We've just had some huge news out of Hyatt that should make a lot of people very happy indeed - the introduction of peak and off-peak pricing in the World of Hyatt program is being pushed back to 2021 and all but 5 Hyatt properties will now be remaining in their current World of Hyatt categories.
Hyatt and American Airlines have just announced that from today, select AAdvantage and World of Hyatt elites will be offered challenges to earn elite status in the other's loyalty program through 2022. Challenges are targeted, require registration, and are appearing on dedicated American Airlines and Hyatt webpages.
A while back a reader commented that "[m]ost SLH properties are on the top of the spectrum" so, while I'm well aware that Hyatt created a new top-tier Category 8 band just to incorporate some of the higher-end SLH properties, it occurred to me that I didn't really know what the full SLH list looks like...so I asked Hyatt.
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.
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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.
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.