It’s Fabulous Fridays again and this week we visit the Hilton Millennium in Bangkok where I went for a la carte dinner with a friend who was in town and to our surprise they offered a promotion to receive 1000 HHonors points for that.
Hilton’s competitors Hyatt and Starwood Preferred Guest offer restaurant customers who are not staying at the hotel to collect points on their dining revenue for some time now.
While Hilton sometimes has promotions in-house that promote a certain amount of bonus points when spending for example a minimum of 30$ at a specific restaurant outlet (such promotions are usually outlined in the welcome letter or a flyer on the desk) I was positively surprised when this option was offered.
Hilton in the United States has a program called HHonors Dining Rewards (see here) where members can sign up, register their credit/debit cards and then start collecting points whenever they pay at one of the designated F&B outlets which also include regular restaurants countrywide and not only hotel outlets.
Right now HHonors Dining offers a promotion of 2000 points for each new member who completes one 25$ consumption/payment (access details here).
Nevertheless this is not connected with what we experienced at the Hilton in Bangkok. That being said just because you get such a form doesn’t have to mean anything as often the points never make it to the account as they get lost or whatever else stops the crediting process.
A few days later however the credit indeed showed up:
I think the bill was only around 25-30 USD though I can imagine there is also some threshold involved before these points are being offered. It can’t be very high as this case shows.
A rather pleasant surprise from Hilton HHonors as this was a totally non-expected benefit. I think Hilton should start to copy their competitors and also give out points for in house dining to all their HHonors members even if they don’t stay at the hotel.
Usually these points are not that many but it can really add up especially if you have functions or company lunches/dinners at a hotel restaurant. Two of my personal examples are the Sunday Brunch at the Grand Hyatt Bangkok which runs 100$++ per head and the New York Grill at the Park Hyatt Tokyo where I often go for lunch. Points can accumulate fast here!