While spa treatments and fitness classes aren’t that popular right now due to the pandemic, in this post I wanted to summarize a unique way to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points for these types of services.
The World of Hyatt Benefits at Exhale Spa
World of Hyatt has placed an emphasis on wellness since the program began, and it takes many forms. In 2017, Hyatt acquired Exhale Spa and in 2018 Exhale Spa was fully integrated into World of Hyatt, allowing members to earn and redeem points and receive select elite benefits when visiting Exhale Spa locations. In this post I wanted to explain the basics of how it works.
This is more of an integration than a partnership as Hyatt owns Exhale what sets this agreement apart from Hyatt’s partnerships with MGM, the world’s small luxury hotels, Lindblad Expeditions and American Airlines.
Note that you will need to link your World of Hyatt and Exhale accounts to take advantage of all aspects of this partnership. This can easily be done online. From then on, you can collect and redeem points and take advantage of World of Hyatt with Exhale.
Earn World of Hyatt points with Exhale
World of Hyatt members can earn points at impressive prices for Exhale services such as spa services and fitness classes:
- World of Hyatt members earn 10 basis points for every eligible dollar spent on Exhale (that’s double the rate at which you earn points on hotel stays. Since these are all basis points, this is also an expedited way to become a lifelong globalists.
- World of Hyatt members receive standard Elite Expiratory Spend Bonus Points – that’s a 10% bonus for Discoverist members, a 20% bonus for Explorist members, and a 30% bonus for Globalist members
- The one with the World of Hyatt credit card (Review) Earn 4x points for every dollar spent on their card using Exhale
Those are some excellent earnings percentages. For example, if you are a Globalist member with the World of Hyatt credit cardYou earn 17x points for every dollar spent. I estimate World of Hyatt points at ~ 1.5 cents each, which for me means a return of over 25%.
Redeem World of Hyatt points on the exhale
World of Hyatt members can redeem points for both Exhale Spa experiences and fitness classes. The prices are consistent. This means there are ways to get disproportionate value by redeeming premium treatments and classes in more expensive locations:
- World of Hyatt members can redeem 2,000 points for fitness classes
- World of Hyatt members can redeem 12,000 points for a 60-minute massage or facial
Since I rate World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, for me that means paying the equivalent of $ 30 for a fitness class or $ 180 for a massage or facial in points.
World of Hyatt benefits from Exhale
In addition to earning and redeeming World of Hyatt points with Exhale, members have access to additional benefits when visiting Exhale locations:
- Globalist members get free access to Exhale courses when staying in Hyatt hotels at an eligible price. This includes any award that is eligible to earn Elite Nights
- Both Globalist and Explorist members receive a free week of wellbeing that includes a week of unlimited barre, cardio, yoga, and HIIT classes, 25% off spa therapies, and 15% off boutique purchases
Which Exhale locations are participating?
All Exhale locations participate in the World of Hyatt loyalty program, with the exception of Exhale Bermuda, airport locations in Centurion Lounges and private Exhale locations.
The full list of Exhale locations can be found here.
Is there any value in the Hyatt & Exhale partnership?
Obviously, the answer depends a lot on what you enjoy doing and also the situation with coronavirus as many people are understandably not happy with spa treatments and group fitness right now.
With this partnership, I notice a few things in particular:
- Exhale points earning rates are better than Hyatt hotels as you earn 10 basis points for every dollar spent instead of five. This presents an interesting opportunity as, in theory, you could earn lifelong globalist status by spending $ 100,000 on Exhale instead of $ 200,000 on Hyatt (I’m not saying anyone should do this to be clear but if anyone approaches globalist status it might be worth keeping an eye on)
- In general, when I look at the prices of Exhale treatments and courses, I think the better value is earning points on Exhale experiences rather than redeeming them. as a globalist member of the World of Hyatt credit card You earn 17 points per dollar which I value with a return of over 25%.
- The only exception where redeeming World of Hyatt points might be good value is with some of the premium facials, which cost around $ 250 in some locations
- Given that Hyatt owns Exhale Spa, I’m surprised the brand hasn’t seen any further growth. For example, you would think that many new Hyatt properties are opening with Exhale Spas (rather than third-party spas), but for the most part that doesn’t happen
Hyatt bought Exhale in 2017
Hyatt bought Exhale Spa a few years ago, and it’s undoubtedly an interesting acquisition. It’s cool to see how Exhale Spa integrates so well with World of Hyatt as there is a compelling way to earn points for spa treatments, and for some people it might be worth redeeming points that way too (especially when you transfer points from Chase Ultimate reward).
So far I haven’t used this partnership. I would certainly be in a post-coronavirus era when more Hyatt properties had Exhale spas, but that’s not the case.
Has anyone taken advantage of Exhale Spa’s participation in World of Hyatt? If so, how was your experience?