Choose 5,000 World of Hyatt Points or 20% Additional Discount with Hyatt's New Best Rate Guarantee

Hyatt has now enhanced their Best Rate Guarantee program to offer members the opportunity to pick 5,000 World of Hyatt Points over a 20% discount. Effective immediately, members can now file for a Best Rate Guarantee and choose between getting an additional 20% off or 5,000 World of Hyatt Bonus Points (which will typically cost USD 120 to purchase) when it is approved. Remember, these additional benefits are on top of your newly-matched room rate.

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World of Hyatt Members Can Earn and Redeem Points at Thompson Hotels (28 Mar) and Joie de Vivre (15 May) - Alila and Destination Hotels by End 2019

Last year, Hyatt announced that it would be acquiring Two Roads Hospitality - the lifestyle hotel management company owns luxury lifestyle and boutique brands like Alila Hotels & Resorts, Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels and tommie. Starting from 28 March 2019, World of Hyatt members will be able to earn and redeem points (as well as enjoy in-hotel benefits) at eight participating Thompson Hotels for eligible stays.

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Hotel Review: Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai (King Bed Deluxe) - First Andaz Property in Asia

It is definitely worth noting that the Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai is the first Andaz-branded property to open in Asia and it located in an iconic entertainment area of downtown Shanghai. Even though the official check-in time at the property is 3:00PM, I did not face any trouble getting a room assigned to me at approximately 2:00PM. In fact, the hotel actually accorded me with an upgrade into a King Bed Deluxe (much like a Junior Suite and you will see why later) since I was celebrating my birthday there.

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Upcoming Changes to Hyatt's Award Chart - Most Hotels in Asia Will Require Less Points from 18 March 2019

Hyatt has just published their annual award chart updates that will take effect on 18 March 2019 - the number of World of Hyatt points required for a free night will change at some hotels. As you may remember, Points + Cash rates are now less attractive as members are required to pay 50% of the Standard Rate for standard rooms. In general, most of the affected hotels in Asia will be experiencing a reduction in hotel category (meaning it will cost you less points for free night) but hotels in Japan and South Korea in particular will see an increase in the number of required points in the near future.

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Purchase World of Hyatt Points at 30% Bonus - until 22 February 2019

Purchase World of Hyatt Points before the end of 22 February 2019 to get 30% more (minimum of 5,000 points is required). It is worth repeating that World of Hyatt members are now required to pay 'more' for free nights using Points + Cash since the cash component is pegged to 50% of the standard rate. However, if you are in need of World of Hyatt Points, now may be a good time to purchase them since you got 30% more.

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