The World of Hyatt, Hyatt’s loyalty program, is a fan favorite among many award travelers, in particular, those who earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points because Hyatt is a direct transfer partner of Chase. Why do travelers like Hyatt? The primary reason is because of the value you can receive when booking Hyatt hotel rooms with Chase points.
Compared to other hotel programs like Hilton and Marriott, the points required to book a hotel room relative to the cash price for the same room are low, so you can receive solid value with the points that you use.
Another reason travelers like the Hyatt program is because you can earn free night certificates from your hotel stays or with your credit card spending.
Hot Tip: If you’re looking for ways to boost your Hyatt balance, check out the best ways to earn a lot of World of Hyatt points.
Hyatt provides its members these avenues to earn free nights, so why not take advantage of them?
In this article, here’s how to earn a Category 1-4 night certificate as well as the best hotels to redeem the certificate at around the world.
How to Earn a Free Category 1-4 Night
With the World of Hyatt program, you have 3 main ways to earn Category 1-4 free night certificates.
The first way to earn a free night certificate is to stay at 5 different Hyatt brands (known as the 5-Brand Free Night Award or Hyatt Brand Explorer). There are 17 brands in the Hyatt portfolio so you’ll have the opportunity to earn 3 free night certificates in a calendar year. The Hyatt brands include:
- Destination by Hyatt
- Grand Hyatt
- Hyatt Centric
- Hyatt House
- Hyatt Place
- Hyatt Regency
- Hyatt Residence Club
- Hyatt Zilara
- Hyatt Ziva
- JdV by Hyatt
- Park Hyatt
- Thompson Hotels
- The Unbound Collection
Hot Tip: Thompson Hotels was recently added to Hyatt’s Explore tab giving you access to 8 Thompson Hotels; 6 in the U.S. and 2 in Mexico. JdV by Hyatt’s 14 U.S. properties were also added to World of Hyatt.
Staying 30 qualifying nights or earning 50,000 Base Points in a calendar year is the second way to earn a free Category 1-4 certificate.
Another way to earn a free night is to stay at Hyatt properties for 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 Base Points in a calendar year. The free night that you earn is actually a Category 1-7 night instead of only a Category 1-4 night.
The last way to earn a free Category 1-4 night certificate is by holding The World of Hyatt Credit Card.
The World of Hyatt credit card actually gives you 2 ways to earn a free night. The first being is to simply be a cardmember. Every year that you pay the annual fee, you’ll earn a Category 1-4 free night certificate. The second way is to spend $15,000 on the card as by hitting this threshold, you’ll earn an additional Category 1-4 free night certificate!
Bottom Line: The World of Hyatt program has a number of ways to earn a Category 1-4 free night certificate that you can use to book a complimentary hotel stay. The best way is to simply being a cardholder of the Hyatt credit card.
Hyatt Award Chart
The World of Hyatt program has several award charts. When redeeming your free night certificate, reference the Free Night chart. Hyatt expanded this award chart to include peak, off-peak, and standard pricing for the variety of rooms it sells.
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Best Category 1-4 Hotels to Book by Region
For the hotels in this article, they were first categorized by region and a sample of prices were taken throughout the year for each hotel. By taking an average of the sampling pricing, you can now see what your average cent per point value would be for each of these stays.
United States & Canada
The way to extract the most value is to book these U.S. and Canada properties when the cash price is high.
Thompson Hotels are now bookable on the Hyatt website making this hotel a great place to use your free night certificate. The Thompson Chicago is in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, providing you easy access to amazing restaurants and views of the lake.
The Thompson Chicago is a Category 4 hotel that averages $393/night netting you 2.6 cents per point in value.
The Gild Hall
Another Thompson Hotel to check out is Gild Hall. Located in New York City’s Financial District, Gild Hall is a great place to access Brooklyn, Tribeca, SoHo, West and East Village neighborhoods.
Gild Hall is a Category 4 hotel that averages $370/night giving a return of 2.5 cents per point in value.
Heading south to Georgia, there is Andaz Savannah that sits along the Savannah River. This hotel would be an ideal place to check out the city’s antebellum architecture and historic district.
The Andaz Savannah is a Category 4 hotel that averages $367/night giving you 2.4 cents per point in value.
JdV by Hyatt in New York and San Francisco
8 of the 13 JdV by Hyatt hotels are Category 1-4, including expensive hotel markers New York, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and Chicago:
- 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)
- Hotel Avante, Mountain View (Category 4)
Here are a few additional intriguing hotels where you can use your Category 1-4 free night certificate.
The Confidante Miami Beach ($333/night, 2.2 cents/point), Hyatt Regency Seattle ($330/night, 2.2 cents/point), The Eliza Jane ($318/night, 2.1 cents/point), and the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile ($318/night, 2.1 cents/point).
Bottom Line: The U.S. and Canada is one of the best regions in terms of the number of opportunities to book a Category 1-4 hotel. With the Thompson hotel portfolio now available to book with points, the sky’s the limit for your Category 1-4 free night certificate.
Caribbean & Latin America
Park Hyatt Mendoza
For those looking to experience the wine region in Argentina, the Park Hyatt Mendoza is the place to stay in the heart of the country’s wine region known for its Malbecs.
The Park Hyatt Mendoza is a Category 3 hotel that averages $242 or 12,000 point per night, netting you 2.0 cents per point.
Hot Tip: Hyatt has 2 additional properties in Argentina, Correntoso Lake & River Hotel and the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.
The Stara Hamburgo is centrally located in Mexico City near another Hyatt property, the Hyatt Regency Mexico City. This hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotel portfolio that is now bookable on the Hyatt website.
Stara Hamburgo is a Category 3 hotel that averages $234 or 12,000 point per night, netting you 2.0 cents per point.
Additional hotels to put on your list are the Hyatt Centric Lima ($222/night, 1.8 cents/point) and the Hyatt Regency Mexico City ($206/night, 1.7 cents/point). Neither is likely to net you more than 2 cents per point, so consider using Hyatt points or cash to book either one of these hotels.
Bottom Line: The Caribbean & Latin American region is not an area where you’ll find a ton of high value redemptions. Instead, you may want to book many of these hotels with Hyatt points or cash.
Compared to other regions, using a Category 1-4 free night in Europe is going to be tough. There aren’t many properties where the value is more than 2 cents per point.
Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile
Just north of the Arc de Triomphe, you’ll find the Paris Étoile property. What is gret about this hotel is that some rooms have incredible views of the Eiffel Tower, making any trip to Paris that much better.
The Étoile averages $347 or 15,000 points per night — a 2.3 cents per point in value for your free night certificate.
Hot Tip: Interested in just hotels in Paris? Dig into our guide on the best hotels in Paris for more options.
Hyatt Regency Chantilly
If you’re venturing outside of Paris and need a place to stay, check out the Hyatt Regency Chantilly property. At right under an hour north of Paris, you can stay at the Hyatt Regency Chantilly and be surrounded by the largest racehorse-training community in France.
Hyatt Regency Chantilly averages $291 or 12,000 points per night. At that rate, you can receive almost 2.5 cents per point in value.
In Austria’s capital, Vienna, there’s a new Andaz property worth keeping your eye on. The Andaz Vienna is located just outside Vienna’s Old Town and would be an excellent place to use your Category 1-4 free night certificate.
The Andaz Vienna is a Category 3 hotel averaging $285/night giving you nearly 2.5 cents per point in value.
The only additional property worth mentioning is the Category 4 Park Hyatt Istanbul ($262/night, 1.7 cents/point).
Bottom Line: Europe wouldn’t be the first region recommended when looking to redeem a Category 1-4 free night certificate.
Africa & Middle East
This region, like Europe, is another one that’s not well represented with Category 1-4 properties that offer valuable redemptions.
With that said, there are a few hotels that may be worth considering if you’re in Africa or the Middle East.
Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla
Hyatt has 2 properties in Jordan, and the Aqaba Ayla hotel is the one you’ll want to check out.
Situated in the port city of Aqaba, this Hyatt Regency is home to an ancient fort, archaeological museum, beaches, windsurfing, water sports, and scuba diving.
The Aqaba Ayla averages $317 or 12,000 points per night, so you should be able to receive more than 2.5 cents per point.
Hyatt Regency Casablanca
If you’re wanting to check out Morocco, the Hyatt Regency Casablanca is a property to book on your trip. Casablanca is a French colonial port city with beautiful architecture, beachfront cafes, bars, hotels, and restaurants.
This property in Casablanca averages $292 or 12,000 points per night. As a result, you can get nearly a 2.5 cents per point in value.
Park Hyatt Zanzibar
For those taking a safari, why not tack on a side trip to a Park Hyatt in Zanzibar to see the beaches in eastern Africa? The Park Hyatt Zanzibar is a Category 4 hotel and would be a great place to relax on your trip to Serengeti National Park or Kilimanjaro National Park.
The Park Hyatt Zanzibar averages $366 or 15,000 points per night giving you 2.4 cents per point in value.
Another hotel in Tanzania to check out is the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam ($260/night, 2.2 cents/point)
Bottom Line: Much like the Europe region, Africa and the Middle East do not have a vast selection of Category 1-4 hotels that offer more than 2 cents per point.
In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the Asia region is where you should focus your attention because of the number of properties that you can extract value from using your free night certificate.
Without a doubt, Asia has the most opportunities to redeem points for more than 2 cents each.
Hyatt Regency Tokyo
The Hyatt Regency Tokyo in Japan is a hotel to stay at during your trip to Tokyo. Check out the many izakayas, or bars, throughout the city, the Toyosu fish market, and the amazing food scene.
You can expect to pay $387 or use 12,000 points per night; your points will provide you with more than 3 cents of value each for your stay.
Hot Tip: This Hyatt Regency is typically expensive and doesn’t require that many points, so we recommend keeping it on your list if you’re visiting Tokyo!
Hyatt Regency Naha Okinawa
Staying in Japan but moving south, you’ll run into the Naha Okinawa property. The island has several remaining fortresses, a museum paying tribute to victims of WWII, snorkeling, and an aquarium.
The Hyatt Regency Naha Okinawa averages $296 or 15,000 points per night, so you’re looking at nearly 2.0 cents per point in value for this redemption.
Grand Hyatt Taipei
Island hop over to Taiwan and you’ll find the Grand Hyatt Taipei. Taipei is known for its night markets, the National Palace Museum, and the 509-meter bamboo-shaped skyscraper, Taipei 101.
You’ll have to pay $333 or 15,000 points per night to stay at this hotel, so you can still land more than 2 cents per point in value.
If you’re making a trip to Vietnam, consider staying at the Park Hyatt Saigon ($308/night, 2.0 cents/point).
Bottom Line: The Asia region is absolutely loaded with Category 1-4 hotel redemption opportunities and should be at the top of your list when checking out where to use your free night certificate.
Australia & Pacific
Rounding out the list of Category 1-4 properties lands you in the Australia and Pacific region. All in all, this isn’t a region with a ton of sweet spots, so keep that in mind when you’re looking to redeem your Category 1-4 free night certificate.
Hyatt Regency Saipan
Head to the South Pacific and you’ll find the Hyatt Regency Saipan on the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands. Saipan is known for its beautiful beaches, mountains, golf courses, diving, snorkeling, and hiking.
The Hyatt Regency Saipan averages $260 or 12,000 points per night giving you a value of 2.2 cents per point.
Hot Tip: The Hyatt Regency Saipan recently moved to a higher award category. However, you can still receive more than 2 cents per point in value.
There are two properties worth mentioning: the Grand Hyatt Melbourne ($264/night, 1.8 cents/point) and the Gaya Island Resort ($279/night, 1.9 cents/point) hotel, a Small Luxury Hotels property.
Bottom Line: The Australia and Pacific region is another weaker region that doesn’t offer a ton of Category 1-4 hotels.
Hyatt is a major hotel operator that continues to compete with the big brands of Hilton and Marriott. Many Hyatt elite members appreciate having their loyalty rewarded by being able to tap into the redemptions on this list.
Though Hyatt gets a bad rap for not having property coverage in many parts of the world, this list confirms that you have plenty of free nights available worldwide, just not always at a phenomenal value.
So when the time comes to redeem your Category 1-4 free night certificate, make sure to leverage this list to receive top value for your Hyatt free nights.