While Hyatt doesn’t have the global footprint of Hilton, IHG, or Marriott, World of Hyatt has done a great job building partnerships with other travel brands that add value to World of Hyatt members.
Hyatt has partnerships with small luxury hotels around the world, American Airlines, and others. In this post I wanted to talk a little more about Hyatt’s partnership with Lindblad Expeditions, which started in 2019. While cruises are probably not on most people’s minds right now, this is a partnership that I always find interesting, and that I will hopefully take advantage of some day.
Details on the partnership between Hyatt & Lindblad Expeditions
Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions work loyally so that World of Hyatt members can collect and redeem World of Hyatt points and receive other perks on Lindblad Expeditions travel.
Please note that your cruise must be booked through the World of Hyatt Lindblad Expeditions co-branded booking website, the Hyatt global contact center, or the Lindblad Expeditions contact center to take advantage of these benefits. Your World of Hyatt information must be provided at the time of booking. The full partnership terms and conditions can be found here.
I’m not a big lover of cruises (including pre-coronavirus) although the only exception is that I’d love to cruise to Antarctica at some point. That’s why I’m so interested in this partnership.
I would like to go on a cruise to Antarctica someday
What is Lindblad Expeditions?
For those of you new to Lindblad Expeditions, the company works with National Geographic and offers some pretty cool cruises with a special focus on adventure travel. The company offers hundreds of expeditions per year on over a dozen ships, each accommodating 28 to 148 guests.
Lindblad Expeditions focuses on natural destinations such as the Arctic Svalbard, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Alaska, Costa Rica and Panama and many more.
Earn World of Hyatt points for Lindblad Expeditions
World of Hyatt members can earn points when booking Lindblad Expedition cruises:
- World of Hyatt members earn five basis points for every dollar spent on eligible Lindblad expeditions, with no incidental charges. A member can earn points for up to three staterooms provided they are the lead guest and pay for all staterooms
- World of Hyatt members receive their standard Elite Reward Points for eligible expenses (Discoverist members receive a 10% bonus, Explorist members receive a 20% bonus, and Globalist members receive a 30% bonus).
- Those who pay for their Lindblad Expeditions cruise with the World of Hyatt credit card (Review) can earn 4x World of Hyatt Points per dollar spent, which is the same rate of return offered on spending at Hyatt hotels
- Lindblad Expeditions are part of World of Hyatt’s worldwide promotions, and the expenses also qualify for lifetime Globalist status with World of Hyatt
Redeeming World of Hyatt points for Lindblad expeditions
World of Hyatt members can redeem points with Lindblad Expeditions. This can be done directly through this website. Although the value per World of Hyatt point is not published as a consistent amount, in general, after some searches, it appears that every World of Hyatt point is getting you 1.6 cents for a Lindblad Expeditions experience. That could be adjusted in the future.
That’s a solid thing as I rate World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each. Also, keep in mind that World of Hyatt is partnered with Chase Ultimate Rewards. So this is a great opportunity to redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for a trip with Lindblad Expeditions (by transferring them to World of Hyatt).
World of Hyatt benefits from Lindblad Expeditions
In addition to earning and redeeming World of Hyatt points, members can receive the following Lindblad Expeditions benefits when they book through an eligible channel:
- World of Hyatt members of all levels are rewarded with $ 250 onboard credit that can be used on expeditions
- World of Hyatt members earn Qualifying Night Credit for eligible nights on a Lindblad Expedition Experience
- World of Hyatt members can purchase specially curated Lindblad Expedition Experiences through the FIND Marketplace
- Those who participate in the American partnership AAdvantage and World of Hyatt can earn one AAdvantage mile for every dollar spent on Lindblad Expeditions
Achieve globalist status with Lindblad Expeditions
Lindblad expedition experiences definitely don’t come cheap. Perhaps it is worth pointing out how easy it is to earn World of Hyatt Globalist status (which is my favorite status in top hotels):
- World of Hyatt Globalist status can typically be earned at 100,000 basis points per year, which equates to an expense of $ 20,000 (since you earn five basis points for every dollar spent). In other words, a cruise could easily earn you globalist status
- These expenses also qualify for World of Hyatt Globalist lifetime status, which requires one million basis points to be earned (equivalent to $ 200,000 in expenses).
While this isn’t a cheap way to achieve globalist status, it sure does an easy way if you are planning a trip like this.
Is there a catch to this partnership?
I wouldn’t necessarily call it a big catch, but the only thing to keep in mind is that you need to book through an appropriate booking channel to take advantage of these benefits.
I imagine that in some cases you can get a better deal through another source. For some people this might be a deal breaker, for others it might not. Everyone has to crack the numbers for themselves.
Hyatt has some fantastic collaborations, and perhaps the most fascinating one is with Lindblad Expeditions. There aren’t many cruises that interest me, although the exception is for places like Antarctica.
I’m far from ready to book a cruise, but I hope I can use this partnership between Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions to not only book a great cruise, but also to move closer to Hyatt’s lifelong globalist status.
Has anyone used the World of Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions partnership or is hoping to do so in the future?