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Here’s how to quickly stock up on Hyatt points for your next vacation

July 30 2022
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As one of TPG's all-time favorite hotel loyalty programs, we value World of Hyatt points at an industry-leading 1.7 cents apiece. Even with the recent category changes, you can stay at some amazing Hyatt properties with reasonable redemption rates. So it’s worth saving up now if you have your eye on an aspirational stay, such as a trip to the all-inclusive Alila Ventana Big Sur.

Not sure where to start with World of Hyatt? We’ll show you all the different ways you can earn World of Hyatt points. We’ll start with hotel stays and then move into alternative earning methods like credit cards and travel partners.

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Earn Hyatt points on travel

A suite at Hyatt's Alila Fort Bishangarh in India. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

World of Hyatt rewards its members for each hotel stay across its global portfolio. You can earn points on all Hyatt hotel stays booked directly through Hyatt’s website, which includes Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties, the Thompson and Joie de Vivre brands added as part of the Two Roads Hospitality integration and more than 50 all-inclusive resorts.

Hyatt awards 5 points per dollar spent on Hyatt hotel stays and qualifying room charges (room service, bar tabs, spa services, etc.). This number is consistent across the board, so you’ll earn the same number of points at a Hyatt Regency that you would at a Hyatt Centric for the same price. Hyatt also partners with select MGM Rewards hotels and Lindblad Expeditions, where you’ll also earn 5 points per dollar spent.

Aside from hotels, you’ll earn 10 World of Hyatt points for every eligible dollar spent on FIND experiences. (Just note that Hyatt has still suspended all FIND experiences in light of COVID-19.) And unfortunately, you'll no longer earn World of Hyatt points at Exhale spas and gyms.

Travelers with World of Hyatt elite status will earn bonus points on all hotel stays. Here’s how many extra points each tier earns:

  • Discoverist: 10% bonus (0.5 extra points per dollar spent).
  • Explorist: 20% bonus (1 extra point per dollar spent).
  • Globalist: 30% bonus (1.5 extra points per dollar spent).

So if you’re a World of Hyatt Globalist member staying at a Grand Hyatt hotel for three nights at $150 per night, you’d earn 2,925 points on your hotel stay. This haul is valued at nearly $50, based on TPG’s valuations.

  • $150 x 3 nights 5 points = 2,250 points.
  • 2,250 points x 30% bonus = 675 points.
  • 2,925 points earned total.

While this may seem small compared to Hilton Honors or IHG One Rewards, Hyatt has lower redemption rates than other chains. Awards start at just 3,500 World of Hyatt points per night on off-peak dates at Category 1 hotels.

Related: 6 ways to redeem Hyatt points as travel rebounds

Earn bonus points through promotions

Hyatt Centric Key West in Florida. (Photo by Kyle Olsen/The Points Guy)

Throughout the pandemic, Hyatt has offered several generous promotions. Check out the current World of Hyatt promotions to boost your earning potential even higher.

We advise registering for the promotions even if you're not sure you'll be staying at a Hyatt hotel. That way, you'll be all set to earn bonus points if a last-minute trip arises.

Related: Here's all the current World of Hyatt promotions

Earn Hyatt points with meetings

Holding meetings and events at Hyatt hotels can help you earn points and status. You’ll earn 1 point per dollar spent (up to 50,000 points) on eligible expenses like meeting rooms and event spaces. You can also earn World of Hyatt elite status by hosting meetings:

  • Discoverist: Three meetings.
  • Explorist: 10 meetings.
  • Globalist: 20 meetings.

Earn Hyatt points through credit cards

The Grand Hyatt San Francisco. (Photo by Kyle Olsen/The Points Guy)

Two cobranded Hyatt credit cards from Chase are currently open to new applicants: the World of Hyatt Credit Card and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card. Here is a quick overview of these cards:

World of Hyatt Credit Card

Annual fee: $95.

Sign-up bonus: Earn up to 60,000 bonus points: 30,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening, plus earn up to 30,000 more bonus points by earning two bonus points total per dollar spent on purchases that normally earn one bonus point, on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening.

Category bonuses: The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers some great bonus categories. You’ll earn 4 points per dollar spent when you use your card at Hyatt hotels; 2 points per dollar spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships; and 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else.

Perks: With the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you’ll receive one free night every year after your cardmember anniversary, valid at any Category 1 through 4 property. And you can earn a second free night by spending $15,000 on the card in your cardmembership year. The card also provides automatic Discoverist status for as long as your account is open. And you'll enjoy 5 elite night credits every year plus an additional 2 credits for every $5,000 you spend on the card.

Related: ‘One of the most valuable hotel cards’: A review of the World of Hyatt Credit Card

World of Hyatt Business Credit Card

Annual fee: $199.

Sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in your first three months from account opening.

Category bonuses: You’ll earn 4 points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels; 2 points per dollar spent in your top three spending categories each quarter through Dec. 31, 2023 (then in your top two categories each quarter; eligible categories are dining, shipping, airline tickets when purchased directly with the airline, local transit and commuting, social media and search engine advertising, car rental agencies, gas stations and internet, cable and phone services); 2 points per dollar spent on fitness club and gym memberships; and 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else.

Perks: With the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card, you'll get $100 in Hyatt credits each anniversary year (given as a $50 statement credit up to two times each anniversary year when you spend $50 or more at any Hyatt property with your card). You'll also get automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as you hold your card, as well as the ability to gift Discoverist status to up to five employees. And for every $10,000 you spend in a calendar year on your card, you'll earn five tier qualifying night credits toward earning higher tiers of Hyatt elite status.

Related: Big perks for big spenders: World of Hyatt Business Credit Card review

Earn Hyatt points with partners

If you don’t have any upcoming Hyatt stays and aren’t in the market for a new credit card, don’t worry. Hyatt has a couple of partners with which you can earn World of Hyatt points, including rental cars or transferring from Chase. Here’s a look at your options:

Transfer points to World of Hyatt

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card to World of Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. Best of all, the transfer should process instantly.

TPG currently values Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 2 cents each and World of Hyatt points at 1.7 cents each. However, in many cases, you can get more than 2 cents per point from your Hyatt awards, so we recommend the transfer if you have a specific redemption in mind.

Additionally, if you have Bilt Rewards, you can also instantly transfer Bilt Rewards points to World of Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.

Related: When and how to transfer Ultimate Rewards points to World of Hyatt

Earn on American flights

American Airlines A321T Flagship First Class. (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

If you have elite status with the World of Hyatt program, you can earn Hyatt points when you fly on American Airlines. Thanks to the partnership, Hyatt elite members earn 1 Hyatt point per dollar spent on qualifying American Airlines flights.

This earning is in addition to the AAdvantage miles you’ll earn. All you need to do is link your Hyatt and AAdvantage accounts through this link.

Rent cars from Avis

Like most hotel chains, you can earn World of Hyatt points when renting a car. Rent with Avis and use the code K817700 to get 500 World of Hyatt points per rental. With the code, you’ll also receive 25% off base rates for each qualifying rental at participating Avis locations. You can learn more about this here.

Transfer points between family and friends

World of Hyatt members can transfer points between accounts free of charge. However, you can only send or receive points once every 30 days. And unfortunately, you can’t complete this transfer online. You must fill out this form (PDF link) and submit it via email. Both the member transferring the points and the recipient must sign the form before you submit it. Hyatt will complete the transfer once the form is received and reviewed.

The form notes that transfers are only permitted between accounts “to have a sufficient number of points to redeem a particular award” for the recipient. I’d avoid using this option as a way to merge two account balances.

Related: The most award-friendly hotel program: Everything you need to know about World of Hyatt

Buy Hyatt points

Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. (Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy)

The final method of earning Hyatt points is to purchase them directly. Generally speaking, you should rarely (if ever) purchase points or miles of any kind without a bonus or discount. Luckily, Hyatt runs somewhat frequent promotions for purchasing points. If you have a high-end redemption in mind and need to top off your account, buying Hyatt points is one option.

You can bookmark our permanent page for Hyatt buy-points promotions.

Related: Current promotions for buying points and miles

Bottom line

The World of Hyatt program is a favorite among award travelers. Despite a comparatively small (but growing) global footprint, the World of Hyatt program can offer a luxurious experience and a rewarding value proposition.

There aren’t a ton of different ways to earn Hyatt points, but if you combine credit card spending with a handful of paid stays, you’ll be well on your way to a free room for your next trip.

Additional reporting by Kyle Olsen.

Featured photo by Andaz Mayakoba (Photo by Victoria Walker/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
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Rewards

2 - 9X points
9XEarn 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
2XEarn 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

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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

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent/Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

Let's face it: Most hotel cards can feel gimmicky when nightly redemption rates soar into the six digits. Meanwhile, the World of Hyatt program offers the best value possible by allowing members to lock in otherwise expensive properties for reasonable points rates. If you're a fan of this hotel program (like many TPG staffers are), the World of Hyatt Credit Card is a must-have rewards card. Its everyday earning rates are great, and a free night award each card membership year (up to Category 4) make this truly one of the best hotel cards on the market.

Pros

  • Annual free night stay after each card anniversary
  • Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist elite status
  • Up to 9x points total per dollar spent on Hyatt hotels and resorts, including participating restaurants and spas
  • Ability to earn an additional free night award and higher elite status with certain spend threshold

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Limited number of Hyatt hotels globally compared to other large hotel brands
  • 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
Best hotel card for unmatched redemption rates
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

9XEarn 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
2XEarn 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
  • Intro Offer
    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

    Earn up to 60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

Let's face it: Most hotel cards can feel gimmicky when nightly redemption rates soar into the six digits. Meanwhile, the World of Hyatt program offers the best value possible by allowing members to lock in otherwise expensive properties for reasonable points rates. If you're a fan of this hotel program (like many TPG staffers are), the World of Hyatt Credit Card is a must-have rewards card. Its everyday earning rates are great, and a free night award each card membership year (up to Category 4) make this truly one of the best hotel cards on the market.

Pros

  • Annual free night stay after each card anniversary
  • Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist elite status
  • Up to 9x points total per dollar spent on Hyatt hotels and resorts, including participating restaurants and spas
  • Ability to earn an additional free night award and higher elite status with certain spend threshold

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Limited number of Hyatt hotels globally compared to other large hotel brands
  • 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