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This week World of Hyatt (WoH) members received an email announcing a new partnership between the WoH loyalty program and Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). WoH members will enjoy loyalty benefits at SLH properties.

As laid out in the news release, the partnership between World of Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the world will allow members to earn and redeem Hyatt points at SLH properties. This partnership will give WoH members access to 500 additional properties associated with the program. Hyatt only has about 700 properties in its portfolio, so adding SLH to the program represents a massive increase in earning and redemption opportunities.

The launch of the partnership is slated for the end of the year.

Why I’m excited about this partnership

Not only does this represent a huge increase in the number of hotels that will be bookable through World of Hyatt, it represents an amazing variety of properties as well. The SLH portfolio is incredibly diverse. Hotels range from sleek, modern accommodations in city centers, to European castles, to amazing private islands resorts like this stunning one in Malaysia.

My only worry is the cost. It’s likely that many properties will require a significant number of Hyatt points to book. Granted, some top-tier Hyatt properties can run from $500-1,000 per night, which is comparable to many of the properties on the list. Currently, top-tier Hyatt properties require 30,000 points per night. But a precedent has been set by the Miraval, which requires 45,000 points per night for a standard room.

We’ll have to wait and see how Hyatt rolls this program out, but I’m quite hopeful that it will be a boon for WoH members!


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