What are Hyatt points worth?


In the past year or so, hotel prices have soared.  Meanwhile, Hyatt has continued to maintain their fixed award charts.  This means that Hyatt points have become more valuable.  Thanks to Hyatt’s award charts, when cash rates go up, Hyatt point prices stay the same, within the bounds of off-peak to peak pricing.  Given this, it was past time for me to update our Hyatt point value estimate.  As you’ll see below, the value has increased, as expected.  That’s not the whole story, though.  I’ve also updated our calculations to fully account for point earnings on paid stays, hotel taxes, and resort fees.  A part of the increase in our point value estimates can be attributed to this new and more thorough accounting.


When collecting points and miles, it’s always a good idea to have a general idea of what points are worth.  Let’s say, for example, that you have the opportunity to either earn 1,000 Hyatt points or 2,000 Hilton points.  Which should you go for?  If you don’t know what the points are worth, you’d likely go for the Hilton points.  But, in my analyses I’ve found Hyatt points to be worth about four times as much as Hilton points.  Therefore, on average, 1,000 Hyatt points are worth considerable more than 2,000 Hilton points.  In this post, you’ll find my best current estimate of the value of Hyatt points.  To see our estimates across many programs, see this post: Reasonable Redemption Values (RRVs).


In order to determine the value of Hyatt points, I collected real-world cash prices and point prices.  As I’ve done previously, I examined a number of major hotel markets in the U.S.: Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Miami, New York City, Orlando, and Seattle. Within each market, I identified the first three search results with a guest rating of 4 or better, and I recorded both cash and award prices for three dates each: a weekday, a weekend, and a holiday weekend.

  • Why U.S. only? U.S. consumers are known to spend most of their points and miles on domestic travel.  Since the majority of this blog’s audience resides in the U.S. we opted for a U.S. centric view of point values.
  • Why Guest Ratings? The goal wasn’t to find the 3 best Hyatt hotels in each market. Instead, the goal was to find the 3 Hyatt bookable hotels that are very popular.  Which ones are people really likely to book?  By using a combination of Hyatt’s default sorting and by picking only highly rated hotels, I think it’s reasonable to assume that many members would pick these hotels.
  • Which paid rates were selected?  I always picked the best refundable paid rate shown on Hyatt’s website, but without applying any discounts like AAA, military, government, etc.  In most cases, I selected Hyatt’s Member Rate.
  • Which specific dates did I use?  
    • Weekday: Wednesday April 12, 2023
    • Weekend Day: Friday April 14, 2023
    • Holiday Weekend Day: Saturday April 8, 2023 (Easter Weekend)

New Calculation Approach

Starting 12/5/2022, I began calculating Cents Per Point (CPP) using new formula.  In all past hotel CPP calculations, I didn’t account for taxes and fees or points earned on paid stays. I figured that those things basically cancelled each other out.  Going forward, I am including these factors, as well as resort fees, in the CPP calculation.  The calculation is based on the following terms:

  • Base Cash Rate: This is the hotel room rate before taxes and fees.
  • Total Cash Rate: This is the total amount, including taxes and fees, that would be paid if booking a hotel’s cash rate.
  • Resort Fee: This is a fee that is imposed by many hotels above and beyond any required taxes.  This goes by different names at different hotels: Resort fee, Destination charge, Founders fee, etc.
  • Points Per Dollar Earned: The number of points per dollar earned by non-elite members on paid stays.  For example, Hyatt members earn 5 points per dollar, Marriott members earn 10 points per dollar (at most hotels), etc.
  • Points Earned on Cash Rate:  This is the number of points you would earn if you paid the cash rate.  The calculation for this is: (Base Cash Rate) x (Points Per Dollar Earned).  For this calculation, our default approach is to assume that the traveler does not have elite status (elite members earn more points per dollar).
  • Point Price: The number of points required to book a night at the hotel
  • Cents Per Point (CPP): This is the value you get per point when using your points instead of cash to pay for a stay.

Hotel Programs that Waive Resort Fees on Award Stays

Hilton, Hyatt, and Wyndham waive resort fees when you book stays using points or free night certificates.  For these chains, the resort fee does not have to be considered separately from the Total Cash Rate (which includes the resort fee).  So, the CPP calculation is as follows:

CPP = Total Cash Rate ÷ [Point Price + Points Earned on Cash Rate]

Hotel Programs that Charge Resort Fees on Award Stays

IHG, Marriott, and many other hotel programs impose resort fees on award stays.  For these chains, the resort fee must be specifically taken into account in the CPP calculation. We do that by subtracting it out of the Total Cash Rate. The CPP calculation is as follows:

CPP = [Total Cash Rate – Resort Fee] ÷ [Point Price + Points Earned on Cash Rate]


Point Value

Analysis Date: 12/5/22 2/23/22 5/4/21
Point Value (Median) 2.1 cents 1.6 1.6
Point Value (Mean) 2.3 cents 1.9 1.8
Cash Price (Median) $398 $248 $228
Cash Price (Mean) $469 $304 $261
Award Price (Median) 17,000 15,000 15,000
Award Price (Mean) 18,442 16,757 15,286
Minimum Point Value 1.3 0.9 0.9
Maximum Point Value 4.9 3.9 3.4

* Analyses prior to 12/5/22 relied on pre-tax numbers and didn’t account for points earned on paid stays. For this reason, I grayed out the numbers that can’t be fairly compared to the most recent numbers.

The median observed point value was 2.1 cents per point.  This means that half of the observed results offered equal or better point value and half offered equal or worse value.  Another way to think about it is that without trying to cherry pick good awards, you have a 50/50 chance of getting 2.1 cents or better value from your Hyatt points when booking free night awards.

Not all of the increased value of Hyatt points can be attributed to hotel price inflation.  I used the same dataset to see what the point value would have been if we had continued to use the old formula.  With the old formula, the median came to 1.9 cents per point.  This means that slightly more than half of the increase point value is due to the change in methodology rather than hotel price inflation.

Pick your own point value

Analysis Date: 12/5/22 2/23/22 5/4/21
50th Percentile (Median) 2.1 1.6 1.6
60th Percentile 2.2 1.8 1.8
70th Percentile 2.3 2.1 2.0
80th Percentile 2.6 2.4 2.2
90th Percentile 3.2 3.0 2.3

* Analyses prior to 12/5/22 relied on pre-tax numbers and didn’t account for points earned on paid stays. For this reason, I grayed out the numbers that can’t be fairly compared to the most recent numbers.

When we publish Reasonable Redemption Values of points (RRVs), we conservatively pick the middle value, or the 50th percentile.  The idea is that just by randomly picking hotels to use your points, you have a 50/50 chance of getting this value or better.  But what if you cherry-pick awards?  Many people prefer to hold onto their points until they find good value uses for them.  If that’s you, then you may want to use the table above to pick your own point value.  For example, if you think that you’ll hold out for the best 10% value awards, then pick the 90th percentile.  If you cherry-pick a bit, but not that much, you might want to use the 70th percentile (for example).  I’m guessing that most cherry-pickers will land around the 80th percentile: 2.6 cents per point.

To me, this analysis shows that those who cherry-pick good value awards can count on getting around 2.6 cents per point value, or better.

Points are worth less for elite members

With most hotel programs, elite members earn more points per dollar on paid stays than do non-elite members.  As a result, the relative value of an award stay compared to a paid stay decreases.  The following table shows the median point values with various levels of elite status.

Elite Level Point Bonus on Paid Stays Median Cents Per Point
None None 2.1
Discoverist 10% 2.1
Explorist 20% 2.1
Globalist 30% 2.0

As you can see above, points are worth a tiny bit less for Globalist members, but the small elite bonuses for lower level members don’t move the needle.  And keep in mind that Globalist members get free parking on award stays so if that was factored in, Globalists would actually get better point value than others.

Reasonable Redemption Value: 2.1 CPP

Our Reasonable Redemption Value (RRV) for Hyatt points was previously set to 1.6 cents per point but it has now jumped to 2.1.  RRV’s are intended to be the point at which it is reasonable to get that much value or better for your points.  Therefore, I believe that the median observed value for is a good choice for our RRV…

  • Reasonable Redemption Value for Hyatt: 2.1 cents per point
  • Reasonable Redemption Value for those who cherry pick awards: 2.6 cents per point

Overvaluing vs. Undervaluing Points

There is no perfect way to estimate the value of points.  Decisions we made here in some ways overvalue points and in some ways undervalue points.  The hope is that these things roughly offset each other…

Factors that cause us to undervalue points

  • With hotel programs that offer 4th Night Free Awards (IHG, with some credit cards), or 5th Night Free Awards (Hilton & Marriott), or award discounts (Wyndham), we do not consider the point savings in our analyses.
  • With hotel programs that offer free parking on award stays to top-tier elites (Hyatt), we do not factor this in.

Factors that cause us to overvalue points

  • We do not use discount rates (other than member rates) in our analyses.  In real-life, many people book hotels cheaper (and sometimes far cheaper) by using AAA rates, government & military rates, senior rates, etc.
  • We do not use hotel promotional rates.  Often, individual hotels have deals such as “Stay 2 Nights, Get 1 Night Free” which can greatly reduce the cost of a stay.
  • We do not use prepaid rates in our analyses.  Sometimes these rates are significantly lower than refundable rates.
  • We do not factor in rebates which can be earned from booking hotels through shopping portals.
  • We do not factor in extra points earned on paid stays for those with elite status.
  • We do not factor in rewards earned from credit card spend at hotels.
  • We do not factor in hotel loyalty program promotions: Most promotions, but not all, only offer incentives for paid stays.  We often see promos offering bonus points, double or triple points, free night awards, etc.
  • With hotel programs that waive resort fees for top tier elites on paid stays (e.g. Hyatt), we do not factor this in.

How can Hyatt points be worth more than Ultimate Rewards?

At the time of this writing, our Reasonable Redemption Value (RRV) for Chase Ultimate Rewards points is 1.5 cents per point.  Meanwhile, our RRV for Hyatt is 2.1 cents per point.  But… given that Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to Hyatt and many other programs 1 to 1, shouldn’t Chase points be valued equal to or higher than Hyatt points?  And if given the choice to earn the same number of Hyatt or Chase points, wouldn’t I pick the Chase points?

Yes and yes.  I would rather have Chase points than Hyatt points (as long as I also have a card like the Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, or Ink Business Preferred which makes it possible to transfer to Hyatt and other programs) and so, yes, Chase points are “worth” at least as much as Hyatt points.

This is why we avoid the word “worth” in our Reasonable Redemption Values (RRVs).  Our RRVs are point estimates showing that it is reasonable to get that much value or more.  With Hyatt, you’re most likely to use your Hyatt points for Hyatt stays and so, as our analysis showed, it’s reasonable to expect to get 2.1 cents per point value or more.  With Chase points, though, it’s totally reasonable to use them in other ways.  If you have the Sapphire Reserve card, you’ll get 1.5 cents per point value by booking travel through the Chase portal or by redeeming points to Pay Yourself Back for eligible categories of spend.  Both of those options are reasonable choices.  Similarly, it’s reasonable to transfer points to airline partners like United, Air Canada, Air France, etc.  With those programs, you might get more than 1.5 cents per point value, but you might not get as much as with Hyatt unless you cherry-pick the most valuable awards.

So, the final answer here is that Chase points are worth at least as much as Hyatt points… when transferred to Hyatt or to an equally valuable transfer partner.  But, it’s also reasonable for our Reasonable Redemption Value of Chase points to be lower than Hyatt points because it’s absolutely reasonable to get 1.5 cents per point value from those Chase points.


Based on the latest analysis, the Hyatt Reasonable Redemption Value (RRV) has jumped to 2.1 cents per point (from 1.6 previously).  That’s a huge jump.  The jump is partially due to the new formula used for our calculations (using the same data with the old calcs results in a median of 1.9).  The rest of the jump is probably due to inflation which has outpaced rising award prices.

The idea behind using the median for our RRVs is that you have a 50/50 chance of getting that much value or more from your award stays and so it is reasonable to expect to get that much value or better.  For those more advanced, this post’s percentile results show that it’s reasonable to expect to get 2.6 cents per point or better if you cherry-pick good-value awards.

For a complete list of Reasonable Redemption Values (and links to posts like this one), see: Reasonable Redemption Values (RRVs).

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