How Much Are Hyatt Points Worth?

Updated: March 21, 2024

Updated: March 21, 2024

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Each World of Hyatt point is worth an average of 1.7–2.8 cents. Keeping this information in mind can help World of Hyatt members determine whether they're getting the best value for their points.

When considering whether to redeem your points, you'll want to calculate how much each point would be worth in that given scenario. Say you want to book a room for $150, and the number of points required is 9,000. Your points value in that transaction would be 1.7 cents per point.

Then, you'll want to compare that to the average points value above. In this scenario, your points value of 1.7 cents per point is on the lower end of the average value per point. However, remember that the number of points needed to redeem for a free stay can vary depending on several factors. While you are certainly not getting a bad deal, you may get better value for your points by choosing a different Hyatt property, changing your travel dates or changing another variable in the equation.

MoneyGeek’s Takeaways

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A free night with Hyatt costs a minimum of 3,500 points. Ultimately, the number of points you need depends on the hotel and whether it’s off-season or peak season.

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To supercharge your point-earning, consider applying for a credit card that enables you to earn Hyatt points on your everyday purchases.

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Generally, the World of Hyatt loyalty program offers the highest value per point compared to other industry-leading hotel loyalty programs.

World of Hyatt Loyalty Program

Hyatt Hotels has established over 1,100 hotels and properties worldwide since its founding in 1957. For those who enjoy staying at Hyatt properties, Hyatt offers a loyalty program that encourages members to earn points and ultimately redeem them for free stays, room upgrades and other perks. MoneyGeek's research found that the average Hyatt point is worth 1.7–2.8 cents.

Members can earn Hyatt points by staying at Hyatt hotels and resorts, hosting eligible events at Hyatt or dining at participating hotel restaurants. Hyatt offers a tiers and benefits chart to reflect benefits for each of the following categories: Member, Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist. Categories aside, you can often book an off-peak free night at a Hyatt hotel starting at 3,500 points.

Starting January 1, 2024, World of Hyatt members will enjoy additional benefits under the Milestone Rewards program. Members can choose from three rewards upon reaching a certain "milestone" in base points or qualifying nights. Additionally, upon reaching 30 qualifying nights or 50,000 base points, you receive two rewards — one additional award on top of your choice from the three rewards available.

Although being a World of Hyatt member has numerous benefits, consider whether it suits your lifestyle before becoming a member. It might be worth joining Hyatt if you travel often, love earning rewards and aim to reach Hyatt Elite status.

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HOW TO CALCULATE POINTS

Cash Price / Equivalent Points to Book a Room = Points Value

How Hyatt Points Compare to Other Hotels

Each World of Hyatt point is worth about 1.7 to 2.8 cents. Members can earn points in several ways, including on their stays, for dining at participating Hyatt restaurants and utilizing Hyatt spa services. Those interested in maximizing their point-earning opportunities can also apply for a co-branded credit card in Hyatt's partnership with Chase Bank. Members can then redeem their points for free stays, room upgrades and more.

Hotel Point Comparison
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Value of Points to Dollars

Hyatt

1.7 cents to 2.8 cents per point

Hilton

0.5 cents to 0.6 cents per point

IHG/Intercontinental Hotel Group

0.5 cents to 0.7 cents per point

Marriott

0.7 cents to 0.9 cents per point

Best Western

0.6 cents to 0.8 cents per point

Hyatt Points Required for a Free Night

A free night in a Hyatt hotel standard room will cost you at least 3,500 points during the off-season. Otherwise, members may need 5,000 points for an average free night and 6,500 for a free night during peak season in a Category 1 hotel.

Note that points per night can vary depending on the season, room type and accommodation. Therefore, the points needed for a free night in a Hyatt hotel standard room can look vastly different compared to a premium suite in an all-inclusive Hyatt resort.

How to Earn and Maximize Hyatt Hotel Points

Earning World of Hyatt points is relatively quick and easy, especially compared to competing hotels. Hyatt offers clear-cut categories and point systems to reflect your point-earning options. MoneyGeek outlines the many ways that members can earn Hyatt points.

Book a Stay at Hyatt Hotels and Partner Hotels

With World of Hyatt, one of the easiest ways to earn points is to book a room, meeting or event with Hyatt or partner hotels. Hyatt provides around 15 partner hotels that are either upscale, luxury, upper-upscale or all-inclusive. These properties include Caption, Andaz, Alila, Thompson Hotels, Park Hyatt, Miraval and more. Hyatt members can also redeem their points for stays at Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Small Luxury Hotels of the World provides one-of-a-kind experiences for its guests.

For instance, members would need 40,000 points for a standard room during the off-season to earn a free night at Miraval Resorts. In this case, each Hyatt point ends up being worth 1.6 cents, a slightly lower value than the average 1.7–2.8 cents.

Earn Points via Hyatt Co-Branded and Regular Credit Cards

Luckily, there are more ways to pump points into your World of Hyatt loyalty program than booking rooms. One possible way is to utilize a co-branded or travel credit card. Such cards enable you to earn points on your everyday spending as well as on stays at Hyatt properties.

Buying Hyatt Points

Members can also opt to purchase Hyatt points. It currently costs approximately $48 for 2,000 points, $72 for 3,000 points and $96 for 4,000 points. When purchasing 5,000 points and above, members may be eligible to receive 25% more points. It’s good practice to check the website regularly since offers can change without notice.

Spending on Hyatt Partner Merchants

World of Hyatt members can also enjoy a variety of experiences and earn points from purchases like booking flights via American Airlines, renting vehicles from AVIS, securing cruise tickets with Lindblad Expeditions and picking vacation packages through FIND. These are just a few of the Hyatt-partner experiences available for members.

Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Hyatt

Transferring points from your Chase Ultimate Rewards credit card to your World of Hyatt account is usually possible. Just log into your Chase Ultimate Rewards, pick the card with the points you want to use, and head over to "Transfer to Travel Partners" in the "Earn/Use" section. Look for "Transfer Points" under the Hyatt option in the hotel partners area.

You can send the points to yourself or someone in your household who's also an authorized user on your account. Just select them from the menu and pop in their Hyatt account number. Note that you must transfer at least 1,000 points, and it's always a 1-for-1 deal with Hyatt points. Once you have everything set, confirm your transaction on the confirmation screen and hit submit to finish up.

Combining Points with Other Hyatt Members

Two Hyatt members who wish to combine points need to complete a point-combining request form. Remember that members can only transfer or receive points every 30 days.

>> More: Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Transfer Partners

How to Redeem Hyatt Points

To redeem Hyatt points, you'll want to first navigate to the World of Hyatt website and initiate a search for where and when you want to book your stay. Before clicking the "Find Hotels" option, confirm that you've checked the "Use Points" box. That will ensure each property's dollar amount and points amounts are displayed when viewing the search results.

The number of points needed for stays at Hyatt properties is laid out nicely in Hyatt's award charts. Hyatt properties include eight categories, with rooms starting at 3,500 points per night for a stay at a Category 1 property and 35,000 points per night for a stay at a Category 8 property. In addition, Hyatt offers peak, standard and off-peak pricing — all laid out in its award chart. Finally, Hyatt provides separate award charts for its standard rooms, club rooms, standard suites and premium suites.

All of this may sound overwhelming to the uninitiated, but savvy World of Hyatt members can use these charts to plan trips that fit their points budget — and have peace of mind that when it comes time to book, the number of points needed won't change. Note that categories depend on several factors, including how popular the destination is or how famous or luxurious the hotel is. Members interested in maximizing their points may want to consider booking an off-peak stay at a lower-category hotel, for example, even if it's slightly off the beaten path.

Loyal World of Hyatt members who frequently travel and stay at Hyatt properties may also benefit from moving up the elite status tiers offering various perks. These can make any stay feel that much more luxurious.

Pay for Dining, Spas and More

Aside from a luxurious hotel stay, Hyatt offers points redemption for dining, spas, transportation and in-room movies. All you need to do is redeem points during checkout. Please note that $10 equals 1,000 Hyatt points, and $25 is worth 2,500. However, this ratio changes once you hit 8,000 Hyatt points and upward. We found that 8,000 Hyatt points are worth $100, or 0.125 cents per point.

Pay for Vacations, Cruises and Experiences

Use points to finance your vacation, cruise or travel experience. World of Hyatt offers around 200 FIND experiences where members can earn double rewards, gift experiences to loved ones and choose the most exciting experiences.

World of Hyatt also offers aerial yoga, meditation classes, skill-sharing tours, cooking and mixology classes, horseback trail rides, bike adventures and more.

However, starting in 2024, you can no longer use Hyatt points to book activities offered by Lindblad Expeditions. However, reservations made until December 31, 2023, will still be honored.

Transfer Points to Miles

It's possible to convert Hyatt points to miles with participating airlines. Domestic carriers include United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest and American Airlines. Hyatt members can also use their points on overseas trips with international air carriers like Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Japan Airlines. You can start small and transfer 5,000 Hyatt points to get 2,000 miles with select airlines.

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MONEYGEEK EXPERT TIP

You don't have to book a five-star property to get huge value from your World of Hyatt points. Booking hotels during busy times, like college or pro games or the holidays, can yield massive savings. While Hyatt does charge peak pricing for some of these dates, travelers can still regularly get higher than average value versus paying cash.
Lee Huffman, contributing expert for MoneyGeek

World of Hyatt Elite Status

The World of Hyatt program offers premium and exclusive perks to its elite status members according to their tier level. Each tier level unlocks more lucrative benefits, which include the ability to earn bonus points for stays at Hyatt properties, room upgrades, late checkout, lounge access and more.

World of Hyatt Elite Status Tiers


Club Member

  • Qualifications: None
  • Points Earning: 5 Base Points per $1 spent
  • MGM Rewards Match: Sapphire
  • Expiration of Member Status: If inactive for 24 consecutive months, points are forfeited
  • Room Upgrades: N/A

Discoverist

  • Qualifications: 10 nights, 25,000 Base Points or three meetings hosted
  • Points Earning: 5 Base Points per $1 spent + 10% bonus on eligible purchases
  • MGM Rewards Match: Pearl
  • Expiration of Member Status: Must requalify each year; if inactive for 24 consecutive months, points are forfeited
  • Room Upgrades: Preferred room within type booked (if available)

Explorist

  • Qualifications: 30 nights, 50,000 Base Points or 10 meetings hosted
  • Points Earning: 5 Base Points per $1 spent + 20% bonus on eligible purchases
  • MGM Rewards Match: Gold
  • Expiration of Member Status: Must requalify each year; if inactive for 24 consecutive months, points are forfeited
  • Room Upgrades: Yes (if available), but excludes Suites and Rooms with Club lounge access

Globalist

  • Qualifications: 60 nights or 100,000 Base Points or 20 meetings hosted
  • Points Earning: 5 Base Points per $1 spent + 30% bonus on eligible purchases
  • MGM Rewards Match: Gold
  • Expiration of Member Status: Must requalify each year; if inactive for 24 consecutive months, points are forfeited
  • Room Upgrades: Yes (if available), and includes Suites and Rooms with Club lounge access

Lifetime Globalist

  • Qualifications: 1,000,000 Base Points
  • Points Earning: 5 Base Points per $1 spent + 30% bonus on eligible purchases
  • MGM Rewards Match: Gold
  • Expiration of Member Status: Never
  • Room Upgrades: Yes (if available), and includes Suites and Rooms with Club lounge access

Consider upgrading to Lifetime Globalist if you’re confident about your Hyatt stays and loyalty program. This membership tier offers milestone rewards, elite status gifting, upgrade awards and exclusive perks.

Hyatt Gold Passport vs. World of Hyatt

Hyatt Hotels replaced its Gold Passport program with World of Hyatt in 2017. According to Hyatt, this change intends to expand its members’ reward-earning potential and offer more and different opportunities to engage with the brand. Via the revamped program, Hyatt introduced three loyalty program tiers — Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist.

The World of Hyatt program allows members to earn rewards based on their specific tier. Members can advance to the next level once they reach a certain number of base points or “qualifying nights.”

World of Hyatt also provides qualifying elite members a confirmed suite upgrade at the time of booking. Aside from earning points via qualified stays, members can earn points through dining and spa experiences. With the latest change to Hyatt’s loyalty program, members have more opportunities to earn and redeem points.

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HOW WE DETERMINED THE VALUE OF HYATT POINTS

MoneyGeek experts closely examined how the value of Hyatt points changes based on different redemption methods. They also conducted in-depth market research to determine the worth of your points.

FAQ About Hyatt Hotel Points

MoneyGeek answered your commonly asked questions about Hyatt Points. Note that World of Hyatt point values may change or fluctuate depending on Hyatt’s policies.

Does it cost money to become a Hyatt member?
Do Hyatt points expire?
Can I use both Hyatt points and cash to book a stay?
Can I transfer points from other programs to Hyatt?
Can I transfer my Hyatt points to another program?
Can I transfer my points to another person?
Can I redeem my Hyatt points for cash?
Which has the better value: Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt or IHG?
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About Grace Pilling


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Grace Pilling was the Senior Content Manager for Credit Cards at MoneyGeek. She previously led personal finance teams at Bankrate, CreditCards.com and MoneyUnder30.

Pilling has a bachelor's degree in English from Western Sydney University and a diploma in book editing, proofreading and publishing. She is focused on empowering readers to make informed financial choices that support their best lives, not a company’s bottom line.


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