Hyatt to partner with Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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Hyatt has announced an upcoming partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). Starting later this year, the new partnership will give “World of Hyatt members opportunities to enjoy loyalty benefits in many more places.”

The key point is that World of Hyatt members will be able to earn and redeem points when booking SLH properties through Hyatt channels.

We don’t yet know though if elite benefits such as upgrades and free breakfast will be granted to World of Hyatt elites staying at SLH hotels.

It is also worth remembering that SLH operates its own loyalty scheme.  ALL members, including basic level members, booking direct through SLH channels receive free breakfast! However, only top-tier ‘Indulged’ status members (attained after 6 stays) can earn free nights. It is too early to tell how this partnership will work in practice, but if you have no World of Hyatt status and only the odd SLH stay, you may be better off booking through SLH to receive breakfast on the house.

Bottom line

This is an interesting new development and should be welcome news to World of Hyatt members. It is, after all, pretty hard to earn meaningful status with Hyatt for those of us outside the United States – Hyatt simply has far fewer hotels in its portfolio than the likes of Marriott, Hilton and IHG…

File this one under ‘interesting, potentially useful’ for now –  we’ll keep you posted when further details are released 😀 .

Here’s the full press release:

CHICAGO (August 1, 2018) – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) today announced plans to bring World of Hyatt members opportunities to enjoy loyalty benefits in many more places. The launch is targeted for the end of the year.

Hyatt, a leading hospitality company with more than 700 hotels worldwide, and SLH, a collection of more than 500 independently owned luxury hotels around the world, are working together to offer World of Hyatt members the opportunity to earn and redeem points during stays at participating SLH hotels when they book through Hyatt channels.

“This is another example of how Hyatt continues to listen to the wants and needs of World of Hyatt members and take meaningful action,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt. “SLH’s high-end collection of boutique hotel experiences means our members will soon be able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points in more places, including many new locations in Europe and Asia.”

“We are constantly looking for ways to add value for our many independently spirited hotels. This coming alliance with World of Hyatt does just that,” said Filip Boyen, chief executive officer, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. “Our work together will allow World of Hyatt members to enjoy loyalty benefits across a wider choice of small independent luxury hotels. For SLH, our hotels are our brand, and we look forward to expected increased occupancy with significant exposure to the World of Hyatt program’s more than 10 million members.”

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

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