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When you think of sweet spots, airline award charts may be the first thing that comes to mind. However, hotel award charts have their sweet spots as well. World of Hyatt is a perfect example. It's one of our favorite award programs because you can consistently find incredible value. And it's easy to rack up points since you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt. Let's look at some of the best World of Hyatt sweet spots for your next vacation.
Understanding the World of Hyatt Award Chart
First, we need to go over how the Hyatt award chart works. Unlike other award programs — such as IHG and Marriott — which use dynamic pricing, the Hyatt award chart simplifies redemptions and makes it easier to find properties with outsized value.
Hyatt assigns a category to each of its properties. There are eight categories, and each is broken down into off-peak, standard, and peak pricing. Further, each category has pricing for standard and premium suites, as well as club-level rooms with access to the hotel's lounge. The rates for each are listed in our chart below.
|Hotel Category||Standard Room||Off-Peak / Peak Price (per night)||Regency/Grand Club/|
Premium Room (Standard Pricing)
|Standard Suite (Standard Pricing)||Premium Suite (Standard Pricing)|
|1||5,000||3,500 / 6,500||7,000||8,000||10,000|
|2||8,000||6,500 / 9,500||12,000||13,000||16,000|
|3||12,000||9,000 / 15,000||17,000||20,000||24,000|
|4||15,000||12,000 / 18,000||21,000||24,000||30,000|
|5||20,000||17,000 / 23,000||27,000||32,000||40,000|
|6||25,000||21,000 / 29,000||33,000||40,000||50,000|
|7||30,000||25,000 / 35,000||39,000||48,000||60,000|
|8||40,000||35,000 / 45,000||--||--||--|
Hyatt has a separate chart for all-inclusive properties. There are six categories, ranging from A to F. Similar to standard properties, each category has off-peak, standard, and peak pricing, as well as separate pricing for suites and club rooms. The rates for each are listed below.
|Hotel Category||Standard Room||Off-Peak/Peak||Club Room|
7 Best World of Hyatt Sweet Spot Redemptions
The key to identifying a sweet spot with Hyatt (or any award redemption) is to compare the cash rate versus the points required. The best value comes from properties with relatively low point rates and relatively high cash rates. For this article, we've also taken into consideration reviews from travelers who have stayed at these properties.
Andaz Maui at Wailea
This stunning Hawaiian resort is set on 15 acres of beachfront property. As a Category 8 hotel, rooms start at 35,000 points during standard pricing, which is an incredible value given the fact that cash rates are consistently over $1,000 per night.
The Andaz Maui at Wailea features multiple pools, farm-to-table dining experiences, and the luxury Feast at Mokapu Lu'au. If you're looking for an authentically Hawaiian experience, this resort is an excellent choice.
Alila Ventana Big Sur
Nestled in the Big Sur coastal mountains of Northern California, Alila Ventana Big Sur is a luxury all-inclusive resort. While alcoholic beverages are not included in your stay, there is a seemingly endless list of things that are included: food (including room service, poolside, or at The Sur House restaurant), non-alcoholic beverages, daily snacks, reusable water bottles, daily morning movement classes, and more.
There are two heated outdoor pools, a hot tub, and a spa. If you want to go on a hike in the nearby forest trees, the hotel will suggest options and pack you a snack so you don't get hungry. Alila Ventana Big Sur is the height of all-inclusive luxury, and the fact that you can book this Category 8 hotel for as little as 35,000 points per night is amazing.
Grand Hyatt Bali
The Grand Hyatt Bali is a five-star luxury beachfront resort located 15 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali (DPS). The property features five pools, including two water slides, a spa, a kids club, six restaurants, and two bars.
While staying at the Grand Hyatt Bali, you can relax on nearby Nusa Dua Beach, visit one of the many day spas in the area, or take a Balinese cooking class at The Bale. As a Category 2 hotel, standard rooms start at just 6,500 points per night.
Hyatt Regency Delhi
The Hyatt Regency Delhi is a five-star property located in the heart of New Delhi. During your stay, you can enjoy a spa treatment at Club Olympus or experience amazing cuisine at one of five on-site restaurants.
The hotel is a Category 1 property, meaning points prices start at just 3,500 per night, while cash rates range from $250 to $400+, depending on the season. Not only are you getting incredible value for your points, but you can book a club-level room using points, which means you'll have free food and drinks during your stay.
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
The Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a beautiful five-star hotel set on 37 acres near the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).
It's a Category 1 hotel, so standard rooms start at just 3,500 points per night. Just like the Hyatt Regency Delhi, club-level rooms start at just 5,500 points per night and provide access to the Regency Club lounge.
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
The Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo is a stunning luxury eco-resort located in Guanacaste on the northwest side of Costa Rica. The resort offers four pools, three beaches, over 20 small-group activities, a day spa, a kids club, and four different restaurants featuring both Latin American and global cuisine.
Cash rates at this Category 6 property are a minimum of $600 a night. But award rates start at just 21,000 points per night at this Category 6 hotel — which is an absolute steal!
Park Hyatt Siem Reap
The Park Hyatt Siem Reap is a luxury five-star hotel located in the bustling heart of Siem Reap. You can explore nearby nature and fantastic markets within walking distance, along with visiting the massive complex of temples at Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Park Hyatt Siem Reap is a Category 3 property, so award nights start at 9,000 points for a standard room.
Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
The Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary oozes tranquility while redefining “all-inclusive.” Set in Bhutan's mountains, this Category 6 property looks more like a monastery than a hotel, and bookings include everything: use of the pool, spa services, meals, drinks, and more.
The hotel has a focus on mind–body wellness, and redemptions start at just 21,000 points per night, which includes two adults. That's good news since cash rates are regularly above $550 per night. This property is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which has a partnership with Hyatt that enables bookings with points and earning stay credit from your reservations.
There are so many incredible Hyatt redemptions that we couldn't possibly list them all in this list of sweet spots. The above properties are our top choices; however, the following properties were close runners-up.
- Andaz Savannah (Category 4)
- Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (Category 3)
- Hyatt Regency Danang (Category 3)
- Hyatt Regency Dubai (Category 2)
- Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (Category 6)
- Hyatt Regency Sofia (Category 1)
- Thompson Chicago (Category 4)
- Ziva and Zilara Properties. If all-inclusive hotels are your jam, these properties are a great use of points. Each room rate includes two guests, with the ability to add additional guests for half the points rate per night. Hyatt Ziva properties are family-friendly, while Hyatt Zilara properties are adults-only.
Earning Hyatt Points
To book any of these amazing properties, you're going to need some Hyatt points. Luckily, they're very easy to come by thanks, to Hyatt's partnership with Chase.
Hyatt's co-branded credit cards
Chase Ultimate Rewards
Second, because Hyatt is a Chase Ultimate Rewards partner, you can earn points on eligible Chase cards and then transfer to World of Hyatt instantly at a 1:1 ratio. There are many options when considering cards that earn Ultimate Rewards. Some of our favorites include the Chase Sapphire Reserve®, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, and the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card.
Hyatt Pay My Way
While you may have earned a lot of points, you still might come up short. This is where Hyatt's Pay My Way feature comes in handy. This allows you to use a combination of points, cash, and/or free night certificates for a hotel booking. To use this feature, search by the cash rate, then select Pay My Way. It's important to note that not all properties offer this option.
As you can see above, once you select Pay My Way, you'll be given the option to choose how to pay for each night of your stay. You could potentially select the cash rate for one night, the points rate for another night, and a free night certificate for a third.
Points + Cash bookings
Another part of Pay My Way is Hyatt's Points + Cash pricing option. Instead of paying the full number of points for a particular night, you'll pay approximately half the points rate and half the cash rate. This can be an excellent alternative if you don't have enough points available but still want to minimize spending and maximize value.
Hyatt's award charts are full of sweet spots. There are Category 1 properties that offer incredible amenities that you might expect to only find at luxury resorts. And there are Category 8 properties that are an absolute steal at as little as 35,000 points per night. Plus, thanks to Hyatt's partnership with Chase, Hyatt points are relatively easy to acquire.
Have you been to any of these properties? Let us know your favorite Hyatt sweet spot redemptions in the comments!
- Earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 More Bonus Points by earning 2 Bonus Points total per $1 spent in the first 6 months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1 Bonus Point, on up to $15,000 spent.
- Enjoy complimentary World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open.
- Get 1 free night each year after your Cardmember anniversary at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort
- Receive 5 tier qualifying night credits towards status after account opening, and each year after that for as long as your account is open
- Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 in a calendar year
- Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
- Earn up to 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 from Hyatt as a World of Hyatt member
- Earn 2 Bonus Points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
- Member FDIC
- Up to 9X points total per $1 spent at Hyatt - 4X points per $1 when you use your card at Hyatt hotels & 5X points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
- 2X points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airlines tickets purchased directly from the airlines, on local transit and commuting and on fitness club and gym memberships
- 1X point per $1 everywhere else
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