We look at the value of World Hyatt points, plus their pros and cons.
If you’re looking for a hotel loyalty program that packs a lot of value, the World of Hyatt program may be the one for you. While many competing hotel programs offer vastly inflated points, (e.g., Marriott and Hilton), with the World of Hyatt program, a 50,000-point sign-up bonus is just as valuable as it seems. In fact, maybe more valuable.
Our analysis below shows that Hyatt points may be worth twice the value of the typical rewards program, but that extra value comes with some big drawbacks that make Hyatt rewards a questionable proposition for travelers who need a lot of flexibility.
Why should you get this card?
The World of Hyatt Credit Card from Chase offers an outstanding amount of value for frequent travelers: New cardholders are awarded ample points on a variety of travel purchases, including airfare and restaurant purchases.
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Hyatt points value
By our estimates, Hyatt points are the most valuable of any hotel program point. In fact, Hyatt points trump the value of many airline loyalty programs. We value Hyatt points at 2 cents per point, which, as you can see from our chart below, exceeds the value of United and Delta miles and rivals the value of AAdvantage miles:
How we value Hyatt points
We value Hyatt points by dividing the number of points by the average dollar amount of a standard room award with Hyatt (including taxes and fees). To calculate the average value of a standard room, we’ve taken a sampling of hotels from each hotel tier and looked at the price of a standard room across multiple dates.
As you can see from our table below, the value of standard room nights with Hyatt is consistently high across all hotel tiers. The value is particularly high for the first tier of hotels (where there is also an abundance of hotel options):
Hyatt standard room rewards
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How to value your Hyatt points
We’ve told you how we estimate the value of Hyatt points, but, actually, the value of points varies by each user and ultimately depends on what they are redeemed for. Here are some questions you should keep in mind when trying to decide what Hyatt points are worth to you:
- How do you intend to redeem your points? Do plan to use your points for standard room nights, suites, room upgrades, Points + Cash awards, or are you eyeing an alternate redemption option? While standard room night awards have the highest value, most other redemption options reduce the value of your points.
- What class of hotel do prefer to stay in? If you are content with midrange hotels, you may be able to stretch your Hyatt points much farther. While the value of standard room nights with Hyatt is high across all tiers, you may find that you get a higher point value within certain tiers.
- What’s your destination? If you already have a destination in mind, you should check the range of prices for Hyatt hotels in the area, as the value can vary by location (and to make sure that there are Hyatt hotels with availability there).
- When do you intend to stay? Room rates go up during more popular travel times. Since Hyatt uses fixed pricing for its room awards, you can greatly increase the value of your points by booking rooms during peak travel times – if you can find availability.
- How flexible are you? The Hyatt program is extremely rewarding for travelers with flexibility. If you are able to adjust the dates of your travel, and if you’re open to multiple destinations, you can find great values.
- How far away is the date of your stay? If your book rooms close to the date of your stay, this may also increase the value of your points, since room rates tend to increase the closer in you get. On the down side, you will likely also find it difficult to find award availability if you book close in.
How to calculate your point value
To calculate the value of your points, you can take the dollar value of your intended redemption option, subtract any taxes or fees that you still have to pay (note, Hyatt generally doesn’t charge taxes and fees on award nights), and then divide by the number of points:
Point Value = Rewards Value (in dollars)/Number of Points
The resulting value will be a rough estimate. There are many, many factors that can affect the value of your points, such as the value of the points that you lose out on by paying for your stay with points rather than cash, the lowest possible room rate you can get by checking on rates over time (since rates fluctuate), the lowest possible room rate you could get by browsing other hotels and hotel websites, and so on. But, in comparing between hotel loyalty programs and trying to determine whether Hyatt points are worth your while, this formula should help you along the way.
How flexible are Hyatt points?
While Hyatt points offer exceptional value, they fall short on flexibility. You may find them harder to redeem than the average hotel program point, particularly if you’re hoping for a stay at a luxury resort. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons:
Pros of Hyatt points:
- Hyatt points generally don’t expire as long as you earn or redeem them or use a Hyatt card on a regular basis. (Otherwise, they expire in 12 months).
- Hyatt is a fairly large, international hotel chain with some very nice properties in a wide range of countries.
- Lower tier Hyatt properties are abundant and of very good quality.
- Many properties allow you to pay for rooms with a combination of points and cash, and it’s often a good value.
- Since Hyatt uses a fixed rewards chart, you can get exceptionally great value out of your points by booking rooms for popular times or locations (if you can find the space).
Cons of Hyatt points:
- Though Hyatt allows you to transfer points to 26 airline partners, points transfer mostly at a terrible 5:2 ratio.
- You can’t redeem points for cash back.
- Hyatt doesn’t offer quite as large a hotel network as the two largest chains – Marriott and Hilton.
- There are a very limited number of hotels in the highest tiers.
- Hyatt points are difficult to earn – Hyatt currently offers only one card with a sign-up bonus – and there are limited opportunities for earning bonus points outside of hotel spending. (For example, Hyatt doesn’t have a shopping portal or a dining rewards program.)
- Though Hyatt officially has a no blackout date policy on standard room awards, some properties (especially prestige properties and properties in popular locations) classify standard rooms such that it’s impossible to find award space during peak times. Also, some properties book up so quickly (a year in advance) that there aren’t any rooms available at all. Basically, you may find it difficult to impossible to use points for certain destinations.
Are Hyatt points worth it?
By our estimates, Hyatt points are well worth it for the average traveler – as long as you have flexibility and aren’t set on staying at a particular destination where availability is limited or non-existent. The Hyatt program seems to be an especially great value for midrange travelers – you can really stretch your points in the lower hotel tiers, which represent the majority of Hyatt properties, and you’ll find that a category 1-3 Hyatt hotel is a little plusher than average.
However, with the World of Hyatt program, it pays to do some research, especially before you take the plunge into a credit card with an annual fee. You should make sure the Hyatt program fits your travel patterns, and that you will be able to use points for places that you want to travel. If Hyatt’s limited network isn’t a good fit for you, you may be better off pledging your loyalty to a larger hotel program, such as Hilton or Marriott. Or you may be best off with a flexible points program, such as Chase Ultimate Rewards.