If you’ve been following the recent World of Hyatt news, it should come as no surprise that the global hotelier is back at it again with Hyatt Destination Hotels properties.
Back in October 2018, we noted that Hyatt had a new strategic alliance with Small Luxury Hotels. Later in the year, they announced the purchase of Two Roads Hospitality, which includes Thompson Hotels, Alila Resorts, Destination Hotels, Joie de Vivre, and tommie. Over the last ten months, Hyatt has sporadically added various hotels into the portfolio, offering World of Hyatt members the chance to earn and redeem points at luxury lifestyle hotels like The Beekman in NYC, DUKES London, and Ca’ Sagredo in Venice.
And things are still moving forward. Hyatt recently announced that several Destination Hotels would be available through World of Hyatt beginning August 20, 2019. These include Quirk Hotel, in Richmond, Virginia; Motif, in Seattle, Washington; The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and The Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.
Breaking It Down:
World of Hyatt Partnerships
These partnerships have been great for Hyatt — and its customers. Not only have they expanded their footprint into Europe, where they didn’t really have a lot to begin with, they’ve really opened up the lifestyle scene.
The Destination, Alila, and Thompson brands particularly appeal to a high-end millennial/Gen X client, while the SLH alliance empowers World of Hyatt members to branch out into seriously luxury hotels.
Hyatt + Destination Hotels Partnership
Destination Hotels like to say they are a “gateway” to “new adventures,” “new surroundings,” and “new cultures.” These bespoke properties are each “individual at heart, in harmony with its surroundings and shaped by its local culture.” Over the coming months, I certainly expect to see more Destination and Alila hotels within the portfolio. Hyatt says,
Once this first wave of the Destination brand integration is complete on September 10, 2019, nearly 50 hotels across the Thompson Hotels, Joie de Vivre, Alila and Destination brands will have joined World of Hyatt in many new destinations globally, providing more possibilities to discover unique experiences while enjoying the rewards they’ve come to expect from World of Hyatt.”
- Global – Our Favorite Small Luxury Hotels
- Europe – Our Favorite Small Luxury Hotels
- Australia and New Zealand – Our Favorite Small Luxury Hotels
- Asia, Bali, and the Maldives – Our Favorite Small Luxury Hotels
- Hyatt’s Footprint Expands; My Top 5 Choices from Small Luxury Hotels
- World of Hyatt Announces Even More Partnerships, Adds More Hotels
- Expanded: World of Hyatt Reaches 200+ Small Luxury Hotels in Portfolio
- Hyatt Announces 56 More SLH Properties Available for Earning/Redeeming Points – Our 5 Favorites
- Hyatt’s SLH Properties – Full (Sortable) List with Categories – Redemptions, Elite Benefit Details & Destination Overview
While Hyatt has introduced nearly 500 new hotels into their portfolio over the last year, I feel this is just the beginning. Hyatt also notes that in late September, the Alila Yangshuo in Guilin, China, will become part of the portfolio (despite their website saying it won’t be).
Are Any of These Hotels Prive Members?
At present, none of the Destination hotels are Prive members. That’s not to say none will be — The Beekman was recently added to the program after several months as a Hyatt property.
Hyatt Prive is Hyatt’s travel-advisor-only, luxury hotel benefits program. By booking through a Hyatt Prive advisor like myself, clients receive additional perks and privileges at no extra cost. Perks include an upgrade at time of booking (confirmed within 24 hours, complimentary breakfast, hotel credit ($50 or $100), early check in or late check out (on availability), and a welcome gift.
What Does A World of Hyatt Member Get?
Points earning will be standard with World of Hyatt members earning five Base Points per $1 USD spent on eligible room revenue, with tier bonuses for elites. Qualifying nights at participating hotels will count toward earning World of Hyatt elite status and these properties can be used for free night awards as a yearly benefit of The World of Hyatt credit card.
World of Hyatt members are invited to continue trying each one of these new brands to earn extra rewards. Through December 31, 2019, members can earn 2,000 Bonus Points for their first qualifying stay exploring participating hotels in each of the new brands, for up to 8,000 Bonus Points, as well as a free night when they try all four brands. See here for full details.
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