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Hyatt to Add 500 Boutique Hotels to Its Loyalty Program

Aug. 10, 2018
Loyalty Programs, Travel
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Over 500 boutique hotels will be bookable with World of Hyatt points starting in 2019. Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced a strategic partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World to offer loyalty benefits to their members at SLH’s boutique hotels around the world.

What truly makes this alliance special is that stays at qualifying SLH locations will also yield World of Hyatt points. The loyalty alliance effectively doubles the number of hotels available under the Hyatt umbrella.

If you are interested in using World of Hyatt points for boutique hotels in 2019, now may be a good time to consider the The World Of Hyatt Credit Card. Earning the sign-up bonus points now could give you an advantage on booking awards at the new locations.

For a limited time, the rewards program is offering a 10% points rebate on awards used between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30.

How the alliance works

When the alliance is activated in early 2019, World of Hyatt members will have two choices when booking their stays on Hyatt’s website. They will see all available Hyatt properties, alongside those offered through SLH.

When the booking is completed through Hyatt, guests will be able to earn World of Hyatt points for their stay. Currently, members earn five points for every qualifying dollar spent during a stay. Hyatt has not announced if that same earning rate will apply to SLH destinations.

» Learn more: How hotel credit card upgrades affect your bottom line.

In addition to earning points, World of Hyatt members will be able to apply their points toward stays at the boutique hotels. Members will be able to use points at over 1,200 properties globally, including the over 500 independent locations focused across Europe and Asia. The award chart for the luxury properties won’t be announced until after integration is complete.

Does it add value to World of Hyatt?

On the surface, the strategic loyalty alliance adds even more depth to World of Hyatt and its points. The ability to book more hotels gives a lot more flexibility to members who prefer to stay at Hyatt properties. But until Hyatt announces how many points per night the boutique hotels will cost, it is impossible to definitively say if World of Hyatt points are worth more.

In the meantime, Choice Hotels also provides a pathway to use points for boutique hotels. Through their relationships with Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels, Choice Privileges members can use their points to book independent hotels around the world. Awards for Preferred Hotels using Choice Privileges points start at 25,000 points per night.

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