||2|
|Hampton Inn Cornelia||United States||2||3|
|Hampton Inn & Suites Dumas||United States||2||4|
|Hampton Inn & Suites Meridian||United States||3||4|
|DoubleTree by Hilton Newark – Fremont||United States||4||5|
|Embassy Suites Hotel Baltimore/Washington International Airport||United States||4||5|
|Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa/University South Florida||United States||4||5|
|Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder||United States||4||5|
|Hilton Oakland Airport||United States||4||6|
|Hampton Inn Bar Harbor||United States||7||9|
You can book award stays with Hilton up to 365 days out, and most properties allow you to cancel for free. So if there is a properties you are eyeing that is going up in price, I’d lock in potential travel dates before January 11, 2017.