One of the world’s best loyalty programs is about to get a little bit better. Hyatt Hotels is adding Small Luxury Hotels of the World to its rewards portfolio. That means that you will be able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points when staying at any of the SLH 500+ properties. The award and earn integration will go into effect by “the end of the year.”
The new partnership will give Hyatt a big boost. Hyatt currently has about 750 properties worldwide. That’s a small fraction of Marriott’s portfolio fo 6,500+, but Hyatt does offer lots of luxury options. Small Luxury Hotels of the World fits well into that. They have places like 11 Cadogan Gardens in London, Château La Chenevière in Normandy, or La Pavillon de la Reine in Paris, Vahine Island Resort and Spa in French Polynesia, Canaves Oia in Santorini, Greece and many more. These could easily become some great redemption options for Hyatt points.
To earn or redeem points, guests will need to make their bookings for SLH properties through the Hyatt website or app. It’s not yet clear what will happen to Invited, the existing loyalty program for Small Luxury Hotels guests.
For SLH, this partnership allows it to give its independent hotel members access to Hyatt’s loyalty members and increase their visitiors. For Hyatt, the new alliance gives its loyalty members access to more luxury hotels worldwide, with numbers almost doubling. And that’s without having to make an acquisition as they attempted with NH Hotel Group.