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The Complete Guide to Earning Hyatt Points

May 14, 2020
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With over 875 hotels spread across 60 countries, World of Hyatt has been expanding rapidly with boutique partnerships and eponymous brands alike. With rewards points worth 1.9 cents apiece, it’s a program worth investing in, regardless of whether you’re a domestic traveler or a globetrotter. If you need a few tips and tricks on how to quickly earn these valuable points, we’ve got you covered.

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The basics

Every World of Hyatt member earns 5 base points per $1 spent on eligible rates. To earn points on a qualified eligible rate, you must book a room rate published by Hyatt and not one booked through a third-party travel booking agency. You can also earn points on dining, spa experiences and other amenities billed to the hotel.

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Elite Level multipliers

Discoverist

You can reach Discoverist status by earning 25,000 base points, staying 10 qualifying nights or hosting three events. Additionally, The World Of Hyatt Credit Card comes with automatic Discoverist status.

Once you’ve attained this status level, you’ll receive the following perks:

  • 10% bonus points on paid stays.
  • Waived resort fees on award stays.
  • M life Pearl status.
  • Premium internet.
  • Preferred room upgrade, based on availability.
  • 2 p.m. late checkout.
  • AAdvantage bonus (1 Hyatt point per $1 spent with American AIrlines).

Explorist

Explorist status requires staying 30 nights, earning 50,000 base points or booking 10 meetings or events.

In addition to the benefits offered to Discoverist members, World of Hyatt Explorists receive the following:

  • 20% bonus points on paid stays.
  • M life Gold status.
  • Space-available room upgrades, including suites and rooms with club lounge access.
  • 72-hour room availability guarantee.

Globalist

Globalist is the highest elite status tier. To earn this status level, you need to complete 60 nights, earn 100,000 points or book 20 meetings. Hyatt Globalist members receive the following benefits, in addition to those offered to lower-level elites:

  • 30% bonus points.
  • Waived resort fees on paid and award stays.
  • Space-available room upgrades, including standard suites.
  • 4 p.m. late checkout.
  • 48-hour room availability guarantee.
  • Receive priority access on available rooms during check-in.
  • Guest of Honors (i.e., share your elite benefits with friends and family when booking award stays).

World of Hyatt Credit Card

To quickly gain elite status and earn points even more rapidly, you may want to consider applying for The World Of Hyatt Credit Card. Cardholders not only get automatic Discoverist status, they also receive 5 qualifying night credits toward the next status level every year. Plus, you can earn two qualifying nights for every $5,000 spent.

In exchange for a $95 annual fee, this card provides an annual free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel.

On top of the elite status and free night, which are easily worth more than the cost of the annual fee, cardholders also receive 4 bonus points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels. Purchases made at restaurants, on direct airline ticket purchases, local transit, commuting and gym memberships earn 2 points per $1 spent. All other purchases earn 1 point per $1 spent.

New cardholders will appreciate the card’s welcome bonus: 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.

Since standard free nights start as low as 5,000 World of Hyatt points — and only 3,500 for off-peak nights — this credit card bonus could cover several nights on your next vacation.

Between the welcome bonus and spending category bonuses, points will be rolling in. Furthermore, you’ll receive an extra free night at any Category 1-4 hotel when you spend $15,000 by every card anniversary.

» Learn more: World of Hyatt Card review: Lavish benefits, reasonable cost

Earn from FIND Experiences

Hyatt offers “experiences” near its hotels through a program called FIND. You earn World of Hyatt points when booking FIND experiences, which means you can rack up free stays while doing things like practicing Muay Thai or riding horses. Note that some FIND experiences allow you to both redeem and earn World of Hyatt points, while others are listed as “redemption only” — so watch the fine print closely.

If you book FIND experiences in the U.S. and Mexico, you’ll earn 10 points per $1 spent. FIND opportunities range from private tequila tastings at $59 per person to surfing with a renowned executive chef for $3,500 a person. FIND can be a quick way to earn points for unique travel experiences.

Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards® points

Those with Chase Ultimate Rewards® will appreciate the ability to transfer their points from Chase to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. Transferring is easy and instant. Just select “Transfer to Travel Partners” in the Chase Ultimate Rewards® portal:

Look for World of Hyatt under “Hotels,” and look for “Transfer Points”:

You’ll be prompted to connect your World of Hyatt account, then you’ll be able to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards® points in 1,000-point increments.

Since we value World of Hyatt points at 1.9 cents each and Chase Ultimate Rewards® points range from 1-1.5 cents in redemption value through the Ultimate Rewards® travel portal, transferring points from Ultimate Rewards® to World of Hyatt could give you more bang for your buck. But that really depends on how you redeem your points and what the paid rate of a particular hotel is.

Fly on American Airlines (elite members only)

World of Hyatt and American Airline’s AAdvantage program have teamed up, allowing reciprocal benefits for elite status members. For Hyatt elite members, that means earning 1 Hyatt point per $1 spent on American Airlines flights. These points are earned in addition to the normal miles earned through American, effectively double-dipping your rewards.

To sign up, go to this AAdvantage page, sign in and link your Hyatt account.

Take a Lindblad Expedition

Hyatt has partnered with the adventure travel company Lindblad Expeditions, offering exclusive benefits to members including 5 Hyatt points per $1 spent. Nights spent on Lindblad’s high-end cruises also count toward elite status, and Hyatt points can be used to book the expeditions, as well.

Given that these trips can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, this is an “easy” way to rack up a boatload of Hyatt points.

Rent a car through Avis

World of Hyatt and Avis have a partnership that lets you earn 500 Hyatt points per car rental. To get the points, you have to:

  1. Provide your Hyatt membership number when making the rental.
  2. Use the AWD (discount) code K817700 when booking.

Buy Hyatt Points

Of course, you can always buy Hyatt points outright. These purchases can be made through Points.com at a baseline rate of 2.4 cents per point.

Given that we value Hyatt points at 1.9 cents each, this actually isn’t the worst value compared to some other point purchasing options. Still, it probably only makes sense to do it if you have a specific redemption in mind, or if Hyatt runs a promotion that knocks the effects price per point down.

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