6 ways to redeem points with the World of Hyatt program
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World of Hyatt doesn’t have a massive portfolio of hotels like Hilton and Marriott. But it makes up for it by having an excellent loyalty program with low redemption rates. We value Hyatt points at 1.7 cents each, among the highest of hotel programs. Hyatt’s Globalist elite status is considered by many to be the best top-tier status around.
Hyatt planned to introduce peak and off-peak pricing, award chart changes and more this year, but it’s been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus. That means you have more time to take advantage of the current award chart before changes go into effect next year.
You can earn World of Hyatt points from hotel stays, promotions or credit cards. The World of Hyatt Credit Card ($95 annual fee) offers up to 50,000 bonus points. You’ll earn 25,000 points after you spend $3,000 in the first three months from account opening and an additional 25,000 points after spending a total of $6,000 within the first six months.
But once you have a bunch of Hyatt points, you might be wondering how to redeem them. Today, I’ll talk about how to redeem points – and redemption options to avoid – with the World of Hyatt program.
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Redeeming points for Free nights
Hyatt prices its award nights by hotel category, similar to other major hotel chains. The higher the category, the more points you’ll need for a free night redemption.
The more upscale brands (like Park Hyatt and Andaz) along with hotels in more desirable cities are usually in higher categories. You’ll find lower redemptions at chains like Hyatt House and Hyatt Place.
You can find which hotels are in a category by looking at Hyatt’s “Search Hotel by Category” page. Just enter a location and category, and you’ll see all hotels in that category in your selected region.
Hyatt also has a partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties and integrated the chain into its award chart. You’ll find a lot of SLH properties in Category 7 or 8, which require 30,000 and 40,000 points a night, respectively.
As I said at the beginning, Hyatt’s redemption rates are incredibly low, with Category 1 hotels starting at 5,000 points a night.
Some of the best Category 1 hotels can be found in the Middle East and Asia. You can score deals at hotels such as Alila Bangsar Kuala Lumpur or Studios at Alila Seminyak in Bali for just 5,000 points a night.
In the Middle East, the Category 1 Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort will also run you just 5,000 Hyatt points. Unfortunately, this resort will leave the World of Hyatt portfolio on Jan. 1, 2021, and will no longer be operated as a Hyatt affiliated hotel. So if you have some Hyatt points to burn and you want to visit Egypt, you may want to book sooner rather than later.
Hyatt Reward night certificates
You can earn World of Hyatt Category 1-4 free-night certificates annually in three ways:
- On your cardmember anniversary for The World of Hyatt Credit Card
- When you spend $15,000 during an anniversary year on your World of Hyatt credit card
- By staying 30 nights or earning 50,000 base points at Hyatt properties
This is a great way to enjoy some fabulous mid-tier resorts in North America, like the Andaz San Diego (Category 4) or Hyatt Regency Toronto (Category 3). Note that the latter property will resume accepting guests on Aug. 4. You can also use the free-night certificate for international stays, like at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar in Tanzania.
Points + Cash bookings
If you don’t have enough points for a free night award, you can book a Points + Cash rate instead. This allows you to combine points and cash for a discounted stay and, when available, they should appear online. To book this rate, you’ll need to pay half of the standard rate plus 50%-70% of the full points required for a standard room.
Redeem Hyatt points for Rental cars
World of Hyatt points can be redeemed for Hyatt for Avis car rentals by calling World of Hyatt directly.
However, we recommend staying away from this option, as it will give you a low cent-per-point value. You’d be much better off swiping a credit card that offers primary car rental coverage (like the Chase Sapphire Reserve) to pay for the rental instead of using your valuable Hyatt points in this fashion.
Redeem points for dining, spa or meeting credits
You also can redeem points for dining, spa or meeting credits at Hyatt properties, but it’s not the best bang for your buck.
Depending on how many points you redeem, you can get between 1 and 1.54 cents per point — less than TPG’s 1.7 cent valuation and not a particularly good redemption option. Meeting credits start at 15,000 World of Hyatt points for a $200 credit, or 1.3 cents-per-point in value. It’s still far less than TPG’s valuation, however.
Transfer Hyatt points to airline partners
You can transfer World of Hyatt points to a variety of airline partners. Hyatt offers a 2.5:1 transfer ratio for airline transfers. There are some exceptions, however. The following travel partners support different conversion ratios. If you convert 5,000 World of Hyatt points you will receive:
- 4,000 Aeromexico/LAN Airlines S.A. kilometers
- 3,200 Air China kilometers
- 3,200 China Eastern Airlines points
- 2,400 Qantas Airways points
- 2,400 Southwest Airlines points
- 3,000 Virgin Atlantic Airways miles
So, with that in mind, we only recommend transferring your World of Hyatt points to an airline if you need to top up your account balance for a particular reward on a hard-to-earn airline loyalty program. Otherwise, your points are likely better spent on a hotel stay.
The World of Hyatt program doesn’t get enough love, even when it has some of the best redemptions in the points world. As long as you avoid poor redemptions like booking rental cars or meeting credits, you should be able to get a lot of value out of your Hyatt points.
Additional reporting by Andrew Kunesh.
Featured photo of Park Hyatt St. Kitts by Zach Griff/The Points Guy
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