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
- 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.
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?