The World of Hyatt just keeps growing.
The hotel chain has added the boutique Joie de Vivre Hotels to its list of brands with which World of Hyatt loyalty members can earn and redeem points. As of May 15, 2019, Hyatt members could use their loyalty benefits at more than a dozen participating Joie de Vivre hotels in destinations such as San Francisco, New York, Baltimore and Chicago.
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Here’s what you need to know about the new additions:
Joie de Vivre Hotels
This California-born boutique hotel brand has been in business for over 30 years, and it also provides special amenities for pets. The list of Joie de Vivre hotels that World of Hyatt members can now book includes:
Carmel Valley Ranch.
El Capitan Hotel (coming soon).
Hotel Del Sol.
The Laurel Inn.
Wild Palms Hotel.
Chicago Athletic Association.
The Talbott Hotel.
Hotel Revival Baltimore.
Hotel 50 Bowery.
Park South Hotel.
Some of these hotels are great deals for World of Hyatt members, especially considering the sign-up bonus new cardholders of World of Hyatt Credit Card can earn.
The card's welcome bonus is as follows: Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent.
There are a few Joie de Vivre hotels that are not participating in the World of Hyatt loyalty program, including Galleria Park, Hotel Carlton, Hotel Vitale and The Marker hotels.
Other hotel brands joining World of Hyatt
The addition of Joie de Vivre hotels comes hot on the heels of Thompson Hotels joining World of Hyatt in March. Thompson Hotels are known for their unique neighborhood layouts and luxurious rooms.
The World of Hyatt benefits at the various Thompson Hotels throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico are still being rolled out. However, on May 15, 2019, Hyatt members started enjoying loyalty benefits at Thompson Playa del Carmen and Thompson Beach House in Mexico.
Alila Hotels and Destination Hotels are the next brands set to join the World of Hyatt later this year. In total, the addition of these brands will give World of Hyatt members access to more than 60 hotels across more than 20 new markets. These new destinations include Vail, Colorado and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Bonus points and a free night
Hyatt is encouraging its members to try out the new brands with an introductory promotion. You can earn 2,000 bonus points for your first stay at each of the new brands (Thompson Hotels, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Alila Hotels and Destination Hotels). Plus, you’ll get a free night when you try all four. This free night can be redeemed at any Category 1-4 Hyatt Hotel. Eligible stays begin when each brand joins World of Hyatt. Your stays must be completed by Dec. 31, 2019, to qualify for this promotion.
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The bottom line
According to NerdWallet’s latest research, World of Hyatt points are valued at 2 cents each. The addition of more hotel brands, like the boutique Joie de Vivre hotels, gives World of Hyatt members more earning and redeeming options when traveling. Options are always a good thing.
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