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Not everything in the miles & points world is aimed squarely at individuals (although you could be forgiven for thinking that’s the case) so you’ll find that some of the big names in the airline and hotel industries offer programs designed to secure the loyalty of small- and medium-sized businesses as well. One of the better-known examples of a small business program is the Business Extra program from American Airlines, but it’s one of the less well-known programs that I’m going to focus on in this article – the Hyatt Leverage program.
What does Hyatt Leverage offer?
Savings of up to 15% off Hyatt’s standard rates at properties around the world.
A dashboard through which a business’ travel administrator(s) can…
- View details of all the reservations made through the program (past and future)
- Track all expenses changes to rooms booked through the program.
- View the total number of nights consumed and the total number of nights booked for future stays.
- View the total spend on bookings consumed and bookings yet to be consumer
An email template that can be used to easily introduce the Hyatt Leverage program can be introduced to employees.
How do you book using Hyatt Leverage?
Members of the Hyatt leverage program are given a unique corporate ID which when entered in the “Corporate or Group Code” field on the normal Hyatt website*…
…and that will ensure that the discounted rate is displayed when the search results are returned:
*You can quote the corporate ID when booking through a Hyatt call center as well.
How to sign up for Hyatt Leverage
Hyatt Leverage has a registration page (here) and in order to start the sign-up process, you’ll need your World of Hyatt credentials.
Once you’re logged in, the registration page asks for a few low-level pieces of information…
…and once those are filled in, the “Join Now” button completes the process and the business corporate discount code is issued (it appears on the screen). Simple!
Important to know
- The Hyatt Leverage program is free to join for all members of the World of Hyatt program.
- Individuals/employees will continue to earn World of Hyatt points and World of Hyatt elite status credits as normal when using a Hyatt Leverage corporate code.
- The Hyatt Leverage discount is based on the standard rate being offered at any given property so while the corporate rate can sometimes be the best deal available…
…there will be times when other (discounted) rates are better.
Also, keep in mind that you cannot search using more than one discount rate/code at a time so to ensure that you’re seeing all the best rates, you should always perform multiple searches to check what the other rates (e.g. AAA/AARP) are offering.
- When the Hyatt Leverage rate isn’t the lowest rate available, it may still offer the best option (depending on a person’s circumstances). A lot of the discounted rates that you’ll find are inflexible and require a deposit…
…while the Hyatt Leverage rates usually offer a good amount of flexibility:
If you’re a fan of keeping your bookings as flexible as possible, the Hyatt Leverage rate can be useful.
- The Hyatt Leverage discount rate is not always offered.
- The program describes itself as being aimed at businesses whose employees will, collectively, consume a minimum of 50 nights at Hyatt properties in a calendar year but in practice, anyone can join – there is no requirement to prove that you are or own a business.
- Any participant that doesn’t consume at least 50 nights in a calendar year is open to being removed from the Hyatt Leverage program. Removal isn’t automatic but Hyatt reserves the right to terminate a company’s participation in the program if that target is not reached.
- Holders of the World of Hyatt Business Card are exempt from having to reach the 50 night target.
The Hyatt Leverage program doesn’t offer anything particularly amazing, but it can certainly be useful. For higher-end bookings, it’s possible that Hyatt’s Privé program will offer more value to the average consumer but having recently performed dozens of searches for bookings that I need to make in the coming 12 months, I’ve been seeing firsthand the kinds of discounts and flexibility that the Hyatt Leverage rates can offer and I can tell you that they shouldn’t be ignored.
Most people will no doubt encounter multiple occasions on which the Hyatt Leverage rate isn’t the cheapest rate available or the rate that works best for them but then no one is suggesting that every booking should be made using the Hyatt Leverage discount. Far from it.
This is a program that should be viewed as just another tool in a traveler’s multi-tool travel booking toolbox and as it’s a tool that will work better on some occasions and worse on others, recognizing when to use the program and when to ignore it is key…but that shouldn’t be too much to ask.
Personally, I’ve used the program sparingly over the past year but that has more to do with the fact that I’ve been burning my way through a mountain of points and less to do with the value of the program and now that my points balance is getting low, Hyatt Leverage is playing a considerably more significant role in my bookings.
Is the program perfect? No. Does the program revolutionize Hyatt bookings? No, it doesn’t. But it’s very definitely a program that all Hyatt fans should be keeping in mind.
Featured image courtesy of Hyatt