Hilton is the first of the big hotel chains to make a move, and in a big way. They’ve announced changes to their elite status program and reservation flexibility that are very positive for customers. Is it enough for them to steal business from their competitors? We’re months away from having that answer.
We’re halfway through the year and it’s time to look at what’s working and what’s not with hotel status. My patterns have followed largely what I thought they would have in 2019. I’m further ahead than I want to be in some respects, with too much time on the road. What’s your year look like chasing hotel elite status?
Hilton’s new promotion is great for business travelers, especially if you have short stays. It’s also unlimited and starts with your first stay. There’s a lot to like here, which isn’t something we say very often about hotel promos nowadays.
2018 was a year of ups and downs. Most of the ups were improvements in the Hyatt program. The downs were mostly owned by Marriott. Here’s a brief look at my year in hotels and what I think the future holds.
How do you feel about the recent Hilton Honors changes? Do they make you more likely to stay with Hilton or do your loyalties lie elsewhere? Are they more competitive now than Marriott, SPG or Hyatt?
Hilton Honors loyalty members should be pleased with changes announced today. There’s lots to digest. While it’s mostly good, it’s probably not as good as advertised. But, it’s not as bad as I might have expected.