Why you should apply for the best hotel membership cards in Bangkok
Even if you live in Thailand’s capital city, applying for and getting some of the best hotel membership cards in Bangkok can be a smart thing to do. That’s because they offer not only cheaper nights in the hotels they are affiliated with should you need to stay in one, they also allow you to eat more cheaply at the hotel restaurants, get inexpensive spa services, join fitness clubs affiliated with the hotels at a lower cost and, of course, book rooms for friends and family who may be visiting.
So, if you were to apply for hotel membership cards in Bangkok, which ones should you be applying for? I currently have several, but these are the three I’m the most happy with.
S Privilege Card for Shangri-La – The Shangri-La is one of the top hotels in the city, so if you’re looking for a hotel membership card in Bangkok that will allow you to take friends, family and business associates to eat at some of the city’s top restaurants, or would just like to be able to book rooms at a lovely 5-star hotel at a reduced price, the S Privilege Card for Shangri-La is the membership card to get.
You’ll be given a 20 percent discount on any room you book, as well as on food and drinks at any of the Shangri-La’s excellent restaurants and cafes. You can find out more about the S Privilege Card for Shangri-La at the hotel’s website. And by the way, sign up and the card is free.
Club Marriott Card – One of the more expensive hotel membership cards in Bangkok at 7,800 baht ($248), the Club Marriott card is still worth the price. That’s because not only will you get excellent discounts on any Marriott hotel rooms you book in Bangkok or anywhere else in Thailand, it also covers the rest of south east Asia (yes, the card is valid all over the place).
On top of that, you will also be able to eat at the hotel’s restaurants with a 35 percent reduction of their regular price for every meal you or your party eat. Eat at a Marriott Hotel restaurant in Bangkok just a few times during the year, and with those savings alone the Club Marriott Card will soon have paid for itself.
Hilton Premium Club Card – This hotel membership card is valid at any Hilton or Conrad hotel in Bangkok, all over Thailand and in much of the rest of south east Asia as well. It’s specifically useful for me as it also covers Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and that’s where I go for various business trips throughout the year. It’s nice to be able to stay at the Hilton Hotel there for a reduced price, and eat great meals at affordable prices in their excellent restaurants.
You’ll get room discounts, up to 50 percent off meals at restaurants in the Hilton or Conrad, and up to 30 percent off at fitness centers or hotel health spas.
The fee is 7,500 baht per year (currently $240 with the latest US dollar-Thai baht exchange rate) but well worth grabbing as you can also get an extra Hilton Premium Club card for your spouse or partner, so you can both use the card even if you’re traveling separately.
There’s oodles more benefits with the Hilton Premium Club card as well that make it a hotel membership card you should really consider applying for. Find out about them on the hotel’s site.