I thought I would try out my new HH Diamond status by booking a night with HH points at the brand new (Opening 12/18) Garden Inn Downtown Phoenix. It is a cat 5 property and according to Hilton's web site a cat 5 should go for 30 - 40,000 points/night. I can understand that at this time they might be booked up the first few weeks, but for Jan - April they are quoting 92,000+ points/night!! When I get into June they are running 24 - 33,000+ per night. I will have to give Marriott credit for their fixed points/night policy. Maybe during the holidays we will walk down and check it out before I use my HH points.
Hilton Point Redemption values are the worst in the hotel industry. I'm guessing they have seen a loss of loyalty in recent years as frequent travelers are becoming more aware of point values which is probably why they are currently willing to match status's with other hotel programs.