Free Continental Breakfast at Waldorf Astoria Hotels to Elite Hilton Honors Members in 2018

Good news is on the horizon if you are a member of the Hilton Honors frequent guest loyalty program who has earned either Gold or Diamond elite level status: you and one guest will be offered a complimentary continental breakfast as a benefit option of the MyWay portion of your profile — or, at least, an equivalent credit for food and beverage — at hotel and resort properties which are part of the Waldorf Astoria brand.

Free Continental Breakfast at Waldorf Astoria Hotels to Elite Hilton Honors Members in 2018

According to one of my contacts at Hilton who alerted me of this announcement, “This was in direct response to our members’ feedback, so we’re excited to offer this benefit at all our luxury properties.”

A specific amount apparently will not be set as a global standard for the food and beverage credit, as Hilton Honors members will find out the details pertaining to that credit upon checking in to the hotel or resort property.

The new breakfast benefit launches at Waldorf Astoria hotel properties worldwide on Monday, January 1, 2018.

MyWay Benefits

MyWay gives Hilton Honors members the ability to choose the benefits which they prefer to enjoy when staying at a hotel or resort property; and each brand of the Hilton portfolio has its own set of options from which to choose. Options can be selected at any time prior to checking in for an upcoming stay.

I asked about what, specifically, will be the MyWay option for Hilton Honors members who have earned Gold or Diamond elite level status who would rather not choose breakfast. “The breakfast MyWay benefit will be replacing all other previous My Way benefits for stays at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts except points which will remain an option for Gold members and an additional benefit on top of breakfast for Diamond members.”

Current MyWay benefits offered at Waldorf Astoria hotel and resort properties to Hilton Honors members who have earned Diamond elite level status are:

  • Upgrade to a preferred room, which may include suites, Executive Floor rooms, or the next-best available room from the room type booked. Upgrades are granted on a space-available basis for the entire stay, as determined at the time of check-in. This excludes Napua Tower at Grand Wailea and Imperial Floor at Rome Cavalieri. If a room upgrade is not available, you will receive both of the remaining benefits.
  • A choice of two of the following benefits:
    • 1,000 Hilton Honors points per stay
    • One complimentary in-room movie (where locally available)
    • Discount at Hotel/Resort Facility — either Spa, Golf or Restaurant as designated by the Hotel/Resort.

Summary

Unlike Matthew Klint of Live and Let’s Fly who could eat breakfast for dinner any day of the week, I personally would prefer dinner in the morning, as breakfast is my least favorite meal of the day — but that does not mean that I do not greatly appreciate the option of a free breakfast whenever I stay at a hotel property. Depending on what is offered, that option offers convenience and could potentially last until dinner that evening.

I have no problem with continental breakfast as an option. I enjoy fruit and good bread products in the morning — such as bagels, croissants and rolls — as well as muffins and pastries. Extra worthless bonus “points” are given to the hotel property if breakfast includes freshly squeezed grapefruit juice — yellow, red or pink — as a beverage option, as that is my “coffee” for the morning. One of the reasons why I like staying at Hampton Inn hotel properties is because grapefruit and orange sections are offered at breakfast more often than not. To me, there is nothing like citrus fruit to wake me up and get me going for the day.

More options are usually beneficial; and a choice for breakfast at Waldorf Astoria hotel and resort properties is a nice improvement which adds further value to being a member of the Hilton Honors frequent guest loyalty program who has earned elite level status, in my opinion.

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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