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[EXPIRED] How To Earn and Redeem Hyatt Points on Lindblad Expeditions [2024]

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UPDATE: The partnership between World of Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions ended on December 31, 2023. It’s no longer possible to earn or use Hyatt points on Lindblad cruises.


We love earning and using points here at Upgraded Points, and we get really excited when we have the opportunity to do that in unique ways.

In 2019, Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions announced a partnership that allows guests to either earn or use World of Hyatt points on Lindblad cruises, along with some additional benefits.

Lindblad Expeditions aren’t cheap, so this won’t appeal to everyone, but for those of you who are interested in these bucket list-worthy trips, this is a great benefit you should know about.

In this post, we’ll show you how to earn World of Hyatt points and benefits, how to earn elite status with Hyatt by booking a Lindblad cruise, and how you can redeem World of Hyatt points to book a Lindblad cruise.

Lindblad Expeditions/Hyatt Partnership

Lindblad Expeditions is a luxury adventure travel company that offers mostly small ship cruises to exotic locations around the world like the Galápagos Islands, the Amazon, and Antarctica.

In 2019 Hyatt and Lindblad Expeditions announced a partnership that would offer World of Hyatt benefits on Lindblad cruises.

That means that not only can you get benefits and earn points and elite nights on Lindblad cruises, but you also have the option to book Lindblad cruises with World of Hyatt points!

Hot Tip: Lindblad also has a partnership with National Geographic, so you’ll see that most of its cruises and tours are marketed under the Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions name. 

National Geographic Endeavour II in the Galapagos Islands
You can earn or use World of Hyatt points on Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions. Image Credit: Katie Seemann

World of Hyatt Benefits on Lindblad Expeditions

When you book an eligible Lindblad/National Geographic Expedition through Hyatt you’ll receive special benefits. To receive the benefits you must book through the correct channels. You can either:

When you’re booking, be sure that your World of Hyatt number is attached to your reservation and confirm that you will receive your benefits.

Lindblad will not honor any World of Hyatt benefits if you don’t add your membership number during the booking process. If you try to add your Hyatt number to your reservation after the fact, they may tell you they are adding it, but they still won’t honor your benefits (unfortunately, I know this from experience).

I recently went on a Lindblad/National Geographic Galápagos cruise which was originally booked before the Hyatt/Lindblad partnership was announced. I called to add my World of Hyatt number to my reservation as soon as I heard about the partnership. The representative I spoke to happily added my number.

About a year later I found out that my number was removed from my reservation. Lindblad refused to re-add it and actually told me they didn’t believe me that the rep added it in the first place (even after I told them who it was and what date it was added).

So, the moral of the story is to book through the Hyatt/Lindblad website or get written confirmation from Lindblad that you are eligible for World of Hyatt benefits at the time of booking.

Bottom Line: You must book through the Hyatt/Lindblad landing page or add your World of Hyatt number to your reservation with Lindblad at the time of booking. You can’t get any benefits by trying to add your number to an existing reservation.

World of Hyatt Benefits on Lindblad Cruises

Now that you know how to book your Lindblad/National Geographic cruise through Hyatt, let’s take a look at some of the benefits you’ll receive:

  • Earn 5 base points per $1 spent on Lindblad cruises
  • Qualifying nights earned will count toward World of Hyatt elite status
  • Receive a $250 onboard credit per reservation

World of Hyatt Elite Bonuses

World of Hyatt elite members will also earn their usual tier bonus points on Lindblad cruises booked through Hyatt:

  • Discoverist: 10% points bonus
  • Explorist: 20% points bonus
  • Globalist: 30% points bonus

These are bonus points and don’t count toward elite status.

American Airlines Elite Member Benefits

American Airlines elite members (Gold status and higher) who have their AAdvantage accounts linked to their World of Hyatt accounts will earn 1 AAdvantage bonus mile per $1 spent on Lindblad cruises booked through Hyatt.

Bottom Line: You can book a Lindblad/National Geographic trip through Hyatt to receive extra perks and benefits. You’ll earn 5x base points per $1 spent, earn elite night credits, and will get a $250 onboard credit.

How To Earn World of Hyatt Status By Booking a Lindblad Expedition

Earning 5 base points per $1 spent on a Lindblad/National Geographic cruise is huge. These cruises are expensive, which means you can very easily earn World of Hyatt elite status by booking and paying for a Lindblad cruise.

For example, if you pay $15,000 for a cruise, you’d earn 75,000 base points. That’s more than enough to earn Explorist status (as long as all of those points came in the same calendar year) and it would get you 75% of the way to top-tier Globalist status (not to mention you’d have a nice chunk of World of Hyatt points to play with).

In addition, with those 75,000 base points you would also earn these Hyatt Milestone Rewards:

  • 4 Club lounge access awards
  • A Category 1-4 free night award
  • 5,000 bonus points, a $100 Hyatt gift card, or a 10,000-point savings on a FIND experience

If you paid for a $20,000 cruise all within the same calendar year, you’d earn top-tier Globalist status!

Bottom Line: When you book a Lindblad trip through Hyatt you’ll earn 5 base points per $1 spent. These points count toward World of Hyatt elite status.

Earn More Points With Hyatt Credit Cards

Regardless of whether or not you book your Lindblad expedition through Hyatt, you can earn lots of points if you have a Hyatt credit card.

Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions code as Hyatt on both The World of Hyatt Credit Card and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card. That means you’ll earn 4 points per $1 spent on any Lindblad Expedition when you use a Hyatt co-branded credit card.

The World of Hyatt Credit Card

The World of Hyatt Credit Card

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The World of Hyatt card offers a fast track to Hyatt elite status, an annual free night, and up to 9x points per $1 on Hyatt stays.

The World of Hyatt Credit Card

The World of Hyatt card offers a fast track to Hyatt elite status, an annual free night, and up to 9x points per $1 on Hyatt stays.
Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent.
Up to 60,000 points
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21.49% - 28.49% Variable
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The World of Hyatt Credit Card makes your Hyatt stays more rewarding and helps you get coveted World of Hyatt elite status faster. This card is a must-have for any traveler who regularly stays at Hyatt hotels, or even for anyone who’s able to take advantage of the card’s annual free night certificate.

When you factor in all the benefits the World of Hyatt card offers, it’s easy to see why it is one of the best co-branded hotel credit cards on the market.

Pros

  • Up to 9 points total for Hyatt stays: 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels and 5 Base Points per $1 from Hyatt as a World of Hyatt member
  • 2x points per $1 at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, local transit, rideshares, and fitness clubs/gym memberships
  • 1x point per $1 on all other purchases
  • 1 Free Night Award each cardmember anniversary (Category 1 to 4)
  • A second Free Night Award when you spend $15,000 on the card
  • Hyatt Discoverist status
  • 5 automatic elite night credits each year
  • 2 elite night credits for every $5,000 spent on the card
  • DoorDash DashPass subscription
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Purchase protection
  • Trip cancellation/interruption and luggage insurance

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent.
  • Enjoy complimentary World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open.
  • Get 1 free night each year after your Cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort
  • Receive 5 tier qualifying night credits towards status after account opening, and each year after that for as long as your account is open
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 in a calendar year
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn up to 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 from Hyatt as a World of Hyatt member
  • Earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
  • Member FDIC

Financial Snapshot

  • APR: 21.49% - 28.49% Variable
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None

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World of Hyatt Business Credit Card

World of Hyatt Business Credit Card

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The World of Hyatt Business card provides a solid option for business travelers that are looking to put their expenses on a small business card.

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World of Hyatt Business Credit Card

The World of Hyatt Business card provides a solid option for business travelers that are looking to put their expenses on a small business card.
60,000 Bonus Points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening.
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Hyatt loyalists who do their fair share of business travel have been clamoring for the addition of a co-branded Hyatt business credit card for quite some time — and now it’s finally here.

The World of Hyatt Business Credit Card is now available. In this guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about it!

Pros

  • 9x points per $1 spent total for Hyatt stays and experiences: Earn 4x points at Hyatt hotels, participating Small Luxury Hotels of the World, participating Exhale locations, and eligible Lindblad Expeditions. Plus, 5x points spent just for being a World of Hyatt member.
  • 2x points per $1 spent in your top three spend categories each quarter through 12/31/24, then your top two categories each quarter. Eligible categories include: Dining, Shipping, Airline tickets when purchased directly with the airline, Local transit & Commuting, Social Media & Search Engine Advertising, Car Rental Agencies, Gas stations and Internet, Cable & Phone Services.
  • 2x points per $1 spent on fitness club and gym memberships.
  • 1x point per $1 on all other purchases
  • Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status
  • Gift World of Hyatt Discoverist status to up to 5 employees
  • Up to $100 annual Hyatt credit — broken up into 2 $50 statement credits
  • Access to the Hyatt Leverage program
  • Earn 5 Elite Night Credits for every $10,000 you spend on the card in a calendar year
  • 10% back on redeemed points after spending $50,000 in a calendar year (with a cap of 20,000 points back per year); this rebate is only valid on stays after spending $50,000 on the card, and any stays prior to meeting that threshold will not be retroactively credited
  • Primary rental car insurance
  • Trip cancellation and interruption insurance
  • Purchase protection and extended warranty protection

Cons

  • $199 annual fee
  • Bonus categories and benefits are very similar to the personal card
  • 60,000 Bonus Points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • 9 points total per $1 spent at Hyatt - 4 Bonus Points per $1 when you use your card at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 from Hyatt as a World of Hyatt member
  • 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent in your top three spend categories each quarter through 12/31/24, then your top two categories each quarter.
  • 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent on fitness club and gym memberships
  • 1 Bonus Point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Up to $100 in Hyatt statement credits - spend $50 or more at any Hyatt property and earn $50 statement credits up to two times each anniversary year.
  • 5 Tier-Qualifying night credits toward status and Milestone rewards for every $10,000 you spend in a calendar year.
  • World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open. Plus, Discoverist status to up to five employees
  • Member FDIC

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  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None

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How To Book a Lindblad Cruise With World of Hyatt Points

If you’d rather not pay cash for your trip, you’ll be thrilled to know you can use World of Hyatt points to book a Lindblad/National Geographic cruise!

When you redeem points for a Lindblad expedition, you’ll get 1.6 cents per point in value. Considering we value Hyatt points at ~1.5 cents, that’s a solid redemption.

Yes, it will take a lot of World of Hyatt points to book one of these trips, but having the opportunity to take a bucket-list trip like this using points is fantastic. If that sounds awesome to you, check out our guide to earning tons of World of Hyatt points to get started.

You can book a Lindblad cruise with points online by requesting a reservation. If there’s space available on your chosen itinerary, you’ll get a booking confirmation via email. Be sure to select World of Hyatt points as your payment method.

Use Hyatt points to pay for a Lindblad cruise
You can pay for your Lindblad cruise with World of Hyatt points. Image Credit: Hyatt

Final Thoughts

We love unique ways to earn and use points — this Hyatt/Lindblad partnership is an excellent opportunity to do just that while enjoying some bucket-list itineraries.

If you book your Lindblad cruise through Hyatt, you’ll earn 5x points per $1 spent, earn elite night credits, and get a $250 shipboard credit.

If you opt to pay for your Lindblad cruise with World of Hyatt points, you’ll get 1.6 cents per point in value, which is a solid redemption.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I earn World of Hyatt points on a Lindblad cruise?

Yes, if you book a Lindblad cruise through Hyatt, you’ll earn 5 points per $1 spent on your cruise. If you pay for your cruise using a Hyatt co-branded credit card, you’ll earn 4 points per $1 spent. That means if you book your cruise through Hyatt and pay for it with a Hyatt credit card, you’ll earn a total of 9 points per $1!

Can I pay for a Lindblad cruise with World of Hyatt points?

Yes, you can use World of Hyatt points to pay for a Lindblad cruise when you book through Hyatt. You’ll get 1.6 cents per point in value.

Can I add my World of Hyatt number to a preexisting Lindblad reservation?

No, you can’t retroactively add your World of Hyatt number to an already existing Lindblad reservation. You can only get benefits when your membership number is added at the time of booking.

How many World of Hyatt points does it take to book a Lindblad cruise?

Lindblad cruises are rather pricey, so it will take a lot of World of Hyatt points to cover the cost. You’ll get 1.6 cents in value, so a $10,000 cruise would cost 625,000 points.

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About Katie Seemann

Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, and Fortune Recommends.

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