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After June 15, 2013, the new AXON awards (four days, requires an American Express card, must be called in) will require the following:


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Category       Current        After 15 June
Cat 05         125,000        130,000
Cat 06         125,000        160,000
Cat 07         145,000        190,000
Cat 08                        220,000
Cat 09                        260,000
Cat 10                        300,000
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Old Jun 4, 13, 11:58 am
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Are you booking any AXON stays before June 15?

I'm wondering if it's worth doing it before it's too late. After all, there's nothing to lose if I change my mind.

Are you booking any AXON stays? If so, where do you think it's most worthwhile?

Thanks!
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Old Jun 4, 13, 1:07 pm
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Yup, cashing out what is left in my account that I didn't get to before the other devaluation deadline.....pretty much everything is worthwhile if you are doing a 4 night stay.....
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Old Jun 4, 13, 6:17 pm
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Yes, happy to only use 125000 points when I thought that the Axons had disappeared and I would need to use 200000 points. And yes, now I see that after June 15th, the Axons would still be there but at a higher rate for a category 6 hotel (160000 points)
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Old Jun 4, 13, 7:04 pm
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Where are the new rates? Also IIRC the old rates can only be used on properties level 7 and under based on the new levels- right? Thx
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Old Jun 4, 13, 7:52 pm
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American Express sent me a letter. You are right the old rates can only be used until June 15 on properties level 7 and under based on the new levels. After June 15, there will be Axons up to Category 10. So after June 15th,
Category Points
5 130000
6 160000
7 190000
8 220000
9 260000
10 300000
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Old Jun 4, 13, 7:58 pm
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Thanks. So I am looing at a Catagory 8 under the new levels, which has a low season rate of 50k per night. AXON does nothing for me.
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Old Jun 5, 13, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by pauleeepaul View Post
Thanks. So I am looing at a Catagory 8 under the new levels, which has a low season rate of 50k per night. AXON does nothing for me.
+1...the benefits of AXON are really, really thin at this point.

Best thing I can think of that the AXON does for you: allows you to stay exactly four nights (not five) at a high-tier hotel in its peak season.

Marginally helpful I suppose. Could bring some long-weekend type trips into play. Cat 10 High Season for 75k/night for four nights instead of 76k/night for five nights. Maybe use it at a W=A where you couldn't AXON before...Grand Wailea, perhaps... That was always 70k/night, right? Make the deval seem a tad less severe I suppose.
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Old Jun 5, 13, 3:10 pm
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Called today to book 4 nights at Lake Las vegas Hilton--a level 6--for next May.

Was told hotel is sold out (one year ahead of time)--and of course no longer do a Diamond Force.

If you believe that.....

HH continues its rapid decline.
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Old Jun 5, 13, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by pinniped View Post
+1...the benefits of AXON are really, really thin at this point.

Best thing I can think of that the AXON does for you: allows you to stay exactly four nights (not five) at a high-tier hotel in its peak season.

Marginally helpful I suppose. Could bring some long-weekend type trips into play. Cat 10 High Season for 75k/night for four nights instead of 76k/night for five nights. Maybe use it at a W=A where you couldn't AXON before...Grand Wailea, perhaps... That was always 70k/night, right? Make the deval seem a tad less severe I suppose.
I don't stay at Cat 10's but are you saying high season is 75K for a Cat 10 ? I know a cat 7 is 60K peak

As far as the AXON goes it can be in multples of 4 night stays. I'm sure most Florida hotels are peak in March/April. If you stay in a cat 7 for 4 nights you save 50K points with AXON, 8 nights saves you 100K.

Not a bad benefit for a no annual fee card IMO
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Old Jun 5, 13, 5:25 pm
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I just booked Sorrento Hilton (Italy) for next spring at 125K. It is a level 6 property. It actually moved down a level in the last great devaluation, so I got 20K points back on the AXON I had booked earlier. This hotel is a good base for exploring the exceptionally beautiful Amalfi Coast.
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Old Jun 5, 13, 5:39 pm
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The Sorrento is a great idea! Any other recommendations?
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Old Jun 5, 13, 6:51 pm
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Originally Posted by brooklyngal View Post
The Sorrento is a great idea! Any other recommendations?
The two Hilton's in Vienna or Barcelona
The Waldorf property in Puerto Rico
The Hilton's in Hawaii (Big island, as well as the two on Oahu)
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Old Jun 5, 13, 7:39 pm
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Originally Posted by brooklyngal View Post
The Sorrento is a great idea! Any other recommendations?
Doubletree North Redington Beach Florida
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Old Jun 6, 13, 5:04 am
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Hilton Cairns near Great Barrier Reef is only Cat 6 for 125K
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Old Jun 6, 13, 7:57 pm
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Are you booking any AXON stays before June 15?

Hilton Los Cabos. Still a deal at 40k. And 125 axon. But when I tried to book axon hotel ha blocked out all 4 night reward stays! If u looked up 4 single nights it was available. So HH desk somehow opened it for me.
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