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One of the biggest drawbacks of the World of Hyatt program as an award traveler is the limited footprint of its participating brands. This feeling is evidently shared by Hyatt loyalty executives. We learned in the last several months that the program will be acquiring Two Roads Hospitality (expected to close sometime this year) and that it inked a new agreement with Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The latter of these two began to take effect in December, when members gained the ability to earn and redeem points at roughly 50 SLH properties. Those properties were largely located in Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom, in addition to other countries in Europe, plus one hotel in China and four in Malaysia.

That relationship is now expanding. As of today, World of Hyatt members can earn and redeem points at another 56 SLH properties, boosting the total number to 110 locations in almost 30 countries. This includes a number of spots where Hyatt currently has limited or no participating properties:

You can find a full list of the new properties at this link, and we’ve also listed them in a table below, including the respective award rates for each one.

All 56 of these properties will follow the same earning and redemption scheme as those that launched in December. Members will earn 5 points per dollar spent on paid stays, and Hyatt elite members will enjoy their standard bonuses on top of this. Noteworthy is that all World of Hyatt members will enjoy complimentary continental breakfast for two daily, a space-available, one-category upgrade at check-in and early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability).

All of these properties have also been assigned to the World of Hyatt award chart, and it appears that six do fall into the relatively new Category 8, requiring 40,000 points per night. However, this still can represent a fantastic redemption. An an example, the Nimb Hotel offers standard rooms that range from 33 to 47 square feet and overlook Tivoli Gardens. We see many summer dates with paid rates of over $900 per night:

By redeeming 40,000 points, you’ll get a redemption value of 2.25 cents per point, a nice step above TPG’s most recent valuation of Hyatt points (1.7 cents apiece).

Many of these resorts also offer “standard” rooms for award purposes that are anything but standard. As an example, you can now score a 150-square-meter suite (over 1,600 square feet) with a private plunge pool at the Viceroy Bali for just 30,000 points per night:

Or 30,000 points will get you a 126-square-meter cottage at Keemala on Phuket, Thailand, complete with a private pool, outdoor shower and soaking tub.

Paid rates at this location are coming in at $930.31, giving you a fantastic redemption value of 3.1 cents per Hyatt point.

Thankfully, these properties aren’t all at the deep end of Hyatt’s award chart. Six of these new additions to the World of Hyatt line-up are classified at Category 3 properties, like the Cameron Highlands Resort in Malaysia, and another eight fall into Category 4, like the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa in Portugal. This should allow you to book with the free night certificates you can earn on The World of Hyatt Credit Card.

However, it appears that inventory is still being loaded at this time, as we’re still seeing several properties that aren’t showing any rooms (paid or award) across a variety of dates. If nothing comes up for you, also try testing a longer stay, since we have run across what seem to be minimum-stay requirements at places like the Sailrock Resort in Turks & Caicos.

Image courtesy of Sailrock Resort in Turks and Caicos
Image courtesy of Sailrock Resort in Turks and Caicos

In addition to launching this expansion of the SLH partnership, World of Hyatt has also released a list of the most popular locales for member bookings thus far, and not surprisingly, they’re all in major cities:

  1. London, England
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Shanghai, China
  4. Florence, Italy
  5. Edinburgh, Scotland

With an additional two properties added in Rome, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the order of this list change in the weeks and months to come.

Bottom Line

The World of Hyatt program is taking significant steps to boost not only its global footprint, but also the valuable redemptions it offers to members. The now-expanded partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World now includes 110 properties, meaning that SLH locations make up over 10% of the entire Hyatt portfolio. Of course, there are still another ~400 properties under the SLH portfolio that aren’t yet a part of this partnership, so I certainly hope that Hyatt will continue to expand over the rest of 2019.

Featured image courtesy of Sailrock Resort in Turks & Caicos.

Full list of new SLH properties:

SLH Property City Country Nightly Award Rate
Kristiania Lech Lech am Arlberg Austria 30,000 points
The Pand Hotel Bruges Belgium 20,000 points
Nimb Hotel Copenhagen Denmark 40,000 points
Hotel Haven Helsinki Finland 20,000 points
Hotel Lilla Roberts Helsinki Finland 15,000 points
Les Sources de Caudalie Bordeaux France 25,000 points
Chateau Eza Eze Village France 40,000 points
Le M de Megeve Megeve France 40,000 points
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal Paris France 30,000 points
Grand Powers Paris France 25,000 points
Hotel Relais Christine Paris France 25,000 points
Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel Paris France 25,000 points
Château la Chenevière Port-en-Bessin France 15,000 points
Muse Saint-Tropez Ramatuelle France 40,000 points
Hotel Regency Florence Italy 25,000 points
Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda Lake Garda Italy 30,000 points
Grand Hotel Majestic Lake Maggiore Italy 25,000 points
Eight Hotel Portofino Portofino Italy 30,000 points
The Gray Milan Italy 25,000 points
Il Melograno Puglia Italy 25,000 points
Babuino 181 Rome Italy 25,000 points
Hotel D’Inghilterra Rome Italy 25,000 points
Hotel Splendide Royal Rome Italy 30,000 points
Hotel Bergs Riga Latvia 15,000 points
Winselerhof Country Estate Landgraaf Netherlands 12,000 points
Palácio Estoril Hotel, Golf & Spa Estoril Portugal 25,000 points
Carmo’s Boutique Hotel Ponte de Lima Portugal 20,000 points
Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa Vila Vicosa Portugal 15,000 points
Saint Ten Hotel Belgrade Serbia 15,000 points
Terra Dominicata Priorat Spain 25,000 points
Bank Hotel Stockholm Sweden 12,000 points
Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama Lipperswil Switzerland 20,000 points
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne United Kingdom 15,000 points
Langshott Manor Langshott United Kingdom 15,000 points
Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali Bali Indonesia 20,000 points
Viceroy Bali Bali Indonesia 30,000 points
Kasara Niseko Village Niseko Japan 40,000 points
The Luang Say Residence Luang Prabang Laos 25,000 points
Cameron Highlands Resort Cameron Highlands Malaysia 12,000 points
Tanjong Jara Resort Dungun Malaysia 15,000 points
The Majestic Malacca Malaysia Malaysia 12,000 points
Hotel Eclat Taipei Taipei Taiwan 12,000 points
137 Pillars Suites Bangkok Bangkok Thailand 20,000 points
137 Pillars House Chiang Mai Thailand 30,000 points
Aleenta Resort & Spa Hua Hin Hua Hin Thailand 20,000 points
Akyra Beach Club Phuket Phuket Thailand 12,000 points
Aleenta Resort & Spa Phuket Phuket Thailand 25,000 points
Keemala Phuket Thailand 30,000 points
Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences Samana Dominican Republic 25,000 points
Casas del XVI Santo Domingo Dominican Republic 25,000 points
The Trident Hotel Port Antonio Jamaica 40,000 points
Sailrock Resort South Caicos Turks & Caicos 30,000 points
Wentworth Mansion Charleston, SC USA 30,000 points
Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa Jackson, WY USA 25,000 points
The Betsy South Beach Miami Beach, FL USA 25,000 points
The Plymouth South Beach Miami Beach, FL USA 20,000 points

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