World Of Hyatt & Lindblad Expeditions Partnership: How It Works

World Of Hyatt & Lindblad Expeditions Partnership: How It Works

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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.

Hyatt has partnerships with MGM M life, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, American Airlines, and more. In this post I wanted to talk a bit more about Hyatt’s partnership with Lindblad Expeditions, which launched in 2019. While cruises probably aren’t on most peoples’ mind right now, this is a partnership that I always find interesting, and hope to take advantage of some day.

Hyatt & Lindblad Expeditions partnership details

Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions have a loyalty collaboration, giving World of Hyatt members the ability to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points, as well as receive other perks, for Lindblad Expeditions journeys.

Note that in order to take advantage of any of these benefits, your cruise must be booked through the World of Hyatt Lindblad Expeditions co-branded booking website, through the Hyatt global contact center, or by calling Lindblad Expeditions’ contact center. Your World of Hyatt information must be provided at the time of booking. You can read the full partnership terms & conditions here.

I’m not much of a cruising enthusiast (including pre-coronavirus), though the one exception is that I’d love to take a cruise to Antarctica at some point. That’s why this partnership interests me so much.

I would love to eventually take a cruise to Antarctica

What is Lindblad Expeditions?

For those of you not familiar with Lindblad Expeditions, the company has a collaboration with National Geographic, and offers some pretty cool cruises, with a particular focus on adventure travel experiences. The company offers hundreds of expeditions per year on over a dozen ships, which hold anywhere from 28 to 148 guests each.

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

Earning World of Hyatt points for Lindblad Expeditions

World of Hyatt members can earn points when booking Lindblad Expeditions cruises, as follows:

  • World of Hyatt members earn five base points per dollar spent on eligible Lindblad Expeditions, not including incidentals; a member can earn points for up to three cabins, assuming they’re the primary guest and are paying for all the cabins
  • World of Hyatt 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)
  • Those paying for their Lindblad Expeditions cruise with the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) can earn 4x World of Hyatt points per dollar spent, which is the same return offered for spending at Hyatt hotels
  • Lindblad Expeditions count towards World of Hyatt’s global promotions, and spending also qualifies towards lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist status

Redeeming World of Hyatt points for Lindblad Expeditions

World of Hyatt members can redeem points with Lindblad Expeditions. This can be done directly through this website. While the value per World of Hyatt point isn’t published as a consistent amount, based on some searches it generally seems that each World of Hyatt point will get you 1.6 cents towards a Lindblad Expeditions experience. That could be adjusted in the future.

That’s a solid deal, given that I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each. Also keep in mind that World of Hyatt partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards, so this is a great opportunity to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points towards a Lindblad Expeditions journey (by transferring them to World of Hyatt).

World of Hyatt benefits with Lindblad Expeditions

In addition to being able to earn & redeem World of Hyatt points, members can also receive the following benefits with Lindblad Expeditions when booking through an eligible channel:

  • World of Hyatt members of all tiers will be rewarded with a $250 on-board credit to use on expeditions
  • World of Hyatt members will receive elite tier qualifying night credits for eligible nights on a Lindblad Expeditions experience
  • World of Hyatt members can purchase specially curated Lindblad Expeditions experiences through the FIND marketplace
  • Eligible elite members enrolled in the American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt partnership can earn one AAdvantage mile per dollar spent on Lindblad Expeditions

Earning Globalist status with Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions experiences most definitely aren’t cheap, so perhaps it’s worth pointing out how easy this makes it to earn World of Hyatt Globalist status (which is my favorite top-tier hotels status):

  • World of Hyatt Globalist status can ordinarily be earned with 100,000 base points in a year, which is equal to $20,000 worth of spending (since you earn five base points per dollar spent); in other words, one cruise could easily earn you Globalist status
  • This spending also qualifies towards lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist status, which requires earning one million base points (equal to $200,000 worth of spending)

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.

Is there a catch to this partnership?

While I wouldn’t necessarily call it a huge catch, the one thing to keep in mind is that you need to book through an eligible booking channel to take advantage of these perks.

I imagine in some cases you may be able to get a better deal booking through another source. For some people that could be a deal-breaker, while for others it won’t be. Everyone will have to crunch the numbers for themselves.

Bottom line

Hyatt has some fantastic collaborations, and perhaps the most intriguing one is with Lindblad Expeditions. There aren’t many cruises that interest me, though the exception is for places like Antarctica.

While I’m by no means ready to book a cruise yet, I do hope to eventually take advantage of this Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions partnership to not only book an awesome cruise, but to also inch my way closer to lifetime Globalist status with Hyatt.

Has anyone taken advantage of the World of Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions partnership, or hope to do so in the future?

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  1. Ben Holz Gold

    "Those enrolled in the American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt partnership can earn one AAdvantage mile per dollar spent on Lindblad Expeditions".

    Is that on top of the WoH points earnt? Or an alternative?

    1. Ben OMAAT

      @ Ben Holz -- That's in addition to the World of Hyatt points earned.

    2. Mira Guest

      It is in addition but in order to get the points with AA you need to have status with them

  2. Steve Member

    Is anyone "Friends for Life" with Lindblad? It gets you 10% off future cruises and onboard expenses. I'm wondering how that has worked out for people who've tried to take advantage of it.

  3. Ari New Member

    Lucky,

    We're actually booked on one of the Antarctica cruises for this December (we were booked for Dec 2020, but that didn't happen - obviously). And, like you, I am NOT a cruise fan. It's just because its Antarctica, that we're doing this. But I had no idea that I could get Hyatt points for the booking. I've only paid about 5% as a deposit on the cruise fee (yes, the whole cruise cost...

    Lucky,

    We're actually booked on one of the Antarctica cruises for this December (we were booked for Dec 2020, but that didn't happen - obviously). And, like you, I am NOT a cruise fan. It's just because its Antarctica, that we're doing this. But I had no idea that I could get Hyatt points for the booking. I've only paid about 5% as a deposit on the cruise fee (yes, the whole cruise cost is a kings ransom) but I'm wondering if there's a way to maybe un-book and re-book or maybe I just call Lindblad and find out if I can add my Hyatt number? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. One thing to note, is that the Dec '21 cruises are actually filling up fast. We got the last stateroom in our class when I booked it a month ago.

    By the way, I am paying for 3 people (incl. my wife and son) so the amount I'm spending will likely give me lifetime status, so this is pretty important. Lastly, if you'd like a OMAAT (and Points Pros) member to write up the trip, I'd be happy to do so - just let me know.

    1. Mira Guest

      Add your Hyatt number and if you can't - just rebook, pay the rest (or the new reservation) with your Hyatt card (if you don't have one this is the time to open a new card, since the minimum spend will be all done when you pay the cruise) and get not only the sign up bonus but all free nights Hyatt gives you for spending that amount of money (you get 2 eligible nights...

      Add your Hyatt number and if you can't - just rebook, pay the rest (or the new reservation) with your Hyatt card (if you don't have one this is the time to open a new card, since the minimum spend will be all done when you pay the cruise) and get not only the sign up bonus but all free nights Hyatt gives you for spending that amount of money (you get 2 eligible nights that count towards Globalist per every $5000 spend on the card) and by the end of the cruise you will be a globalist for sure, if not a lifetime globalist.

  4. MDA Gold

    I investigated this as I was booked to go to Antarctica last year. I am very close to lifetime globalist so was a big consideration for me. I found them to be very expensive in comparison to other equivalent boats. Maybe one day.

  5. Mark Gold

    Maybe you should do an OMAAT cruise to Antarctica. I'd love a miles geek cruise on the one cruise I'm interested in.

  6. jfhscott Member

    Do points post after the cruise or upon payment? If after the cruise, such would militate for a January, not December, Antarctica cruise as the resultant globalist status would last much longer.

    1. tyal Guest

      I have the same question. My Globalist status ends in Feb '23. If I book a Jan '23 trip, will it count towards the 100,000 base points to extend the globalist status? Reading their T&C, the final payment has to be made 90 days prior to the trip..

    2. Mira Guest

      The points and nights will post by the end of the cruise. The points on the Hyatt credit card, if you pay with it, which you should, will post after the end of the billing cycle

  7. T. Jones New Member

    Thank you so much for sharing this information!
    Sounds like a pretty nice opportunity to earn or burn some Hyatt points depending on how you want to play it. Got the wheels in my head spinning already.

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Mira Guest

The points and nights will post by the end of the cruise. The points on the Hyatt credit card, if you pay with it, which you should, will post after the end of the billing cycle

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Mira Guest

Add your Hyatt number and if you can't - just rebook, pay the rest (or the new reservation) with your Hyatt card (if you don't have one this is the time to open a new card, since the minimum spend will be all done when you pay the cruise) and get not only the sign up bonus but all free nights Hyatt gives you for spending that amount of money (you get 2 eligible nights that count towards Globalist per every $5000 spend on the card) and by the end of the cruise you will be a globalist for sure, if not a lifetime globalist.

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Mira Guest

It is in addition but in order to get the points with AA you need to have status with them

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