Where Hyatt Suite Upgrade Awards don’t work

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Ventana Campground at Big Sur is just one of a number of Hyatt properties where you can’t apply suite upgrades.

In my recent post about my perfect Hyatt mattress run, I mentioned paying more to secure a beachfront room.  In response, a reader asked why I didn’t use a Hyatt Suite Upgrade Award for that purpose.  The answer:  Hyatt’s Suite Upgrade Awards don’t work at Destination Residences properties (which this was).  And that makes sense because Destination Residence properties are apartment style usually with living room, dining, and kitchen areas separate from one or more bedrooms.  In other words, you get a suite (or better) automatically.  This question, though, made me wonder where else can’t we use our Suite Upgrade Awards?

Hyatt confirmed suite upgrades

With Hyatt, there are several ways to confirm a suite in-advance without paying the cash rate for the suite:

  • Suite Free Night Awards: Hyatt’s free night award chart includes pricing for booking suites with points.  Suite availability for awards is not guaranteed.
  • Complimentary Suite Upgrade Awards: Through Hyatt’s Milestone Rewards, it’s possible to earn Suite Upgrade Awards (starting at 50 nights).  On any paid or award stay, you can apply a Suite Upgrade Award to be upgraded to a suite for the entire length of your stay.  One upgrade award can be used for a stay of up to 7 nights.  Suite Upgrade Awards can be applied as early as the time of booking.  To apply a suite upgrade award, a standard suite must be available for the entire length of your stay.
  • Suite Upgrade Awards with Points: On qualifying paid rates, it’s possible to upgrade to a suite using points:
    • Suite Upgrade: 6,000 points per night
    • Premium Suite Upgrade: 9,000 points per night

Suite Award Ineligible Properties

Within World of Hyatt’s terms & conditions you can find a list of “Suite Award Ineligible Properties.”  These are properties where you can’t book a suite through any of the methods described above.  Here’s the list of ineligible properties:

  • Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
  • Park Hyatt Sydney
  • Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
  • Hyatt Regency Kyoto
  • Hyatt Regency Wichita
  • Hyatt Paris Madeleine
  • Hyatt Herald Square New York
  • Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa
  • Hyatt City of Dreams Manila
  • Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami
  • Spirit Ridge at NK’MIP Resort
  • Hyatt Rosemont
  • Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest
  • Hyatt Regency Lisle near Naperville
  • Hyatt Regency John Wayne Airport Newport Beach
  • Thompson Seattle
  • Chicago Athletic Association
  • The Talbott
  • Hotel Revival Baltimore
  • Hotel Avatar
  • Hotel del Sol
  • Waterfront Hotel
  • Park South
  • The Laurel Inn
  • Hotel Kabuki
  • Alila Manggis
  • Studios at Alila Sminyak
  • Alila Villas Uluwatu
  • Ventana Campground
  • Destination Residences
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  • Hyatt Place hotels or resorts

Suite Upgrade Ineligible Properties

In addition to the list of “Suite Award Ineligible Properties,” above, one brand is ineligible for suite upgrades (but apparently may be available for Suite Free Night Awards):

  • Hyatt Residence Club hotels or resorts

Short Answer

If you’re anything like me, you’ll never remember the specific list of ineligible hotels, but you may be able to remember the much shorter list of Hyatt brands that don’t allow suite ugprades:

  • Destination Residences
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  • Hyatt Place hotels or resorts
  • Hyatt Residence Club hotels or resorts

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