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Hyatt announces an interesting partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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The Hyatt hotel group has taken a few knocks recently.  After Marriott acquired Starwood, it was the clear baby of the big international hotel groups.  A bodged shake-up of its loyalty scheme, creating World of Hyatt, alienated many loyalists.  The most recent attempt to gain scale by mounting a last-minute bid for NH Hotels went nowhere.

There is now some positive news.  Sketchy details have been announced of a partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a marketing group representing 500 boutique high-end properties.

HYatt Small Luxury Hotels of the World partnership

It isn’t clear what this will entail.  Some SLH properties will become bookable on the Hyatt website and you will be able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points and enjoy status benefits when you book.

It remains to be seen how many SLH members will take advantage, but we could soon see UK hotels such as Luton Hoo, 11 Cadogan Gardens, Danesfield House, Langshott Manor and Stoke Park available for points.

World of Hyatt update – August 2022:

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  • Oswaldo says:

    Hyatt partners with Small Luxury Hotels – The Bath Priory is no longer an SLH member. The property has been disconnected from the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand on August 01st 2018.

  • Devin says:

    Reports out this morning that Norwegian will be leasing an a380 from HiFly to fly to JFK this month. It’s an ex-Singapore Air plane…maybe a chance to get fly in the suites if you have a premium ticket?

  • Ben says:

    OT. Looking for advice really. I am looking at South America over Christmas and LATAM is coming out cheapest in J to RIO.
    Does anyone have any experiences of how to get from London to South America (Pretty open as I will be traveling around) for under £1500 in J?

    • Lady London. says:

      Often cheaper from AMS, CDG and other usual suspects especially on Skyteam. Iberia also. Iberia has done a few South America seriously good offers that have come out in the autumn, in past 2-3 years. Watch their site dot es as they don’t seem to email all of them across the board.

      If your dates are on Iberia’s peak date chart then I wouldn’t hang around waiting and would book what I could now for those dates. Otherwise if you have got a little flexibility I’d hang around for a few months more and see what offers are around.

      Also remember award seats on OneWorld to South America can be ridiculously cheap for the distance if you’ve already got yourself by cash or miles, to the USA. Availability I am not sure of but I know that can be a really cheap way of getting yourself there.

      Same as the Caribbean. There was a time when UK travel agents were only allowed by the airlines to sell direct tickets from the UK to the Caribbean. They weren’t allowed to sell any routing to the Caribbean that went via North America as it was about 20% of the cost. A few savvy travellers used to buy their ticket to USA only then in the USA buy a ticket to and from the Caribbean. This was a very long time ago though when I was young and working in a travel agent so you can imagine how long ago… Freddie Laker was still flying then.

  • Diydegsy says:

    Bits I have points expiring with hertz which I will not be able to use for car hire but I can’t seem to find a way to transfer them to IHG or other partner airlines,does anyone know if that route has stopped . I have looked at the website but there doesn’t seem to be a way of doing it?

    • John says:

      My Hertz points haven’t expired in 3 years despite not earning any

    • Rob says:

      Odd. Here are the FAQ rules:

      How can I redeem my Gold Plus Rewards Points for Frequent Traveler Points?
      You can redeem your Gold Plus Rewards Points for Frequent Traveler Points online by following these four quick steps:
      1. Log in at
      2. At the top navigation bar, click on “My Account,” from there select “Use My Points.”
      3. Select the “Frequent Traveler” tab.
      4. Complete the form and hit “Submit”.

      But the tab is not there ….

      • Lady London says:

        Hertz has changed things or introduced new rules without telling anyone before.
        Last example was when in August it refused to let me use my 2 days available on a perfectly qualified 2 day booking. It would only accept 1 reward day on the 2 day booking I needed even though I have more than 2 available. verified with several variants of UK hire starting from several Hertz corporate locations. Even phoned Hertz. The agent said they’d noticed the system doing it in the past week or so.

        Very annoying as it was an urgent last minute booking at a new airport due to a flight change and at a peak pricing period. So what I paid for the one day I had to pay for, would normally have paid me at least a 3 day booking. There was nothing in the rules about this restriction applying at that time, the agent checked and confirmed they did not know why it was doing it either. Longer bookings made no difference. Sneaky Hertz. I’m currently doing the odd car hire booking elsewhere as I don’t want to be tied to them if they restart doing these kind of tricks.

  • RussellH says:

    OT: IHG Open Table

    Anyone have much experience of this? I had a browse last night and was suprised to see a number of places that we go to anyway signed up. It seems like points for nothing if booking places we would go to anyway, even though we would not normally bother to book!

    • Rob says:

      Feedback is good and the points count for status it appears.

    • AndyGWP says:

      Wow – I live in a very small town up north, and expected nothing but likewise there’s a few local places on there that I would have never expected! Cheers for the heads-up! 🙂

      • RussellH says:

        That is basicly my own situation, though it is seven miles to the nearest small town.
        Intersting to note that the rather larger town 20 miles away, with much more upmarket shops and a theatre has far fewer offerings. perhaps because it is full of tourists at this time of year!

        What I am potentially looking forward to now is IHG points combined with Amex Shop Small in 4 months time…

    • Lumma says:

      Basically with OpenTable, the restaurant pays a fee per person depending on how each customer books. For the small independent I used to work at it was 25p if they booked on the restaurant website or £1 if they booked through the main OpenTable site.

      When the restaurant wants to have a special offer that’s featured on the OpenTable site (2 course for £25, fee glass of wine, etc.) they pay more for these customers. The IHG points bookings will be similar to these from the restaurant’s point of view so it shouldn’t affect you in any way, so free points if you’d already eat there anyway 🙂

  • Anon says:

    OT – booking the return leg on a 2 4 1. I have never done this by phoning before, it sounded like hard work but I need to book outbound at T-355 as availability is very limited. From experience I think I’ll be safe to wait until the UK call centre opens on the day my return flights are released (I really struggle with the overseas call centres, they only seem to be able to read from a script). Are customer services fairly familiar with the process? It’s difficult to envisage how the it works as obviously the voucher completely disappears from your account once it’s used for an outbound leg. Many thanks!

    • Matt says:

      If you have enough avios you can book the return as a single (ie full cost) and then phone up when the UK call centre is open to get half of the Avios refunded. They don’t change the tax though, so that was is more expensive if you’re going to the Americas, cheaper if you’re flying East.

      I have booked a 241 return in the past by phoning Japan – they were absolutely fine doing it. A more recent experience was also pretty good – missed out on the flight we wanted through no fault of theirs, but they were very helpful looking for alternatives. Just explain you want to add a return leg to a booking now it’s available.

      • Anon says:

        Thanks Matt. I have booked 2 outbound legs before with a 2 4 1 and was only charged the avios for the outbound flight (75,000 for 2 x CW seats), so has this changed?

        That’s bad news about the tax, will adjust it if you call up to add a return leg with a Lloyds upgrade voucher.

      • Genghis says:

        They will reprice the tax is you ask…

        • Matt says:

          Yes, when you book the outbound you’re only charged for that flight.

          If you phone up to add the return then it is added to the initial booking and the charges are done as a return. If you book the return as a separate, single booking and then phone up later to get half the Avios refunded then you end up with 2 one way bookings and they don’t adjust the cash component.

        • Anon says:

          Ok that makes sense now, thanks!

        • Sussex Bantam says:

          On a related note – trying to book using an Avios voucher (not done this before) for flights which I’ll need to do at midnight T355.

          What’s the best approach ? Book both singles and then call to join them together and use voucher ?

        • Jonathan says:

          Is this an interesting way to use a 241 to HKG but benefit from no YQ on ex HKG leg? Always assumed taxes etc would be repriced as part of avios refund.

  • Jon says:

    Very interesting! I think it has been higher in the past, and in November rather than August? But still a good deal for those with the right card!

  • Nick says:

    OT – i have a Lloyds Upgrade voucher to use, has anyone had experience with persuading Avios to apply it to very separate open jaw flights, e.g. 7 November Chicago – LHR and 18 November KUL – LHR please if the availability is there?

    • the_real_a says:

      If you call up the voucher is added as a manual addition, so whatever you can persuade them to do 🙂 However the rules are clear, one flight of the return must originate IN the UK. I do HKG – LHR / LBA – PEK on the voucher each year.

    • Jonathan says:

      It’s possible but the “surface” segment (ie. the distance between the arrival & departure points of journey 1 & 2) must be shorter than the shortest flight so your itinerary would not be possible but LHR-JFK, MIA-LHR would be fine.

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