Now Live: Hyatt & Lindblad Expeditions Partnership

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While Hyatt doesn’t have the global footprint of Hilton, IHG, or Marriott, World of Hyatt has done a great job forging partnerships with other travel brands that add value for World of Hyatt members.

This is true of their Small Luxury Hotels of the World partnership, American Airlines partnership, and several others. In June Hyatt announced a cool new partnership, and that finally goes live today.

Hyatt & Lindblad Expeditions Partnerships

Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions have today launched a new loyalty collaboration. For those of you not familiar with Lindblad Expeditions, they offer some pretty cool expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences. They offer over 300 expedition trips per year, and the ships hold between 28 and 148 guests.

Lindblad Expeditions focuses on nature destinations, including Arctic Svalbard, Antarctica, Galapagos, Alaska, Costa Rica & Panama, and more.

So, how does this new partnership work in practice?

Earn & Redeem Hyatt Points For Lindblad Expeditions

World of Hyatt members can earn and redeem points with Lindblad Expeditions as follows:

  • Members will earn five base points per dollar spent on eligible spending, not including incidentals
  • Members will receive their standard elite tier bonus points on eligible spending (Discoverist members get a 10% bonus, Explorist members get a 20% bonus, and Globalist members get a 30% bonus)
  • Members will be able to redeem points to use for expeditions

An Easy Way To Earn Globalist Status?

Perhaps an interesting aspect of this is that you can earn World of Hyatt Globalist status if you earn 100,000 base points in a year. Lindblad Expeditions experiences are expensive, so if you book a $20,000 expedition you get Globalist status (since you earn 5x base points per dollar spent), which is pretty cool.

So while this isn’t a cheap way to earn Globalist status, it sure is an easy one if you were planning a trip like this anyway.

World Of Hyatt Benefits With Lindblad Expeditions

World of Hyatt members will receive the following benefits with Lindblad Expeditions:

  • Members of all tiers will be rewarded with a $250 on-board credit to use on expeditions
  • Members will receive elite tier qualifying night credits for eligible nights on a Lindblad
  • expedition
  • Members will be able to purchase specially curated Lindblad Expedition experiences through FIND
  • Those with the World Of Hyatt Credit Card can earn 4x points per dollar spent on Lindblad Expeditions, so points earning is the same it would be at Hyatt hotels
  • AAdvantage members with elite status who are also members of World of Hyatt and who have linked their accounts can earn one AAdvantage mile per dollar spent on Lindblad Expeditions

What’s The Catch?

The catch is that in order to receive points and benefits you need to book your Lindblad Expedition experience through Hyatt.

What’s happening here is that ordinarily if you booked this experience through a travel agency they’d be getting a commission. Clearly Hyatt is getting a commission on Lindblad Expedition experiences, and in return they’re offering points and other benefits on that.

I imagine in some cases you’ll be able to get a considerably better deal booking an expedition either directly with Lindblad or through a third party, so there might be an opportunity cost to taking advantage of these benefits.

Bottom Line

While this is niche and really high end, I’m sure this will be useful to some. In some cases there will probably be better deals available if not booking through Hyatt, though some might still find this to be worthwhile.

For example, if you book a $20,000 expedition you’ll get Hyatt Globalist status, which is pretty cool

Has anyone booked something through Lindblad, or have plans to take advantage of this?

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  1. Lindblad are basically the same as National Geographic expeditions. They often offer discounts or deals for free airfare when buying an expedition. I wonder if these will be available through Hyatt?

  2. Cool partnership! May also have been influenced a bit by the new Ritz Cruiseline. Any word on if Virgin Cruises has any formal deals with any of the Virgin Airlines?

  3. It would be interesting to see a cost analysis of this in a few weeks/months that compares booking with Hyatt vs other avenues. If you’re already going to spend $20k at Lindblad, the 100,000 points + Globalist status actually offers a pretty nice kickback for another future trip! (4 nights in a suite at Park Hyatt Seoul or Mallorca?)

  4. For the people looking at Antarctica, if u are just trying to check it off your box, Lindblad will cost u about $16K for a SOLO cabin 10-11 day cruise. I did it with a Chinese charter firm called Albatross Expeditions for less than half that in Jan 2019. I am sure the experiences are quite different on the ship, but if getting to the 7th continent is your main goal, there are much much cheaper options that provide reasonable accommodations.

  5. Planning a 2021 Antarctic trip myself. The one we’re looking at is ~8K PP, so if it’s 16K PP with these guys, a definate no-go.

  6. @Lucky Are you and Ford still planning to take a Ritz Cruise in the Caribbean? Would love to see an OMAAT style review of a cruise line!

  7. @Ben This is a lot more interesting and responsive to the type of leisure vacations you and Ford enjoy than the The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection cruise you have booked. For one thing, the destinations offered include several that are best travelled by ship (such as Antarctica, where my preference would be the deluxe expedition cruise line PONANT) and fellow guests are are active, inquisitive voyagers (rather than the white bread eating retired types who will be attracted to Ritz-Carlton).

  8. I went on a cruise in the Galapagos Islands (November of 2017) with Lindblad/National Geographic and would book another trip with them in a heartbeat (if it was in the budget). I booked directly with Lindbland and received: free round trip economy airfare from Miami to Ecuador, as well flights to/from Ecuadorian mainland to the islands. Lindblad offers return customers 10% off expeditions and you can usually receive this as long as you were referred by/know a past customer. Our nights not aboard ship were spent in a Hilton, wonder if there are any Hyatt properties in Ecuador.

  9. So if you spend 20k on an expedition, earn 100k base points and achieve globalist in this way, do you also get each of the milestone benefits one would normally get on the way to 60 nights/100k base points? Meaning will you also have racked up:
    *2 Club lounge awards for hitting 35k base points (or 20nts)
    *Free 1-4 night and 2 more club lounge awards for hitting 50k base points (or 30 nts)
    *Choice of 5k points or $100 GC for hitting 65k base points (or 40nts)
    *2 suite upgrades for hitting 80k base points (or 50 nts)
    *Free cat 1-7 night and 2 suite upgrades for hitting 100k base points (or 60 nts)

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