Sweet Spots for World of Hyatt Awards

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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

Hotel CategoryStandard RoomRegency/Grand ClubStandard SuitePremium Suite
15,0007,0008,00010,000
28,00012,00013,00016,000
312,00017,00020,00024,000
415,00021,00024,00030,000
520,00027,00032,00040,000
625,00033,00040,00050,000
730,00039,00048,00060,000
840,000

The price for a standard room award per night ranges from 5,000 World of Hyatt points for Category 1 hotels to 40,000 points for a top-tier Category 8 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)

Park-Hyatt-Sydney

With Hyatt's category 6 and category 7 properties, whenever the paid rates are over $500 a night, redeeming points may make sense despite the relatively high number of points required. For category 8, it can be hard to justify the big jump to 40,000 points, but hotels with a nightly price of over $650 are still worth considering as awards.

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 their Points+Cash pricing model. Instead of paying the full number of points for a particular room, you'll pay a discounted award price, and supplement the booking by paying part of the room's standard rate in cash. You can think of the cash part of the payment as a decision to buy Hyatt points. If the award price is discounted from 12,000 to 6,000 points, you're effectively buying the 6,000 points you don't have to spend on your award.

CategoryStandard RoomStandard SuitePremium Suite
Free Night AwardCash + PointsFree Night AwardCash + PointsFree Night AwardCash + Points
15,0002,500 + Cash8,000 4,000 + Cash10,0005,000 + Cash
28,0004,000 + Cash13,0006,500 + Cash16,0008,000 + Cash
312,0006,000 + Cash20,00010,000 + Cash24,00012,000 + Cash
415,0007,500 + Cash24,00012,000 + Cash30,00015,000 + Cash
520,00010,000 + Cash32,00016,000 + Cash40,00020,000 + Cash
625,00012,500 + Cash40,00020,000 + Cash50,00025,000 + Cash
730,00015,000 + Cash48,00024,000 + Cash60,00030,000 + Cash

In the past, Points+Cash bookings had a fixed cash amount at each category level. For example, a category 6 property had a cash copay of $150 to save 12,500 points. Around the time they announced peak and off-peak pricing (which was postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19), the Points+Cash pricing was updated to an undisclosed amount determined by Hyatt.

Here's the new language on the Hyatt website about Points+Cash:

Combine Points+Cash for 50% of the points required for a free night and 50 -70% off the Standard Rate.

Under the previous system, the price you would pay for points ranged from 2.0–1.20 cents. The two least-attractive Points+Cash tiers were for categories 1 and 7 where you would pay 2.0 cents per point. ($50 to save 2,500 points and $300 to save 15,000 points respectively). The best Points+Cash value was category 6 with $150 saving you 12,500 points—a price of 1.20 cents apiece.

Without the transparency we formerly enjoyed, you'll have to do the math on a case-by-case basis. Fortunately, it's easy to figure out.

To decide if Points+Cash makes sense, you’ll need these numbers:

  1. How much cash is needed
  2. How many points are you saving
  3. How much are you willing to pay to save a Hyatt point (or a Chase point if you're transferring Ultimate Rewards to World of Hyatt)

Now, take the cash amount and divide by the number of points you're saving. That will give you a value per point in dollars (i.e. $0.02). Multiply that by 100 if you prefer to think about point value in cents.

The third element of the equation—how much you are willing to pay—should be specific to how much value you've gotten from Hyatt points in the past. If you don't have a feel for your personal valuation, a good starting point is probably around 1.50 cents per point. If the cost is higher than that, you may be better off spending those extra points and saving the cash for other parts of your trip.

Cash and points bookings can be an excellent alternative when you don't 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.

Bottom Line

Hyatt's Free Night and Points+Cash award charts are full of sweet spots.  Thanks to their partnership with Chase, Hyatt points are easy to acquire when you need them. However, you should always check the comparative paid rates to determine whether an award stay makes sense.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Bonus Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points - 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.
  • Earn 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 total within 6 months of account opening.
  • Free nights start at 5,000 points
  • Receive 1 free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort after your Cardmember anniversary
  • Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
  • Get automatic World of Hyatt Elite status and 5 qualifying night credits every year as long as your account is open
  • Earn 2 qualifying night credits towards tier status everytime you spend $5,000 on your card
  • Earn 9 points total for Hyatt stays - 4 Bonus Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels & 5 Base Points per $1 you can earn as a World of Hyatt member
  • Earn 2 Bonus 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
  • 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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