There have been a number of hotel program updates in the past few weeks, nearly universally for the worse.
Starwood announced its annual category changes on MilePoint and FlyerTalk, effective March 5. Amongst hotels that stood out for me, the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas moved up from a category 6 (20-25k/nt) to a category 7 (30-35k/nt). For other Hawaii properties, the St. Regis Princeville moves up to a category 7 (from 6) and the Moana Surfrider and Westin Princville move up from category 5 (12-16k/nt) to category 6.
Hilton’s seen a major devaluation as the number of categories and the points required have gone up.