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How to Get the Most Value From World of Hyatt Points

Jan. 23, 2020
Loyalty Programs, Reward Optimization, Travel
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Hotel loyalty reward programs can come with a number of perks for frequent and infrequent travelers. World of Hyatt is no different. However, to truly get the best use of your Hyatt points, you need to know the most valuable ways to redeem them — from free award nights to room upgrades and more.

» Learn more: World of Hyatt: The complete guide

Free award nights

We value Hyatt points at 1.9 cents each, and your best bet is to use them for hotel nights. Hyatt currently has an eight-category system that determines the point value for your room. A standard room ranges from 5,000-40,000 points per night, outside of peak and off-peak dates.

CategoryStandard roomRegency/Grand Club roomStandard suitePremium suite

However, take note that these redemption rates will change in 2021 to incorporate peak and off-peak pricing. For example, Category 1 hotels that currently go for 5,000 points will soon require 3,500 points for an off-peak award or 6,500 points during peak season.

CategoryStandard roomRegency/ Grand Club roomStandard suitePremium suite

If you’re short on points, you can always redeem a Points + Cash award. The updated award chart coming in 2021 will also have off-peak and peak rates for Points + Cash awards:

Hotel categoryOff-peakStandardPeak
11,750 + 50% cash2,500 + 50% cash3,250 + 50% cash
23,250 + 50% cash4,000 + 50% cash4,750 + 50% cash
34,500 + 50% cash6,000 + 50% cash7,500 + 50% cash
46,000 + 50% cash7,500 + 50% cash9,000 + 50% cash
58,500 + 50% cash10,000 + 50% cash11,500 + 50% cash
610,500 + 50% cash12,500 + 50% cash14,500 + 50% cash
712,500 + 50% cash15,000 + 50% cash17,500 + 50% cash
817,500 + 50% cash20,000 + 50% cash20,000 + 50% cash

Room upgrade awards

You can also use your Hyatt points to upgrade a room. When booking a paid rate, you can upgrade to Regency Club/Grand Club rooms for only 3,000 points per night. A suite upgrade will set you back 6,000 points per night, and a premium suite upgrade will cost 9,000 points per night.

Upgrading has the best value for someone looking to elevate their current travel experience. However, if your goal is to book as many free nights as possible, regardless of the quality of the stay, room upgrades are equivalent to giving away your hard-earned World of Hyatt points.

Resort stays

But if you are interested in getting a more luxury experience from your points, Hyatt has eight all-inclusive resorts that can be booked with World of Hyatt points. These redemption rates differ based on property. For example, you can stay in a standard room at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos for only 20,000 points per night, while the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall goes for 25,000 points per night.

Meanwhile, standard rooms at Miraval resorts are 45,000 points per night plus 20,000 additional points per night for a second person. In 2021, these will also all incorporate off-peak and peak pricing.

ResortStandard room points per night
Hyatt Zilara Cancun21,00025,00029,000
Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana21,00025,00029,000
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall21,00025,00029,000
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos17,00020,00023,000
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta17,00020,00023,000
Hyatt Ziva Cancun21,00025,00029,000
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana21,00025,00029,000
Miraval Resorts Single Occupancy40,00045,00050,000
Miraval Resorts Double Occupancy57,50065,00072,000

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M life hotels

World of Hyatt points can also be used to book nights at M life hotels in Las Vegas. However, with hotels in Las Vegas being frequently discounted, this is not typically the best use of your points. We value Hyatt points at 1.9 cents for domestic redemptions. To help you get the most value out of your M life redemptions, we’ve put together this chart:

HotelReward points per nightUse your points if the room rate is higher than...
Excalibur, Luxor12,000$216
New York-New York, Park MGM Las Vegas, MGM Grand15,000$270
The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, The Signature at MGM Grand, Vdara, NoMad Las Vegas20,000$360
Delano Las Vegas, Bellagio, Aria25,000$450

Other redemption options

We typically don’t recommend many other redemption options for your World of Hyatt points, as you simply won’t get a great value out of your them. However, you should be aware of a few other options in case they make sense for your situation.

You can transfer your World of Hyatt points to a number of airline partners or use them for car rentals. Try a new adventure with FIND experiences or Lindblad Expeditions. Finally, 2,000 points will get you a $10 credit towards spa treatments, parking, transportation, in-room movies and more. This gives you a value of 0.5 cents per point, markedly lower than our estimated 1.9 cents per point valuation. Once again, this shows your best bet is to use our guides to redeem your World of Hyatt points for free nights.

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