Please note that this change is not yet officially announced by Hilton and there might be some changes, although this enhanced program is due to debut next month. Last week, I wrote about possible changes in the Starwood’s Preferred Guest program.
These new planned changes would only apply to Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad, Hilton and DoubleTree properties. The benefits would stay same as before at Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Home2, and Hilton Grand Vacations locations.
The planned new benefits would be:
– Space available upgrades would be available for Gold/Diamond members
– Diamond members would be eligible for suite upgrades
– Diamond members would receive the MyWay selections except at Waldorf-Astoria’s
Overall, I would welcome this change. These all three would be in addition to your selected MyWay preferences. At the moment one can choose between i.e. 1000 Hilton bonus points per stay in lieu for room upgrades/breakfast.
With the Starwood you get your space available suite upgrades (platinum members) and lounge access, if there is a lounge, in addition to the 500 SPG Amenity points or local amenity. As I wrote last week, SPG is planning to offer breakfast for Platinum members in locations where there isn’t a lounge. This is not yet confirmed by Starwood, however.
Hyatt is already offering a breakfast for Diamond members at ALL locations and a lounge access. Confirmed suite upgrades are limited to four per year. Properties do not have to offer suites for Diamond members on a complimentary basis, but quite a few do. Diamond members are eligible for amenity at all locations, and can choose 1000 bonus points instead amenity at North American Hyatt locations.
Marriott upgrades Platinum members to concierge floors and give the lounge access. At locations where the lounge is closed during the weekends or resorts, Platinum members are not eligible for breakfast.