Back in August 2018, World of Hyatt announced a partnership with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. With this partnership, World of Hyatt members will have more hotels to choose from around the world where they can enjoy their World of Hyatt membership benefits, as well as earn and redeem points.
From 6 December 2018, World of Hyatt members will be able to receive some benefits when staying at participating Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotels when they book their stays on the Hyatt website. At present, only 54 SLH properties are participating in the World of Hyatt partnership and more will be added in due time.
Earn elite qualifying nights and points on your SLH stay
World of Hyatt members will earn World of Hyatt points when they book their stays at participating SLH hotels through the Hyatt website. 5 Base Points per USD1 will be issued on the amount paid on the room rate of your stay at SLH hotels. Any incidental charges during your stay at the participating SLH properties will not earn you any World of Hyatt points. World of Hyatt members will also be able to earn base points for up to three rooms per booking and elite members will also earn the respective elite bonus points in addition to the base points.
In addition, you will be able to earn elite qualifying nights in the World of Hyatt program when you stay either on a revenue rate of an award night at participating SLH hotels. As a refresher, here is how many nights you will need to climb up the elite status ladder in the World of Hyatt program:
However, all stays at participating SLH properties will not count towards the earning of a free night in the Hyatt’s 5-brand free night award.
All World of Hyatt members receive complimentary continental breakfast
In line with what SLH offers in its base tier in the Invited program, all World of Hyatt members will receive continental breakfast during their stay at participating SLH hotels. Again, you must have booked your SLH stay through the Hyatt website to be eligible for any benefits.
Early check-in and late check-out privileges
Similar to what SLH offers in the Invited program, World of Hyatt members will be able to check-in for their stay as early as 12 pm and check-out as late as 2 pm. This, of course, is subjected to availability on the day of check-in.
The late check-out benefit is actually an hour earlier than what is given if you are an Invited member and had booked your stay directly through SLH, which is up to 3 pm.
Redeem World of Hyatt points at participating SLH properties
As mentioned earlier, there are only 54 SLH properties worldwide in which you will be able to earn and use points at. In Asia, here are the hotels which are participating in the World of Hyatt program:
Here’s how many points you’ll need for a redemption night at the above properties:
- Pangkor Laut Resort (Cat 5) – 20,000 points
- Gaya Island Resort (Cat 4) – 15,000 points
- Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon (Cat 3) – 12,000 points
- The Edison George Town, Penang (Cat 3) – 12,000 points
- The Sukhothai Shanghai (Cat 5) – 20,000 points
Interestingly, the Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon is actually a serviced apartment with a lead-in room category of a “One Bedroom Residence” and that will cost you 12,000 World of Hyatt points a night. Revenue rates hover at approximately MYR600 before the applicable taxes. World of Hyatt points are valued at around US1.7 cents per point and thus, paying for your stay at this property will be the better option on most dates.
The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur which is one of the city’s best hotels, is also a Category 3 property and I will personally pick the Grand Hyatt over the Lanson Place by virtue of its location and better amenities, especially if I’m an elite member in World of Hyatt.
None of the SLH properties in Singapore have joined the World of Hyatt program but as Hyatt mentioned, more hotels will be added to the list.
Unlike Hyatt properties, you can only redeem your World of Hyatt points for Standard Rooms at the participating SLH properties. There are also no room upgrade redemption rates, Cash + Points rates, Club room redemption rates, and Suite redemption rates for redemption at all participating SLH properties.
In addition, you will also not able to use a Suite Upgrade Award when making stays at the participating SLH hotels.
There are no blackout dates for the use of points at participating SLH properties but it is mentioned in the terms and conditions that there are a limited number of rooms.
No status matching to the Invited program
If you were hoping to get a status match into the elite tiers of SLH Invited program, there is currently no planned tier matching from World of Hyatt over to the Invited program. You can get Inspired status with SLH via Mastercard, however this does not apply to Asia Pacific issued cards.
When Hyatt announced that it will be partnering SLH, I’m sure many World of Hyatt members would be a little happier as this would give them the option to earn and redeem points at more properties around the world.
With Hyatt also acquiring Two Roads Hospitality, the number of properties that Hyatt will have under its umbrella will definitely go up, which is a move that many World of Hyatt members will appreciate.
(Cover photo : Nobu Hotel Marbella)