How To Redeem World Of Hyatt Points For Best Value

How To Redeem World Of Hyatt Points For Best Value

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I write a lot about the value of hotel loyalty programs, and I think at times it makes sense to look at the best ways to redeem points with each of the major programs. I’ve published posts about the best ways to redeem Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy points, and in this post I wanted to take a look at the best ways to redeem World of Hyatt points.

Basics of redeeming World of Hyatt points

Let’s start by talking about the basics of redeeming World of Hyatt points — how much should you expect to pay for free nights, are there blackout dates, how much are World of Hyatt points worth, etc.?

I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each

Personally I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each. There’s no science to that, but rather I think that’s a fair, conservative valuation for what the points are worth. In other words, I won’t redeem points for a hotel stay with Hyatt unless I’m getting well over 1.5 cents of value per point.

It’s important to come up with a points valuation for yourself (it can be different than mine), so that you can decide whether to pay cash or redeem points for a hotel stay.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

World of Hyatt has no blackout dates

World of Hyatt has no blackout dates, which is to say that if a standard room is available for sale with cash, it can also be booked with points.

Now, the important thing to keep in mind is that some hotels have a very small pool of “standard” rooms, and a vast majority of rooms at a hotel may be considered “premium.” If a hotel has 150 rooms, it’s possible that only 10 rooms are considered “standard,” so that’s the major issue you’ll run into when redeeming points at some properties.

Note that the no blackout dates policy applies to properties managed by Hyatt. Hyatt has partnerships with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and MGM Rewards, and redemptions with both of those brands do have capacity controls.

Alila Hinu Bay

World of Hyatt award charts for free night awards

Unlike Hilton Honors, IHG One Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy, World of Hyatt continues to publish award charts for award redemptions, meaning that you can know exactly how many points you’ll have to redeem for stays. While World of Hyatt has off-peak, standard, and peak pricing, at least there’s no dynamic award pricing beyond that.

World of Hyatt has three different award charts for standard room redemptions, so let’s go over each of those.

The standard award chart applies at a vast majority of properties globally, including most managed Hyatt properties, SLH properties, and MGM properties. There are eight categories of hotels, and 24 different pricing tiers, given off-peak, standard, and peak pricing within each category. Pricing ranges from 3,500 points for a Category 1 property during an off-peak period, to 45,000 points for a Category 8 property during a peak period.

World of Hyatt standard award chart

Next, World of Hyatt has an all-inclusive award chart, which applies to Hyatt’s 100+ all-inclusive properties around the globe. Hotels fall into one of six categories, with the similar off-peak, standard, and peak pricing periods. Pricing ranges from 12,000 points for a Category A property during an off-peak period, to 58,000 points for a Category F property during a peak period.

World of Hyatt all-inclusive award chart

Lastly, World of Hyatt has an award chart for Miraval properties, which are Hyatt’s super-luxurious wellness resorts. Pricing varies based on single or double occupancy, and then there’s also off-peak, standard, and peak pricing.

World of Hyatt Miraval award chart

Note that unlike Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy, World of Hyatt doesn’t offer a fifth night free on award redemptions. So you’ll pay the points that correspond to the number of nights you’re staying.

World of Hyatt lets you redeem points for suites

World of Hyatt is the only major hotel loyalty program that lets you efficiently redeem your points for suites. This can come in the form of free night redemptions, or in the form of an upgrade award. Note that unlike with standard room availability, there are capacity controls on suite redemptions, so these won’t always be available just because a suite is for sale.

You can find the standard suite award chart below, for the same Category 1-8 properties as above. As you can tell, generally a standard suite will cost you 50-60% more than a standard room, which could represent a good deal in many cases. Of course the ways that hotels choose to designate suites differs by property, so in some cases this can represent a huge upgrade, while in other cases it doesn’t.

World of Hyatt standard suite award chart

You can find the premium suite award chart below, for the same Category 1-8 properties as above. As you can tell, generally a premium suite will cost you 100% more than a standard room.

World of Hyatt premium suite award chart

World of Hyatt also lets you upgrade to club rooms, suites, and premium suites, using points. You can find the chart for that below, though note that this is only possible when booking a fully paid stay at the flexible rate directly with Hyatt.

World of Hyatt suite upgrade award chart

There are also more capacity controls here than you’d have if redeeming Hyatt suite upgrade awards, which are issued through the Milestone Rewards program.

World of Hyatt Points + Cash awards

World of Hyatt offers Points + Cash awards, whereby you can book a stay at a hotel using a combination of points and cash. This might sound appealing to those who want to reduce the cash cost of a stay using points, or those who don’t have quite enough points for a stay.

Points + Cash redemptions follow an award chart. The way this works, you can redeem 50% of the standard points required, plus you’ll receive 50-70% off the cash component of a stay, in comparison to the flexible rate.

It’s always worth taking a look at this, though more often than not I don’t find this to be as good of a deal as just outright redeeming points. Also note that Points + Cash redemptions have capacity controls, unlike free night redemptions.

World of Hyatt Points + Cash award chart

World of Hyatt Dining & Spa awards

While I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite use of points, World of Hyatt offers Dining & Spa awards, whereby you can redeem points toward a folio credit that can be applied to on-property dining and spa awards. With this, you’ll get anywhere from 1.0 to 1.54 cents of value per point.

While there are some restrictions to be aware of, this is still something that has the potential to be useful for those with lots of points, who are looking to splurge on incidentals during a stay.

World of Hyatt Dining & Spa award chart

Maximize value with World of Hyatt Guest of Honor

World of Hyatt Globalist is Hyatt’s top-tier status, and these members can make Guest of Honor bookings. With this, Globalist members can make points reservations for others (using their own points), and then your guest will also receive the standard Globalist perks. This is one of my favorite loyalty perks out there.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Pool World of Hyatt points to maximize value

World of Hyatt has a pretty generous policy when it comes to letting members combine points. A request to combine points can be made via a form, though here are two restrictions to be aware of:

  • You can only transfer points to another member “in order to have a sufficient number of points to redeem a particular award”
  • You can only combine points (regardless of whether you’re sending or receiving) once every 30 days

This can be a great way to combine points in order to have enough for a particular redemption, or even to transfer points in order to make a Guest of Honor booking.

The Cape Los Cabos, a Thompson Hotel

There are no resort & destination fees on points stays

Nowadays many properties charge resort fees or destination fees, which are essentially a money-grab. All World of Hyatt members don’t have to pay these when redeeming points, which can add significant value. Furthermore, World of Hyatt Globalist members don’t have to pay these even on revenue stays.

As a further perk, World of Hyatt Globalist members don’t have to pay for parking on award stays (however, non-Globalist members do have to pay for parking).

Andaz Maui

How to earn World of Hyatt status

World of Hyatt has three elite tiers — Discoverist (10 elite nights), Explorist (30 elite nights), and Globalist (60 elite nights). While status isn’t quite as easy to earn as with some other hotel groups, there are still some opportunities to earn status with credit cards. World of Hyatt’s co-branded credit cards include the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (review). You can earn elite qualifying nights and status with these cards:

  • Having either card offers you Discoverist status for as long as you’re a cardmember, with no spending or activity requirement
  • The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers five elite nights annually just for having the card, plus two elite nights for every $5,000 spent; the $5,000 total keeps accruing, and doesn’t reset at the end of the calendar year
  • The World of Hyatt Business Credit Card offers five elite nights for every $10,000 spent per calendar year
Park Hyatt Auckland

How to earn World of Hyatt points

Even if you’re not a Hyatt loyalist, the great news is that earning World of Hyatt points is pretty easy.

In addition to being able to earn World of Hyatt points with the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (review), you can also transfer over points from Chase Ultimate Rewards. That means points earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (review) and Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card (review) can be redeemed toward your next Hyatt adventure.

World of Hyatt Credit Card
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  • Earn 4x Points at Hyatt Properties
  • Free Night Every Year
  • Complimentary Discoverist Status
  • $95
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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  • 5x total points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 3x points on dining
  • 2x points on travel purchases
  • $95
Chase Sapphire Reserve®
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  • 3x points on Travel after the $300 Annual Travel Credit
  • 3x points on Dining
  • $300 Travel Credit
  • $550
Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
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  • Earn 3x points on travel
  • Earn 3x points on shipping purchases
  • Cell Phone Protection
  • $95
Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card
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  • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases
  • Car Rental Coverage
  • Extended Warranty Protection
  • $0
Ink Business Cash® Credit Card
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  • Earn 5% Cash Back at office supply stores
  • Earn 5% Cash Back on internet, cable TV, mobile phones, and landlines
  • Car Rental Coverage
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Chase Freedom Unlimited®
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  • Earn 3% Cash Back on Dining
  • Earn 3% Cash Back at Drugstores
  • Earn 1.5% Cash Back On All Other Purchases
  • $0

On top of that, World of Hyatt frequently has promotions for purchasing points. The reason this matters is because there are lots of situations where you could get outsized value simply by buying points from Hyatt and then immediately redeeming them for a hotel stay.

Miraval Arizona

The best uses of World of Hyatt points

With the above basics out of the way about redeeming World of Hyatt points, how do you get the most value with your points? Let me share my approach to redeeming Hyatt points.

Standard room free night awards get me the most value

As a Hyatt Globalist member, I exclusively redeem my points for free night award redemptions in standard rooms. While I think there can be value in redeeming points for standard or premium suites, my general strategy is to redeem for standard rooms, and then use suite upgrade awards to confirm suites.

Park Hyatt Paris

I crunch the numbers on each redemption

The reality is that I get huge value with my World of Hyatt points throughout the award chart, and not just at aspirational properties. Generally I decide to redeem points if I’m getting at least two cents of value per World of Hyatt point. There are several things I factor into that, though. When deciding whether to redeem points:

  • Consider the taxes, service charges, destination or resort fees, etc., that you might be saving by booking with points
  • Consider the points you’re forgoing by redeeming points rather than paying cash, since that should be factored into the math as well
  • Consider any additional perks you might be forgoing by redeeming points, like the opportunity to book through Hyatt Privé, in order to receive a property credit, upgrade, etc.

Even though World of Hyatt charges more for standard and peak redemptions than off-peak redemptions, in markets with variable pricing, I find that I still get the most value redeeming during peak periods. That’s because cash rates would also often be disproportionately expensive.

I consistently — almost without effort — am able to redeem my Hyatt points for over two cents of value.

Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport

Redeem at Hyatt’s best hotels for maximum value

Ultimately the reason I collect airline miles and hotel points is for aspirational redemptions. I try to redeem for things that I typically wouldn’t pay for in cash, where I’m getting outsized value.

So just as airline miles are best redeemed for first & business class travel, hotel points are often best redeemed for five-star properties that would cost a lot in cash. So the main reason I earn Hyatt points is to be able to redeem at properties belonging to brands like Alila and Park Hyatt. From Alila Ventana Big Sur, to Alila Jabal Akhdar, to Park Hyatt Paris, I’ve had some amazing award redemptions over the years.

Alila Ventana Big Sur

Bottom line

World of Hyatt is my all-around favorite hotel loyalty program. I greatly value the elite perks I receive as a Globalist member, and I also consistently get great value with my points, especially for aspirational properties. I also love how World of Hyatt points can efficiently be transfered from Chase Ultimate Rewards, providing an easy pathway to racking up this currency.

Personally my favorite use of World of Hyatt Honors points is for stays at Hyatt’s top luxury hotels, where you’ll almost consistently get the best value, assuming you can find award availability. However, I’ve gotten great value at lower end properties as well.

What has your experience been with redeeming World of Hyatt points?

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  1. JvdB Guest

    Ben, I hope you will write a detailed post at some point about the suite upgrade certificates.

    I have been globalist for a bit over a year now. I have stayed at Hyatt properties roughly once a month, and I have yet to successfully redeem a suite upgrade certificate (and I got to globalist through cc spend, so I have a ton of them to burn)

    The reasons for being unable to use them...

    Ben, I hope you will write a detailed post at some point about the suite upgrade certificates.

    I have been globalist for a bit over a year now. I have stayed at Hyatt properties roughly once a month, and I have yet to successfully redeem a suite upgrade certificate (and I got to globalist through cc spend, so I have a ton of them to burn)

    The reasons for being unable to use them have ranged from booking a cash instead of points reservation, using a free night reservation, this property does not participate and finally numerous examples of "not available for your dates of travel".

    I have enjoyed Hyatt overall, and I do feel like I have gotten good value from points redemptions, and, I have also gotten some nice upgrades at check in, so overall, I have been happy, I would just like to learn a bit more about the Suite Upgrade game...

    1. DCS Diamond

      I have been globalist for a bit over a year now. I have stayed at Hyatt properties roughly once a month, and I have yet to successfully redeem a suite upgrade certificate (and I got to globalist through cc spend, so I have a ton of them to burn).

      Your experience is closer to the reality, and then there is the claim that self-anointed "travel gurus" make about how so-called 'confirmed' suite upgrades are much...

      I have been globalist for a bit over a year now. I have stayed at Hyatt properties roughly once a month, and I have yet to successfully redeem a suite upgrade certificate (and I got to globalist through cc spend, so I have a ton of them to burn).

      Your experience is closer to the reality, and then there is the claim that self-anointed "travel gurus" make about how so-called 'confirmed' suite upgrades are much better, when , they, like any other type of room or suite upgrade (a) depend on availability, which (b) are at the sole discretion of individual properties.

    2. DCS Diamond

      "...(a) depend on availability, which (b) is at the sole discretion of individual properties..."

    3. UA-NYC Guest

      Again, classic DCS and his misinformation. Gives Baghdad Bob a run for his money.

      I have three different 3-night Hyatt stays in 2023 already upgraded to suites via a TSU. Yes, it is true, they are GUARANTEED as long as a suite is available. That's the benefit of something you can use in advance! Not rocket science and perfectly equitable, right?

      This is of course a far stronger & clear cut upgrade benefit than Hilton...

      Again, classic DCS and his misinformation. Gives Baghdad Bob a run for his money.

      I have three different 3-night Hyatt stays in 2023 already upgraded to suites via a TSU. Yes, it is true, they are GUARANTEED as long as a suite is available. That's the benefit of something you can use in advance! Not rocket science and perfectly equitable, right?

      This is of course a far stronger & clear cut upgrade benefit than Hilton - where of course EVERYTHING is at the discretion of the property (upgrades, late checkout, etc.) and nothing is specified.

    4. DCS Diamond

      LOL. You mean just like SPG's SNAs that you also claimed were "guaranteed" although they were so useless the program felt compelled to offer alternate perks?

      Note that my comment here was simply in response to the experience of a Hyatt Globalist who is honest enough to tell it like it, instead regurgitating self-anointed travel gurus' fabrications as usual.

    5. UA-NYC Diamond

      They were advance upgrades...at the 5 day mark. They were quite good until Marriott destroyed the program. RIP. Times change and people move on - unlike you, who seems to dwell in the past. Pretty sad.

      Thankfully Hyatt has stepped in as the best loyalty program in the hotel space. Bar none. Only laggard programs w/low benefits think so "highly" of their status that they give it away for free w/ a CC.

    6. DCS Diamond

      They were advance upgrades...at the 5 day mark. They were quite good until Marriott destroyed the program.

      That's right. Blame SPG's shortcomings on Marriott. The only problem is that you all heroes did write about how SPG's SNAs were useless long before the merger. I posted the following for your benefit a few years back.

      Pizza in Motion:

      I Guess I’m A Moron. I Picked SPG Suite Night Awards Again
      January...

      They were advance upgrades...at the 5 day mark. They were quite good until Marriott destroyed the program.

      That's right. Blame SPG's shortcomings on Marriott. The only problem is that you all heroes did write about how SPG's SNAs were useless long before the merger. I posted the following for your benefit a few years back.

      Pizza in Motion:

      I Guess I’m A Moron. I Picked SPG Suite Night Awards Again
      January 1, 2017 By Edward Pizzarello

      Starwood Preferred Guest’s Suite Night Awards have been frustrating for me since they rolled out in 2012. One of the first indications that they weren’t working well was SPG extending the expiration dates. I couldn’t use all of mine that year, even with the extension. I had some expire in 2013 and 2014 as well.

      In 2015 SPG tried to tweak the benefit by giving 50-night Platinum members other choices. The alternatives weren’t worth more than $100. I figured I could reasonably get more than that out of Suite Night Awards. I chose Suite Night Awards again in 2015 and 2016.

      VFTW:
      With Suite Nights Expiring Unused, What Should I Choose as My Starwood 50 Night Platinum Gift?
      Post just echoed Pizza's take.

      Claims you're now making about Hyatt are the very same ones you made about SPG...then the chain and its program went belly-up. Oops!

    7. JoePro Gold

      DCS continues to actively refuse to acknowledge that the ability to confirm a suite upgrade in advance, in addition to the standard benefit of upgrades up to standard suites, holds more value than just the standard benefit of upgrades up to standard suites.

      And how convenient it is for them to take the comment of one individual and use that to extrapolate that at Hyatt, it's "closer to the reality". Wheras I guess at Hilton,...

      DCS continues to actively refuse to acknowledge that the ability to confirm a suite upgrade in advance, in addition to the standard benefit of upgrades up to standard suites, holds more value than just the standard benefit of upgrades up to standard suites.

      And how convenient it is for them to take the comment of one individual and use that to extrapolate that at Hyatt, it's "closer to the reality". Wheras I guess at Hilton, their experience must 100% always be representative of everyone else's and so Hilton is the best yada yada...

      Along with UA-NYC, I've already started to confirm my suites for next year.

    8. JoePro Gold

      UA-NYC: "unlike you, who seems to dwell in the past"
      DCS: (promptly replies with article from 2017)

    9. DCS Diamond

      UA-NYC: "unlike you, who seems to dwell in the past"
      DCS: (promptly replies with article from 2017)

      It's called a precedent. The past informs the future and there is a whole field of mathematical prediction called statistics that is based on that concept.
      The contextual relevance, since it clearly escaped you, is that this is a matter that was previously discussed and should be considered settled.
      However, as is common in this...

      UA-NYC: "unlike you, who seems to dwell in the past"
      DCS: (promptly replies with article from 2017)

      It's called a precedent. The past informs the future and there is a whole field of mathematical prediction called statistics that is based on that concept.
      The contextual relevance, since it clearly escaped you, is that this is a matter that was previously discussed and should be considered settled.
      However, as is common in this space, debunked claims keep getting repeated again and again and again.

      We're done here.

    10. JoePro Guest

      Oh good, more mansplaining and domination, just what I came here for.

      Reciting an article from 2017 to support an argument about hotel loyalty programs is less about using precident and more about being completely down the rabbit hole.

      G'day.

    11. DCS Diamond

      Oh good, more mansplaining and domination, just what I came here for.

      Isn't it to be "dominated" that you came here, which is why you persist on posting?
      Any article from any year is highly relevant if it establishes a "precident" [sic] and shows a pattern of mindless commenting. Just like yours can pointed to a few years from now...

      Now, get lost.

    12. DCS Guest

      (the real one here)

      @JvdB- apologies all around, you posted a serious comment looking for information, and seem to have been caught up in a number of off- topic and pointless replies of questionable authenticity. Seems like someone is cutting and pasting old posts to mimic the tone of my previous bad behavior. Again- whoever this is, it's not appreciated, I've moved on like an adult.

      Anyway....Let's try to be helpful and work through what...

      (the real one here)

      @JvdB- apologies all around, you posted a serious comment looking for information, and seem to have been caught up in a number of off- topic and pointless replies of questionable authenticity. Seems like someone is cutting and pasting old posts to mimic the tone of my previous bad behavior. Again- whoever this is, it's not appreciated, I've moved on like an adult.

      Anyway....Let's try to be helpful and work through what the issue could be.

      Most Hyatt globalists with certs would seem to have not as much issue as you have reported in using them for upgrades. Personally, I've recently used them at Miraval, Park Hyatts, Thompson, Hyatt Regency, etc. without much trouble.

      The basic ("is it plugged in" style) questions- I assume you've been calling your concierge to have them applied; they usually have no problem when there is availability

      I have never had an issue with upgrading an "all cash" reservation at a property , or a reservation fully booked on points (assuming there is open suite availability). "book my way" stays won't work, though and neither will award cert nights.

      Obviously there's no using them at Hyatt Place and "basic" Hyatts without suites

      There also has to obviously be availability of the suites- this is going to thin out if you book too close to your stay date (earlier is better) and will be harder for longer stays than shorter. For example, you're going to have a tough time using them for a 7 day stay at the Park Hyatt Kyoto booked 4 days ahead of time!

      Hope this is helpful. If you are reading responses and can wade through the sewage of these replies, feel free to post more and I'll see if I can help.

    13. DCS Diamond

      The real 'DCS' as an OMAAT Diamond, you stupid troll. I am shocked that the site would tolerate this clearly unethical behavior from a fraudster, with mental issues.

    14. JoePro Guest

      Wait, I thought we were done here?
      Sorry, don't know what you replied to me, didn't think reading more narcissism was worth it this time around.

      But coming unhinged about someone using your username here in the comments of a travel blog is entertaining enough.
      Most people, if it was bothersome enough, would take the easy step of creating a new user profile. Or they'd just take it in stride. Here you are...

      Wait, I thought we were done here?
      Sorry, don't know what you replied to me, didn't think reading more narcissism was worth it this time around.

      But coming unhinged about someone using your username here in the comments of a travel blog is entertaining enough.
      Most people, if it was bothersome enough, would take the easy step of creating a new user profile. Or they'd just take it in stride. Here you are calling person loser and with mental issues, etc.

      That high road you're taking seems to have a buttload of potholes.

      And as though we couldn't figure out on our own that you have to have the word "Diamond" attached to everything you say.

      Anyway, I'll have to catch your words in the next Hilton/Hyatt post, I'm done with this one.

      Cheerio.

    15. DCS Guest

      I think the real one is smart enough to know the phrase is "Reductio ad absurdum", not "reduction"

      And it's cute that is means so much to you that you keep checkng a week old post to get the last word

  2. Blubot Guest

    Thanks for the reminder, I just redeemed 29,000points for a night at the Tokyo Grand Hyatt, which was selling rooms at USD 800/night during my day of visit. That was exceptionally great value, although normally those rooms go for about half that cost.

  3. Taylor Guest

    I've gotten some amazing value over the years. Probably the best is at the Topping Rose House in the Hamptons. This will be the third summer we go, and this will be the best value. Partner and I have four nights booked for July 2023: 40K per night in points / $2,695 in cash (now, that's just insane that anyone would fork over that kind of cash for a hotel room IMO, but supply/demand). Additionally,...

    I've gotten some amazing value over the years. Probably the best is at the Topping Rose House in the Hamptons. This will be the third summer we go, and this will be the best value. Partner and I have four nights booked for July 2023: 40K per night in points / $2,695 in cash (now, that's just insane that anyone would fork over that kind of cash for a hotel room IMO, but supply/demand). Additionally, the breakfast is a full breakfast at their Jean-Georges restaurant which itself is a pretty penny.

    PH NY is also a great choice, and I've gotten some great upgrades as a Globalist there.

    Essentially Hyatt is now the recipient of 90+% of my Chase points these days.

  4. JoePro Gold

    My strategy shifted the moment they started the premium suite upgrade option. Used it for Penthouse, Presidential, and other Premium Suite upgrades in multiple countries/Continents. Upwards of 25cpp back when the program started. Not usually so valuable nowadays, albeit I did recently secure a $2400/nt Presidential Suite for a couple nights at $75/nt+9K points.

  5. Gk Guest

    I think the best redemption right now for Hyatt is 25k points for secrets moxche impressions all inclusive in Playa del Carmen. Goes for $1700 usd per night. New hotel so will go up in category (currently only category C). Secrets moxche also goes for the same 25k for a $1200 per night hotel. Surprisingly there is no premium for this premium side of the property and that's why I find this to be the most valuable. All are suites so no suites upgrade required.

    1. Steven Marsh Guest

      This is a bargain on paper only.
      I thought the same thing when I booked 3 nights at Impressionns Moxche when the standard suite priced at $2300 per night for early December. Look at the photos of the room we received using a confirmed Globalist suite upgrades in my Google review.

      The room is nothing like their website shows. It was small. Typical Dreams/Secrets with sitting area and no chairs. Our room was connecting...

      This is a bargain on paper only.
      I thought the same thing when I booked 3 nights at Impressionns Moxche when the standard suite priced at $2300 per night for early December. Look at the photos of the room we received using a confirmed Globalist suite upgrades in my Google review.

      The room is nothing like their website shows. It was small. Typical Dreams/Secrets with sitting area and no chairs. Our room was connecting bedroom 2 for the real suite next door.

      After using nearly 75k points I felt this was a poor use of points. No bargain here.

  6. DCS Guest

    I do like Hyatt's program the best. It requires work and planning ahead sometimes, but I've had some great aspirational property (Miravals, Alila Big Sur, Park Hyatts) and "nice" property (Thompsons, SLH properties) stays. Especially a good deal with a suite upgrade cert and globalist breakfast included.

    Interestingly, when I need a quick cheap low- end hotel (think Cat 1 Hyatt Place), there's often outlying value compared to paying cash, since they are so cheap...

    I do like Hyatt's program the best. It requires work and planning ahead sometimes, but I've had some great aspirational property (Miravals, Alila Big Sur, Park Hyatts) and "nice" property (Thompsons, SLH properties) stays. Especially a good deal with a suite upgrade cert and globalist breakfast included.

    Interestingly, when I need a quick cheap low- end hotel (think Cat 1 Hyatt Place), there's often outlying value compared to paying cash, since they are so cheap points wise.

    I never look at the "asking" price of the hotel, though when deciding on what value I get for a redemption. Value is pretty subjective and I would never pay the asking cash prices at some of those places. I often look at reasonable nearby alternatives and ask if I'm getting a greater value than that for my points price. I look at about 1.8- 2.0 cpp multiplied by the points price and ask myself if I would pay that for the room, but understandably others value the points somewhat differently.

    Of course, it all depends on your goals- maximizing number of "no cost" nights vs staying at aspirational properties you would have never paid cash for. I'm not going to criticize how anyone does it if it works for them!

    1. DCS Diamond

      Almost a new year, but same garbage.

      I do like Hyatt's program the best. It requires work and planning ahead sometimes...blah...blah...blah...

      The comment above was clearly not written but the real DCS. The "punishment" for ethically-challenged folks who post comments as other people must be permanent ban from commenting because they have demonstrated that they have no shame and cannot be taken seriously.

      Reduction ad absurdum: Imagine what would become to this space if...

      Almost a new year, but same garbage.

      I do like Hyatt's program the best. It requires work and planning ahead sometimes...blah...blah...blah...

      The comment above was clearly not written but the real DCS. The "punishment" for ethically-challenged folks who post comments as other people must be permanent ban from commenting because they have demonstrated that they have no shame and cannot be taken seriously.

      Reduction ad absurdum: Imagine what would become to this space if everyone posted someone else...
      "I am Ben Schlappig and I believe that Hilton Honors offers the best breakfast benefit under the sun or in the universe, for that matter..."

      Have you no shame or sense of decency?

    2. Never In Doubt Guest

      “ other people must be permanent ban from commenting because they have demonstrated that they have no shame and cannot be taken seriously.”

      Welcome to the internet. You’ve been at that whine for some time, how’s it working out for you?

      Even if Ben required registration (which he doesn’t seem interested in), I doubt that would prevent duplicate display names.

      Maybe go back to particle physics? Somehow, we’d survive.

    3. DCS Diamond

      You surely must mean "welcome to stupidity" rather than to the "internet"...but wait...for some, as is clear here, "stupidity' and "internet" are virtually indistinguishable.
      So, how's it working out for me? Just like "stupidity" would work out for anyone who knows it when they come across it.

      No wonder VFTW recently decided to begin cracking the whip...

    4. DCS Guest

      I don't know who this is, but I don't find it very funny. You are mocking me sir, and I don't appreciate this kind of satire.

      I admit, I have been a bit of a <> in the past on these boards. I will sheepishly admit, I have often been an intolerant prick, far more in love with my own perceived intelligence than actually having anything helpful to say. I've been lashing out against others...

      I don't know who this is, but I don't find it very funny. You are mocking me sir, and I don't appreciate this kind of satire.

      I admit, I have been a bit of a <> in the past on these boards. I will sheepishly admit, I have often been an intolerant prick, far more in love with my own perceived intelligence than actually having anything helpful to say. I've been lashing out against others far too much and (in retrospect), I admit that I have been childish, lashing out at anyone who disagrees with me and calling them names. I realized people thought of me a a joke- a clown. Someone to never be taken seriously, better for entertainment perhaps but not serious discussion.

      But- I get that. I had a moment of realizing that my behavior and attitudes were childish and harmful, not just to others around me, but to myself as well. When I realize that all my coworkers were avoiding me and my own family couldn't stand me that it was time to turn over a new leaf. I've addressed my anger and am becoming a new person. I'd appreciate it if everyone would just let me try.

      So go pound sand.

      G'day sir.

    5. DCS Diamond

      Puerile. The forum host won't ban you and put an end to the childish charade, so I will just have to rise above it.

      As they say, imitation is the most sincere form flattery, so dream on because you are a loser and will remain a loser.

      Knock yourself out.

    6. BBK Diamond

      Worry not, we know the impostor doesn't have the skills needed to format posts.

    7. DCS Guest

      We all know Hyatt is the best program. And only fools spend money for Hilton LIFETIME Diamond when it’s free for a credit card. But I just can’t help myself.

      I said GOOD DAY SIR.

    8. JoePro Guest

      "so I will just have to rise above it."

      "you are a loser and will remain a loser."

      LMAO. Swell job you did!

  7. Anthony Diamond

    A few comments - on the credit card earning side, it is clear - earning Chase UR, and transferring over to Hyatt, is awesome. Even the Hyatt credit card is a good earner.

    On the redemption side, top properties at 45K Hyatt points start to look steep relative to the ~100K to ~~120K Marriott and Hilton redemptions cost. Someone said that they value Hilton and Marriott points at 3x Hyatt points - so by that,...

    A few comments - on the credit card earning side, it is clear - earning Chase UR, and transferring over to Hyatt, is awesome. Even the Hyatt credit card is a good earner.

    On the redemption side, top properties at 45K Hyatt points start to look steep relative to the ~100K to ~~120K Marriott and Hilton redemptions cost. Someone said that they value Hilton and Marriott points at 3x Hyatt points - so by that, 45K Hyatt points equals ~135K Hilton/Marriott points. Factor in no option for a fifth free night, and you can see where the math doesn't go in your favor. As a result I find Hyatt makes more sense for two or three night redemptions instead of longer ones.

    Another issue - Hyatt's credit card status (Discoverist) is weak relative to Marriott (Platinum with Brilliant) and Hilton (Diamond with Aspire). Explorist is also weak. A credit card elite redeeming points at Marriott gets breakfast, potential suite upgrade, late checkout, etc. She has to pay resort fees, but that may be cancelled out by a free night, etc. A credit card elite redeeming points at Hilton isn't paying resort fees. Credit card elites at Hyatt get very little.

    Nonetheless Hyatt remains a great option - well worth people holding at least two $95 fee cards (Chase Sapphire Preferred, Hyatt Visa).

    1. John Guest

      Haha Hilton and Marriott are worthless. They never upgrade to suites and they never give free breakfast. Hyatt you get suites 50% of the time and basically $100 breakfasts. And I'd say it's more like 3.5 to 4x a Hyatt point. And yes Globalist is more exclusive and harder to get hence its benefits that they actually honor.

    2. JoePro Guest

      Marriott is bad enough that you'll still feel stung as a credit card elite. I've given them the proverbial boot.

      Hilton is intriguing enough to make keeping the Aspire a worthwhile endeavor for me.

      Hyatt credit card value is minimal, but the Cat 4 still eats the annual fee. It's best they don't offer Globalist as a perk of a card. Though if they came out with a premium card preloaded with 30 night credits, I'd quickly jump on board for $450+

  8. Santastico Diamond

    My best Hyatt redemption ever was 35,000 points for a €3,685/night room. Got 2 rooms for 5 nights so redeemed 350,000 points on a stay that would cost me €36,850. Added Globalist benefits I paid no resort fees and got breakfast for 4 people for free.

    1. Andrew Guest

      Can you please tell me which property and how to book it.
      Thanks.

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UA-NYC Guest

Again, classic DCS and his misinformation. Gives Baghdad Bob a run for his money. I have three different 3-night Hyatt stays in 2023 already upgraded to suites via a TSU. Yes, it is true, they are GUARANTEED as long as a suite is available. That's the benefit of something you can use in advance! Not rocket science and perfectly equitable, right? This is of course a far stronger & clear cut upgrade benefit than Hilton - where of course EVERYTHING is at the discretion of the property (upgrades, late checkout, etc.) and nothing is specified.

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BBK Diamond

Worry not, we know the impostor doesn't have the skills needed to format posts.

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DCS Diamond

Puerile. The forum host won't ban you and put an end to the childish charade, so I will just have to rise above it. As they say, imitation is the most sincere form flattery, so dream on because you are a loser and will remain a loser. Knock yourself out.

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