Your complete guide to the World of Hyatt program

Aug 31, 2020

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The World of Hyatt program is a favorite around the TPG office, even though it has a smaller footprint than Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors. With reasonable rates and how easy it is to get even base elite status, many stay at Hyatt properties whenever they have the option.

We value World of Hyatt points at a whopping 1.7 cents per point, one of the highest among hotel programs. 

Here’s what you need to know about the program.

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Overview

Hyatt has over a dozen brands and more than 900 properties in over 65 countries. They range from the ultra-luxurious Park Hyatt, boutique Destination Hotels and family-friendly Hyatt House and Hyatt Place properties:

Program partners

The World of Hyatt loyalty program has multiple partners, including American Airlines AAdvantage, MGM Resorts International and Lindblad Expeditions

All World of Hyatt elite members can earn one World of Hyatt bonus point per dollar spent on eligible American Airlines fares. American AAdvantage members with Platinum status or higher can earn one AAdvantage bonus mile per dollar spent on qualifying Hyatt stays and experiences after linking their accounts.

Through World of Hyatt’s partnership with M life Rewards, World of Hyatt members can earn 5x base points at participating M life Rewards destinations, receive a status match and more.

World of Hyatt members can get the following benefits on Lindblad Expeditions overseas itineraries when booked through Lindblad Expeditions’ cobranded Hyatt site, a Hyatt Global Contact Center or Lindblad Expeditions’ contact center:

  • $250 onboard credit
  • Elite tier qualifying night credits for eligible nights on a Lindblad expedition
  • Members can purchase specially curated Lindblad Expedition experiences through FIND
(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Elite status 

There are three status tiers in the World of Hyatt loyalty program, Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist, each offering different perks. If you don’t have Hyatt status, it isn’t hard to earn. Here’s an overview of how to earn Hyatt elite status and the perks you can enjoy. 

Discoverist

The lowest tier in the World of Hyatt program is Discoverist status, which you can typically earn after ten nights, 25,000 base points or three meetings/events. It’s also included as an automatic benefit on The World of Hyatt Credit Card. Here’s what you’ll get as a Discoverist:

  • A 10% point bonus when staying at Hyatt properties
  • Space-available upgrades to preferred rooms within the same category, including ones with a preferred view or location
  • Late checkout 
  • Earn 1 point for every dollar you spend on qualifying American Airlines flights when you link your two loyalty accounts
  • 2 p.m. late checkout
  • Status match to M life Pearl
  • Benefits at Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties
  • Premium internet access
  • Bottled water at check-in

All Hyatt members also get waived resort fees on award nights, which can really add up.

Explorist

The next tier in the World of Hyatt program is Explorist status, which you earn after 30 nights, 50,000 base points or ten meetings/events. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Earn 20% bonus points
  • Upgraded room, excluding suites and club rooms
  • Guaranteed room availability when booked at least 72 hours in advance
  • Status match to M life Gold 

Globalist

Finally, the most elite tier in the World of Hyatt program is Globalist status, which requires 60 nights or 100,000 base points or 20 events/meetings. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • 30% bonus on eligible purchases
  • Space-available room upgrade, including standard suites
  • 4 p.m. checkout 
  • Access to Club lounges where available and complimentary full breakfast at hotels without lounges.
  • Guaranteed room availability when booked at least 48 hours in advance
  • Waived resort fees on eligible paid rates
  • Priority room access when checking in early
  • Ability to share elite status benefits on award stays through Guest of Honor
  • Status match to M life Gold 

Related: What is World of Hyatt elite status worth?

How to earn 

There are several ways to earn Hyatt points, from credit cards to staying to Hyatt’s many hotels.

Hotel stays

You can earn points on all Hyatt hotel stays booked directly through Hyatt. This includes Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties, along with the Thompson and Joie de Vivre brands added as part of the Two Roads Hospitality integration. The exact number of points you’ll earn depends on how much you paid for your stay, your elite status tier and whether you registered for promotions.

Hyatt awards 5 points per dollar spent on Hyatt hotel stays and other qualifying room charges. This number is consistent across the board, so you’ll earn the same number of points at a Hyatt Regency as you would earn on a Hyatt Centric for the same price. Hyatt also partners with select Mlife hotels — these hotels also earn 5 points per $1 spent rate.

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)

If you’re a World of Hyatt Globalist member staying at a Grand Hyatt hotel for three nights at $150 per night, you will earn the following:

  • $150 x 5 points per dollar x 3 nights = 2,250 points
  • 2,250 points x 30% bonus = 675 points
  • TOTAL = 2,925 points

You’d earn nearly 3,000 points on your hotel stay, a haul of almost $50 based on TPG’s valuations. While this may seem like a small amount compared to Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards Club, Hyatt has lower redemption rates than many other chains, with awards starting at just 5,000 points per night for Hyatt Category 1 hotels.

Related: The best ways to earn Hyatt points

(Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Tokyo)
(Photo courtesy of Park Hyatt Tokyo)

World of Hyatt Promotions

World of Hyatt frequently runs promotions for its members to earn bonus points. The Bonus Journeys promo appears to be the best of Hyatt’s current promotions, especially if you have elite status. The most recent promo earns 3x points starting with your second qualifying stay, plus the ability to earn a bonus of 2,500 points if you’re a World of Hyatt Credit cardholder. 

Credit cards

I’ve redeemed more than 50,000 World of Hyatt points in the past year, earned through various travel rewards credit card sign-up bonuses. Here are a few credit cards that can get you to your next redemption.

The World of Hyatt Credit Card ($95 annual fee) 

The World of Hyatt card offers up to 50,000 bonus points. You’ll earn 25,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months and an additional 25,000 bonus points after you spend a total of $6,000 within the first six months of account opening. Here’s what you’ll get with the card:

  • One free night every year after your cardmember anniversary, valid at any Category 1 to 4 property
  • You can earn a second free night by spending $15,000 on the card in your card membership year
  • Automatic Discoverist status for as long as your account is open

You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to World of Hyatt. Points earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card transfer to World of Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. TPG values Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 2 cents per point and World of Hyatt points at 1.7 cents per point. 

Related: The best sweet spots with Chase Ultimate Rewards

How to redeem 

Things to know

Hyatt was scheduled to introduce peak and off-peak pricing and award chart changes this year, which has 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.

Award chart info

Hyatt prices its award nights by hotel category, similar to other major hotel chains. The higher the hotel category, the more points you’ll need for a free night redemption. 

Generally speaking, the more upscale brands like Park Hyatt and Andaz, along with hotels in more desirable cities are in higher categories. You’ll find lower redemptions at chains like Hyatt House and Hyatt Place.

Screenshot from Hyatt
Screenshot from Hyatt

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 be presented with all hotels in your selected region.

If you don’t have enough points for a redemption, you can book a Points + Cash award instead, which allows you to combine points and cash for a discounted stay. When available, these awards should appear during an award search. To book this rate, you’ll need to pay half of the standard rate plus half of the standard points rate.

You also can redeem points for dining, spa or meeting credits at Hyatt properties, but it’s not the best bang for your buck. Meeting credits start at 15,000 World of Hyatt points for a $200 credit, or about 1.3 cents-per-point value. It’s still far less than TPG’s valuation, however.

Related: How to redeem points with the World of Hyatt program

Sweet spots 

Category 1 Hyatt hotels

One of my favorite aspects of the World of Hyatt program is that you can take advantage of Category 1 hotels around the world, especially in the Middle East and Asia. You can get steals on hotels such as Alila Bangsar Kuala Lumpur or the Studios at Alila Seminyak in Bali for just 5,000 points a night. When do you ever see redemptions this low?

Related: The best international Category 1 Hyatt properties

Photo courtesy of Alila Seminyak
Photo courtesy of Alila Seminyak

Hyatt reward night certificates

You can earn World of Hyatt Category 1 to 4 free night certificates three ways on an annual basis:

  • On your cardmember anniversary for The World of Hyatt Credit Card
  • When you spend $15,000 on your World of Hyatt card during a cardmember anniversary
  • By staying 30 nights or earning 50,000 base points at Hyatt properties

These free night certificates are a great way to enjoy some mid-tier resorts around the country, including at some of my favorite Hyatt hotels in Washington, D.C., Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House and Grand Hyatt Washington.

You can use your certificate at any Category 1 to 4 hotel worldwide. A hotel I’ve wanted to visit is the Park Hyatt Zanzibar, a Category 4 resort in Tanzania.

Related: Hotel credit cards that come with an annual free night

Top-tier World of Hyatt hotels

Hyatt’s relatively reasonable redemption rates mean that you can stay at its Category 7 and 8 hotels, some of its best properties, for only 30,000 to 40,000 points a night.

Image courtesy of Calala Island.
Image courtesy of Calala Island.

You’ll find some of Hyatt’s best in these categories, like the Park Hyatt Sydney (Category 7) and Calala Island (Category 8). These are great deals for hotels that routinely sell for close to $1,000 but can climb even higher during peak season. Calala Island, for instance, is a real steal. Rooms at the all-inclusive resort in Nicaragua regularly go for over $2,000 per night.

Related: Maximizing redemptions with World of Hyatt

Bottom line

The World of Hyatt program doesn’t get enough props compared to larger chains like Marriott and Hilton. Even though it’s not that easy to earn Hyatt points, when you do have them, it opens up to insane redemptions like a private island in the middle of the Caribbean.

Coupled with some sweet perks like bonuses for elites on American Airlines flights and incredible top-tier Globalist elite status, World of Hyatt remains the go-to chain for many savvy travelers.

Featured photo courtesy of Two Roads Hospitality/Alila Seminyak

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