Today, Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World officially launches their partnership, allowing World of Hyatt members the opportunity book participating SLH boutique, luxury properties through Hyatt channels and to earn and redeem points and enjoy on-property benefits in over 50 Small Luxury Hotel locations around the world for stays starting December 6, 2018. Additional SLH properties are expected to join the program throughout the rest of 2018 and into 2019.
The partnership with Hyatt and SLH expands into many amazing worldwide destinations where Hyatt currently has a limited footprint – including historic and beautiful coastal cities throughout Italy and Greece.
Earning Hyatt Points at SLH Properties
World of Hyatt members can earn 5 Base Points for every $1 spent on qualifying room rates. Participating SLH properties will provide the following on-property benefits to all World of Hyatt members, regardless of status:
- 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)
In addition to earning 5 base points for every $1 spent on eligible room rates, World of Hyatt members will receive their standard tier Bonus Points on eligible room revenue spend (10% Discoverist, 20% Explorist, 30% Globalist) and qualifying nights at SLH hotels will count toward earning World of Hyatt elite-tier status.
This partnership is even more rewarding for those who have the new World of Hyatt Credit Card because you can receive an additional 4 points per dollar spent at Hyatt when you use your card to pay for your stay. I canceled my old Hyatt Credit card, waited 30 days, and was instantly approved for the World of Hyatt Credit Card (and was eligible for the welcome bonus, too).
Redeeming Points & a New Category 8
With this launch, Hyatt has added an eighth award chart category at 40,000 points. Each SLH property has been categorized into Hyatt’s existing hotel award chart.
It’s noted that some SLH properties will fall into this new eighth category on the award chart, but not all. Hyatt states that as more SLH hotels join the World of Hyatt loyalty program, each property will be closely evaluated to determine the most suitable award category.
You can use 40,000 Hyatt points for a free night during peak summer season at Secret Suites & Spa in Santorini
I think this is an amazing expansion of Hyatt and a good use of points at intimate luxury boutique properties. I applaud Hyatt for also extending valuable benefits such as late check out and free breakfast for all members, regardless of status.
From a redemption value standpoint, for a hotel requiring 40,000 points per night, I could only truly “justify” using that many points if room rates were over $800 (assuming a redemption value of 2 points per dollar), and from glancing at several of the properties on the list, many nightly rates reach those levels, especially during peak travel periods.
What are your thoughts? Would you use your Hyatt points to stay at a SLH property?