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World of Hyatt Introduces a Whole New World of Boutique Hotel Award Redemptions

A new partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World is bringing hundreds of new hotels into the World of Hyatt awards portfolio.

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SLH property, The Liming Bequia, is now available for award bookings through World of Hyatt.
SLH property, The Liming Bequia, is now available for award bookings through World of Hyatt.
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In December 2018 the rewards program of Hyatt hotels and resorts, World of Hyatt, embarked on a fabulous new partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). Through this collaboration, World of Hyatt members can redeem Hyatt points for stays at a growing number of SLH properties. In addition, when booking SLH hotels through the Hyatt website, all World of Hyatt members receive perks like free breakfast, unlimited Wi-Fi and availability-based room upgrades.

Here’s all you need to know about this new Hyatt and SLH partnership and how to take full advantage of it.

What is SLH, and what’s up with this partnership with World of Hyatt?

SLH is a collection of 520 independent—and often highly coveted—boutique hotels across 80 countries. They have a strong presence throughout Europe and in some of the world’s most exotic locales. Select SLH properties are among the most exclusive, including those that typically command over $1,000 per night in peak season. Think: Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa in St. Barths, The Liming Bequia in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Canaves Oia Epitome in Santorini, Greece, and Le Pavillon de la Reine in Paris, France.

Thanks to a new partnership with World of Hyatt, hundreds of SLH properties can now be redeemed with Hyatt points or booked for paid stays on Hyatt.com. Properties are gradually being introduced into the World of Hyatt fold: 57 new SLH hotels were added on February 27, 2019, to the 110 properties already introduced between December 2018 and January 2019. More properties will be added throughout 2019.

How can I redeem Hyatt points at SLH hotels?

Just log on to World of Hyatt World of Hyatt as you normally would to book an award stay for a Hyatt-branded property. (Those who don’t yet have an account, simply sign up—it’s quick and free.) Then, search for your SLH property by name or search by destination to see if there is an SLH property available.

SLH properties are available for award redemptions in the same way as Hyatt-branded properties (through a seven-category system) with the addition of an eighth category for ultra-high-end properties. In total, SLH properties can be redeemed in one of eight categories (with year-round pricing, so no peak vs. off-peak pricing):

  • Category 1: 5,000 points
  • Category 2: 8,000 points
  • Category 3: 12,000 points
  • Category 4: 15,000 points
  • Category 5: 20,000 points
  • Category 6: 25,000 points
  • Category 7: 30,000 points
  • Category 8: 40,000 points (Category exclusive to top SLH properties)

What benefits will I get at SLH hotels when booking through World of Hyatt?

In addition to 5 base Hyatt points per $1 USD spent at participating hotels, members also get the following perks:
• Complimentary continental breakfast for two
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Early check-in of 12:00pm and late check-out up to 2:00pm (based on availability at check-in)
• One category room upgrade (based on availability at check-in)

What are some ways to earn World of Hyatt points?

World of Hyatt members can earn points by staying and spending money at hotels under the Hyatt umbrella, including participating SLH hotels (and others such as Miraval hotels). Members earn 5 base points for every $1 USD spent on qualifying room rates as well as dining, spa, and other additional services at participating hotels. Those who earn elite status with World of Hyatt will earn additional points.

Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred cardmembers can transfer to World of Hyatt from Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.

For a sweet initial bonus, consider the World of Hyatt credit card, which currently offers a 50,000-points bonus (25,000 bonus points after $3,000 spend within first 3 months of account opening, and additional 25,000 bonus points after $6,000 total spend within first six months of account opening.)

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Award-winning travel writer and economist Paul Rubio is a credit card enthusiast, whose sophisticated use of points and rewards has helped him travel to 125 countries for free. Paul is a Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in economics. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University with a double major in economics and environmental policy and a minor in conservation biology. He attended both undergraduate and graduate schools on full scholarships. Paul worked in the field of wildlife conservation before embracing his writing talents full-time in 2008. Since then, he has won more than two dozen national awards for his exemplary work in travel journalism. The prolific writer contributes to a number of top-tier international, national, and regional publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Fodors.com, Palm Beach Illustrated, Private Clubs, and Robb Report.