2019 has been a watershed year for World of Hyatt, the rewards program of Hyatt hotels and resorts. Hundreds of hotels across multiple brands beyond Hyatt can now be redeemed with points. Here, the scoop on the new brands and properties being integrated into this growing program and how to score these award nights.
Which brands are being integrated into World of Hyatt?
First, the program embarked on a fabulous new partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), a collection of 520 independent—and often highly coveted—boutique hotels across 80 countries. Over the course of 2019, more than 200 of these properties, from Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa in St. Barths, to Le Pavillon de la Reine in Paris, France, became redeemable with World of Hyatt points.
Next, following Hyatt’s acquisition of hotel management company Two Roads Hospitality, World of Hyatt began placing the different Two Roads’ brands into their awards’ pool. Thompson Hotels were integrated into the World of Hyatt program in March 2019, followed by Joie De Vivre hotels in May, and then Alila hotels throughout June and July 2019. Even bucket-list worthy Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman came into the World of Hyatt fold on July 15, 2019.
Also this week, World of Hyatt has announced that Destinations Hotels, the fourth and final brand under Two Roads Hospitality, will join World of Hyatt beginning August 20, 2019. There are several dozen properties in the Destination Hotels portfolio and, to start, four will join on August 20. These are: Quirk Hotel in Richmond, Virginia, the Motif Seattle in Seattle, Washington, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center in Tempe, Arizona, and The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Three more properties will join by September 10, 2019 and more will be added throughout the rest of 2019.
How can I redeem Hyatt points at non-Hyatt hotels?
Just log on to 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 hotels by destination and all availability across all brands will populate.
SLH and Two Roads Hospitality properties (plus Miraval properties and MGM International hotels) are available for award redemptions in the same way as Hyatt-branded properties through an eight-category system (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
How can I earn World of Hyatt points?
World of Hyatt members can earn points by staying and spending money at Hyatt-branded hotels, participating SLH hotels, Two Roads Hospitality Hotels, and soon on Lindblad Expeditions. Members earn five base points for every $1 (USD) spent on qualifying room rates as well as dining, spa, and other additional services at participating hotels. Elite World of Hyatt members can earn bonus points with flights on American Airlines by linking their Hyatt and American Airlines AAdvantage® accounts.
In addition, Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred cardmembers can transfer to World of Hyatt from Ultimate Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.
Finally, 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 three months of account opening, and 25,000 additional bonus points after $6,000 total spend within first six months of account opening).