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You can now book Hyatt suites with points online and save big

July 17, 2020
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You can now book Hyatt suites with points online and save big
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Many airlines and hotels are using the downtime associated with the coronavirus pandemic to make adjustments to their loyalty programs and technology.

One of those programs is the World of Hyatt. While the hotel chain is delaying the implementation of peak and off-peak pricing and planned award category changes (except for five properties), it is speeding up some back-end upgrades.

The World of Hyatt program is now allowing members to use points to book or upgrade to suites online. As first reported by US Credit Card Guide, this new feature is available via Hyatt's website and mobile app and works for both standard and premium suites.

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Booking Hyatt suites with points online

Being able to book Hyatt suites with points online is a big improvement for members. While the ability to book suites with points isn't new, you previously needed to call World of Hyatt customer service or message the concierge on Twitter to do so.

You can book standard and premium suites according to the following award chart using free night awards or Points + Cash awards (with award values based on TPG's valuations):

hotel categoryStandard suite points per night
Standard suite Points + Cash
Premium suite points per night
Premium suite Points + Cash
18,000 ($136)4,000 ($68) + cash10,000 ($170)5,000 ($85) + cash
213,000 ($221)6,500 ($111) + cash16,000 ($272)8,000 ($136) + cash
320,000 ($340)10,000 ($170) + cash24,000 ($408)12,000 ($204) + cash
424,000 ($408)12,000 ($204) + cash30,000 ($510)15,000 ($255) + cash
532,000 ($544)16,000 ($272) + cash40,000 ($680)20,000 ($340) + cash
640,000 ($680)20,000 ($340) + cash50,000 ($850)25,000 ($425) + cash
748,000 ($816)24,000 ($408) + cash60,000 ($1,020)30,000 ($510) + cash

If you find a cheap paid night and would rather redeem points for a confirmed room upgrade, you can do so at the following rates:

  • Regency Club or Grand Club upgrade: 3,000 points per night
  • Standard suite upgrade: 6,000 points per night
  • Premium suite upgrade: 9,000 points per night

Related: Your guide to the World of Hyatt award chart

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Depending on the property and availability, you may be able to redeem your points for a presidential suite and get outsized value out of your points. On a sample search, I found a presidential suite available at the Hyatt Regency Orlando for 24,000 points for a random night in February. The cash rate for members is a whopping $11,671 (including taxes and fees), yielding an astonishing value of 48.63 cents per point, nearly 29 times TPG’s most recent valuations.

Related: Suite deals for families with points and status

Bear in mind that booking these suites could be even more rewarding through October, as the World of Hyatt program is currently offering discounts of 15% or 25% for awards through Oct. 8, 2020. Note that registration is required, but if you have the World of Hyatt Credit Card in your wallet, you'll enjoy even better award rates for stays through the next couple of months.

And of course, remember that just because you can book these awards doesn't mean that they will always be available. If you're looking to snag a suite with your points and don't see availability online, you can always call World of Hyatt customer service at 1-800-544-9288 to inquire. However, our initial tests indicate that inventory over the phone matches the website and app.

Bottom line

It's great to see a new feature added to the booking process with the World of Hyatt program. It's especially valuable for booking stays at hotels that rarely have standard room award available or for travelers looking for more space on their next getaway. However, with a more streamlined process for booking suites online, it is possible that availability and complimentary upgrades for Globalist elite members will become harder to come by going forward.

Keep in mind that nearly all new Hyatt reservations – including both paid and award stays – with arrival dates through July 31, 2021 can be changed or canceled for no charge up to 24 hours before arrival. Hyatt is also extending elite status and expiration of rewards, such as upgrade certificates and free night awards (including those from the World of Hyatt Credit Card).

Related: The best hotel credit cards of 2020

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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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Cons

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  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
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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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10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
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    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

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  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • 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.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more