5 years ago, Hilton followed Delta in deleting their award chart. At the time they said it was not a devaluation as they would cap their most expensive standard redemptions at 95K points. Their last official major devaluation came in 2013, back when you could book top-tier properties for as low as 37.5K points per night.
Since then it has become harder and harder to find standard room availability, but if you’re vigilant about checking and are flexible, it can be found.
Now that they don’t have award charts they can devalue properties without warning.
3 years ago, they added a 120K tier as their most expensive standard redemption at the Waldorf Los Cabos. Later they raised standard rooms on some dates at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives to 150K points, though most were still 120K points.
Yesterday I saw rooms at landmark Hilton properties like the Grand Wailea Maui and Conrad Maldives for 95K points and the Waldorf Maldives for 120K points.
I guess Hilton didn’t want Marriott to be the only hotel chain to devalue their points this month, as those hotels have all gone up today.
The Grand Wailea is now 110K:
The Conrad Maldives is now 120K:
And all dates with standard availability at the Waldorf Maldives are now 150K:
It’s another reminder that it’s not worth buying points or transferring points from bank points to airline miles or hotel points until you are ready to book, as airlines and hotels can devalue your points without warning!
I’m sure there are other Hilton hotels that have gone up as well, post a comment with your findings.