Hyatt has been working hard to add to their limited footprint and portfolio over the past year. I was excited when they first announced that they would be partnering with Small Luxury Hotels, as Hyatt was able to add some amazing properties around the world. Now over 200 SLH properties are bookable through Hyatt. Members also won on perks. Stays at SLH properties include free daily breakfast and a room upgrade. But the gains didn’t stop there.
This year Hyatt has added four new brands to its portfolio: Thompson Hotels, Joie de Vivre, Alila, and Destination Hotels. While the number of properties in each of these brands aren’t especially high, they all add incremental value to World of Hyatt members. In a couple cases, they add some fantastic sweet spots.
Points and a Free Night On The Table
Hyatt is promoting their four new brands by running a promotion. Through the end of 2019, World of Hyatt members can receive 2,000 bonus points for their first stay at a property in each of Thompson, Joie de Vivre, Alila, and Destination Hotels. This is a total of 8,000 World of Hyatt points if you try all four.
If you do try all four, there is an even bigger prize: a Category 1-4 Hyatt free night certificate. Not a bad haul for giving these properties a try. You do not need to register for the promotion, and any stay between when the brand/property joins World of Hyatt and December 21, 2019 counts.
While this certainly isn’t mattress-run worthy, if your travel plans already include locations where you have the opportunity to stay in one of these properties, it might be worth switching things up from the standard Hyatt brands. The points and free night are worth $300-400 in value, so it could be very much worth it if you can hit all four.
The killer may be the Alila properties, however. Most are located in Southeast Asia. There is only one in the United States, located in Big Sur, California, and it is a Category 7 property. I’ve registered a stay at a both a Thompson and Joie de Vivre property, but I’m almost certainly going to pass on chasing any more.