You can stay at some amazing Hyatt properties with reasonable redemption rates. So it’s worth saving up now if you have your eye on an aspirational stay, such as a trip to the all-inclusive Alila Ventana Big Sur. Seriously, redeeming Hyatt points for your hotel stay can save you thousands of dollars.
Not sure where to start when it comes to earning World of Hyatt points? Keep reading to find out our tips and tricks for racking up a lot of Hyatt points so you can use them toward your next big vacation.
Earn Hyatt points on travel
World of Hyatt rewards its members for each hotel stay across its global portfolio. You can earn points on all Hyatt hotel stays booked directly through Hyatt’s website, which includes Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties, the Thompson and JdV brands — added as part of the Two Roads Hospitality integration — as well as a portfolio of more than 50 all-inclusive resorts.
Hyatt awards 5 points per dollar spent on Hyatt hotel stays and qualifying room charges (room service, bar tabs, spa services, etc.). This number is consistent across the board, so you’ll earn the same points at a Hyatt Regency as you would at a Hyatt Centric for the same price.
Aside from hotels, you’ll earn 10 World of Hyatt points for every eligible dollar spent on Find experiences.
Travelers with World of Hyatt elite status will earn bonus points on all hotel stays. Here’s how many extra points each tier earns:
- Discoverist: 10% bonus (0.5 extra points per dollar spent)
- Explorist: 20% bonus (1 extra point per dollar spent)
- Globalist: 30% bonus (1.5 extra points per dollar spent)
So, if you’re a World of Hyatt Globalist member staying at a Grand Hyatt hotel for three nights at $150 per night, you’d earn 2,925 points on your hotel stay. This haul is valued at nearly $50, based on TPG’s valuations.
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- $150 x 3 nights x 5 points = 2,250 points
- 2,250 points x 30% bonus = 675 points
- 2,925 points earned total
While this may seem small compared to Hilton Honors or IHG One Rewards, Hyatt has lower redemption rates than other chains.
Awards start at just 3,500 World of Hyatt points per night on off-peak dates at Category 1 hotels.
Earn bonus points through promotions
Right now, you can earn 500 extra points per night for qualifying stays at select new hotels in the Hyatt portfolio within the first few months of opening.
You can check the list of eligible properties here, including the Hyatt Place Nashville / Green Hills, Thompson Houston and Thompson Palm Springs.
For other offers available from time to time, check out the current World of Hyatt promotions to boost your earning potential even higher. We advise registering for the promotions even if you’re not sure you’ll stay at a Hyatt hotel. That way, you’ll be all set to earn bonus points if a last-minute trip arises.
Earn Hyatt points with meetings
Holding meetings and events at Hyatt hotels can help you earn points and status. You’ll earn 1 point per dollar spent (up to 50,000 points) on eligible expenses like meeting rooms and event spaces. You can also earn World of Hyatt elite status by hosting meetings:
- Discoverist: 3 meetings
- Explorist: 10 meetings
- Globalist: 20 meetings
Earn Hyatt points through credit cards
World of Hyatt Credit Card
Annual fee: $95.
Sign-up bonus: Earn up to 60,000 bonus points: 30,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening, plus up to 30,000 more bonus points by earning 2 bonus points total per dollar spent on purchases that normally earn 1 bonus point, on up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening.
Category bonuses: The World of Hyatt Credit Card offers great bonus categories. You’ll earn 4 points per dollar spent when you use your card at Hyatt hotels; 2 points per dollar spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, on local transit and commuting, and on fitness club and gym memberships; and 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else.
Perks: With the World of Hyatt Credit Card, you’ll receive one free night every year after your cardmember anniversary, valid at any Category 1 through 4 property. And you can earn a second free night by spending $15,000 on the card in your card membership year. The card also provides automatic Discoverist status for as long as your account is open. And you’ll enjoy five elite night credits every year plus an additional two credits for every $5,000 you spend on the card.
World of Hyatt Business Credit Card
Annual fee: $199.
Sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.
Category bonuses: You’ll earn 4 points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels; 2 points per dollar spent in your top three spending categories each quarter through Dec. 31 (then in your top two categories each quarter; eligible categories are dining, shipping, airline tickets when purchased directly with the airline, local transit and commuting, social media and search engine advertising, car rental agencies, gas stations, and internet, cable and phone services); 2 points per dollar spent on fitness club and gym memberships; and 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else.
Perks: With the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card, you’ll get $100 in Hyatt credits each anniversary year (given as a $50 statement credit up to two times each anniversary year when you spend $50 or more at any Hyatt property with your card). You’ll also get automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as you hold your card, as well as the ability to gift Discoverist status to up to five employees. And for every $10,000 you spend in a calendar year on your card, you’ll earn five tier qualifying night credits toward earning higher tiers of Hyatt elite status.
Earn Hyatt points with partners
If you don’t have any upcoming Hyatt stays and aren’t in the market for a new credit card, don’t worry.
Transfer points to World of Hyatt
You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card to World of Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. Best of all, the transfer should process instantly.
TPG currently values Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 2.05 cents each and World of Hyatt points at 1.7 cents each. However, in many cases, you can get more than 2.05 cents per point from your Hyatt awards, so we recommend the transfer if you have a specific redemption in mind.
Earn on American flights
If you have elite status with the World of Hyatt program, you can earn Hyatt points when you fly on American Airlines. Thanks to the partnership, Hyatt elite members earn 1 Hyatt point per dollar spent on qualifying American Airlines flights.
Rent cars from Avis
As with most hotel chains, you can earn World of Hyatt points when renting a car. Rent with Avis and use the code “K817700” to get 500 World of Hyatt points per rental.
With the code, you can also receive discounts for each qualifying rental at participating Avis locations. You can learn more about this here.
Transfer points between family and friends
World of Hyatt members can transfer points between accounts free of charge. However, you can only send or receive points once every 30 days. And unfortunately, you can’t complete this transfer online. You must fill out this form (PDF link) and submit it via email. Both the member transferring the points and the recipient must sign the form before you submit it. Hyatt will complete the transfer once the form is received and reviewed.
Buy Hyatt points
The final method of earning Hyatt points is to purchase them directly. Generally speaking, you should rarely (if ever) purchase points or miles of any kind without a bonus or discount. Luckily, Hyatt runs somewhat frequent promotions for purchasing points. If you have a high-end redemption in mind and need to top off your account, buying Hyatt points is one option.
The World of Hyatt program is a favorite among award travelers. Despite a comparatively small (but growing) global footprint, the World of Hyatt program can offer a luxurious experience and a rewarding value proposition.
If you combine credit card spending with a handful of paid stays, you’ll be well on your way to a free room for your next trip.