Hyatt Sweet Spots: No Blackout Dates, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Keith M. RossoMay 22, 2020
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Hyatt is a popular hotel chain among award travel enthusiasts because they have no blackout dates, waive resort fees on award bookings and allow you to redeem points at their all-inclusive hotels, like the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. Plus, compared to other hotel chains, you can often use fewer points to book free nights at Hyatt hotels.

For example, you can redeem 30,000 Hyatt points for a free night at the luxurious Park Hyatt New York, whereas it’ll cost you 70,000 to 100,000 Marriott points per night to book an award stay around the corner at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park.

With 900+ properties, Hyatt isn’t the largest hotel chain. However, Hyatt has been actively expanding the number of hotels in its program through acquisitions and alliances, including the addition of Miraval and Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

You earn Hyatt points for free stays with the World of Hyatt Credit Card or by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards® points.

Let's take a closer look at the World of Hyatt program first or you can

Hyatt award charts

The cost of a free night in a standard room at a Hyatt hotel depends on the category classification of the property. Award night prices range from 5,000 points per night at a Category 1 hotel to 40,000 points per night at a Category 8 hotel. Depending on availability, it’s possible to book a suite using additional points.

Starting in 2021, Hyatt will introduce peak/off-peak pricing for points redemptions. Until then, the award charts below apply for determining the cost of free stays at Hyatt-branded hotels including:

  • Alila

  • Andaz

  • Destination Hotels

  • Grand Hyatt

  • Hyatt

  • Hyatt Centric

  • Hyatt House

  • Hyatt Place

  • Hyatt Regency

  • Hyatt Residence Club

  • Hyatt Ziva

  • Hyatt Zilara

  • Joie de Vivre

  • Miraval

  • Park Hyatt

  • The Unbound Collection

  • Thompson Hotels

All-inclusive resorts

Hyatt has eight all-inclusive hotels located in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico. You can use Hyatt points to book a stay at these hotels, which covers your food and beverages.

Double occupancy in a standard room costs 20,000 to 25,000 Hyatt points per night. Plus, at family friendly all-inclusive Hyatt resorts you can pay 10,000 to 12,500 additional points per person per night for children.

Miraval resorts

Hyatt has a separate award chart for Miraval Resorts properties in Austin, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona. A third Miraval property in Massachusetts is expected to open in May 2020.

These all-inclusive wellness resorts feature gourmet cuisine and numerous activities, including meditation and yoga.

An award night at these resorts costs 45,000 points per night for single occupancy. There’s an additional 20,000 points per night charge to add a second person. While these Hyatt properties are the most expensive to book using points, each award night comes with a $175 resort credit per person, which is a good deal if you plan to book activities during your stay.

NerdWallet values Hyatt points at 2 cents each, which makes 20,000 Hyatt points worth $400. Depending on your travel dates and destination, you can potentially get even more value from your Hyatt points. Plus, if you have Hyatt elite status, your benefits apply to award stays, including room upgrades when available.

Hyatt sweet spots

There’s no right or wrong way to use your Hyatt points. Ultimately, it comes down to your travel goals and preferences. Some travelers prefer to stretch the value of their points bank by booking stays at lower category hotels, while others like to splurge and use points for a luxury stay at a hotel that might otherwise be too expensive when paying cash. That said, here are a few general Hyatt sweet spots.

Peak travel dates and special events

Most hotel chains limit award night inventory or increase prices during popular travel times. Hyatt, on the other hand, has a no blackout date policy. As long as a standard room is available for sale, you can book a stay using points.

This means using Hyatt points can save you a lot of money during peak travel times when the cash cost of a hotel stay tends to increase, such as around holidays. Or if you’re booking a hotel stay for a special event, like the Sundance Film Festival, Super Bowl or Times Square New Year’s Eve.

Top-tier properties

Room rates at certain top-tier Category 7 and Category 8 Hyatt hotels can regularly exceed $700 per night plus taxes. This includes top-rated hotels like the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Ventana Big Sur, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, Park Hyatt Sydney and Nobu Hotel Marbella.

Using Hyatt points instead of paying cash for a stay at these luxury hotels could save you thousands of dollars or provide you an experience you might not otherwise book with cash.

All-Inclusive Hyatt Hotels

Many of Hyatt’s all-inclusive hotels receive favorable reviews, including the Hyatt Zilara Cancun and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. These hotels could cost you $500+ per night plus taxes & fees. Using 20,000 to 25,000 Hyatt points per night instead could save you a lot of money on a hassle-free vacation.

Extended Stays at Hyatt Place Hotels

There are lots of Category 1 and Category 2 Hyatt Place branded hotels around the world. Award stays at these hotels cost 5,000 to 8,000 points per night. So if you’re planning a weeklong vacation and want to conserve your points, you can find great deals at these lower cost hotels.

Plus, World of Hyatt members enjoy free breakfast at Hyatt Place hotels when booking through Hyatt, including award stays.

The bottom line

An award stay at most Hyatt hotels will cost you 5,000 to 40,000 points per night, depending on the category. Hyatt has no blackout dates when using points, which is terrific if you’re looking to book a stay during peak travel dates. You’ll get the best value when nightly room rates are expensive because the cost to book using points doesn’t change.

Photo courtesy of Hyatt.