While Hyatt doesn’t have as many properties as Marriott or IHG, they do have some amazing hotels and a competitive award chart. They are also expanding aggressively, and their portfolio is growing quicker than ever before. Like other hotel brands, Hyatt’s chart is split into categories that determine the number of points required for an award stay.
Let’s take a look at some of the best Hyatt award stay options around the world and other great ways to use your World of Hyatt points.
Table of contents
- How to Earn Hyatt Points
- Hyatt Brands and Categories
- 21 Amazing Hyatt Award Redemptions
- Park Hyatt Chennai (Category 1)
- Hyatt Regency Kathmandu (Category 1)
- Hyatt City of Dreams Manila (Category 2)
- Park Hyatt Mendoza (Category 3)
- Hyatt Regency Casablanca (Category 3)
- Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Category 3)
- Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa (Category 4)
- Grand Hyatt Melbourne (Category 4)
- Thompson Chicago (Category 4)
- Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Category 5)
- Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (Category 6)
- Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas (Category 6)
- Park Hyatt Maldives (Category 7)
- Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (Category 7)
- Park Hyatt Sydney (Category 7)
- Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme (Category 7)
- Joie de Vivre Hotels
- Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva All-Inclusive Resorts
- Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
- Small Luxury Hotels of the World
- Use Points for Suite Nights
- Points + Cash Bookings
- Use Points to Upgrade a Paid Stay
- Final Thoughts
Table of Contents
- How to Earn Hyatt Points
- Hyatt Brands and Categories
- 21 Amazing Hyatt Award Redemptions
- 1. Park Hyatt Chennai (Category 1)
- 2. Hyatt Regency Kathmandu (Category 1)
- 3. Hyatt City of Dreams Manila (Category 2)
- 4. Park Hyatt Mendoza (Category 3)
- 5. Hyatt Regency Casablanca (Category 3)
- 6. Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Category 3)
- 7. Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa (Category 4)
- 8. Grand Hyatt Melbourne (Category 4)
- 9. Thompson Chicago (Category 4)
- 10. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Category 5)
- 11. Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (Category 6)
- 12. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas (Category 6)
- 13. Park Hyatt Maldives (Category 7)
- 14. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (Category 7)
- 15. Park Hyatt Sydney (Category 7)
- 16. Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme (Category 7)
- 17. Joie de Vivre Hotels
- 18. Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva All-Inclusive Resorts
- 19. Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
- 20. Small Luxury Hotels of the World
- 21. Use Points for Suite Nights
- Points + Cash Bookings
- Use Points to Upgrade a Paid Stay
- Final Thoughts
How to Earn Hyatt Points
There are several ways to earn tons of Hyatt points, but the quickest and easiest is through the use of credit cards. Fortunately, you have a number of credit card options from which to choose.
Chase Hyatt Credit Card
You can earn Hyatt points directly with the World of Hyatt Credit Card to give your World of Hyatt account a boost.
Annual Free Night Certificate
One of the best perks of this card is the annual free night certificate that can be used at Category 1 through 4 hotel properties. If you’re smart about how you use this certificate, the value you’ll get will make this card a keeper.
Hot Tip: Don’t miss our article on The Best Ways to Use a Hyatt Category 1-4 Free Night Certificate!
We’ve also covered many more benefits of the Chase Hyatt credit card.
Chase Ultimate Rewards
Our regular readers know by now that we’re huge fans of collecting flexible points, like Chase Ultimate Rewards. And so, for continued earning of Hyatt points, your best bet is to earn Ultimate Rewards points that can be transferred to Hyatt.
With several cards that each have great bonus categories, you’ll be able to earn points quickly!
Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)
|Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card - This is our favorite beginners travel rewards card which has a 60,000 point bonus (highest ever) after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. |
This sign up bonus is worth $750 in travel purchases (flights, hotels, car rentals etc) when you redeem your points through Chase's travel portal, which works like Expedia. The bonus alone could get you multiple round-trip flights or hotel stays.
|Chase Sapphire Reserve® - Consider this premium card if you want to get into a lot of airport lounges. The current sign up bonus is 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. You'll also get a $300 travel credit per year which wipes away a big chunk of the $550 annual fee.|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited® - A simple, no annual fee card that earns you a $200 bonus after you spend $500 in your first 3 months. Earn 1.5% cash-back on all purchases, but you won't get any travel benefits or the ability to earn bonus points with this card.|
Recommended Chase Cards (Business)
|Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card - This is our #1 recommended business card and right now comes with a 100,000 sign up bonus after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. This bonus is worth $1,250 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards for travel purchases (flights, hotels etc). Pay your cell phone bill with this card to receive up to $600 in cell phone insurance coverage per year.|
|Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card - earn $500 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. This no annual fee business card earns up to 5% cash back on a range of business expenses such as office supply stores, internet, cable, and phone services.|
Hyatt Brands and Categories
Whatever your travel style, Hyatt has you covered. If you’re into luxury, you can try one of their amazing Park Hyatt properties. They also have great higher-end hotels that include Grand Hyatt properties.
For those who like the feel of a boutique hotel, Hyatt’s Andaz properties and The Unbound Collection will be ideal for you.
The number of Hyatt points required for an award stay is determined by the category of the specific hotel property. There are standard rates for booking both rooms and suites. You can also book club rooms at Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency properties, which allow access to their club lounges.
Small Luxury Hotels of the World have recently been added for free night awards and are assigned categories in the World of Hyatt award chart. Currently, the only hotels that make up Category 8 are Small Luxury Hotels of the World-branded.
New to the award chart are ‘premium suites,’ defined in the World of Hyatt terms and conditions as:
“Premium Suites” is defined as each participating hotel’s or resort’s suite category immediately above Standard Suites, but excludes any Specialty, Premier, Presidential or Diplomatic Suite or similar suite categories (each as designated by the applicable hotel or resort).
21 Amazing Hyatt Award Redemptions
Now that you have a bit of an understanding of the best ways to earn Hyatt points and how to use them, let’s dive into some amazing redemption opportunities.
1. Park Hyatt Chennai (Category 1)
Though Park Hyatt is a luxury brand, you can stay at the Park Hyatt Chennai for only 5,000 Hyatt points per night. Don’t let this Category 1 property fool you—it has a reputation for great service and ranks highly on Trip Advisor.
2. Hyatt Regency Kathmandu (Category 1)
One of the best hotels in Nepal, the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is another great Category 1 property. You can even book a club room for only 7,000 Hyatt points per night, which will give you club lounge access and free continental breakfast.
3. Hyatt City of Dreams Manila (Category 2)
If you’re traveling through Manila, check out the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila. This property has a great club lounge, a couple pools, plenty of shopping, and even a casino. It’s also close to the airport if you have an early flight the following day.
4. Park Hyatt Mendoza (Category 3)
Another low-category luxury property is the Category 3 Park Hyatt Mendoza, which costs 12,000 Hyatt points per night. Located in the Mendoza wine region, this is a great place to stay if you are a budding wine connoisseur.
5. Hyatt Regency Casablanca (Category 3)
Located in the heart of the city, the Hyatt Regency Casablanca is a great use of 12,000 Hyatt points per night. From here you can easily access one of the oldest open-air markets in the city or head to the sea.
6. Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Category 3)
The Park Hyatt Siem Reap receives rave reviews for good reason. From the lobby (known as the “Living Room”) to the beautiful pool to a great happy hour, this property really shines. Beyond that, the service is top-notch.
7. Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa (Category 4)
Talk about an amazing Category 4 property! The Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa is just that: a resort. Set on the coast of Vietnam, you’ll have a great view of the South China Sea. Even standard rooms receive high marks for their quality.
8. Grand Hyatt Melbourne (Category 4)
If you’re making the long trip to Australia, relax in the very comfortable Grand Hyatt Melbourne. This hotel is centrally located to make your visit very easy. If you like to stay fit when traveling, you’ll love that the Grand Hyatt doesn’t just have a fitness center, but a full gym that even offers personal training.
9. Thompson Chicago (Category 4)
The only category 1-4 Thompson Hotel, check out this Chicago property.
Hot Tip: Category 4 Hyatt properties are great ways to get the most out of your annual free night certificate that comes with your Chase Hyatt Credit Card!
10. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Category 5)
About 30 minutes from Liberia Airport (LIR) you will find the gorgeous Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort. If you are looking to disconnect from the grind of day-to-day life, you will love this secluded property.
11. Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (Category 6)
With our first Category 5 property, we’re getting into the high-end Hyatt hotels. The Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is known for its phenomenal service and luxurious space. For 25,000 Hyatt points per night, you can book an award stay at this property…and you won’t be disappointed.
12. Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas (Category 6)
If you find yourself in the UAE, check out the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas. Another beautiful Hyatt property with great service, this is an awesome option if you’re looking to get away from the major attractions for a couple days.
13. Park Hyatt Maldives (Category 7)
The Maldives has long been high on the bucket lists of many miles and points enthusiasts. At the Park Hyatt Maldives, you will experience great service while relaxing away from everything…and we mean everything.
It’s a bit of an effort to get there, but once in your villa or overwater bungalow you can just relax. Award stays will cost you 30,000 Hyatt points per night.
14. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort (Category 7)
The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort can be tough to book because of minimum-stay requirements, but it is a beautiful property. If you plan on taking a relaxing vacation to Hawaii, this could be just the place for you!
15. Park Hyatt Sydney (Category 7)
Without a doubt, the Park Hyatt Sydney is one of Hyatt’s most famous properties thanks to its view of the Sydney Opera House. The service is second to none, the views are phenomenal, and the food is stellar. Sydney is an amazing city, and the Park Hyatt takes it to another level.
16. Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme (Category 7)
From the moment you set foot in the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, you’ll see why this is a luxury hotel. The hotel receives great reviews for its breakfast (though pricey), and it even has a Michelin-starred restaurant. Top it off with a great location, and it’s no surprise that people love staying here.
Hot Tip: Interested in just hotels in Paris? Dig into our guide on the best hotels in Paris for more options.
17. Joie de Vivre Hotels
Joie de Vivre Hotels are now part of the World of Hyatt. The 14 properties in the US have great values – 9 are category 1-4 eligible of use of the credit card anniversary free night certificates:
- Hotel Revival, Baltimore (Category 2)
- Hotel Lincoln, Chicago (Category 3)
- The Talbott, Chicago (Category 3)
- Avatar Hotel, Santa Clara (Category 3)
- Wild Palms Hotel, Sunnyvale (Category 3)
- Waterfront Hotel, Oakland (Category 3)
- Chicago Athletic Association, Chicago (Category 4)
- Hotel del Sol, San Francisco (Category 4)
- Hotel Avante, Mountain View (Category 4)
- Hotel 50 Bowery, New York City (Category 5)
- Park South, New York City (Category 5)
- The Laurel Inn, San Francisco (Category 5)
- Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco (Category 5)
- Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel (Category 6)
18. Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva All-Inclusive Resorts
If you’re a fan of all-inclusive resorts, Hyatt offers 2 brands: Zilara and Ziva. Hyatt Zilara properties are adults-only so you can relax during your vacation. If you want to book a family vacation, Hyatt Ziva properties are kid-friendly. Award stays start at 20,000 and 25,000 Hyatt points per night, with additional points required per person per night.
19. Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
A recent addition to the Hyatt collection is the Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, where you can book a standard room for 45,000 Hyatt points. The experience is meant to be totally relaxing: meals, snacks, and even non-alcoholic drinks are included with every booking.
Additionally, be on the lookout for the 50% off on award stays at the Miraval Arizona. You need to have all the points to book the reservation, but you will receive half back. This is mostly done during the hot summer months, as demand is relatively low in Arizona due to the scorching hot weather.
In other words, if you are planning a 3 night stay at the Miraval during this 50% off, you will need 135,000 Hyatt points, and you’ll get back 67,500 points. Think of it as a 50% rebate.
20. Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World have launched a partnership that allows you to redeem World of Hyatt points for stays at participating properties.
Currently, over 200 of the 500+ SLH properties are participating. More will progressively join the partnership with Hyatt. Check here for current list of participating properties.
SLH night awards will price on the regular World of Hyatt award chart, through a rumored Category 8 costing 40,000 points per night is expected to be added soon. Some are not as expensive: the cheapest participating property is in Estonia and costs 15,000 points per night.
On award bookings at participating SLH properties, all World of Hyatt members, regardless of elite status, get the following benefits:
- Early check-in 12:00pm (based on availability at check-in)
- One category room upgrade (based on availability at check-in)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Complimentary continental breakfast
- Late check-out 2:00pm (based on availability at check-in)
21. Use Points for Suite Nights
Hyatt now allows you to guarantee yourself an upgrade at booking by using an increased amount of points to book either a Club Room, Standard Suite, or even a Premium Suite!
As you can see from the above award chart, rates for each award category can vary, but a premium suite will always cost you double the standard rate. The extra expense in points might not initially seem worth it, especially if you’re already a Hyatt Globalist member, but if you’re celebrating a special occasion and what to be certain you’ll have a suite it can definitely be worthwhile.
Additionally, it is worth noting that even Hyatt Globalist upgrades only include up to Standard Suites, not Premium Suites. So if you really want to step your vacation up a notch, and you have the points to spare, this a great way to do so.
Points + Cash Bookings
You can also book standard rooms with points and cash. Unlike award stays, these bookings will help you earn status credits. This can be a useful tool if you need a few more nights to reach the next level of status. It can also be helpful if you want to offset some of the cost and save some points for another booking.
Points + Cash for Standard Rooms:
Points + Cash for Standard Suites:
Points + Cash for Premium Suites:
Points + Cash for Miraval Resorts:
Use Points to Upgrade a Paid Stay
If you’ve booked a paid stay, you can use 3,000 Hyatt points to upgrade to a club room at Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency properties. These rooms are nicer, and you’ll receive access to the club lounge.
If you’d like more space, you can upgrade a paid stay to a suite for 6,000-9,000 Hyatt points. These rooms also allow you to access club lounges.
The World of Hyatt program provides some amazing award stay opportunities. In fact, it’s the only hotel program where we recommend transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points under normal circumstances.
With Hyatt, you can feel confident that you’ll find a great hotel to enjoy on your vacations!
Lastly, don’t miss our article on the best ways to redeem a Hyatt Category 1-4 free night certificate!
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