Hyatt Privé: The little-known program that can score you upgrades, breakfast and other perks

May 21, 2021

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There are lots of ways to make your next hotel stay more comfortable without elite status. Some favorites among the TPG team include booking through American Express’ Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR) program or Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection (LHRC). However, both of these programs are exclusive to those with certain premium credit cards and unlock some sweet perks like early check-in, late checkout, on-property credits, complimentary room upgrades, free breakfast and more.

Hyatt has a little-known program called Hyatt Privé that offers similar benefits but is available to everyone. Benefits of booking through Hyatt Privé include daily breakfast for two, confirmed room upgrades, early check-in, hotel credits and more. However, these stays can’t simply be booked through Hyatt’s site and you may pay a premium for them.

Today we’re going to take a look at everything you need to know about Hyatt Privé and how you can actually book these stays.

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Which hotels participate in Hyatt Privé?

Much like Amex FHR and Chase LHRC, Hyatt has a lesser-known program called Hyatt Privé that can get you big benefits at its higher-end hotels. This includes all Park Hyatt, Andaz and Miraval properties as well as brands like Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt and Alila. Altogether, there are over 200 properties around the world that participate in the program. You can view the full list here.

Hyatt Privé benefits

While they’re fairly consistent, the benefits of booking through Hyatt Privé vary slightly by brand. All Hyatt Privé stays come with the following benefits:

  • Daily full breakfast for two in the hotel’s restaurant
  • A one-category room upgrade (room-to-room or suite-to-suite) confirmed within 24 hours of booking, based on availability at the time of booking
  • A $50 to $100 property credit per room per stay (depending on the hotel)
  • Early check-in (as early as 9 a.m.), subject to availability
  • A welcome gift and letter

Park Hyatt stays come with even more benefits. At these hotels, you’ll receive late check-out (as late as 4 p.m., subject to availability) and the hotel credit is always $100 per room per stay.

Related: How to get free hotel breakfast

Park Hyatt breakfast
(Photo by Chris Dong/The Points Guy)

At Park Hyatt, Andaz and Miraval properties, you’ll get all of these benefits regardless of how long you’re staying. Meanwhile, participating Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Alila, JDV by Hyatt, Thomson Hotels, and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt properties require you to stay a minimum of two nights.

It’s worth mentioning that all of these benefits are in addition to any perks you might get as a part of your elite status. So, World of Hyatt Globalist members, for instance, may receive a further upgrade at arrival and club lounge access. You’ll also still earn bonus points and elite-qualifying credit as per usual.

Related: 6 strategies you can leverage to snag Hyatt Globalist status in 2021

How to book a Hyatt Privé stay

Anyone can book stays with Hyatt Privé benefits (read: you don’t need to have elite status, a special credit card or membership in an exclusive program). The catch is, you can’t book them directly through Hyatt’s site.

To book a Hyatt Privé stay, you must go through an eligible travel agent. Most registered travel advisors should qualify. If you don’t already have a preferred agent, members of the TPG team have had positive experiences with Kristen Nix and Spencer Howard.

Room at the Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort
Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

The Hyatt Privé rate should be identical to the best available “standard rate.” Unfortunately, you can’t get the Hyatt Privé benefits when booking with points or special rates, such as a World of Hyatt member discount rate, AAA rate or pre-paid rate. Typically, travel advisors don’t charge service fees for making Hyatt Privé bookings.

Hyatt standard rate
(Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Hyatt Privé benefits are available at all Park Hyatt, Andaz, and Miraval hotels, as well as select Alila, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency, JDV by Hyatt, Thompson, and Unbound Collection properties. Many of these hotels don’t participate in other luxury hotel programs like FHR, Chase LHRC or Virtuoso.

As mentioned above, a minimum two-night stay is required for participating Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Alila, JDV by Hyatt, Thomson Hotels, and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt properties. Meanwhile, there’s no minimum for Park Hyatt, Andaz and Miraval properties.

Related: Your ultimate guide to Hyatt hotel brands

Maximizing Hyatt Privé bookings

Hyatt Privé stays are charged directly by the property. As such, the best way to maximize these bookings is with the World of Hyatt Credit Card. As with other Hyatt bookings, you’ll earn 4x points per dollar spent at participating properties on top of the usual World of Hyatt earnings.

If you’re considering adding the World of Hyatt Credit Card to your wallet, it’s currently offering a welcome bonus of up to 60,000 bonus points: 30,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 within your first three months from account opening, plus up to 30,000 more points by earning 2x bonus points total on purchases that normally earn 1x bonus point, on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening.

Related: Everything you need to know about World of Hyatt

Miraval Austin pool
The Miraval Austin (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Although you’re booking through a travel agent, you will still earn bonus points and elite-qualifying credit on your stays. So be sure to provide your World of Hyatt number on Hyatt Privé bookings.

Bottom line

The Hyatt Privé program provides several elite-like benefits at Hyatt’s higher-end hotels. Even if you already have World of Hyatt status, booking through the program can still make sense since you’ll get extra perks like a property credit and confirmed upgrades.

Hyatt Privé rates aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but the benefits that come with them can sometimes make paying a bit more for the stay worthwhile.

Although Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) properties aren’t available through Hyatt Privé, keep in mind that World of Hyatt members can still get extra benefits on these stays.

Featured photo of the Park Hyatt Washington D.C. courtesy of Hyatt.

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