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Hyatt recently announced the latest addition to their World of Hyatt loyalty program, opening up new boutique hotel options for program members and World of Hyatt Credit Card account holders with Joie de Vivre Hotels.

The boutique hotel chain was part of Hyatt’s acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality, an international lifestyle hotel management company that Hyatt is using to expand its presence abroad. The new brands acquired from Two Roads (encompassing over 60 new hotels) are being added to World of Hyatt throughout 2019; Joie de Vivre joins participating Thompson Hotels, added March 28, as well as Alila and Destination Hotels, which have yet to be announced.

While the other acquired brands have locations across the globe, all Joie de Vivre hotels are located in the United States. Most are in California, but other locations include Chicago, Baltimore and New York City. As of May 15, each Joie de Vivre hotel is affiliated with Hyatt with the exception of Hotel Carlton, Hotel Vitale, Galleria Park and The Marker hotels.

As part of the launch of these new destinations, Hyatt is offering bonuses for rewards members who book with the new brands as they’re added throughout the year. Members can earn 2,000 Bonus Points on their first stay with each of the four brands, plus one night free after trying all four. Eligibility begins when each brand officially joins World of Hyatt and continues through Dec. 31, 2019.

Earn more with credit cards

With each new brand added to the World of Hyatt, program members will have more properties and destinations to choose from as they earn and redeem points and enjoy in-hotel member benefits.

If you’re a Hyatt hotel regular, you can save even more and earn additional benefits as a Chase cardholder. Not only does the issuer have a co-branded card with Hyatt, but cardholders with Chase Ultimate Rewards® cards can also pool and transfer points to the rewards program.

The World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase (which charges a $95 annual fee), allows cardholders to earn four Bonus Points per dollar spent at all Hyatt hotels, plus two Bonus Points per dollar spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly with the airline, local transit and commuting and fitness clubs and gym memberships. Everything else earns one Bonus Point. The card also offers one extra night free at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort if you spend at least $15,000 during each cardmember anniversary year. Many new Joie de Vivre locations fall into Categories 1-4, but not all. You can sort all Hyatt locations by Category on their website here.

World of Hyatt credit cardholders automatically earn Discoverist elite status, with perks like expedited check-in, late checkout, preferred room choice based on availability and free daily water bottles.

If you’re a World of Hyatt member but not quite ready to open a co-branded credit card, you can still use your Chase credit cards that allow Chase Ultimate Rewards access (like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve®, among others) to maximize Hyatt rewards. Hyatt is one of Chase’s three hotel travel partners, which means you can transfer your Ultimate Rewards points to the hotel chain at a 1:1 ratio with a card that allow transfers.

According to The Points Guy, you should compare whether you’ll get a better deal redeeming through Chase’s online portal or by transferring to World of Hyatt before booking. These redemptions can fluctuate based on season, elite status and other factors, so it’s important to compare each time you book.

Find more information on the new World of Hyatt brands on the hotel chain’s website, and look out for updates here as additional new brands are added throughout the year.

The information about the The World of Hyatt Credit Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve card has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.