In 2017, Hilton made some radical changes to their Honors program. Among these, Hilton eliminated their formal award chart, and instead adopted a Delta SkyMiles pricing model, where the price you see is the price you pay.
However, the good thing is that Hilton has kept a cap on the maximum number of points a hotel can charge for a standard room, so Hilton’s top hotels still only cost 95,000 points per night for a standard room (keep in mind when non-standard rooms are available you’ll see higher, variable pricing).
For context, here’s what their award chart looked like before they stopped publishing it a couple of years back:
As you can see, even when they did have a formal award chart, there was huge variance in terms of how many points were required by category, based on the season. In other words, a Category 5 hotel could be the same cost as a Category 9 hotel, depending on the time of year.
Well, while Hilton hasn’t restored a full award chart, they have introduced something new. Hilton Honors has published a Points Explorer page, where you can enter your destination and then the website will show you the minimum and maximum number of points required for a standard room at a particular type of hotel.
You simply enter the destination, and then choose the maximum number of points you’re willing to redeem per night.
Then it will show you the range of points you can expect to pay for a stay.
As noted by Frequent Miler, the catch is that this doesn’t always seem to be accurate. Even for standard rooms, there are plenty of instances where the cost is actually lower than the minimum number of points shown (and there may also be cases where the amount is higher than the maximum number of points shown).
While I’d rather see Hilton publish an award chart and a directory with which hotel is in which category, this is at least a nice consolation. Just keep in mind that it might not always be accurate, and sometimes the number of points required for a standard room may be higher or lower.
What do you make of Hilton’s new Points Explorer tool?