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When it comes to hotel loyalty programs, bigger is definitely better. If you’re considering two hotels and one will earn you points in a small chain without many properties in its portfolio while the other will earn you points in a huge chain with tons of hotels and resorts at every price point all over the world, the second option has a clear advantage.

That’s why a just-expanded partnership between World of Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World is good news for travelers. As of earlier this month, more SLH properties have been added to the World of Hyatt program, bringing the total to over 250 properties since the two hotel groups joined forces late last year.

Take, for example, the Inverlochy Castle in Fort William, Scotland — a portal back to the 19th century, complete with stone walls, romantic turrets and stunning views of the highest mountain in the United Kingdom. Until now, a traveler settling into one of its 17 historic rooms couldn’t enjoy any World of Hyatt program perks. But now, World of Hyatt members can earn and redeem Hyatt points there, while enjoying a host of other program benefits.

Program benefits you can enjoy

World of Hyatt members will earn 5 base points per eligible $1 spent at any participating SLH resort. They will also get complimentary breakfast for two, complimentary Wi-Fi, early check-in and late checkout and an upgrade to the next room category, if available.

Nights spent at a participating SLH property count toward elite tier status with World of Hyatt, and existing elite members get the same tier bonus points on eligible rooms:

  • Discoverist: 10%.

  • Explorist: 20%.

  • Globalist: 30%.

The expanded offerings make World of Hyatt membership more valuable in a world where bigger loyalty programs can mean better loyalty programs. Compared to behemoth Marriott Bonvoy, with over 7,000 participating hotels and resorts, Hyatt’s loyalty program is on the small side: just around 1,200 properties worldwide.

In terms of quality, the SLH properties add even more to World of Hyatt. Exquisite, luxurious and unique offerings include the Ka’ana Resort in San Ignaci, Belize. The property features luxurious private pool villas surrounded by the Maya Mountains.

The Calala Island is a private island resort in Nicaragua with just four beachfront suites, while the Esperanza Resort and Spa in Trakai, Lithuania, offers an eco-luxury retreat complete with exotic bird park and on-site Russian bath house.

The bottom line

Check these properties out next time you want to escape the chain experience while still enjoying all the benefits of World of Hyatt membership.

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