Hilton HHonors Award Availability Until 2015 (Beat The Devaluation)

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Now that Hilton is royally “screwing” those that tend to use their points for high end aspirational properties, it is good to note that awards are actually bookable all the way until 2015. You can read my piece about this Hilton change here.

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Above is the comparison table for the new point requirements for category 10 properties. Some of them are going up more than 100% considering the current sweet spot of 6 night VIP awards.

Here’s how you can find availability all the to 2015

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Hilton’s regular search only allows you to search for the next 12 months, although reservations are open for 24 months.

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You need to choose some dates in 2014 and choose flexible dates.

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Then, when you get the availability calendar, you can change the dates for all the to February 2015 using the calendar on the upper right. Sometimes, you need to scroll down few weeks first using the “forward a week” on the left.

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Right now, the last day for arrivals seems to be February 23, 2015, but the stay can be until May 2015.

Conrad Koh Samui

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You can book the hotel all the way until March, 2015.

Conrad Maldives

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Also available until the beginning of March, 2015.

Hilton Bora Bora

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Totally open for bookings until March 15, 2015

Conclusion

Many plan their aspirational trips well in advance. You can use this truck to lock down your favorite Hilton properties all the way until 2015 and make sure that your points don’t get royally devalued.

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  • BunMama

    Thank you. Now I can book a family trip for Spring Break 2014, which I couldn’t do otherwise.

    • JEO

      Yep. just tried DC in May 2014, but no dice. Thanks, anyway, John

      • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

        some properties don’t load availability more than 12 months before. Just try other property using the method above. Should work for many if not most properties in Asia.

  • Ed

    Is it possible to book now and change my travel dates after the devaluation occurs without being charged the higher/new point per night price?

    • JB

      great question! i am curious as well!

  • SCott

    Other than the spreadsheet at the top, the rest of the images aren’t appearing. Could you fix those when you get the chance? This is SO helpful!

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      There was some problems with the some https that should have been fixed by now. Do you still have a problem?

      • Scott

        Yes, both in firefox and chrome.

        • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

          It should be good now.

  • Anita

    Will phone agents book this far out for you if you call in to try to book the Axon rate?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Try making the booking online and then request phone agent to modify it to include the AXON discount.

  • Mel

    can you book in advance on a random date lets say in 2014 and then rebook it after the deval and still not have to pay the increased award levels?

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      No. You cannot not change the dates once the new point rates are in effect without having to dole out more points.

  • Richard1148

    Some people have commented on Flyertalk that although you can make a reservation for an award stay for longer than one year away, the award certificate associated with the award is only valid for one year. You would need to get a new certificate after the first one expires, which would then cost you the going rate of points required for the particular hotel.

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      IMHO,it clearly shows the number of points needed for a night/award. As long as there are no changes to the dates, Hilton would have very hard time requiring more points. It is not the guests responsibility to know the internal procedures for award redemptions/compensation to the properties..

      • Maury

        I got an AXON award before the changes. Should I wait and see what happens to make non-refundable plans around it? Or is this a sure shot?

        • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

          I really don’t see how they could NOT to honor the reservations that were done more than 12 months into the future, as their website allowed them.

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  • Anita

    I can’t get dates beyond one year on any of the Waldorf properties.

  • Rick

    I got this to work using Bora Bora, but I cannot get this to work using New York City. It doesn’t seem to work across the board – or it only works for certain regions or countries.

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      It could be dependent how long in advance the hotels have made their reservation system open. This is often just 12 months, but in these some hotels, it is way longer.

  • http://thehustleblog.com/ the hustle blog

    Great tip, LL! Was able to use this for Maldives 2015!

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  • Michael Heffner

    I’m attempting to do this for June 2014 at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista…. nice dice. It won’t let me do anything past March 2014, it just dead ends. Manual date changes didn’t work either. GROWL! I’d so love to get this booked before the ax cometh.

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      Could be that the dates beyond 12 months are not loaded to this property. Maybe time for visit some property in Asia?

  • thesilb

    Thanks for the great tip but HELP. I am trying to book far out at Maldives. Web site lets me complete booking, 42.5k/nt for 4 nights, 170k total. Would love to convert to 145k four night diamond award. Called diamond line (without “outing” my rezzie number) and asked generally if I could convert. Answer: no, AND this guy claims my award will automatically be void and the hotel will demand me to pay cash because the Hilton awards are only valid for 11 months from issuance. What do you guys think?? Bad agent?? Any risk of this???

    • http://loyaltylobby.com/ John O.

      You may be out of luck trying to switch it to AXON if they are not willing to do it over the phone. I truly doubt that there is anything they can do for reservations that you have booked in advance. The system allows you to book for up to 2 years in advance for some properties using points. There is nothing to indicate that the reservation (or certificate) would be only valid for 11 months.

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