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March 12, 2021
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Hyatt Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi lobby
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World of Hyatt made a bunch of changes in 2020 to improve its program. It unveiled a new-and-improved check-in experience for reservations at a select number of properties and also introduced Pay My Way.

Pay My Way lets you book one reservation for multiple nights and pay -- in a single transaction -- using various methods for each night at checkout. This is useful for booking longer stays where some nights don't show award availability, others are cheaper to book with cash or when you want to use multiple free-night certificates on a single reservation. Previously, you could only do this by calling the Global Contact Center or making a series of separate bookings online or in the app.

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How does Pay My Way work?

To look at how Pay My Way works, let's look at an example. Using Pay My Way, you could book a stay at the Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago and pay with a reward night certificate for one night, points for another and cash for the remainder. This means you'll no longer have to string together a series of reservations at the same property if you'd prefer paying for each night using cash, points, a combination of the two or a reward night certificate from the World of Hyatt Credit Card.

Related: 6 ways to redeem points with the World of Hyatt program

Here's how to use the Pay My Way feature:

Log into your World of Hyatt account and search for a hotel to book for two or more nights. Don't check the "Use Points" box before searching. After searching, click on "Use Pay My Way" under the orange "Book Now" button.

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Note that this option won't appear on every rate type (more on that below), but the most popular ones should have it.

Review how you'd like to pay for each night of the stay. You'll see the options are the Member Rate in cash, points and Points + Cash in the example below. However, if you have any awards — such as a Category 1–4 reward night certificate — it will also be listed here as an option. Once you've decided how you'll pay, click on "Select This Combination."

(Image courtesy of the World of Hyatt website)

The booking process will then confirm your points balance and how you'll pay for each night of your stay.

(Image courtesy of the World of Hyatt website)

Boosting your World of Hyatt balance

The Pay My Way feature can come in handy when you don't have enough points to cover your entire stay. However, there are also lots of ways to earn World of Hyatt points easily. For instance, you can currently earn up to 60,000 points by picking up the World of Hyatt Credit Card. You’ll earn 30,000 Bonus Points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 more Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening

Related: Why the World of Hyatt credit card is great for family travelers

Alternatively, you can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards. If you have a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, you could transfer your points to World of Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. Based on our experiences, these transfers should process instantly.

Use Pay My Way to book a stay at the Confidante Miami. (Photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy)

Bottom line

This is a handy feature that all World of Hyatt members can now use. However, not all rates and room types are eligible.

Specifically, my searches showed that standard, member, AAA and senior rates are eligible for Pay My Way. But, I found several other rates — including Work from Hyatt, Bed & Breakfast and corporate rates — that aren't eligible currently.

And, I wasn't able to book elevated room types or suites using Pay My Way, even though it's now possible to book Hyatt suites with points online. So, this feature's usefulness will vary depending on what type of rates and rooms you want to book.

Related: Why the World of Hyatt credit card is great for family travelers

Additional reporting by Benji Stawski and Katie Genter.

Featured image by The Hyatt Andaz Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi was a great experience. (Photo by Katie Genter/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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    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.

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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

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  • $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