When evaluating the luxury brands within the Hyatt portfolio, one thing is apparent — the value members receive by booking expensive cash hotels with a relatively low number of points. That’s simply not the case with other brands when you’re talking about booking similar luxury properties.
This article is part of our “best ways to book luxury hotels” series. Not only are we covering Hyatt in this article, but we’ve also evaluated what’s offered by the Hilton Honors, IHG Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy programs in other articles in this series.
For this analysis, we made a few assumptions:
- The travel dates are during peak travel time, confirmed by Google Travel, for the city that the hotel is in
- We took the cash cost of the hotel during a weekend night from 2 separate months
- We averaged the cents per point value from the 2 dates to come up with a value for the hotel during peak travel
The goal here is to evaluate the value a traveler would receive booking luxury Hyatt hotels. We value Hyatt points at ~1.6 cents per point and used a floor of 2.5 cents per point in value for hotels to make this list.
Cash rates will fluctuate throughout the year, so the value you receive will likely be different than what’s shown here. This guide is merely meant to provide ideas of hotels that could present value for your hard-earned Hyatt points.
With that out of the way, let’s start with one of the best ways to unlock value in the Hyatt program: that’s by being a cardholder of one of its co-branded credit cards. We’ll then dive into the luxury Hyatt hotels that made our list. From there, you’ll learn about how to earn Hyatt points via point transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards.
World of Hyatt Co-branded Credit Cards
When you’re talking about co-branded hotel credit cards, there are several options. No matter your brand loyalty, each chain offers credit cards that entice you to spend on its cards.
For travelers loyal to Hyatt, the great news is that Hyatt offers a fantastic duo of co-branded credit cards in The World of Hyatt Credot Card and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card. These cards allow you to spend your way to elite status and earn points on everyday purchases, whether personal or business in nature.
Cardholders of both cards will earn 5x points as a World of Hyatt member and 4x points as a cardmember, resulting in up to 9x points at Hyatt.
The personal card also gets you a Category 1 to 4 free night certificate every anniversary year. Heavy spenders can earn additional benefits — with every $5,000 spent on the World of Hyatt card, you earn 2 elite night credits. When you spend $15,000 in a cardmember year, you’ll receive a second Category 1 to 4 free night certificate.
Bottom Line: These Chase cards are subject to the Chase 5/24 rule. You’ll want to factor that into your credit card strategy.
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Note that there are also different rates for club rooms, standard suites, and premium suites. Check out our guide to the World of Hyatt loyalty program for more details.
The 12 Best Luxury Hyatt Hotels
1. Alila Ventana Big Sur (Big Sur, CA)
The California coast has some of the best ocean views, not only in the U.S. but around the world. When you throw in a minimally developed coastline that is flanked by forests, you know you’ve landed in Big Sur.
Alila Ventana Big Sur is a property located south of San Francisco that is now bookable through Hyatt with Alila joining the Hyatt portfolio. It’s an adults-only resort on Highway 1 in Big Sur that offers a perfect getaway for a quiet vacation.
Summer is peak travel time for this area with cash rates exceeding $2,500+ per night. While this hotel requires 25,000 to 35,000 points per night, you’re still receiving more than 8 cents per point in value.
Hot Tip: The Alila Ventana Big Sur is an adults-only property. For those with kids, we recommend using Google Hotels to find kid-friendly options in the area.
Points Required: 25,000 to 35,000 points per night
May to July Rate: $2,900 per night
Points Value: Up to 9.7 cents per point
2. Park Hyatt New York
The World of Hyatt Card offers one of the easiest ways to earn Hyatt points. When you add in the fact that World of Hyatt members earn 5x points per dollar spent, that results in up to 9x points during your stays at Hyatt.
Hyatt is also one of the most valuable travel partners of the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, though it won’t deliver the enormous returns that are possible when transferring to airlines to book expensive business class flights.
However, Hyatt doesn’t require the gargantuan number of points that are required to book the same luxury-style properties offered by Hilton and Marriott. So while the cash rates are equivalent for luxury properties across Hilton, IHG, and Marriott, the number of Hyatt points required is significantly less, resulting in more value.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® are 2 of the best Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards. Each offers high-earn rates in select categories and comes with travel benefits that make it worth holding on to the cards.
Business owners may find value in the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card, which is also a Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card. Like the personal credit cards above, this card has high earn rates in select bonus categories that help you quickly earn Chase points that can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to Hyatt.
Now that luxury properties from Hyatt’s recent acquisitions are bookable online, the World of Hyatt program becomes even more valuable. When you add JdV by Hyatt, Alila, Destination by Hyatt, and Thompson to the Park Hyatt and Unbound Collection, World of Hyatt members have more options than ever before.
With all of these new properties and the overall value of Hyatt, we rank Hyatt number 1 in our list of hotel programs. Marriott is a close second followed by Hilton in third and IHG in fourth.
The big knock on Hyatt is its lack of a global footprint. While that’s still true when compared to Hilton and Marriott, the gap is closing. Hyatt is not only increasing its portfolio, but is also adding unique luxury and boutique hotels around the world that make for interesting redemptions.
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