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Hilton Honors unveils elite benefits at Small Luxury Hotels properties

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Back in February, Hilton announced a partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

This was to replace the SLH partnership with World of Hyatt, which had been doomed ever since Hyatt announced the acquisition of Mr & Mrs Smith.

We will soon see some of the 560 Small Luxury Hotels properties featured on the Hilton website and bookable for cash or points. Hilton has confirmed that reward nights will follow the current rules for their own hotels, so no hotel will ever cost more than 150,000 points per night and ‘5-4-4’ will be available if you are Silver Elite or above.

Hilton Honors unveils elite benefits at Small Luxury Hotel properties

Hilton is currently testing SLH booking for three hotels – Teranka in Formentera, Nobu Hotel Marbella in Marbella and Flemings Mayfair in London – but only for a handful of dates. It looks like the roll-out will take time.

Elite benefits at SLH hotels

Hilton has announced the elite benefits for members who book an SLH property via the Hilton website.

These are surprisingly comprehensive, given that World of Hyatt struggled to get SLH properties to offer much at all. This is what you get:

  • Member (no status): member discount, complimentary standard Wi-Fi, complimentary late checkout, bottled water, no resort fees on reward stays 
  • Silver: 20% elite tier bonus, 5th standard reward night free, all “Member” benefits 
  • Gold: 80% elite tier bonus, complimentary breakfast for two, space-available upgrades, 5th standard reward night free, all “Member” benefits 
  • Diamond: 100% elite tier bonus, complimentary breakfast for two, space-available upgrades, 5th standard reward night free, all “Member” benefits

The elephant in the room remains pricing. Under Hyatt, it was rare to find an SLH hotel at hyatt.com which was not more expensive than booking direct. We need to see if Hilton is able to use its muscle, as a far bigger loyalty scheme, to enforce price parity.


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Comments (12)

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  • Can2 says:

    Not to be pedantic, but, it should read “ever since” in the second paragraph.

  • The Savage Squirrel says:

    5-4-4 and free brekkie for gold is encouraging – they’re real tangible benefit/savings on a mid tier, unlike the “upgrades” game where you never quite know what you would have got anyway. The real question is whether we will get sensible redemption rates for SLH, or whether they’ll all go over 100,000 – or even worse play the ‘only two “base” rooms in the entire hotel and everything else is premium’ game.

  • Can2 says:

    I wonder if they have a timeline for the full roll out

  • RussellH says:

    Maybe SLH did learn something from the Hyatt link-up.
    If they have, and realise that the line they took with Hyatt was not working, moving to Hilton may give them the opportunity to do better.
    However, we shall have to wait and see what actually happens…

  • Ladyshopper says:

    If you have a blue light card, then you can enter the ballot for tickets for all the Hyde Park events via the blue light tickets website (same log in as BLC). Loads of good stuff on there. Some tickets are ballots you put in for, others you can buy on there and are either completely free or have a minimal booking fee.

  • NorthernLass says:

    @Andrew W – that don’t impress me much.

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

    • Skywalker says:

      😀 @Northernlass

      “Don’t get me wrong, yeah, I think you’re alright –
      But that won’t get me points that I need for this flight….”

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