It is sometimes interesting to have a look at old award charts and think about the number of miles/points required for awards back in time. Here’s look at Hilton HHonors award chart from 2003 that is exactly 10 years ago.
In 2003 the highest Hilton award category was 6 requiring whopping 40,000 points per night and now the highest one requires 95,000. So this would indicate 138% point inflation compared to general inflation of around 30% for the same time period.
This catalog doesn’t include the elite rewards that were available at the time. Six night stay in Hawaii set you back 100,000 points and now the same stay would set you back 249,000 points. That is an increase of about 150%.
Point stretchers were available at 40% discount at participating properties and this was gutted just last year when Hilton introduced Premium Room Rewards that usually come with a HUGE premium, although there has been few mistakes.
There were quite a few other award options at the time as well that are no longer available and best of them was the Scandic award nights at just 10,000 points per night.
Do you have old hotel and airline award charts? I would appreciate if you could email me a copy.
There has been quite a bit of inflation in the Hilton HHonors land in the past 10 years and I would expect that rate has been quite similar with the SPG as well.