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Hilton and SLH join forces – end to SLH/Hyatt partnerships

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Hilton and Small Luxury Hotels have announced an exclusive relationship to begin later this year where you’ll be able to earn, redeem Hilton points at roughly 560 SLH properties. This was an incredible part of the Hyatt program whereby you could get great value from World of Hyatt points at smaller, more boutique, often quite luxurious hotels around the world. It was pretty obvious that this partnership would end after Hyatt announced the acquisition of Mr and Mrs Smith late last year, but unclear as to where it would end up. I actually thought there was a flip flop in the works whereby SLH could partner with IHG since IHG lost Mr and Mrs Smith to Hyatt, but alas, Hilton beat them out.

a person lying in a hammockMy expectations for redemption pricing are pretty low. Hilton properties are dynamic with “base” pricing reaching 150k to 180k for properties like the Waldorf Maldives, Conrad Bora Bora, and Waldorf Beverly Hills. Will the SLH properties be in this pricing neighborhood? It wouldn’t surprise me that many are ridiculously high, but then again, there are always sweet spots.

One big complaint that many Hyatt members had was the lack of elite benefits being consistently given when staying at SLH properties since it was a partnership and not officially under the World of Hyatt umbrella. I had a great upgrade at the Cellars-Hohehort in Cape Town, but the typical experience was Globalists never really saw much of a bump even in low occupancy when staying at SLH properties, and suite upgrade certs couldn’t be applied on SLH properties. Hilton Golds and Diamonds are guaranteed far fewer benefits, which is likely to make SLH property owners happier, but don’t expect the red carpet to rolled out even with top tier status.

This was our room we booked for just 12k points per night!

a bedroom with a glass coffee table and a bed

You will be able to book SLH properties on Hilton booking channels, and fingers crossed they extend the 5th night free on Hilton Honors bookings.

Here’s a quote from Hilton:

“Hilton guests are among the most sophisticated travelers in the world, and we are always looking for amazing new experiences to share with them,” said Chris Silcock, president, Global Brands and Commercial Services, Hilton. “This relationship with Small Luxury Hotels of the World will grant Hilton customers and Hilton Honors members access to a community of high-end boutique hotels in exciting new luxury travel destinations, giving them more ways to dream, book, and earn and redeem points with Hilton.”

Overall

If you’re sitting on a ton of Hilton Honors…you will have a lot more options for redemption; however, it has yet to be seen how properties will price and ultimately what percentage of the portfolio will be bookable.

 

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