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Hilton and SLH: Nearly 400 hotels are now a part of the platform

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Hilton has released a slow drip of hotels bookable in their partnership with Small Luxury Hotels over the past month or so. If you remember, SLH used to be partnered with Hyatt, but earlier this year there was a big switcharoo whereby Hyatt acquired Mr and Mrs Smith ( who left IHG ), and Hilton struck a deal with Small Luxury Hotels. You can see the elite benefits offered at SLH properties ( full details below ) and roughly 400 hotels are now bookable at Hilton.

You can find the complete list here – and search

  • Hilton Silver and up get 5th night free
  • You can use Hilton credit card free night certs at these properties

As you can see below, I sorted by price first just to see where some of the most expensive SLH properties in the world were located.

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You can buy points, up to 480k per account until July 23rd, 2024. This puts a lot of these properties at exceptional rates. I clicked “use points” and wow, there are some very good deals!

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Let’s use Hermitage Bay in the Caribbean

It’s insanely expensive, all inclusive, and when you search for points they don’t show up on calendar mode. However, when select a specific date, or dates, they do populate. Since you can buy Hilton points most often for 1/2 a penny a point, and as long as you have Silver status you could stay 5 nights for the price of 4, you could get $10k worth of travel for 520k Hilton Honors… or $2600. Note you’d need to buy in 2 separate accounts ( since you can combine 2 million points per year ) if you didn’t have at least 40k points in your account ( or transfer in from Amex at 1:2 ratio )

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Hilton Honors Elite Benefits:

The biggest perk is that Gold members get continental breakfast – this is a massive win for those of us who have Hilton Gold via Amex Platinum or the Amex Hilton Surpass. Kudos!

  • Member:
    • Guaranteed Member Discount, Complimentary Standard Wi-Fi, Complimentary Late Checkout, Bottled Water/Hydration per stay, 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 guests), Space-available Upgrades, 5th Standard Reward Night Free, All “Member” benefits
  • Diamond:
    • 100% Elite Tier Bonus, Complimentary Breakfast (for two guests), Space-available upgrades, 5th Standard Reward Night Free, All “Member” benefits

 

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