World of Hyatt Reward Optimization for Beginners

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Although World of Hyatt isn’t one of the biggest hotel loyalty programs, it has a lot going for it. NerdWallet currently ranks Hyatt points as the most valuable hotel rewards currency, worth 1.9 cents each. Pair that with top-notch elite status benefits and exceptional high-end hotels and the program offers standout value.

Where can you stay with your points?

World of Hyatt properties cater to all types of travelers, though there is an emphasis on high-end and luxury hotels. Hyatt brands range from Park Hyatt on the high end to Hyatt House and Hyatt Place on the budget end of the spectrum.

World of Hyatt’s 15 hotel brands are:

  • Caption by Hyatt.

  • Destination Hotels.

  • Grand Hyatt.

  • Hyatt Centric.

  • Hyatt House.

  • Hyatt Place.

  • Hyatt Regency.

  • Hyatt Zilara/Hyatt Ziva.

  • Joie de Vivre.

  • Park Hyatt.

  • The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

  • Thompson Hotels.

How to get started using your points

Booking award nights with Hyatt points is easy, with options to book online or using the World of Hyatt app. You have a lot of flexibility when it comes to booking award nights in multiple room types: standard rooms, club rooms, standard suites, premium suites and all-inclusive stays at brands such as Miraval.

Booking award nights

To book award nights, first sign in to your member account. At Hyatt.com you’ll find the sign-in button at the upper right corner of the page.

Once logged in you can begin searching for reward night availability. Enter your destination, check-in and checkout dates. Also, be sure to click the “Use Points” box.

The results page will show you available hotels and costs in points. You can easily compare the nightly cash rate at the property overview page.

Select a hotel to view available room options and also Points + Cash options, which let you combine both payment types so you don’t have to wait till you have a huge balance of Hyatt points.

Before you complete a reward night booking, review the hotel’s cancellation policy in case your plans change. Most of the time the cancellation terms on your reward room will be the same as the normal cash rate, but it could be different at some hotels.

What to consider when redeeming points

With all points redemptions you want to make sure you’re getting a good value. Compare the nightly cash rate to the nightly cost in points.

Here’s a quick example:

During the summer, the rate at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is usually over $700 per night. Alternatively, the nightly points rate is 30,000 points.

Simply divide the nightly cash rate by the nightly points rate to see the value you are receiving per point. In this example, it works out to be 2.55 cents per point ($766 divided by 30,000 equals $0.0255).

Because Hyatt points are, on average, worth 1.9 cents cents each, this room is a great value for your points.

A few program sweet spots

Whether you’re looking to stay at high-end luxury properties or prefer budget hotels, you’ll get excellent value when using your Hyatt points. Here are a few redemption sweet spots within the World of Hyatt program.

Studios at Alila Seminyak

Hyatt recently opened the Studios at Alila Seminyak in the trendy Seminyak district of Bali. This beachside hotel is located in the middle of it all: You’ll find excellent dining, never-ending nightlife and shopping just around the corner. The best part is that this property is currently a Category 1 hotel in the World of Hyatt program, which means it costs only 5,000 points each night.

Hyatt Regency Seattle

The Hyatt Regency is a great choice if you are looking to use your points while visiting Seattle, with $435 rooms at times going for 15,000 Hyatt points, a 2.9-cent-per-point value. This well-reviewed property is centrally located downtown and features all the amenities you’d expect, including a club lounge, fitness club, several restaurants and bars, and even a rooftop patio. If you are looking for more of a boutique feel, the Thompson Seattle is a great option to check out.

Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest

The days when you could book the Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest for only 8,000 points per night are over, but it’s still a decent value for 20,000 points per night. You’ll travel back in time when you enter the Párisi Udvar, which is located in a renovated art nouveau shopping arcade. The architecture of the hotel is so amazing that it’s worth peeking your head into the lobby even if you are not staying there. Part of the Unbound Collection, this property has a distinct feel that reflects the history and culture of Budapest.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

This famous property has drawn the attention of miles and points travelers for years, all while remaining an excellent redemption option. The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is everything you want from a high-end luxury hotel. You’ll find a Michelin-starred restaurant on the property, and you are just minutes away from the best sights of Paris. For a free night at this luxury property, you will have to dish out 30,000 points per night, but it’s worth it.

Park Hyatt Sydney

At 30,000 points per night, you’ll get excellent value when you book a free night at the Park Hyatt Sydney. This renowned waterfront property has stunning views of the Sydney Opera House. Pair that with exceptional service and stellar hotel amenities, and this hotel ranks among the top Hyatt properties in the world.

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