World of Hyatt has just made the process of redeeming points for free night redemptions in suites significantly easier.
Redeeming World of Hyatt points for suites
There are many things to love about World of Hyatt. When it comes to redeeming points, one thing that sets World of Hyatt apart is that you can redeem points for suites at reasonable costs.
Hyatt is the only major hotel loyalty program that has a fixed award chart for suite redemptions, for both standard and premium suites. The incremental cost for a suite is quite reasonable, if you ask me. This is a great option for those who just need a bit of extra space, or who are planning a special trip.
Park Hyatt Kyoto Park Suite
For context, here’s the World of Hyatt award chart for suite redemptions:
Redeeming points for suites online
Historically you’ve had to call World of Hyatt customer service in order to redeem points for a suite, though that process has just been made easier. Hyatt has rolled out suite redemptions at all eligible properties both through its website and the World of Hyatt app.
Now when you do an award search you’ll automatically see any available suite options displayed.
World of Hyatt has two categories of suite redemptions, as you can redeem for standard or premium suites. In the past there was no easy way to tell what kind of a premium suite could be booked with points, but that’s now possible, and it shows just how great this value could be.
Take the Park Hyatt Vienna, for example, where a standard room costs 25,000 points per night. For double as many points you could book a premium suite, which in this case would get you a Diplomat Suite.
If paying cash, a standard room would cost 383EUR.
Meanwhile the Diplomat Suite would cost 2,383EUR.
That means you’re redeeming double as many points for a room that would cost more than six times as much if paying cash.
That’s not to say that you should always redeem points for premium suites, but this is at least something that it’s cool to be able to easily reference. At some hotels a premium suite is the same as the standard suite but with a better view, while at some hotels it’s a really exceptional suite, as is the case above.
Park Hyatt Vienna Diplomat Suite
Note that while the World of Hyatt app now also allows suite redemptions, the rate is listed as “Confidential” when doing an award search. However, when you go to the booking page to complete a reservation, you’ll see the correct price displayed.
Other pros & cons of online suite bookings
As I see it, there’s one other major pro and one other major con to this development:
- You can now easily tell if a standard suite is available at a hotel, should you want to use a Globalist suite upgrade or redeem points for a suite upgrade; while you’d still have to call to upgrade, that inventory should match the points availability shown online for a standard suite
- Perhaps one downside is that Hyatt making it easier to redeem points for suites means there may be more competition for these rooms, since not everyone knew these could be booked by phone in the past
Alila Ventana Big Sur Suite
World of Hyatt points are easy to earn
Even if you’re not a World of Hyatt loyalist, one of the great things about Hyatt is how easy the points are to come by. This means that you can easily use your transferrable points to book some amazing suites.
See this post for everything you need to know about earning Hyatt points with credit cards.
World of Hyatt is by far the best hotel loyalty program when it comes to being able to redeem points for suites, given the reasonable costs and published award chart. Award nights in suites can now be booked directly on hyatt.com, which is a great development.
What’s equally exciting about this is that you can easily see what room each property designates as premium suites — in some cases these are incredible suites, while in some cases they’re only marginally better than standard suites.
Are you excited to see Hyatt add suite redemptions online?
(Tip of the hat to US Credit Card Guide)