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

Keith M. RossoJun 24, 2021
Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This may influence which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Our opinions are our own. Here is a list of our partners and here's how we make money.

The World of Hyatt program is one of the best hotel loyalty programs out there for a number of reasons, including no blackout dates, waived resort fees on award bookings, and ability to redeem points at their all-inclusive hotels, like the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.

Even better, you can often use fewer points to book free nights at Hyatt hotels. We value one Hyatt point at 1.9 cents, which is far higher than the value of points at all other major hotel loyalty programs including Marriott Bonvoy, IHG and Wyndham.

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. That's about $570 worth of points for the Hyatt, versus sacrificing at least that much — or potentially as much as $700 in points value — to book the Marriott-owned Ritz-Carlton.

One downfall with Hyatt: With about 900 properties, Hyatt isn’t the largest hotel chain. It's much more likely your destination will have a Hilton or a Marriott versus a Hyatt — and Hyatt points don't mean a whole lot if you can't spend them. The good news: 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.

Let's take a closer look at the World of Hyatt program first or you can jump straight to a few sweet spots for awards.

Hyatt award charts

The cost of a free night in a standard Hyatt room 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.

Later this year, Hyatt will introduce peak/off-peak pricing for points redemptions. New rates will be announced in mid-October, and members will start to see off-peak and peak pricing for stays in March 2022 and beyond.  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 1.9 cents each, which makes 20,000 Hyatt points worth $380. 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.

Want to use points to book a hotel in Times Square during New Year's Eve? As long as rooms are still available at the Hyatt Centric Times Square New York, you can. Other hotel brands won't let you use points to book on popular nights. Image courtesy of Hyatt.

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.

The Category 7 Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort costs 30,000 points per night (worth about $600) even though room rates can easily cost close to $1,000.  Image courtesy of Hyatt.

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.

The all-inclusive Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica starts at just 25,000 points per night. Image courtesy of Hyatt.

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.

You don't need to spend a ton of money (or points) to see the world. The Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit is located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand and is just 5,000 points (including free breakfast). Image courtesy of Hyatt.

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.

Photos courtesy of Hyatt.

Get more smart money moves – straight to your inbox
Sign up and we’ll send you Nerdy articles about the money topics that matter most to you along with other ways to help you get more from your money.