Hyatt Expands Internationally, Adds Redemption Options and More Expensive Rewards

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Hyatt Adds Higher Category 8 and Launches Partnership

Earn and Redeem Rewards at SLH Hotels

Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World have officially launched their alliance, giving World of Hyatt members an opportunity to earn and redeem points Hyatt points and receive benefits in over 50 SLH locations for stays starting December 6, 2018. This move  will expand World of Hyatt options in several destinations where Hyatt is currently limited. Additional SLH properties are expected to join the program throughout 2019. Check out the official promo page for complete details and a list of participating hotels.

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Hyatt Adds Pricier Category 8 Rewards Tier

Hyatt has added an eighth award chart category requiring 40k points a night! Currently only some of the SLH properties fall into category 8.  Shawn discussed the potential for a devaluation of the program as a result of the category 8 addition. 

World of Earning and Redemption for SLH Stays:

  • Hyatt members earn 5 Base Points per $1 USD spent on eligible room revenue
  • World of Hyatt members will receive their standard tier Bonus Points on eligible room revenue spend (10% Discoverist, 20% Explorist, 30% Globalist)
  • Qualifying nights at SLH hotels will count toward earning World of Hyatt elite-tier status
  • World of Hyatt members can redeem points to use for free night awards at SLH hotels; each SLH property has been categorized into Hyatt’s existing hotel award chart

Exclusive World of Hyatt Member Benefits:

Participating SLH properties will provide the following on-property benefits to all World of Hyatt members:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily Complimentary Continental Breakfast
  • Room Upgrade (one category at check-in if available)
  • Early check-in (noon, based upon availability at check-in)
  • Late check-out (2:00pm, based upon availability at check-in)

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Analysis

I’m happy to see more international options for Hyatt award nights since some destinations have been very limited. It’s also great to see that most of the SLH options are not in the most expensive categories. I did a few searches in Italy and Greece and only saw two Category 8 hotels. I even saw a few options for 12,000 points a night. Nick at Frequent Miler made a great point that category 8 is unlikely to remain exclusive to SLH properties since many high end Hyatt’s are more expensive than the participating hotels. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed on that one.

SLH has it’s own loyalty program and offers all members the same benefits as the World of Hyatt member perks minus the upgrade based on availability, so if there’s some reason (i.e. promo or special offer) you’d prefer to book through SLH you will not lose much.  Aside from earning points and elite night credits, Hyatt elites will not recive their in hotel benefits at SLH hotels.  Additionally, some SLH hotels are part of Amex’s Fine Hotels and Resorts program, so you should definitely do a little comparison shopping before booking.


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