Beginning Nov. 29, 2018, World of Hyatt is expanding stays to more than 50 global locations for bookings beginning Dec. 6, 2018. The goal is to expand locations and luxury hotels offered to members.
World of Hyatt members will now have access to award redemption and point earning at some of the swankiest hotels in the world — some of them are so fancy a new award category was added just for them.
More than 50 new luxurious places to stay
The properties now open to Hyatt loyalty program members (more are expected to be added in the coming months) are part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), and the hotels that are part of this group are just what they sound like: Small, luxurious and independently-owned.
The hotels range from safari stays to elite luxury spa retreats. Stay in the hills of England at a hotel that dates back to the 1700s, or travel to a private island in Malaysia. Wherever you go, the SLH expansion gives World of Hyatt members only more opportunities to explore.
Plus, participating SLH properties will offer special perks for World of Hyatt members, including complimentary Wi-Fi and daily continental breakfast. When available, members also get a one category room upgrade, early check-in at noon and late check-out at 2 p.m. Since these amenities are based on availability at check-in, it’s best to check in as early as possible if you want to try for a room upgrade.
Greater luxury might mean spending more points
Since staying at these hotels means purchasing an experience as much as purchasing lodging, you’ll likely use more points.
While point amounts vary, Hyatt has added an additional award category, where certain properties will cost 40,000 points per night. The relationship is brand new, so expect a bit of shuffling to see which hotels belong in that category as they are added.
How to earn more points
World of Hyatt members earn five points per dollar spent on eligible room bookings. They also receive standard tier bonuses: a 10% bonus for Discoverist members, 20% for Explorist and 30% for Globalist. World of Hyatt members can also earn elite status through booking qualifying nights at SLH hotels.
If you’re a luxury traveler or want to be, this new partnership could be a good reason to join the World of Hyatt rewards program or get The World Of Hyatt Credit Card.
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