How best to book Hyatt luxury suites


World of Hyatt stands alone among hotel loyalty programs in offering standard all-points award rates for both standard and premium suites.  Hyatt also offers multiple other ways to use rewards to book suites: Use points for a suite upgrade, or book a points + cash rate.  If you have Hyatt points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points (which transfer 1 to 1 to Hyatt), then you can book Hyatt suites with any of the options I just mentioned.  Additionally, after you’ve earned 50 qualifying nights (through stays or other means) within a year you can earn Suite Upgrade Milestone Awards.

It’s awesome that Hyatt offers so many ways to book suites, but it can be overwhelming trying to decide which option to use.  Which suite booking option is best?

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Park Hyatt Zanzibar Royal Residence.  This premium suite can be booked with 30K points per night or as a 9K per night upgrade!

Hyatt Suite Booking Options

Here’s an overview of your options for booking Hyatt suites:

Standard Suite Premium Suite Best When
Cash Booking Pay the best rate you can find for a standard suite Pay the best rate you can find for a premium suite Best when suite prices are low.
Free Night Award
(Points Only)
Pay ~60% more points than standard room Pay twice as many points as standard room Best when cash rates for standard rooms are high.
Points + Cash Pay ~half the standard suite rate in both points and cash. Pay ~half the standard premium suite rate in both points and cash. Rarely best option.
Suite Upgrade on Paid Nights Pay standard rate for a standard room (or for a deluxe room at resorts) + 6,000 points per night Pay standard rate for a standard room (or for a deluxe room at resorts) + 9,000 points per night Best when standard rooms or deluxe rooms (at resorts) are cheap, and when suites are expensive.
Suite Upgrade Award
(Usually earned as a  Milestone Award.)
Pay for standard room w/ any paid rate or with points, and upgrade up to 7 nights with a Suite Upgrade Award certificate N/A Best when spending multiple nights (up to 7) at same hotel.


Example: Ambassador Chicago

a screenshot of a hotel room

Not all Hyatt hotels offer premium suites for award stays, so I picked one that does in order to illustrate how complicated it can be to decide how to book a suite.  Here are the options I found at the Ambassador Chicago for a 1 night stay checking in October 16, 2021.  The listed cash rates include taxes:

Standard Suite
(One Bedroom Suite)
Premium Suite
(One Bedroom Deluxe Suite)
Cash Booking $490.81 (AAA Rate) $631.69 (AAA Rate)
Free Night Award
(Points Only)
20,000 Points 24,000 Points
Points + Cash 10,000 Points + $257.69 12,000 Points + $328.13
Suite Upgrade on Paid Nights $327.54 + 6,000 Points $327.54 + 9,000 Points
Suite Upgrade Award
(Usually earned as a  Milestone Award.)
12,000 Points or $302.97, plus Suite Upgrade Award certificate N/A

As you can see above, there are a lot of options and it’s not easy to figure out which is best.  It kind of makes my head hurt.  So, I created a simple tool to help…

Cash or Points for Suites? Decision Tool

Click here to open a read-only copy of the Hyatt Suite decision tool.  Then within Google Sheets, click File… Make a Copy.  You can now edit your copy in order to decide how best to book your suite…

About You

The first section asks you two questions: 1) How much do you value Hyatt points? And 2) How many points per dollar will you earn with your credit card?  I purposely over-simplified this.  For example, if you don’t plan to use a Hyatt credit card, the points earned with your card may be more or less valuable to you than Hyatt points.  However, I figured that the difference will rarely be significant enough to make a difference in how best to book suites. So, we’ll assume for this purpose that credit card points are worth the same as Hyatt points.

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Since I have a World of Hyatt credit card (which earns 4 points per dollar at Hyatt properties), I entered “4” for the credit card question, above.

About Your Stay

Once you look up the cost of your stay in on, you can fill out the next section.  Only the blue cells should be edited:

a table with numbers and points

Above, I entered the values that I found for premium suites in the Ambassador Chicago example.  Important: For each cash rate you find, click through to Hyatt’s check-out screen (without completing checkout) to find the full cash rate after taxes.  Enter the after-tax amounts in the spreadsheet.

In the “Final Result” row, the spreadsheet shows the estimated total cost of the stay for each suite booking option.  When you use points, the spreadsheet uses your Hyatt point value to estimate the cost to you of using those points.  As you can see above, all options that include using points are better (cheaper) than a cash-only stay.  The best option, given my 1.5 cents per point value for Hyatt points, is a Points Only stay.  In other words, this spreadsheet tells me to simply book the premium suite for 24,000 points.

If you wanted to compare multiple scenarios (maybe you want to consider a regular suite as well, for example), you can duplicate this tab of the spreadsheet so that you’ll have multiple tabs with which to work.  If you do so, I recommend renaming each tab with info about your scenario.


The good news is that Hyatt offers many ways to use rewards to book both standard and premium suites.  The bad news is that deciding which option to use can be very difficult.  So, I made a simple spreadsheet tool.  I hope it helps!

P.S. The new suite decision tool is in the same spreadsheet as my previously published tool for deciding between cash or points stays.  Unlike the previous tool (which factored in every detail I could think of), I made this one as simple as possible.  The detailed factors (elite status, portal rebates, etc.) are rarely significant enough to make a difference in decisions like these.  So I left them out.  And so, if you’re looking at booking a regular room, you can opt to use the new tab as well… to keep things simple.  Just leave the “Cash + Point Upgrade” column blank.

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Thanks very much for this post and all your excellent posts, Greg!

There is an additional method for getting a suite that I’ve had good success with (at Hyatt and elsewhere). I call the hotel and ask if I book the standard room with points, will they allow me to pay the cash difference between that room and the suite to upgrade into the suite I want? I think they’ve always said “yes.” (I can’t really think of why they wouldn’t say “yes.”)

This method is very helpful if the cash difference between the standard room and the suite is small. For a small cash outlay, you can save a lot of points.

It is also very helpful if you have a free night certificate, which can only be used to book a standard room, but you want the suite.

Lastly, it is helpful when the suite isn’t bookable with points but the standard room is.


I’m thoroughly impressed with the amount of effort placed into this spreadsheet. Thank you!!

Another Jeff

Am I mistaken or are these after tax rates? Free parking and resort fees could play a big role too?


If you enter the accurate cash rate for the stay, including taxes and fees, you should get accurate results that reflect those factors.


Great analysis, Greg! Sometimes a Hyatt property will offer standard, premium, & specialty suites. If I want to eventually move into a specialty suite (not bookable with points): first book a standard with points; upgrade to a premium with an award; negotiate with the front desk from there on an acceptable cash upgrade premium. When the prop really knows I want the room (maybe a special occasion?) and am Globalist, they have gone out of their way in making the fee nominal.


There’s one error with respect to the premium suite upgrade on paid nights: you must pay for a more expensive room designated as deluxe (not standard) in order to use 9000 points/night to upgrade to a premium suite.


Excellent post! Before Covid and the many lucrative promotions which became available, I largely ignored the Hyatt program because status and points in the other major hotel chains was easier to achieve. Now I’ve become a huge fan of Hyatt and focus almost exclusively on it, even though I have millions of points and top tier status with the 3 big competitors. For those who might be unaware, I wanted to point out that the suite upgrade awards don’t necessarily require you to stay 50 nights with Hyatt as mentioned in the article.

“ Additionally, after you’ve spent 50 nights at Hyatt hotels within a year you can earn Suite Upgrade Milestone Awards.”

If you have the Chase Hyatt credit card you, as the primary cardmember, will earn 2 World of Hyatt Tier-Qualifying Night credits for every $5,000 in Purchases. Purchases are when you, or an authorized user, use a card to make purchases of products and services,