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Following on from the hotel categories announcement earlier, Hyatt has also announced that a further 48 Small Luxury Hotels properties will be joining the World of Hyatt with immediate effect. The latest additions now mean that over 350 SLH properties are now participating in the world of Hyatt and more are almost certainly on the way.
At the beginning of December Hyatt announced that it would be introducing peak, standard, and off-peak award pricing from March this year but the hotelier didn't let us know exactly when those changes would be introduced or if hotels would also be moving categories...but now we know.
Hyatt has just announced its first major promotion of 2020 and with it it's offering World of Hyatt members double points at participating properties worldwide and it's offering holders of its two co-branded credit cards the chance to earn yet more bonus points on select stays.
Hyatt has launched a new points sale in which it's choosing to offer World of Hyatt members a discount on the price they pay for points rather than the bonus points that we quite often see. What this means is that although the headline number doesn't look all that impressive, the final price you pay per point isn't too bad at all.
I don't think that many people will argue when I say that one of the bigger hotel success stories of the past 18 months has been Hyatt's incorporation of over 300 Small Luxury Hotel properties (SLH) into its World of Hyatt loyalty program.
At the beginning of March last year American Airlines and Hyatt announced a partnership that has seen reciprocal elite status offered to select AAdvantage and World of Hyatt members and which allows travelers to earn Hyatt points when they book American Airlines flights and AAdvantage miles when they book Hyatt stays.
Ok, clearly I'm never usually happy, delighted or ecstatic when a loyalty program puts through a change that effectively devalues its offering but, in the case of the recent changes we saw Hyatt announce to the World of Hyatt award chart, my overall feelings were those of relief and, yes, happiness.
Hyatt has just announced that it has added a further 56 Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) properties to the World of Hyatt program and this will see the number of SLH properties participating in World of Hyatt to over 300.
While only three of the major airlines are offering mileage sales worth considering this Black Friday, the hotel chains appear to be making more of an effort. With the exception of Hilton, all the major hotel loyalty programs are running points sales right now and most are well worth a closer look.