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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World of Hyatt to Introduce Milestone Rewards from March 2019 - Unlock Benefits Every 10 Nights

Hyatt has been making a number of loyalty program enhancements ever since the official relaunch (as World of Hyatt) in early 2017. Members are now able to use their points for free nights in premium suites and there is no longer a minimum length of stay for free nights in suites. With that being said, Points + Cash rates have also been devalued since members are now required to pay 50% of the BAR (instead of a fixed rate). In a bid to improve the loyalty program, World of Hyatt will be introducing Milestone Rewards to all members from 01 March 2019 - members will soon be able to unlock more perks and benefits with every 10 nights that they stay with the brand (up to 100 nights per year).

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World of Hyatt Makes Premium Suites Available on Points but Makes Points + Cash More Expensive

There has been plenty of speculation going on in the industry and the suspicions have been confirmed - World of Hyatt members will be required to pay 'more' for free nights using Points + Cash from 01 November 2018. At the time of writing, there is a 40% bonus for World of Hyatt points and I highly recommend everyone to take advantage of this offer since this may be the last chance for you to take advantage of the current Points + Cash rates. On the bright side, members will also be able to use their points for free nights in premium suites and there will no longer be a minimum length of stay for free nights in suites.

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Buy World of Hyatt Points and Get 40% Bonus Points - until 27 November 2018

Thinking about using your World of Hyatt points for a stay but do not have enough? Purchase World of Hyatt points from now until 27 November 2018 to get 40% more - you will have to commit to a minimum of 10,000 points to trigger this offer. Each eligible World of Hyatt account can purchase up to 55,000 points per calendar year and these bonuses tend to max out at 40%.

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