Like any loyalty scheme, Hilton Honors sweet spots are specific to the program. The program is one of the largest hotel loyalty business. It’s grown significantly in the past 2 to 3 years thanks to Hilton’s push towards its mobile phone app. Hence, it allows guests not only to book, check-in but also to access their room via RFID technology.
We will look at the different sweet spot across countries. However, don't be surprised if you won't encounter any sweet spots in Western countries, certainly not in Toronto, Tokyo or Paris.
Hilton Honors Gold Elite status
It's easy to attain the Hilton Honors Gold status. In Canada, the American Express Platinum card (personal & business) offers it as one of its many travel benefits. It takes less than 48 hours once you link your Amex card to your Honors member number.
But why am I insisting on getting the Gold status?
Because the Gold status will make your sweet spots even sweeter. The Elite status is the most generous in terms of perks compared to any other Gold status across all competing brands. Therefore, on top of redeeming for free nights at a very low points requirement, Gold Elite status will add:
- Late Check-out;
- 2 bottles of water;
- Room upgrade;
- Executive lounge access if upgraded to Executive-level room;
- Complimentary breakfast across all brands, including Waldorf-Astoria.
Those perks are on top of the ones shown in the table below.
Hilton portfolio in Malaysia
Hilton has 11 properties spread out across Malaysia, five of which are in Kuala Lumpur. Each of Penang, Melaka and Johor Bahru have a Doubletree hotel.
The state of Sarawak (Borneo Island) features 2 Hilton properties.
Six properties have an Executive lounge. These are properties you'll want to target to maximize Gold elite-status treatment and perks:
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru;
- Hilton Kota Kinabalu;
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur;
- Hilton Kuala Lumpur;
- Hilton Kuching;
- and Hilton Petaling Jaya.
Required points for Hilton properties in Malaysia
The required amount of point for a one-night stay is the sweet spot for Hilton's Malaysian properties. Most of these hotels are brand new or renovated. Furthermore, they feature great amenities (swimming pool, gym, restaurants). Here they are:
These are great rates across the country. At 10,000 points a night on average, you can easily take advantage of a full week of free stays. However, be aware that there might be small tourism tax in KL or other regions. Also, the Hilton Kuala Lumpur hotel is less of sweet spot property. Actually, it's KL's first Hilton property, built in 2004. The 5-star business hotel is centrally located.
How can I get Hilton Honors points
In Canada, 4 credit cards allow you to accrue towards a significant number of Hilton Honors points. See below what they are and their Welcome bonus offer:
- Platinum Card from American Express: 50,000 Membership Rewards points or 60,000 via my referral link;
- Business Platinum Card from American Express: 50,000 Membership Rewards points or 60,000 via my referral link;
- American Express Gold Rewards Card;
- American Express Business Gold Rewards Card: 30,000 Membership Rewards points or 40,000 via my referral link;
Hilton Honors is a Frequent Travelers Participant of the American Express Rewards program .You can transfer your bonus American Express Membership reward points (MR) to your Hilton Honors account. A minimum of 1,000 MR points are required and in increments of 1000 MR points.
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You can familiarize yourself with the Hilton Honors program in French by reading milesopedia's Les avantages des statuts du programme Hilton Honors.