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It isn’t every day that you are randomly emailed a gift card for $100 (£80)! But if it happened to me, hopefully it will happen for you…
The partnership between World of Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World has been running for several months. 206 SLH hotels are now available on the Hyatt platform. Not only does this partnership massively increase Hyatt’s footprint in Europe and beyond, but the partnership also allows for a certain type of traveller – the “I prefer small boutique hotels” types – to participate in a loyalty programme where they can earn and burn points, as well as receive certain perks.
What do World of Hyatt guests receive at SLH hotels?
World of Hyatt members can earn 5 Base Points for every $1 USD spent on qualifying room rates and can redeem points for free nights at participating SLH hotels. It doesn’t stop there, members can also enjoy exclusive in-hotel benefits when staying at a participating SLH hotel.
- 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)
Which SLH Hotels are Now Available?
I won’t do an exhaustive list, but I suggest that you scroll through the options available on this special website.
But some of the options that have caught my eye are:
- 21 SLH hotels in the United Kingdom, some in London, but many country house manor / castle style properties that would make for a great weekend getaway
- 19 SLH hotels in Spain and Portugal, including several “pousadas” (i.e. historical buildings converted into boutique hotels)
- 27 SLH hotels in Italy
What About Using Points?
Each SLH hotel (those on the Hyatt platform) has been slotted into Hyatt’s award category system, which looks like this:
The easiest way to look for award pricing is to visit this website and scan through the list of hotels in each award category. It appears to me that SLH hotels are available in Categories 3 and above, starting at a fairly reasonable 12,000 points per night.
About that $100!
I really have no idea whether I received a $100 egift card due to my Globalist status and/or the fact that I have a couple of SLH stays booked using points. It could just be one of those “surprise and delight” gestures that Hyatt occasionally makes to selected members on a somewhat random basis.
Nonetheless I will definitely look to convert one of my upcoming points stays into a paid one, in order to apply this £80 discount. The SLH-specific eGift Card is valid for one year and is non-transferable.
How about you? Have you seen a similar email pop into your inbox lately?