54 New Ways to Spend Hyatt Points (and New Benefits)
It is pretty big.
In October, I wrote about the impending Category 8 at Hyatt. 40,000 points a night. I said that I could get behind it, as long as they stuck to what they said it was for – a category for high end Small Luxury Hotels resorts following the integration of SLH into World Of Hyatt.
I like SLH quite a bit.
They have a lot of really nice boutique hotels. And I also wrote about how to get free “Inspired” status (or at least I *think* I did – though I can’t find the post) earlier this year. I did that myself and got the included benefits like free breakfast and late checkout.
Now, over 50 SLH hotels can both earn Hyatt points and be booked using Hyatt points for stays starting December 6th.
Here’s a link to the full guide of this partnership.
Not only will World of Hyatt members (at any tier) earn 5 points per dollar spent at SLH, they will also, and again, regardless of World of Hyatt Elite level, get the following:
- Complimentary continental breakfast
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Early check-in 12:00pm (based on availability at check-in)
- Late check-out 2:00pm (based on availability at check-in)
- One category room upgrade (based on availability at check-in)
Not bad just for being a member of the free World of Hyatt program.
The 54 initial properties span the globe, but are heavily focused in Greece, Italy and the UK. Here is a sample:
Noteworthy is that none of the hotels I mentioned in my post about Category 8 are participating yet. So, no Maldives, no Mexico, no Grenada, and no Anguilla.
At the same time, many of these hotels are NOT Category 8 and may be priced much lower.
As always, I think you should look for a minimum redemption value of about 2 cents per Hyatt point. So if you are viewing an SLH hotel priced at the 40,000 a night Category 8, I wouldn’t consider it unless the room rate was close to $800 a night.
Do keep in mind the very big perk of no resort fees on a World of Hyatt award stay.
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