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Old Feb 20, 13, 9:42 pm   #1
 
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The sweet spots in the new devaluation?

Okay I am sick of the whining about the new devaluations... Obviously it sucks. But can anyone join me in compiling a list of the new sweet spots in the program (ie. the category 1 hotels for 5000 points; hotels where price and new category are not fully aligned, etc.)? Surely there has to be something out there, right?
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Old Feb 20, 13, 10:04 pm   #2
 
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There will be less people at the hotels so a better chance of upgrades.
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Old Feb 20, 13, 10:24 pm   #3
 
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Surely there has to be something out there, right?
I'll take your word for it--just have not found it yet.....
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Old Feb 21, 13, 12:47 am   #4
 
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What about getting the 5th night free with award booking?
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Old Feb 21, 13, 1:27 am   #5
 
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Egypt is the winner, 5 nights for 20k.
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Old Feb 21, 13, 1:49 am   #6
 
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And also Egypt is top-heavy with All-Inclusive redemption properties !
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Egypt is the winner, 5 nights for 20k.
Mexico has quite a few Cat 1s in non-resort areas as well!
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Old Feb 21, 13, 1:54 am   #8
 
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Egypt is the winner, 5 nights for 20k.
Where can I find this?
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Old Feb 21, 13, 7:08 am   #9
 
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Central Europe seemed to be ok, Prague, Budapest, Vienna 30k; Hampton Berlin 20k.
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Old Feb 21, 13, 7:12 am   #10
 
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If you are close to a cat 1 and need a few nights toward status, 5K is pretty cheap.
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Old Feb 21, 13, 9:25 am   #11
 
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Doubletree Beijing is Cat 1 and Hilton Salalah Resort is also Cat 1. Doubletree even has a lounge.
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Old Feb 21, 13, 9:51 am   #12
 
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This is exactly what I will be looking at carefully over the next few days whilst I try to work out whether I'm bettter to spend now or whether any of the new points rates may work in my favour.

Imo this whole thing depends on the Category points brackets and how genuine they are. If it's based on peak season/demand then presumably places like London will always be the top end. For example a number of London properties are now Cat 7 (e.g. Metropole, DT West End etc.):

Cat 7 = 30-60k, if they're genuinely going to be available at 30k per night with a 5th night free then it's a potential bargain... I don't see it though.

On the plus side there are some Cat. 1s in the UK.
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Old Feb 21, 13, 9:56 am   #13
 
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Just to add another example:

Cardiff, Wales, currently Cat 7 will be dropping to Cat 6.

So it's currently 50k a night, but changing to 30-50k... as I say for me it depends what these bracket ranges actually come to mean in reality.
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Old Feb 21, 13, 10:27 am   #14
 
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Dublin conrad has gone from a 50k night, to a notional 30-50K night. Using the checking tool shows that it actually ranges 40K-50K. So I suppose that's a drop in points for those 40K months, and adding in the 5 night free, some 5 night stays can be had for 160K points, or 32K a night.

Might have encouraged me to push some MR points to HH, except MR plat in the UK has just lost its HH gold benefit, so no free breakfast etc.
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Old Feb 21, 13, 10:56 am   #15
 
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Okay I am sick of the whining about the new devaluations... Obviously it sucks. But can anyone join me in compiling a list of the new sweet spots in the program (ie. the category 1 hotels for 5000 points; hotels where price and new category are not fully aligned, etc.)? Surely there has to be something out there, right?
Yep let's do that - folks at hiltstone need fresh ideas for the next round...
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