World of Hyatt is, by far, my favorite hotel loyalty program. Points are easy to earn (largely through their partnership with Chase), and Hyatt’s generous award chart makes it possible to get huge value from those points. One sore spot is that the program offers relatively few perks with their mid-tier elite status. However, those who earn enough nights to reach the coveted top-tier status get access to the best perks around (free suite upgrades at the time of booking, free parking on award stays, no resort fees, etc.).
If you have any of the Chase Ultimate Rewards cards that allow point transfers to partners (such as Sapphire Reserve, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Business Plus), I recommend getting to know the World of Hyatt program. While it’s possible to get up to 1.5 cents per point value by booking with points through the Chase travel portal, you’ll often do better by transferring your points to Hyatt and booking an award stay. Hyatt award prices often give you better than 1.5 cents per point value even before considering that Hyatt waives resort fees on award stays.
World of Hyatt Overview
Since original publication, we’ve added the following to this guide:
- Added info about Hyatt Privé (elite-like benefits for on paid stays)
- Added “Pay My Way” info
- New Questions & Answers
- Fleshed out Globalist Guest of Honor information
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Free Night Awards
The following chart shows current point prices for free nights. Resort fees and destination fees are waived when you book a stay with points and/or free night certificates.
Points + Cash Awards
If you don’t have enough points for an award stay, you can choose instead to book Points + Cash. The points rate for Points + Cash awards is exactly half the points required for regular free night awards. The cash component is 50% to 70% off the standard cash rate. Hyatt has not explained under what circumstances they offer 70% off.
In my opinion, Hyatt’s Points + Cash Awards are usually a bad deal. In general, point awards offer the best value when cash prices are high; and cash bookings offer the best value when cash prices are low. Points + Cash strikes a middle-ground where you’ll generally get less value than by paying all in points or all in cash. Of course if you are short on points, these awards can still make sense, especially when the cash rate is 70% off.
Resort Fees not Waived
Hyatt waives resort and destination fees for rooms booked with points or free night certificates. Points + Cash awards, though, are treated like paid nights and so those fees are not waived (except as a standard benefit of top-tier Globalist status).
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH)
Hyatt has partnered with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) to make it possible for Hyatt members to earn points on paid SLH stays or to redeem points for free SLH stays. Not all SLH properties participate. Globalist benefits are not available on SLH bookings.
When you book a paid or award stay through Hyatt, Hyatt members automatically qualify for the following perks:
- Complimentary continental breakfast for two
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Early check-in 12:00pm (based on availability at check-in)
- Late check-out 2:00pm (based on availability at check-in)
- One category room upgrade (based on availability at check-in)
- Nights count toward elite tier status
- Elite members receive their standard tier Bonus Points on eligible room rates (10% Discoverist, 20% Explorist, 30% Globalist)
- World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can earn 4 Bonus Points per eligible $1 USD spent on their card at participating SLH locations.
When booking a paid stay, note that you may get better prices by booking directly. If you book directly, though, none of the above perks will apply.
SLH Participating Properties
Not all SLH properties participate in the Hyatt partnership, but many do. Hyatt provides an interactive map of participating SLH properties here.
SLH Additional Details
Hyatt shares the following additional details about SLH bookings:
- Hyatt’s Best Rate Guarantee does not apply to participating Small Luxury Hotels of the World
- Minimum length of stay requirements may apply at participating SLH properties at certain times
- World of Hyatt points are awarded on room rates only, services such as dining and spa are not eligible for points
- Award Bookings at SLH properties are for 2 adults. Additional adults or children may be charged an additional fee by the property
- For more information about how Small Luxury Hotels of the World participates in the World of Hyatt program, please visit worldofhyatt.com/slhterms
Free Night Certificates
Free night certificates can be earned through the World of Hyatt credit card, through Milestone Rewards, Hyatt’s 5-Brand Free Night Award, etc.
Book free night certificates online
Once a free night award is in your Hyatt account, you can book a free night by searching Hyatt.com for a stay using points:
Then, simply click “Book Now” under “Free Night”:
5-Brand Free Night Award (Brand Explorer)
World of Hyatt members earn a Free Night Award each time they complete stays at 5 new (to them) Hyatt brands on or after March 1, 2017. This is not an annual benefit, but a lifetime member benefit. For example, you can stay at 2 different brands in one year and then 3 additional brands in a later year in order to earn a free night.
- Number of possible free night awards: 3 (if Hyatt ever expands to 20 qualifying brands then it will be possible to earn 4)
- Free night award details:
- Valid for one night at any category 1-4 Hyatt (including during peak rates)
- Valid for 12 months from issue
- Do award stays count? Yes
- Qualifying Hyatt brands:
- Alila (some locations only)
- Destination (both participating Destination Hotels and participating Destination Residences locations, but only once the applicable location begins participating in the Program)
- Grand Hyatt
- Hyatt Centric
- Hyatt House
- Hyatt Place
- Hyatt Regency
- Hyatt Residence Club
- Hyatt Zilara
- Hyatt Ziva
- Joie de Vivre (some locations only)
- Park Hyatt
- The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
- Thompson Hotels
Pay My Way
Hyatt conveniently lets you book a single stay online with any combination of points, points+cash, free night certificates, or cash rates. To find this option, you must search for a paid stay even if you intend to book entirely with points and free night certificates. In the search results for a paid stay, you should see a link titled “Use Pay My Way”. Click that link to proceed.
World of Hyatt Club Upgrades
Not all Hyatt hotels have club lounges, but they are available in most (but not all) Hyatt Regency and Grand Hyatt hotels. Club lounges usually include free breakfast, late afternoon canapés & drinks, and evening desserts. While you can always pay more (in cash or points) to book a room that includes club access, there are several ways to get upgraded to club access instead:
- Globalist elite status: Those with top-tier Globalist status automatically get free club access on every stay.
- Guest of Honor award: If a Globalist member booked your stay as a Guest of Honor award, then you are eligible for all Globalist benefits during your stay, including free club access.
- Club Lounge Access Awards: Through Hyatt’s Milestone Rewards (starting at 20 nights), it’s possible to earn Club Lounge Access Awards. On any paid or award stay, you can apply a Club Access Award to be upgraded to club access for the entire length of your stay (up to 7 nights).
- Club Upgrade Awards on Paid Nights: On qualifying paid rates, it’s possible to upgrade to club lounge access by paying 3,000 points per night.
World of Hyatt Suite Upgrades
If you want to stay in a suite, but you don’t want to pay full price for it (in cash or points), you may be able to get an upgrade instead. Hyatt hotels often have standard suites and premium suites. Most of the following options apply only to upgrades to standard suites, except where noted.
Here are your options…
- Globalist elite status: Those with top-tier Globalist status are automatically eligible for suite upgrades at check-in, based on availability. While upgrades to standard suites are most common, it’s not unusual to snag a premium suite upgrade now and then.
- Guest of Honor award: If a Globalist member booked your stay as a Guest of Honor award, then you are eligible for all Globalist benefits during your stay, including free suite upgrades at check-in, based on availability.
- 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 on Paid Nights: 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
Like most other hotel chains, Hyatt offers multiple levels of elite status. In general, only top-tier Globalist status is particularly rewarding. To make up for that, Hyatt also offers Milestone Rewards where you can earn valuable perks starting with 20 nights in a calendar year.
Elite status overview
The chart above shows the requirements to reach each level of elite status as well as the major perks that each level offers above and beyond the lower status levels.
The benefits that I consider most valuable are in bold, above. Here’s a summary of those:
- All Members
- Waived resort fees on award stays: This is an awesome feature of the World of Hyatt program and it applies to all members.
- SLH Benefits: All Hyatt members who book SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World) stays though Hyatt automatically get elite-like benefits during their stay: free breakfast, potential room upgrade, etc. See the SLH section of this guide for details.
- Discoverist (and higher)
- 2 PM Late Checkout
- Explorist (and higher)
- Match to M Life Gold: This gives you a bunch of cool perks at MGM Resort properties. It has also long been possible to annually match back the other way in order to maintain Explorist status and M Life Gold status for free indefinitely.
- Room upgrade: Explorists don’t qualify for free upgrades to suites, but it is possible to score a nicer room if you’re lucky.
- Waived resort fees on all stays: All members get waived resort fees on award stays, but Globalists also get waived fees on paid stays.
- Room upgrade, including suites: Even if you don’t use a suite upgrade award (see Milestone Rewards in the next section), you can get upgraded to a suite upon check-in (if you’re lucky).
- 4PM late check-out
- Club access or free breakfast: Globalists automatically get free access to the club lounge. If the hotel doesn’t have a club lounge, Globalists get fee full breakfast daily for each registered guest (up to 2 adults and 2 children)
- Free parking on award stays: Available where parking can be charged to your room.
- Guest of Honor: Book an award stay for a friend or family member as a Guest of Honor reservation and they’ll get all of the above in-hotel benefits during their stay!
Guest of Honor Bookings
Guest of Honor is a Globalist elite feature. The idea is that Globalist members can treat family or friends to award stays where they get the same elite treatment as the Globalist member even if that member isn’t joining them. While basic details about this benefit are shown below, you can read full details here.
Guest of Honor Details
- Only applies to stays booked with points or free night certificates. Paid stays do not qualify.
- The recipient receives all in-hotel benefits due to a Globalist member
- The award must be booked from the Globalist member’s account (i.e. points are deducted from the Globalist member’s account).
- Stay credit is awarded to the recipient not to the Globalist.
- Valid at a participating Park Hyatt, Miraval, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt Centric, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Thompson Hotels, Alila (some locations only), Joie de Vivre (some locations only), Destination (both participating Destination Hotels and participating Destination Residences locations, but only once the applicable location begins participating in the Program), Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Hyatt Ziva or Hyatt Zilara hotel or resort. Not valid at Hyatt Residence Club resorts.
How To Book A Guest Of Honor Stay
I recommend first booking an award stay online in your own name. Then, contact Hyatt to convert the stay to a Guest of Honor Stay. Here are your best options for contacting Hyatt:
- Concierge – Another Globalist benefit is access to a concierge. You can email them and have them book the stay.
- Call – If you prefer, you can book over the phone. Check this page for the World of Hyatt contact number for your region.
- Twitter – Contact Hyatt Concierge on Twitter via Direct Message.
Shortcuts to elite status
Elite status levels can be earned each calendar year through Nights, Base Points, or Meetings. Unfortunately, they’re not stackable. By that I mean, you can’t get to a level of status by doing some of each: some nights + some base points + some meetings = no progress. Among those paths, earning status through elite nights is the only option that provides shortcut opportunities. Another option is to participate in a status challenge. Both options are explored below…
Shortcuts to elite status through elite nights
- World of Hyatt Credit Card
- Automatically earn 5 elite qualifying nights each year
- Earn 2 additional elite qualifying nights with every $5,000 spend
- Free category 1-4 night after $15K spend per cardmember year (when you use this free night, you earn an elite night towards status)
- Free category 1-4 night every year upon renewal (when you use this free night, you earn an elite night towards status)
- World of Hyatt Business Credit Card: Earn 5 elite qualifying nights with every $10,000 spend
- Free night awards: When you stay at a Hyatt or partner property (such as SLH or MGM) on points or with free night certificates, you earn an elite night for each night of your stay. Once off-peak pricing becomes available (scheduled for 2021), it will be possible to book category 1 hotels for as few as 3,500 points per night.
Status challenge (Hyatt Elite Tier Offer)
Another shortcut option is a status challenge. Hyatt makes status challenges available only to employees of select businesses. You can find out if your business qualifies by entering your Hyatt number and business email into this form.
The 2020 Hyatt Elite Tier Offer has the following terms:
Register by November 16, 2020 to receive Explorist status for 90 days. Stay 10 qualifying nights within those 90 days and keep your Explorist status through February 2022.
- Register by November 16, 2020, to receive trial Explorist status for 90 days
- Stay 10 qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days after registering to maintain Explorist status through February 2022
- Stay an additional 10 qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within those 90 days and earn Globalist status through February 2022.
In addition to the elite benefits described in the previous section, Hyatt awards members with Milestone Rewards when they complete certain numbers of elite-qualifying nights each year.
Milestone Reward limitations:
- Club Lounge Access Awards and Suite Upgrade Awards are valid for the rest of the current calendar year and 14 months beyond.
- Free night awards are valid for 180 days from the date issued.
- FIND Experience discount must be used within 6 months of issuance.
If you get close to earning a Milestone Reward within a calendar year, but you won’t get there naturally, it may be worth booking a cheap stay or spending more on the World of Hyatt credit card or World of Hyatt Business credit card to get there. To decide whether it’s worth doing so, it’s a good idea to separately estimate how much you’d be willing to pay for the rewards available at the next level. If it would cost you that much or less to earn those extra nights, then you should do so. The table below shows example values. I always think it is a good idea to be very conservative in these estimates, especially if you don’t know how you’ll use each benefit. For example, you get a category 1-4 free night once you achieve 30 nights. There’s no doubt that it’s possible to use that cert for a hotel room that would have cost $250 or more. But it would be crazy to pay $250 for that certificate unless you know that you’ll use it for far more value. Since these free night certificates expire, and if you don’t have a solid plan for its use, you should estimate far less than $250 for how much you would pay since it’s possible that you’ll never use it at all.
Hyatt Privé (elite-like benefits on paid stays)
Hyatt Privé is a program that makes it possible for travel agents to book Hyatt hotels at standard rates but with extra perks. Not all Hyatt hotels participate, but many do. You can find a complete list of Hyatt Privé properties here. When you book a stay through a Hyatt Privé agent, you get the following benefits:
- Free breakfast for 2 each day (which consists of restaurant breakfast rather than just club lounge breakfast)
- A 1-category room upgrade roughly at the time of booking based on availability (requested with the hotel right away and said to be confirmed within 24 hours; in practice it takes a couple of days for the hotel to confirm).
- A welcome amenity
- Early check-in (as early as 9am) subject to availability
- Late check-out at Park Hyatt properties (as late as 4pm) subject to availability
- A $50 or $100 property credit per stay (it’s always $100 at Park Hyatt hotels but can vary between $50 or $100 at other brands)
- Full Hyatt elite credit.
- Full elite benefits for those with status.
- Waived resort fees at select properties.
If you’re thinking of booking a Hyatt for a paid stay, it makes a lot of sense to book through a Privé agent so that you can get all of these extra perks. One great way to take advantage of the confirmed upgrade is to book one level below the room you really want.
For more about Hyatt Privé, please see “Hacking Hyatt: Prive for the win in New York City.”
There are many ways to earn Hyatt points:
- Hyatt credit cards (see the credit card section of this guide for details)
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: Points can be transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Hyatt as long as you have one of the premium or ultra-premium Chase Ultimate Rewards cards. These include: Sapphire Preferred, Sapphire Reserve, Ink Business Preferred, and Ink Plus. For details, see: Chase Ultimate Rewards Complete Guide.
- Hyatt hotel stays: Earn 5 points per dollar (plus elite and promotional bonuses)
- Dining, Spa & More: Earn 5 points per dollar at participating locations. Points can be earned for these services even if you are not staying at the hotel as long as you provide your Hyatt account number at the time of service.
- Small Luxury Hotels of the World stays: Earn 5 points per dollar
- MGM Resorts: Earn 5 points per dollar
- Host a meeting: Earn 1 bonus point per dollar spent, up to 50,000 points.
- FIND Experiences: Earn 10 points per dollar
- Exhale Spa: Earn 10 points per dollar
More ways to earn and spend
Through FIND, you can use points to book experiences or earn points when paying cash. Details:
- Find and book FIND Experiences here.
- Redeem points: FIND awards are priced at 1.4 cents per point value. For example, a $140 experience costs 10,000 points.
- Earn points: Earn 10 points per dollar plus an additional 4 points per dollar if you pay with a World of Hyatt credit card.
Through Hyatt’s partnership with Exhale spas, Hyatt members can use points to book spa services or earn points when booking services. They also offer extra perks for Explorist and Globalist elite members.
Pay with points
- Fitness class: 2,000 points
- Spa therapy (any 60-minute massage or facial): 12,000 points
- Explorist: Week of Wellbeing, including a week of unlimited Barre, Cardio, Yoga, and HIIT classes, 25% off spa therapies, and 15% off boutique purchases
- Globalist: Week of Wellbeing (see above) plus Complimentary classes when paying an eligible rate at any Hyatt hotel.
Dining, Spa & More
At participating Hyatt hotels, regardless of whether or not you are staying at the hotel, you can earn Hyatt points or spend Hyatt points on dining, spa & more services. The following chart shows the point redemption rates:
If you choose to pay for these services instead, you’ll earn 5 points per dollar.
MGM Resorts International
Through Hyatt’s partnership with MGM, you can earn or redeem points at MGM Resorts. Other benefits apply as well:
- Earn 5 Base Points for every eligible US dollar spent at participating M life Rewards destinations
- Earn Qualifying Night and Base Point credit toward World of Hyatt elite status for eligible nights stayed at participating M life Rewards destinations
- Redeem points for stays at participating M life Rewards destinations
- Receive a matched M life Rewards Tier Level
- Earn M life Rewards Tier Credits in lieu of Base Points for eligible stays at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts
Meetings & Events
It’s possible to earn points and elite status by holding meetings at participating Hyatt hotels. It’s also possible to redeem points for meeting charges. Here are the details:
- Earn one Bonus Point per eligible U.S. dollar spent (up to 50,000 Bonus Points) for hosting a qualifying meeting or event at Hyatt
- Earn elite status by holding multiple qualifying meetings within a calendar year:
- Discoverist: 3 meetings
- Explorist: 10 meetings
- Globalist: 20 meetings
A qualifying meeting includes:
- 10 paid guest rooms, or
- Meeting room or event space and purchased catered or banqueted food or beverages
You can also use points for meetings, at 1.3 cents per point value:
- 15,000 Points = $200 Credit
- 30,000 Points = $400 Credit
- 45,000 Points = $600 Credit
- 60,000 Points = $800 Credit
- 75,000 Points = $1,000 Credit
Rental Cars (Avis)
Hyatt members can earn or spend Hyatt points for Avis car rentals.
- Earn 500 Hyatt points per paid rental
- Get 25% off base rates with Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number K817700
Redeem 6,000 points per day for an intermediate sized car. To reserve a Car Rental Award, call (800) 544-9288. Please note: 6,000 points per day usually represents poor value for your points. The exception would be if the rental would otherwise cost $90 or more per day.
Earn miles instead of Hyatt points
If you prefer to earn airline miles rather than Hyatt points for your stays, you can opt to earn miles according to the following chart. Earnings are per stay, not per night:
Point transfers to airline miles
You can transfer Hyatt points to airline miles, starting with 5,000 Hyatt points minimum. Additional points can be converted in 1,250 increments. You’ll also earn an extra 5,000 Bonus Miles when you convert 50,000 or more points.
- 5000 Hyatt points = 4,000 Aeromexico® kilomters; or 4,000 LAN Airlines S.A. kilometers. With the 5,000 bonus miles, 50,000 Hyatt points = 45,000 kilometers.
- 5000 Hyatt points = 3,200 Air China kilometers; or 3,200 China Eastern Airlines points. With the 5,000 bonus miles, 50,000 Hyatt points = 37,000 miles.
- 5000 Hyatt points = 2,400 Qantas Airways points; or 2,400 Southwest Airlines® points. With the 5,000 bonus miles, 50,000 Hyatt points = 29,000 miles.
- 5000 Hyatt points = 3,000 Virgin Atlantic Airways miles. With the 5,000 bonus miles, 50,000 Hyatt points = 35,000 miles.
- 5000 Hyatt points = 2,000 miles in other programs (AA, ANA, Delta, United, etc.). With the 5,000 bonus miles, 50,000 Hyatt points = 25,000 miles.
In most cases, point transfers to airline miles represent poor value. I don’t recommend it.
Share points with others
Hyatt generously allows members to share points with others, for free! Simply fill out the form found here and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are limited to sharing points once per month (regardless of whether giving or receiving points).
How to keep points alive
Hyatt points expire after 24 months of inactivity. To reset the clock, simply earn points or redeem them.
There are two Hyatt credit cards currently available in the United States:
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Best Rate Guarantee
If you find a lower price than what’s available for the same room via Hyatt, you are eligible for either 20% off the lower price or 5,000 Hyatt points. See this for more: Hyatt Has Improved Its Best Rate Guarantee Scheme.
World of Hyatt Pros and Cons
Pros (where World of Hyatt is better than average):
- Hyatt offers lower award prices per point than any major competitor
- Hyatt never charges resort or destination fees on award stays
- Hyatt’s top tier status (Globalist) offers the best perks of any major hotel elite program
- Milestone Rewards offer perks along the way towards status levels. Plus, even after earning top-tier status, you can continue to earn extra perks.
- Hyatt’s partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) makes available hundreds of great properties around the world which can be booked with points.
Cons (where World of Hyatt is worse than average):
- Hyatt does not offer 5th Night Free awards (Hilton and Marriott both offer this feature)
- Hyatt has relatively few hotels compared to major competitors
- Hyatt’s mid-tier status (Explorist) isn’t very rewarding
- Hyatt’s top-tier status requires a lot of nights (60). Some see that as unreasonable given Hyatt’s much smaller footprint compared to other chains.
- Hyatt’s elite tiers have weird names and it can be hard to remember which orders the tiers go in: Discoverist, Explorist, Globalist.
Q & A (Questions and Answers)
Do Hyatt points expire?
Yes, points expire after 24 months of inactivity. Points do not expire if you have a Hyatt branded credit card linked to your account.
How can I keep my points from expiring?
Do any of these things at least once every 24 months:
- Earn points
- Earn points through stays
- Earn points through other options (such as dining at Hyatt hotels, booking FIND Experiences, etc.)
- Purchase points
- Transfer points from another program to your Hyatt account (e.g. Chase Ultimate Rewards)
- Receive points shared with you from another member.
- Spend points
- Spend points for free nights, FIND Experiences, etc.
- Convert points to miles
- Share your points with another member
Can I book and cancel an award stay in order to reset my point expiry?
No. Hyatt’s terms state the following:
If a Member redeems points for an Award Reservation and either cancels that reservation or does not actually check-in on the appointed date (i.e., no-shows), that reservation will not count as a redemption of points pursuant to subsection (iii) of the preceding sentence and will not toll the measurement of that Member’s Program inactivity.
Who earns elite stay credit on a Guest of Honor booking?
The recipient of the booking earns the stay credit, not the Globalist.
If I book multiple rooms for the same stay will I earn rewards on all of them?
You will earn points for up to three rooms, but you’ll earn elite night credit for only one room.