Hilton Changes: Revenue-Based Pricing and Points & Money Awards

On Wednesday of this week, Hilton introduced a new pricing scheme along with a few other changes to their loyalty program.

This is the old Hilton chart that will no longer, technically, apply.

Rooms now have variable rates that will fluctuate with supply/demand and the price of the room. Hilton has promised though that the point price of a room won't rise higher than what its category was priced on this old chart.

Seems pretty similar to what was already happening considering the variance in price of many hotel categories.

Which is Better? The 35k SPG or 75k Hilton Offers?

Last week the Hilton no annual fee credit card increased its sign up bonus to 75,000 points and the Starwood Preferred Guest personal and business cards increased their sign up bonuses to 35,000 points.

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So which offer is better?

I use Hilton points for free hotel nights at not-fancy hotels--categories 1, 2, and 3 (out of 10.) I use SPG points for free hotel nights, to transfer to airline

Limited Time Offer: 75,000 Bonus Points on Hilton Visa Signature

For a limited time, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™

5 Ways to Earn Miles You Probably Didn’t Know About

The majority of us earn heaps of miles through sign up bonuses, maximizing category bonuses on credit cards, and flying. And at the end of the day, credit cards are the bread and butter that enable most of us to fly free in First Class.

But there are lots of other ways to earn miles, many of which are passive and all of which require little effort.

Earn 20k Hilton Points Via Referral Bonus

The public sign up offer for the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express is 75,000 Hilton points for spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months that you open it.

But there's a way to get a better offer and help your friend earn a 20k bonus at the same time.
What to Do

Find a friend with a Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express.
Give them this link to log into with their online Amex account info.

Half Price Hilton Points. Buy Now?

Until December 5, 2016, you can buy 10,000-160,000 Hilton HHonors points for 50% off.

Hilton points normally cost 1 cent each. With the 50% discount, the price drops to 0.5 cents per point. This is the cheapest I’ve ever seen them, and is the exact same price as Hilton's more common "100% bonus" sales.

Here is the Hilton award chart.

When to Buy (Math)
Is buying Hilton points for 0.5 cents each a good deal?

I would not buy Hilton points speculatively for 0.5 cents each because I value them at 0.4 cents each.

This Little Known Benefit of the Hilton Reserve Makes Using the Card Worthwhile

The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card comes with Two Free Weekend Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 on the card in the first four months.

As a retention bonus, the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card offers an additional free weekend night certificate after spending $10,000 within a cardmember year.

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Since any new cardholder will spend $2,500 on the card to get the first two free

Hilton Points & Money Awards

Hilton offers the chance to combine points and money to book hotel rooms, which can be a way to stretch both your points and money further. But are these Points and Money awards a better value than free night awards?

I'm digging deep into the Hilton program because right now, not only is the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offering 75,000 bonus Hilton points after spending $2,000 in three months, but the Hilton HHonors Surpass Credit Card from American Express is also offering 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in three months.

54 Hilton Hotels Changed Category (Award Price) Earlier This Month

Hilton has increased the category of 21 hotels and decreased the category of 33 hotels for bookings effective October 12, 2016. There are also a number of new Hiltons, mostly in the United States, that were built between last June and this October-- check out the list here.

These are the hotels getting cheaper. They're almost all in Turkey except for a few in Miami Beach.

Earn 188,000 Hilton Points From Two Cards

There are two Hilton credit cards with limited time increased sign up bonuses, one issued by American Express and one by Citi, that should catch your attention. Sign up for both now and you'll get at least 188,000 Hilton points after spending $5,000 total in the next three months, enough for 46 free nights at Category 1 Hilton hotels.
The Offers
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The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card offers