When you think of “sweet spots”, airline award charts are likely the first thing that comes to mind. However, hotel award charts have their sweet spots as well, especially when the corresponding program is a transfer partner of another valuable rewards program.World of Hyatt is a perfect example; thanks to their partnership with Chase Ultimate Rewards, Hyatt's award chart is full of sweet spots.
World of Hyatt Award Chart
The price for a standard room award per night ranges from 5,000 World of Hyatt points for Category 1 hotels to 30,000 points for a top-tier Category 7 hotels. There are a few notable properties that can typically be considered excellent sweet spots based on their Category and average nightly rates:
- Park Hyatt Hyderabad (Category 2)
- Grand Hyatt Bali (Category 3)
- Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (Category 3)
- Hyatt Regency Dubai (Category 3)
- Hyatt Regency Mexico City (Category 3)
- Andaz Savannah (Category 4)
- Grand Hyatt Seattle (Category 4)
- Hyatt at Olive 8 (Category 4)
- Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Category 4)
- Park Hyatt Siem Reap (Category 4)
- Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (Category 5)
- Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa (Category 5)
- Carmelo Resort & Spa, A Hyatt Hotel (Category 5)
- Park Hyatt Seoul (Category 5)
- Grand Hyatt Singapore (Category 5)
- Park Hyatt Mallorca (Category 5)
- Park Hyatt Sydney (Category 7)
With Hyatt's Category 6 and Category 7 properties, whenever the paid rates are over $500 a night, redeeming points make sense despite the relatively high number of points required. The main reason for this is the relative ease with which most of us can earn Chase Ultimate Rewards, which can then be instantly transferred to Hyatt. For example, the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, a Category 6 property, routinely has rates in excess of $1,000 a night. Regardless of how much you value Hyatt points (most people value them at about 1.5 cents), having the chance to redeem 25,000 points instead of paying $1000 is an exceptional deal.
The key to identifying a sweet spot with Hyatt will typically be the comparative paid rate for the hotel you are interested in booking. While you never should redeem 15,000 Hyatt points per night when the comparative paid rate is around $100, you definitely do not want to pay $200 a night when you could have booked the same hotel for only 8,000 points per night.
Points & Cash Awards
Another factor to consider when it comes to Hyatt's award sweet spots is that they allow points and cash awards.
The amount of cash and points required for a Hyatt standard room Cash & Points stay per night ranges from 2,500World of Hyatt points and $50 for Category 1 hotels to 15,000World of Hyatt points and $300 for Category 7 hotels. Again, the comparative paid rate will have a lot to do with determining whether it makes to redeem points and cash. In general, you want to avoid Category 1 and Category 7 cash and points bookings because of the disproportionate amount of cash required at these properties.
Cash and points bookings can be an excellent alternative when you might not have enough points available but still want to minimize spending. And if you happen to have Hyatt Diamond Elite Status, keep in mind that you can redeem your four annual suite upgrade certificates on cash and points stays, which is arguably the most rewarding elite benefit offered by any hotel loyalty program.
Hyatt's Award Chart and Points & Cash chart are full of sweet spots thanks in great part to Hyatt's partnership with Chase, which makes Hyatt points extremely easy to acquire for most of us. However, always check the comparative paid rates to determine whether an award stay makes sense.