Full Details Of The Exciting New Hyatt & SLH Partnership

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At the beginning of August, Hyatt made what I’d consider to be a very exciting announcement. Hyatt announced that they’d partner with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), in order to allow members to earn and redeem points at these properties.

Hyatt’s biggest weakness compared to their competitors is that they have a much smaller global footprint than Hilton, IHG, and Marriott, so anything they can do to give World of Hyatt members access to more properties is a good thing. I’m also personally very excited about having access to SLH, since they have some gorgeous properties that I’d like to stay at.

Today Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World have announced the full details of their strategic alliance. This gives World of Hyatt members the opportunity to earn and redeem points, as well as receive select on-property benefits. So let’s look at the details.

What SLH properties are participating?

While SLH has over 500 properties around the world, to start only just over 50 hotels will be partnering with Hyatt. The intent is that more properties will be added, though it’s understandable that this will be a gradual process, since hotels need to be fully onboard to participate (presumably they need to be briefed on how it works, adjust their technology so they can properly report stays to Hyatt, etc.).

Here are the 50+ SLH hotels that will be participating for stays as of December 6, 2018 (and you can expect more will be added in the future):

  • Pangkor Laut Resort (Pangkor Laut, Malaysia)
  • Villa Spalletti Trivelli Rome (Rome, Italy)
  • Flemings Mayfair London (London, United Kingdom)
  • Hotel St. Petersbourg (Tallinn, Estonia)
  • El Lodge Ski and Spa (Sierra Nevada, Spain)
  • Nobu Hotel Marbella (Marbella, Spain)
  • Dukes London (London, United Kingdom)
  • The Capital Hotel & Apartments (London, United Kingdom)
  • Tylney Hall Hotel and Gardens (Hook, United Kingdom)
  • Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa (Turners Hill, United Kingdom)
  • Ashdown Park Hotel (Forest Row, United Kingdom)
  • Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa (Luton, United Kingdom)
  • Nira Caledonia (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  • St. James’s Hotel and Club (London, United Kingdom)
  • The Arden Hotel (Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom)
  • The Atlantic Hotel (St. Brelade, United Kingdom)
  • Columbia Beach Resort (Limassol, Cyprus)
  • Hotel de Orangerie (Bruges, Belgium)
  • Archipelagos (Mykonos, Greece)
  • Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista (Verona, Italy)
  • Ca’Sagredo Hotel (Venice, Italy)
  • Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites (Crete, Greece)
  • Grand Hotel Parker’s (Naples, Italy)
  • Hotel and Spa des Pecheurs (Corsica, France)
  • Hotel de La Ville – Monza (Monza, Italy)
  • Hotel Le Strato (Courchevel 1850, France)
  • Hotel Lord Byron (Rome, Italy)
  • Hotel Vilon (Rome, Italy)
  • Ketschauer Hof (Deidesheim, Germany)
  • Les Etangs de Corot (Versailles, France)
  • Magna Pars Suites Milano (Milan, Italy)
  • Margutta 19 (Rome, Italy)
  • On the Rocks (Santorini, Greece)
  • Pietra e Mare Beach Hotel (Mykonos, Greece)
  • San Antonio (Santorini, Greece)
  • Sant Francesc Hotel Singular (Mallorca, Spain)
  • Santorini Secret Suites & Spa (Santorini, Greece)
  • Sesa Boutique Hotel (Kanali, Greece)
  • The Margi (Athens, Greece)
  • Theoxenia Palace & House Suites (Athens, Greece)
  • Palazzo Vecchietti (Florence, Italy)
  • Park Hotel ai Cappuccini (Gubbio, Italy)
  • Relais San Lorenzo (Bergamo, Italy)
  • Sikelia (Sicily, Italy)
  • The View Lugano (Lugano, Switzerland)
  • Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites (Santorini, Greece)
  • Centurion Palace (Venice, Italy)
  • Gaya Island Resort (Borneo, Malaysia)
  • Lanson Place Bukit Ceylon (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Liostasi Hotel & Suites (Ios, Greece)
  • Palazzo Sant’Angelo sul Canal Grande (Venice, Italy)
  • The Excelsior (Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • The Sukhothai Shanghai (Shanghai, China)
  • The Edison George Town (Penang, Malaysia)

Relais San Lorenzo in Bergamo, Italy

Earning World of Hyatt points & elite nights at SLH properties

World of Hyatt members will earn points at SLH properties at the same rate they would at Hyatt properties, though only when they book through Hyatt channels:

  • Members earn five base points per USD spent on eligible room revenue with SLH
  • World of Hyatt members receive their standard elite tier bonuses (10% for Discoverist, 20% for Explorist, and 30% for Globalist)
  • World of Hyatt members will receive elite nights for SLH stay

Do note that only room revenue is eligible for points accrual, and not spend on incidentals (which you’d earn if it were a Hyatt). My hope is that the pricing through Hyatt channels will be similar to the pricing through SLH channels, or else this could largely be useless).

Hotel de Orangerie in Bruges, Belgium

Redeeming World of Hyatt points at SLH properties

Participating SLH properties will join Hyatt’s existing award chart, though there will be eight categories of hotels. Currently Hyatt has seven categories, so going forward the chart will look as follows (as of now only some SLH properties fall into Category 8, and not any Hyatt properties):

  • Category 1: 5,000 points
  • Category 2: 8,000 points
  • Category 3: 12,000 points
  • Category 4: 15,000 points
  • Category 5: 20,000 points
  • Category 6: 25,000 points
  • Category 7: 30,000 points
  • Category 8: 40,000 points

Flemings Mayfair in London, UK

World of Hyatt member benefits at SLH properties

Participating SLH properties will provide the following on-property benefits for all World of Hyatt members who book through Hyatt channels:

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Daily complimentary continental breakfast
  • Room Upgrade (one category at check-in, if available)
  • Early check-in (noon, based upon availability at check-in)
  • Late check-out (2:00PM, based upon availability at check-in)

As you can see, all World of Hyatt members get the same benefits, so there are no additional benefits as of now for having status in the World of Hyatt program, aside from earning your 10-30% points bonus.


Pangkor Laut Resort in Pangkor Laut, Malaysia

This is a great new option for World of Hyatt & Ultimate Rewards points

Obviously this is a great new option for anyone looking to earn or redeem World of Hyatt points. If you want to earn World of Hyatt points you can do so with The World of Hyatt Credit Card, which is offering a welcome bonus of 40,000 World of Hyatt bonus points after spending $3,000 within the first three months, plus another 20,000 bonus points after spending a total of $6,000 within the first six months.

What’s also exciting is that World of Hyatt is also transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards, so you can transfer over points earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® CardChase Sapphire Reserve® Card, and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card. This makes it a great new option for those who have Ultimate Rewards points.


The View Lugano in Lugano, Switzerland

Bottom line

I’m thrilled about this new partnership between Hyatt and SLH. While this doesn’t solve Hyatt’s major problem of having fewer hotels in major business cities, this is fantastic for leisure travelers who love staying at boutique hotels while earning and redeeming points.

I love hotel loyalty programs, and I also love staying at unique boutique hotels, so this is an incredible new partnership that will no doubt impact the hotels I stay at. For the most part I wouldn’t have previously considered SLH properties, while I will now, whether earning or redeeming points.

Earning World of Hyatt Globalist status also keeps getting easier. You need 55 nights to requalify (60 if you’re qualifying for the first time), and you can get five from the The World of Hyatt Credit Card, you can earn more for spending on the card, you get elite nights for award nights, and now you can earn them for SLH stays.

Here’s to hoping they add more SLH properties soon!

Do you plan on taking advantage of the new Hyatt & SLH partnership?

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Comments

  1. @Jackie: I though the same thing and why not list the properties at least by country so it makes it easier to see what is there.

  2. it looks like the rates on Hyatt.com match standard refundable rates on hotels websites. If you are willing to pay a non-refundable special rate, it is cheaper to book through hotels’ website.

    Overall not bad, I may switch some stays in places without Hyatts to SLH now

  3. Guessing globs don’t get additional benefits? And these benefits will apply to both cash or award bookings? Thanks.

  4. @Lucky, just to confirm–the World of Hyatt card is 60,000 sign up bonus after a total of $6,000 spent w/in 6 months (w/40,000 pts after $3k spend w/in 3 months)? I initially thought it was a total of $9,000 spend for 60,000 pts. Please confirm. Also, if I have the old Hyatt card and book with Hyatt points, is breakfast & WiFi included too (or just members with the new World of Hyatt card)? Thanks!

  5. @ Tigris23 — Correct, $6K total. Wifi is included for anyone who books directly through Hyatt, while breakfast is for Globalist members at all brands.

  6. @Lucky, thanks for confirming! Actually sorry I wasn’t too clear with my question on WiFi and free breakfast–I meant to ask if this is included for ALL Hyatt members when booking at these SLH properties or is it only for members holding the current WOH credit card? Thanks again!

  7. Is there any way to see if any of these are Category 5 or below without looking up each one individually? Thanks.

  8. The limited list is a downer. There is also a big risk that some will be miscategorised and see a disproportionate number of award night redemptions.

  9. I guess the Hotel Le Strato is going to be Category 8, rates starting at $1364 for random weekday next month.

    Maybe it’s worth it for the skiing crowd since it’s in Courchevel?

  10. Hi Lucky – Do you have any info — or educated guesses — on when more SLH hotels will be added to the list we now have?

    Thanks,

  11. Interesting – this could be a real help to add some value to WoH for those of us that are UK or Europe-based. I had essentially dropped Hyatt after I could only get Explorist status after the changeover, and because their Europe footprint is so very small, it just became too difficult to earn points/status. If they make this partnership work it could really be a game-changer.

  12. I stayed at the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular (Mallorca, Spain) recently which was really excellent. Probably one of my best experiences staying at a high end boutique hotel. However you’d probably be better off booking through Virtuoso rather than this deal (particularly for a short stay) as you’d get the same listed benefits plus a €90 food & beverage credit on top.

  13. This is a great development with SLH.

    That being said, the line “earning World of Hyatt Globalist status also keeps getting easier” made me literally LOL, as it’s an incredibly loaded statement. Big picture, WOH is about a wash from GP in terms of benefits (let’s be realistic about the WOH Globalist suite upgrade policy – it’s highly variable at best); however, the requirement to attain top status went through a massive net-negative change (sure, some high rev/road warriors benefited, but that’s the minority). Then, subsequent to this massive change, Hyatt makes small concessions, like nights with the new WOH cc. Technically it IS getting easier to attain status, but the basis for comparison (the initial roll-out of WOH) was such a low bar, that the statement really needs heavy qualifying.

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