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With more than 1,150 properties across 70 countries, Hyatt has a lot to offer frequent travelers. And its rewards program, World of Hyatt, has plenty of ways to save money and earn rewards on your stays.
World of Hyatt offers members benefits like elite status, free nights at Hyatt hotels, room upgrades, credits, experiences and more.
If you prefer staying at Hyatt properties and are looking to maximize your future stays, here’s everything you need to know about the World of Hyatt rewards program.
Who is World of Hyatt best for?
The World of Hyatt loyalty program is a great choice for any frequent (or occasional) traveler who prefers staying at Hyatt hotels and properties.
While you’ll earn more the more you spend and stay at Hyatt, the program offers great savings at any membership tier.
How to earn World of Hyatt points
While hotel stays are the best way to rack up rewards with World of Hyatt, there are a few different ways you can begin earning points — even when you’re home.
Eligible hotel stays
As a World of Hyatt member, you’ll earn 5X base points for every dollar you spend on stays at Hyatt hotels and properties, as well as on dining, spa and salon services at hotels. When you earn elite status with Hyatt, you’ll earn boosted points on your eligible spending.
You can also earn World of Hyatt points on purchases you make with Hyatt’s partners.
The same 5X base points per dollar spent applies to purchases you make at MGM Resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Lindblad Expeditions.
You’ll earn 10X points per dollar on spending with FIND Experiences. This Hyatt partner offers experiences and excursions across the world, from chef-taught cooking classes in Bali to tours on horseback in Texas. If you have a World of Hyatt credit card, you’ll get another 4X bonus points per dollar spent with FIND Experiences.
Host a meeting or event
If you’re a business owner or event planner, you can benefit from bonus points on meetings and events at Hyatt locations. You’ll earn one bonus point for every eligible dollar (on top of base points) when you host an eligible meeting or event, up to 50,000 bonus points.
Credit card spending
A surefire way to boost your World of Hyatt points is with one of the hotel’s co-branded credit cards.
You can choose between either The World of Hyatt Credit Card* or The World of Hyatt Business Credit Card*. Both offer bonus points on Hyatt stays and spending, as well as World of Hyatt points in other everyday bonus categories.
You can find more information about how to maximize these cards below.
How to redeem World of Hyatt points
After you’ve earned your World of Hyatt points, here are your choices for redeeming them:
Free night stays
Redemption values vary, but one of the best ways to use your World of Hyatt points is toward free future stays at Hyatt hotels.
You can use Hyatt’s award chart to find the best options for your trip and when you’re looking to travel. There’s a wide range of points required for free nights, starting at 3,500 for a standard room on an off-peak night in Category 1, all the way to 90,000 for a peak night in a Category 8 premium suite. You can also use points to book Hyatt’s all-inclusive resorts, which have a separate award chart.
If you want to make an upcoming stay more comfortable, you can also use your points for a room upgrade at participating locations. Upgrade to a club room for 3,000 points per night, a suite for 6,000 points per night or a premium suite for 9,000 points per night.
While you’re staying at a Hyatt property, you can put your points toward hotel purchases, including dining, spa experiences, parking, transportation and more.
For this redemption, you’ll need to redeem your points as hotel credit at participating locations in eligible increments between 1,000 and 65,000 points.
Hyatt has plenty of airline and travel partners with which you can redeem points. This includes FIND experiences, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, MGM Resorts, Lindblad Expeditions and Avis.
If you’re a loyalty member with one of World of Hyatt’s airline partners, you can choose to earn miles instead of points on your eligible stays and even transfer your points to airline miles. Generally, transfers have a ratio of 1,250 points to 500 miles.
World of Hyatt elite status
While even basic membership can offer great savings, moving up in elite status with World of Hyatt can unlock even better deals and high-value benefits for frequent travelers.
As a baseline, membership will get you 10 percent off on eligible Hyatt bookings, the ability to earn points on Hyatt spending, the option to book with points, waived resort fees on free night awards, a free night award after staying with five Hyatt brands and more.
When you earn higher status, you’ll get these benefits plus more:
To qualify for Discoverist status with Hyatt, you’ll need to spend 10 qualifying nights at a World of Hyatt hotel or earn 25,000 base points. You’ll automatically get Discoverist status if you have a World of Hyatt credit card.
Discoverist status gets you 5X base points per dollar spent with Hyatt plus a 10 percent bonus on eligible spending. You’ll also get complimentary premium internet access, a preferred room within your booking type when available, a dedicated check-in line, late checkout and all the benefits of basic membership.
Hyatt Explorist status requires a total 30 nights at Hyatt hotels or 50,000 base points earned in a calendar year.
Explorist tier members earn the standard 5X base points per dollar, plus a 20 percent bonus on eligible purchases. In addition to previous tier benefits, you’ll get a room upgrade when available and guaranteed availability with 72 hours’ notice.
Finally, Hyatt’s highest tier is Globalist. To earn this status, you’ll need to stay at a Hyatt property for at least 60 nights or earn 100,000 base points in a calendar year. You can alternatively earn Lifetime Globalist status with 1 million lifetime base points.
As a Globalist, you’ll get the baseline 5X points per dollar spent and another 30 percent on eligible purchases. As the most elite status tier, you’ll get everything that other tiers offer, plus waived resort fees on both free award nights and eligible rates, room upgrades (including suites), an even later checkout time, guaranteed availability within 48 hours, free parking on free award night stays, priority access to rooms when checking in early and the option to share your benefits with a guest when you gift an award night.
How much are World of Hyatt points worth?
World of Hyatt points are worth about 2.1 cents per point, according to Bankrate’s latest valuations.
This is much higher than even some of the most popular hotel loyalty programs out there — Marriott Bonvoy points, for instance, are valued at 0.7 cents and Hilton Honors points are valued at 0.6 cents.
Just keep in mind that your points value can vary a lot depending on when you redeem and your destination. Hyatt uses an award chart for free night rewards that can vary depending on room type, hotel category and whether you book peak, off-peak or standard.
World of Hyatt partners
Hyatt has a significant number of airline, hotel and other travel partners. With your World of Hyatt membership, you can earn miles or points on your Hyatt stays toward other programs, transfer your points and, in some cases, even get a status match.
Each of the partner benefits and transfer ratios vary. World of Hyatt’s partners include:
- Air China
- Air France
- All Nippon Airways
- American Airlines
- Asiana Airlines
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- China Airlines
- China Eastern Airlines
- China Southern Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Emirates Skywards
- Etihad Airways
- Japan Airlines
- Korean Air
- Qantas Airways/Qantas Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Brunei Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Thai Airways
- United Airlines
- Virgin Atlantic Airways
- Small Luxury Hotels of the World
- MGM Resorts
- Lindblad Expeditions
- Avis Car Rentals
Best credit cards for World of Hyatt points
World of Hyatt’s two co-branded card options can be a great way for Hyatt loyalists to boost rewards, but they’re not your only option. Here are the best Hyatt credit cards for 2023:
World of Hyatt Credit Card
The World of Hyatt Credit Card has an annual fee of $95 per year and a welcome bonus worth up to 60,000 bonus points. You’ll earn 30,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months after account opening, then up to 30,000 more bonus points when you earn 2X points per dollar on purchases that normally earn 1X points per dollar (on up to $15,000 spent) within the first six months.
As for ongoing rewards, you’ll get 9X points per dollar spent at Hyatt hotels (5X points for being a World of Hyatt member and an additional 4X points for card spending) and 2X points for every dollar spent on dining purchases, airline tickets purchased directly from an airline, local transit and commuting and fitness club and gym memberships. For all other purchases, you’ll get 1X points for every dollar spent.
You’ll also get automatic Discoverist status, one free night each year at any Category 1 through 4 hotel after your cardmember anniversary and a second free night each year you spend at least $15,000.
World of Hyatt Business Credit Card
The World of Hyatt Business Credit Card has a higher $199 annual fee and a 60,000-point welcome offer after spending $5,000 within three months of account opening.
With this card, you can earn 9X points for Hyatt stays and experiences, 2X points on fitness club and gym memberships and 1X points on all other purchases. You’ll also earn 2X points on your top three spending categories each quarter (through Dec. 31, 2024, then 2X points on your top two spending categories each quarter). Eligible categories include dining, shipping, airfare purchased directly from an airline, local transit and commuting, social media and search engine advertising, car rental agencies, gas stations, and internet, cable and phone services.
You’ll also get automatic Discoverist status for you and up to five employees, plus up to $100 in Hyatt statement credits each year ($50 statement credits up to two times per year when you spend at least $50 at any Hyatt property). Other benefits include five qualifying night credits every time you spend $10,000 and 10 percent of your redeemed points back the rest of the year after spending $50,000 in a calendar year (up to 200,000 points redeemed).
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
If you’re not enough of a Hyatt loyalist to commit to a co-branded card, a more flexible travel card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card can help you earn points toward future stays and more.
For a $95 annual fee, you’ll get 5X points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards; 5X points on Lyft rides (through March 2025); 3X points on dining, select streaming services and online grocery purchases (excluding Walmart, Target and wholesale clubs); 2X points on general travel; and 1X points on all other purchases.
You can also earn 60,000 bonus points if you spend $4,000 in your first three months from account opening. Other benefits include up to a $50 annual credit for hotel stays purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, a 25 percent points redemption boost for travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards and more.
World of Hyatt is also a Chase transfer partner, so you can transfer points earned with the Sapphire Preferred to your World of Hyatt account at a 1:1 ratio.
*The information about The World of Hyatt Credit Card and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.