Kuala Lumpur on Points & Miles


When we planned our trip to Singapore, we decided to country-hop to Kuala Lumpur on points & miles, too. Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital city and is known for its iconic Petronas Twin Towers, bustling street markets, and delicious street food. We had heard great things about it – what were our thoughts?


Flights to Kuala Lumpur

We flew Singapore Airlines to Kuala Lumpur on a quick one-hour flight. It was a little less than 13K Singapore KrisFlyer Miles plus $55 for roundtrip flights. We used our Priority Pass memberships to get into the SATS airport lounge before our flight. It has many food and beverage options and was a great place to stay before our departure. I usually find that International Priority Pass lounges are nicer than those in the US.


Girl standing outside airport lounge

Alex getting ready to enter the SATS lounge in Singapore’s Changi Airport.


Stay at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur on Points

We took a Grab (like Uber) to get to the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur from the airport. It was about an hour’s drive and only cost about $20. Some of our travel friends had raved about the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, so we had to check it out. A standard king room cost us 12K Hyatt points/night. We applied for a Suite Upgrade Award to book a Grand Suite. (There are also Barbie-themed rooms and suites.) It is a Category 3 Hyatt Hotel.

Check-in takes place on the 37th floor, with magnificent views of the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur. I was surprised at how huge and modern the city was. We were warmly greeted and told about our Globalist status, and then we headed to our massive 1300-square-foot suite.


Hotel checkin

This was the hotel check-in. Notice the large skyscrapers in the background.


The Room

We were greeted with fruit, chocolates, and a welcome note. Again, the floor-to-ceiling views of the city were amazing. Alex and Jess shared the massive bedroom, and I had the huge living area to myself with a rollaway bed. We had an enormous bathroom with a shower and bathtub overlooking the city.


Hotel room

Alex and Jess shared this room with city views.


Living room area of hotel suite.

This was my “little” bedroom – I don’t mind sleeping on a rollaway at all when I have this much space.


Hotel Bathroom

Our suite came with this massive bathroom.


Two women on bed with computers open.

There is no rest from creating content for TMS, even on a trip!


The Club Lounge

Because we are Globalists, we received access to the Club Lounge, which was open for continental breakfast in the morning, snacks and beverages all day, and appetizers and beverages in the evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. These “appetizers” were a full-on meal consisting of shrimp in shells, curry, a cheese board, fruit, chips and salsa, veggies and hummus, and desserts. I think most of the people, like us, made it our dinner meal.


Club lounge

We could come during the day for drinks and snacks in the Club Lounge.


Snacks in a club lounge

Snacks in the club lounge – it looks like Jess is checking out the latte machine (of course!)


Buffet at hotel

The breakfast buffet had many options, including an omelet station.


Activities in Kuala Lumpur

Spa Day

We had to incorporate a spa day on our trip, of course. We had incredible 90-minute massages at Essa Spa. On check-in, they gave us 100 Malaysian Dollars towards a $490 (Malayasian Dollars) treatment. Our 90-minute massages only cost us $80 USD. Divine!


Two women by spa

Spas are a routine for the TMS crew!


We checked out the pool area, which was quite large and on the 36th floor, nestled among the skyscrapers. There was plenty of seating, and we planned to come back to it.


pool are of hotel

The pool was large with plenty of seating


Tour of Kuala Lumpur

Our second day consisted primarily of a tour of Kuala Lumpur. This was a four-hour tour. It cost us $126 total to book through Airbnb Experiences. Seven Wonders of Kuala Lumpur with a local was a fantastic tour.

We saw the following sites:

  • Petronas Twin Towers
  • Batu Caves
  • China Town
  • Local streets


Jess received a special bracelet in the Hindu temple at Batu Caves.


Batu Caves is colorful, which is what I expected all of Kuala Lumpur to look like.


This huge gold statue welcomed us at Batu Caves, as did the many colorful steps to get to another temple.


This was a pit stop before the hike up the steps. I was wearing shorts, so I had to put on a wrap to fully cover my knees before I could enter.



Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur.


Murals in Heart of the City

These colorful murals in the heart of the city were gorgeous.


Bridge in city

This interesting bridge connected modern Kuala Lumpur to the old part of the city.



Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers is a landmark in Kuala Lumpur.


Bottom Line

Kuala Lumpur on points & miles was a really quick trip. We wanted to see another country and its people since we had flown so far to get to Asia.  It was a quick flight from Singapore, and we were able to enjoy the flavor of the city despite it being a brief visit. 

Colorful gold statue near grey mountain

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