Hyatt’s World of Hyatt program categorizes Hyatt hotels into 7 categories. Category 1 requires the least amount of points for free nights and category 7 hotels require the most amount of points for a free night redemption. So what is the best option for maximizing your points within Hyatt category 7 hotels?
Since I like to make my points go as far as possible, I wanted to figure out that answer and take advantage of the best opportunities next time I travel.
Hyatt offers three main options when redeeming points:
- Redeem points for a free hotel stay.
- Redeem a combination of points and cash for a free night stay.
- Pay for a standard room and upgrade into a suite using points.
When staying at category 7 hotels, each of those options would cost:
- 30,000 Hyatt points for a free night.
- 15,000 Hyatt points and $300 cash for a free night.
- 6,000 Hyatt points and you are required to pay for the standard room cost in cash.
*It is also possible to use 48,000 Hyatt points for a free night in a suite. I didn’t include this option because that redemption requires a minimum of 3 consecutive nights at the hotel; one or more of those nights could include the free suite upgrade with 48,000 points.
Best Category 7 Hotels for Points
In order to calculate the best redemption values, I used hotel rates based on Hyatt’s web site as of 4/1/17. Although not a perfect measure due to seasonal and general fluctuations, I believe it represents a reasonable estimate of value.
|Free Night with Points||4/1/17|
|Location||Hyatt||Points Cost||Standard Room Cost||Value per point|
|Japan||Park Hyatt Tokyo||30,000||$1,491||$0.0497|
|Australia||Park Hyatt Sydney||30,000||$991||$0.0330|
|New York||Park Hyatt New York||30,000||$975||$0.0325|
|France||Park Hyatt Paris Vendome||30,000||$713||$0.0238|
|Italy||Park Hyatt Milan||30,000||$554||$0.0185|
|Colorado||Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa||30,000||$510||$0.0170|
|Switzerland||Park Hyatt Zurich||30,000||$429||$0.0143|
Based on the information in the chart, your top three point redemption options would be:
- Park Hyatt Tokyo with a redeemed point value of $.0497 per point.
- Park Hyatt Sydney with a redeemed point value of $.033 per point.
- Park Hyatt New York with a redeemed point value of $.0325 per point.
*Note: I did not include 4 category 7 hotels that have not yet opened:
|Not Yet Open|
|Colorado||Hyatt Place Keystone|
|Florida||Hyatt Place Sarasota / Lakewood Ranch|
|Georgia||Hyatt Place Athens / Downtown|
|St. Kitts & Nevis||Park Hyatt St. Kitts|
I also highly doubt the three Hyatt Place hotels will be category 7 hotels when opened.
Best Category 7 Hotels for Points and Cash
The next chart focuses on the best values when redeeming category 7 hotels with points and cash. Although the order is the same as the 1st chart, it is interesting to compare whether it makes more sense to redeem a free night entirely with points or whether you should redeem a free night with a combination of points and cash.
|Points & Cash||4/1/17|
|Location||Hyatt||Points Cost||Cash Cost||Cash Saved by Using Points||Value per point|
|Japan||Park Hyatt Tokyo||15,000||$300||$1,191||$0.0794|
|Australia||Park Hyatt Sydney||15,000||$300||$691||$0.0461|
|New York||Park Hyatt New York||15,000||$300||$675||$0.0450|
|France||Park Hyatt Paris Vendome||15,000||$300||$413||$0.0275|
|Italy||Park Hyatt Milan||15,000||$300||$254||$0.0169|
|Colorado||Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa||15,000||$300||$210||$0.0140|
|Switzerland||Park Hyatt Zurich||15,000||$300||$129||$0.0086|
Before you interpret the results, I want explain how I arrived at the final values per point. I used the standard room cost from the 1st chart and subtracted it by $300. That difference represents the amount of cash saved by using the 15,000 points rather than paying the normal room cost.
I divided the cash saved by using points value by the 15,000 points needed for the redemption, resulting in the value per point column on the right side of the chart.
Similar to the first chart, your best options would be:
- Park Hyatt Tokyo with a redeemed point value of $.0794
- Park Hyatt Sydney with a redeemed point value of $.0461
- Park Hyatt New York with a redeemed point value of $.0450
So Which is the Best Option: Points or Points & Cash?
What is interesting about the two charts is which of the two options represents the better choice. There are two clear conclusions:
- You are better off using points and cash to redeem hotel stays at the most expense hotels: Park Hyatt Tokyo, Park Hyatt Sydney, Park Hyatt New York, and Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.
- You are better off using just points to redeem a free night at the more modestly priced hotels: Park Hyatt Milan, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, and Park Hyatt Zurich.
Best Suite Upgrades for Category 7 Hotels
I decided to look at a third scenario. Since I like using hotel points to stay in suites, I wanted to see if it could make sense to pay cash for a standard room rate and upgrade into a suite using points.
I used the same date and hotel cost assumption that I used in the first two examples:
|Location||Hyatt||Points Cost||Standard Room Cost||Entry Level Suite Cost||Cash Saved by Using Points||Value per point|
|Japan||Park Hyatt Tokyo||6,000||$1,491||$3,376||$1,885||$0.5626|
|Switzerland||Park Hyatt Zurich||6,000||$429||$1,627||$1,198||$0.2712|
|Italy||Park Hyatt Milan||6,000||$554||$1,359||$805||$0.2265|
|France||Park Hyatt Paris Vendome||6,000||$713||$1,221||$508||$0.2035|
|New York||Park Hyatt New York||6,000||$975||$1,150||$175||$0.0292|
*I excluded Park Hyatt Sydney and Park Hyatt Beaver Creek from the above chart because suite upgrades are excluded at those two hotels.
The results from this final chart can be a bit deceiving, if you don’t consider the results carefully. On the one hand, your three best options to maximize your 6,000 points would be:
- Park Hyatt Tokyo at $.5626
- Park Hyatt Zurich at $.2712
- Park Hyatt Milan at $.2265
However, it’s important to be aware that I based those values on the advertised suite cost at the hotel and subtracted that by the cost of a standard room at the hotel. So even though the Park Hyatt Tokyo offers the best value, you would still be required to pay $1,491 for the standard room cost before using 6,000 points to upgrade to the suite.
Paying $1,491 to stay in a suite for one night doesn’t feel like a great deal regardless of how much the actual suite might cost. In fact, I would not really be interested in paying $400 or $500 just to stay in a suite for a night. However, if my hotel cost would be reimbursed by an employer, I might be interested in using the points to upgrade into a suite.