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See how to get the most value out of Hyatt points.

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#World of Hyatt points can be redeemed for a lot more than just free nights, offering flexibility for members who would prefer to book experiences, rent a car or transfer to an airline partner. But the value of your rewards can change drastically depending on how you spend them, so carefully consider what you can get out of your points before deciding to use them.

The World Of Hyatt Credit Card
World of Hyatt card

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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More things to know:

  • 9 points per dollar on Hyatt hotel purchases – 4 points earned with your card and 5 points earned as a World of Hyatt loyalty program member
  • 2 points per dollar on restaurants, directly purchased airfare, local transit, commuting and gym and fitness club memberships and 1 point per dollar on other purchases
  • 25,000 bonus points if you spend $3,000 in first 3 months. Additional 25,000 bonus points if you spend $6,000 in first 6 months
  • Automatic World of Hyatt Discoverist status for as long as your account is open
  • Annual free night at category 1-4 hotel (worth up to 15,000 points)

 

World of Hyatt redemption options

Redemption optionMinimum points requiredPoint value (cents)
Free night in standard room5,000+2
Free night at all-inclusive resorts20,000+1.8
Room upgrades3,000+1.9
Dining and spa services at Hyatt hotels2,000+0.5
FIND experiencesVaries1.4
Exhale fitness classes and spa therapies
  • 2,000 for fitness classes
  • 12,000 for spa therapies
1.5
Meeting reservation at Hyatt hotels15,000+1.3
Avis® intermediate-size car rental6,000 per day0.7

Standard room nights

Booking a free night award in a standard room gets the most value out of your World of Hyatt points – a whopping 2 cents per point on average. This value shifts slightly depending on what tier of Hyatt property you choose to stay at, but it remains competitive with other programs. Here’s a quick breakdown of the number of points required to book a free night award and average point value for each tier of Hyatt properties.

Tier
Points required
Average point value (cents)
15,0003
28,0002
312,0001.6
415,0002
520,0001.8
625,0001.6
730,0002.4
840,0001.8

For the most part, lower tier properties tend to result in a higher point value. But since Hyatt uses a fixed redemption chart, you can find incredible deals by searching for a room during busy times of year. World of Hyatt doesn’t impose any blackout dates, so if you hunt carefully, you might be able to score a more expensive room at a higher tier hotel for the same number of points.

If you find yourself short on points, World of Hyatt also offers a Points + Cash option for free night awards. You’ll only need to save half of the required points. Then, you can pay 50 percent of the standard rate for the room to cover the rest. Since points are worth more than cash, you’ll get a little less for your money this way. So, unless you need to book a stay soon, it is in your best interest to save points to cover the entire night.

All-inclusive resorts

Another high-value redemption option for your World of Hyatt points is a free night award at one of Hyatt’s all-inclusive resorts, averaging a 1.8 cent-per-point value. The price of this award ranges from 20,000 to 25,000 points, depending on which property you stay at, so you’ll need to rack up a decent number of points to redeem this option.

While this redemption option has a slightly lower point value than a standard free night award, it is a great option for travelers who want a laid-back vacation.

Dining and Exhale spa services

One of the least rewarding redemption options for your World of Hyatt points is a credit for dining, spa or in-room services. 10,000 points will only get you $50 to spend on a facial or dinner – a quarter of what you can get for a free night award.

To make the most out of your World of Hyatt points, save them for other redemption options. Instead of cashing out for a dining or spa credit, set aside the money you saved on a free night to use for a nice meal or massage on your next trip.

FIND experiences

Though not quite as valuable as a free night award, FIND experiences are still a great way to spend your World of Hyatt points. You can get around 1.4 cents per point to put toward unique opportunities such as wine tastings, dance lessons, private tours and more in cities around the world. If you’ve ever wanted to paraglide, try out goat yoga or take a pasta making class, using your World of Hyatt points on FIND experiences can help you try new things at a great discount.

Avis car rentals

Thanks to a partnership with Avis International, World of Hyatt members can use their rewards points to book their next car rental. But this option gets very little value out of your points. In fact, you’ll get a better value just paying for the car outright.

Transferring Hyatt points

World of Hyatt also allows members to transfer their points to one of 27 airline partners. Unless you desperately need to top off a miles balance with your favorite airline, this is not usually your best bet.

With a few exceptions, World of Hyatt points transfer to travel partners at a rate of 2.5 Hyatt points to 1 partner point. Plus, World of Hyatt points are worth more than most airline points to begin with. As mentioned above, you can get up to 2 cents of value out of your World of Hyatt points when you redeem them for a free night award. When you factor in the poor transfer rate, transferring your points sacrifices half of that value, or more.

Hyatt transfer partners

Transfer ratioMiles valuation (cents)Value of World of Hyatt point (cents)
Aeromexico1.25:110.8
Air China1.56:110.64
Air France2.5:110.4
All Nippon Airways2.5:110.4
American Airlines2.5:11.90.76
Asiana Airlines2.5:11.20.48
British Airways2.5:12.260.9
Asia Miles – Cathay Pacific2.5:110.4
China Airlines2.5:110.4
China Eastern Airlines1.56:110.64
Delta Airlines2.5:11.610.64
Emirates Skywards2.5:11.10.44
Etihad Airways2.5:110.4
Hawaiian Airlines2.5:11.140.46
Japan Airlines2.5:110.4
Jet Airways2.5:110.4
Korean Air2.5:11.40.56
LAN Airlines S.A.2.5:110.4
Lufthansa2.5:110.4
Qantas Airways2.08:110.48
Qatar Airways2.5:110.4
Royal Brunei Airlines2.5:110.4
Singapore Airlines2.5:12.360.94
Southwest Airlines2.08:11.60.77
Thai Airways International2.5:110.4
United Airlines2.5:11.520.61
Virgin Atlantic Airways1.67:10.80.48

As you can see, even partner airlines with valuable miles – such as Singapore Airlines or British Airways (both boasting miles values over 2 cents) – won’t get much value out of a World of Hyatt point.

Bottom line

Whenever possible, use your World of Hyatt points to book a free night award. Especially at lower-tiered hotels, you’ll get unprecedented value out of your rewards. If you find yourself with a few extra points left over, other redemption options such as FIND experiences and Exhale spa treatments also have great value and can make your next vacation unique.

See related: World of Hyatt guide: The best ways to earn and use World of Hyatt pointsHow much are World of Hyatt points worth?Best ways to earn World of Hyatt pointsWorld of Hyatt elite status

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