Sweet Spots: Redeeming World Of Hyatt Points (Part 1)

by Anna

Just like airlines, hotel award charts also have their sweet spots. I love Hyatt hotels because of their very reasonable redemption rates.

The award chart is simple and straightforward, and there are no peak and off peak rates (I am looking at you, Marriott). And unlike Hilton, they don’t hide the award chart and don’t have dynamic pricing.

This Part 1 list below looks at Hyatt sweet spots in North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Future lists will include my favorite Hyatt sweet spots in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

The Hyatt Sweet Spots To Take Advantage Of

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I found a few really exceptional Hyatt redemptions or “sweet spots” in different regions of the world. This list is by no means exhaustive, but are just some of my favorites.

You can stay at expensive cities like Seattle and Vancouver for as little as 12,000 points per night. In London, where pretty much all decent hotels are either expensive or very expensive, it’s possible to find a room at the fabulous Andaz London Liverpool Street for 20,000 points per night (cash rates go up to $700/night). And Hyatt all-inclusive resorts are only 20,000-25,000 points per night.

When you use points to book your Hyatt stay, you don’t need to pay taxes and resort fees. If you are paying cash, these extra charges can add $50 or more to the cost of your hotel room.

And the program keeps getting better and better. With the addition of Small Luxury Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Alila, and Joie de Vivre brands, there are even more great ways to redeem your World of Hyatt points.

How To Earn Hyatt Points

It’s fairly easy to earn Hyatt points. A new World of Hyatt Credit Card comes with a generous 50,000 bonus points, enough  to cover a few nights at some really great hotels. The card also comes with a free night each card anniversary that can be used at Hyatt properties up to Category 4.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points, earned through cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve, transfer instantly to World of Hyatt.

Hyatt Sweet Spots In The United States

Skiing in Utah

  • Hyatt Place Park City, Utah – Category 4 (15,000 points)
    During the ski season, the cash price for this hotel starts at $230, so 15,000 points/night is a great value, in my opinion. Hyatt Place rooms are usually very spacious, almost like a mini suite, with a separate sleeping and living areas. You’ll have plenty of space for all of your ski equipment.

Hyatt Place Park City, Utah | Photo courtesy of HyattHyatt Place Park City, Utah | Image by Hyatt

Washington State

  • Grand Hyatt Seattle – Category 5 (20,000 points). Nice luxury hotel downtown. Here’s our review of the Grand Hyatt Seattle.
  • Hyatt at Olive 8 Seattle – Category 5 (20,000 points). All Hyatt properties in Seattle are centrally located and all offer great value because the prices in peak season can top $400/night. I love the modern feel of this hotel and the indoor pool.

Hyatt at Olive 8 | Photo courtesy of HyattHyatt at Olive 8 | Image by Hyatt at Olive 8

  • Hyatt House Seattle, Downtown – Category 4 (15,000 points). Great location near Seattle Center, which features a number of attractions including Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Space Needle.

Georgia

  • Andaz Savannah – Category 4 (15,000 points). Great property right in downtown. Make sure to go down to the river and watch the huge, container laden barges, glide up and down the river. The river is especially beautiful at sunset.

Andaz Savannah, GA | Photo courtesy of HyattAndaz Savannah, GA | Image by Andaz Savannah

Florida

  • Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs – Category 5 (20,000 points)
    Great option for a family vacation in the Sunshine State with its own water slides and the lazy river. The place feels like a tropical island getaway and is a great alternative to Disney for a family vacation. Not exactly a bargain at 20,000 points, but the price can top $400 plus taxes and resort fees in the summer.

Lazy River Side at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa | Photo courtesy of HyattLazy River Side at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa | Image by Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

Hyatt Sweet Spots In Canada

  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver – Category 3 (12,000 points).
    I love the location of this hotel, close to Canada Place and the waterfront. I could watch huge cruise ships departing from the cruise ship terminals and the sea planes taking off the docks all along the waterfront all day, as could my nine year old nephew. Vancouver is a great city to explore with kids. And make sure to eat at Miku Vancouver — great sushi and amazing views. Here’s our review of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

Hyatt Regency Vancouver | Photo courtesy of HyattHyatt Regency Vancouver | Image by Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Hyatt Sweet Spots In Mexico & Caribbean

  • Hyatt Regency Mexico City – Category 3 (12,000 points).
    Great centrally located hotel close to the parks and many major Mexico City attractions.

Hyatt Regency Mexico City | Photo courtesy of HyattHyatt Regency Mexico City | Image by Hyatt Regency Mexico City

Side Note: Hyatt All Inclusive Resorts

Hyatt all-inclusive resorts offer a great value for families and couples. Zilara is Hyatt’s brand of adults-only all-inclusive resorts, and Ziva resorts are family-friendly. It is hard to beat 20,000 or 25,000 points rates for resorts that cost $300 or more, and as much as $500 during high season. The rates include all food and drink too, so how can you go wrong?

hyatt sweet spotsImage by Hyatt Zilara Cancun

I’ve stayed at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, it was my first visit to Mexico’s west coast.  The area is absolutely stunning, there’s so much natural beauty.

The rates below are for two people in the room.

Mexico

  • Hyatt Zilara Cancun – 25,000 points
  • Hyatt Ziva Cancun – 25,000 points
  • Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos – 25,000 points
  • Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta – 20,000 points

Jamaica

  • Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall – 25,000 points
  • Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – 25,000 points

Hyatt Sweet Spots In South America

Argentina

  • Park Hyatt Mendoza – Category 3 (12,000 points).
    You can’t get better value for the top Hyatt brand. If visiting Argentina’s beautiful wine region is on your list, Park Hyatt Mendoza looks like it’s definitely worth a visit. Argentina is on my bucket list and when I finally make it to Mendoza, I plan on staying at this Park Hyatt.

hyatt sweet spotsImage by Park Hyatt Mendoza

Colombia

  • Hyatt Regency Cartagena – Category 3 (12,000 points)

Hyatt Sweet Spots In Central America

Costa Rica

  • Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo – Category 5 (20,000 points)
    This resort is a perennial favorite of many for family vacations. Cash prices go as high as $600, depending on the season. The standard rooms sell out fast, so if Costa Rica is on your list, make your reservation early.

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo | Photo courtesy of HyattImage by Andaz Costa Rica Resort.

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G Mani October 6, 2019 - 9:31 pm

Park Hyatt, Chennai, India belongs on this list (Category 1, 5000 points)!

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Luke Vader October 6, 2019 - 10:45 pm

Nice list, thanks. Am planning to ski in Park City in December, and had booked (but ended up cancelling in favor of using up Marriott points) the Hyatt Place Park City. Would like to visit Vancouver next year, so the Hyatt Regency Vancouver recommendation is timely.

One property which might have been worth mentioning is the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Maryland (a Category 4 property), which looks quite nice. Am hoping to use a free night certificate there sometime.

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Danny October 7, 2019 - 12:41 am

You missed the best sweet spot in Seattle for a Hyatt stay: Hyatt Regency Downtown Seattle which is Cat 4. Free parking for Globalists and a wonderful lounge. Rooms on the higher floors can see views of Elliott Bay or Lake Union.

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