Through May 23, 2018, World of Hyatt is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased points. This promotion is publicly available, meaning that all members should be eligible for the same offer. With this promotion you can receive a 30% bonus if you buy 5,000-9,000 points, and a 40% bonus if you buy at least 10,000 points in one transaction.
If you max out this promotion you can purchase a maximum of 77,000 World of Hyatt points at a cost of $1,320, which is a rate of ~1.71 cents per World of Hyatt point.
Hyatt offers a bonus on purchased points several times per year, and when they do, we typically see bonuses in the range of 30-40%. So the 40% bonus is as good as it gets. For example, in February we saw a bonus on purchased points, though that was capped at 30%.
I value World of Hyatt points at ~1.5 cents each, though they can definitely be redeemed for a lot more than that. I just think that’s a “fair” number.
At the rate of ~1.71 cents per point, you can purchase enough points for a free night at a Category 7 property for ~$515, or a Category 6 property for ~$430, while paid rates at those hotels are often $1,000+ per night.
For example, the Park Hyatt Maldives is a Category 6 property (normally costing 25,000 points per night), and cash rates are often $1,200+ per night.
There’s even a lot of value on the other end of the spectrum. For example, the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a Category 1 property (normally retailing for 5,000 points per night), and paid rates are often $180+ per night including the 25% tax and service charge, which you don’t have to pay on an award booking. Meanwhile if buying points you’d pay just ~$80 per night.
You can potentially get even more value out of your points by using Hyatt Points + Cash redemptions.
Hyatt points purchases are processed by points.com, so wouldn’t count as hotel spend for the purposes of your credit card. That means if you buy points you’ll want to use a card that maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Chase Freedom Unlimited®, Citi® Double Cash Card, etc.
Most importantly, keep in mind that World of Hyatt is transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards, so you can transfer over points earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card, or Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card. That would be my preferred way to acquire World of Hyatt points.
As is always the case, you should crunch the numbers and see if this promotion works for you. This promotion is as good as bonuses on the purchase of World of Hyatt points get, and there are certainly circumstances under which it could make sense to acquire points this way. However, given the option I’d rather transfer points from Ultimate Rewards than buy them outright. I realize not everyone has a significant Ultimate Rewards points balance, or has access to US credit cards, so that’s not an option for everyone.
Do you plan on buying Hyatt points with up to a 40% bonus?