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Back in April, Hyatt bought the London-based Mr & Mrs Smith hotel marketing group.

Long term readers will know that Mr & Mrs Smith used to have a deal with IHG One Rewards, whereby certain Smith properties could be booked, for cash or points, via the IHG website.

This ended when Hyatt bought the company. At some point – but not just yet – it is very likely that some Smith hotels will appear on hyatt.com.

Buy Mr & Mrs Smith gift cards via Hyatt

What is interesting about this deal is that Mr & Mrs Smith is not a hotel brand. It is, at heart, simply a travel agent with a strong brand and a focused niche on upmarket independent leisure hotels.

For Hyatt, it will end up similar to the Small Luxury Hotels affiliation. Hotels will not become Hyatt branded, or indeed Mr & Mrs Smith branded, but will agree to have their rooms sold via hyatt.com – for cash or points – in return for giving points and limited elite benefits to World of Hyatt members.

This is all in the future though.

You can gain from Mr & Mrs Smith bookings immediately

Hyatt has found a smart way to allow World of Hyatt members to benefit from Mr & Mrs Smith stays whilst negotiations with hotels over integration continue.

This is what you can do.

  • You will earn the standard 5 World of Hyatt points for every $1 you spend on gift cards
  • Elite members of World of Hyatt will earn their elite bonus on top
  • You will earn 1 night towards elite status for every $300 of gift cards you buy
Buy Mr & Mrs Smith gift cards via Hyatt

Here’s the important small print:

  • You can only redeem gift cards AGAINST ROOM SPEND, not against food, drink, spa or other expenses
  • You can only redeem gift cards on the Mr & Mrs Smith website – you can’t use them in the hotel or if booking via the hotel’s own website. You also won’t be able to use them on the Hyatt website when the hotels are finally integrated.
  • Each gift card can contain up to $1,000 of credit and the Mr & Mrs Smith website allows up to five gift cards to be used in one transaction. You can use more but it requires customer services to process your booking.
  • You won’t earn any additional World of Hyatt points or elite credit from your stay. Even when hotels join World of Hyatt, you won’t earn points or credit for booking via the Mr & Mrs Smith website which is the only place these gift cards can be used.
  • Gift cards do not expire
  • You can choose between an e-card and a physical plastic gift card

You also have the option of redeeming World of Hyatt points for a Mr & Mrs Smith gift card. However, I don’t recommend this. The rate is not fantastic – 8,333 points gets you $100 (£82.35) which is basically 1.0p per point. You can do better than this with a standard World of Hyatt redemption booking.

Is this deal worth it?

There are clearly a few scenarios where this deal looks interesting:

  • If you were booking a hotel which is part of Mr & Mrs Smith (eg Chewton Glen, Lime Wood, Grantley Hall to name 0.15% of them) then you now have an option to earn some points from it
  • If you are close to earning World of Hyatt elite status, this promotion is a way of buying elite nights towards 2024 status without having to do a hotel stay immediately. The same goes for anyone who earns status via base points, as the 5 points per $1 earned on gift cards count towards status.

There are downside risks:

  • Assuming you use the gift card in the UK, you would need to use a credit card with 0% FX fees to buy the gift card, or the FX fee would wipe out much of the value of the points
  • Mr & Mrs Smith may not have the cheapest rate or best package for the hotel you want to book
  • You are reliant on the Mr & Mrs Smith website using a fair exchange rate if your hotel is not charged in $

Overall, however, this is a fairly elegant solution to plug the gap until Mr & Mrs Smith hotels are fully integrated into World of Hyatt.

PS. Amusingly, some hotels which are part of other brands appear on Mr & Mrs Smith. Planning a stay at the University Arms in Cambridge? It’s part of Marriott Bonvoy, but via this deal you could earn World of Hyatt points instead!


World of Hyatt update – December 2023:

Get bonus points: World of Hyatt is not currently running a global promotion

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Comments (12)

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  • Andy says:

    Wonder if anyone knew whether the elite nights earned buying Mrs and Mrs Smith vouchers would qualify for the 3,000 bonus World of Hyatt points for every three nights you stay promotion. I’m imagining not but it would be a nice bonus

  • pauldb says:

    There seem to be a few nuances that give this extra value. Presumably if you can book a package (BB,HB,Spa) you will essentially be getting credit on those “extras”.
    If you pay more that $300/n you can get more than qualifying-night per actual night. Similarly it’s an unusual way to get credit for a second room if you book more than one.

  • Frederik says:

    Hi Rob, quick question please – could these bought elite nights for $300/night count towards the Hyatt Globalist challenge (ie do 20 nights in 90 days etc)? Thx

    • Rob says:

      Good question, honestly no idea. If reward nights count then potentially these might …. if they don’t count reward nights then I suspect this might also be out. I doubt even Hyatt knows if you ask …. depends how their computer treats them.

    • Track says:

      Reward nights definitely count for status in WOH.

      I suppose the stay nights will count even if the means of payment a Gift Card.

      No experience posting a stay from a Mr & Mrs Smith hotel, but don’t expect a status purchased for $300 will be converted into a Globalist.

  • Tim says:

    One of the unanswered questions is whether Hyatt, when they fully integrate Smith, will status match Mr & Mrs Smith Black, Silver & Gold loyalty scheme with their own. For instance will Goldsmith Level members ($300 to purchase) be given Globalist Status in Hyatt? If they do it would be a cost effective way to get the valuable Globalist membership 😉

    • Stu_N says:

      Yep even if it was 50/50 for the status match and I could extract 50% of the cost via Smith I’d go for that.

    • Tom says:

      Seems pretty unlikely to me for something you buy rather than needing to demonstrate any repeat business, no? At best, I imagine Silversmith will get Discoverist and Goldsmith will get Explorist.

      • Stu_N says:

        yes thinking about it and looking at how Goldsmith works, seems like close to zero chance Hyatt would “give away” Globalist…

        Discoverist and maybe Explorist seems more likely – they would be a sweetener for Mr & Mrs Smith’s customers and if they don’t stay much, it doesn’t cost Hyatt much.

  • Tintin38 says:

    Am still pondering this offer as a way to renew Globalist status this year (and/or next) instead of a short mattress run before Christmas. In principle, the mattress run is money down the drain while stocking up on Smith gift cards will earn points and tier nights and will definitely be used for our honeymoon next year. So more a cash flow issue than anything!

    • Tim says:

      That’s exactly why I bought gift cards! It all depends on whether you want to spend your honeymoon in one of their hotels! It’s a pretty eclectic choice!

  • memesweeper says:

    Which of your relatives wouldn’t be delighted with a free night at a Mr and Mrs for Christmas?

    Obviously there’s a downside of FX risk, inflation before spend, etc etc, reducing the value of your gift

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