October 23, 2018

Maximizing Hyatt Category 1 Hotels

Hyatt Sign

Hyatt’s Gold Passport Loyalty program organizes their hotels into 7 categories.  The higher the category, the more points required for a free night redemption.  Hyatt hotels in category 1 require just 5,000 Hyatt points for a free night redemption.  Hyatt Hotels in category 7 require 30,000 points for a free night redemption.

Category 1 hotels are important to Gold Passport members for a few reasons.  Members that are close to the required number of stays for a higher status level may be interested in finding the cheapest priced category 1 hotels so they can pay for a few extra hotel nights to retain their current Hyatt status for next year.  Other members may be interested in spending their Hyatt points towards hotels in Category 1 that offer the best value for their points.

I created a list of the current Hyatt Category 1 hotels in the US and added the current hotel prices for a weekday and a weekend stay.  The list uses January 3, 2017 as the date for a weekday stay and January 14, 2017 as the date for a weekend stay.  I then took the one night standard rate cost and divided it by the required point redemption for a free night (5,000 points) to determine a hypothetical point redemption value.  The higher the point redemption value, the more value you get for an award redemption at that hotel.

It’s important to be aware that posted hotel prices are subject to change and these values only represent one point in time.  However, I think they are a good general barometer for the hotel’s typical cost.  They are also a good resource for anyone just looking to find the closest Category 1 Hyatt hotel.

Point Value

What exactly is the value of a Hyatt point?  Valuing a loyalty points currency is highly subjective.  However, it’s important to make some type of estimate for the base value of a Hyatt point in order to determine whether a given hotel redemption represents better value compared to another hotel nearby.

Another argument is that all loyalty points decline in value over time (since airlines and hotels regularly devalue their points) so your better off just spending loyalty points as fast as possible towards the best options currently available because the loyalty points will always lose value over time.  Both arguments have merit.

My philosophy is that I try to spend the points as quickly as I can but I also try to maximize the point redemptions as much as possible.  So I do believe there is merit estimating a base value for a Hyatt point even if the value is only a general guide.

Point Value Sources

There are a few places to find potential values for Hyatt points:

  • I can purchase points directly from Hyatt at prices ranging from $24 for 1,000 points ($.024 per point) to $1,320 for 55,000 points ($.024 per point).
  • The Points Guy retains a monthly list of hypothetical point values.  For November 2016, Hyatt points are valued at $.018.
  • The average point redemption value from my list of category 1 Hyatt hotels in the US (based on the posted standard rate cost) for an average weekend is $.022.

So in very general terms you could hypothetically say the value of a Hyatt point ranges anywhere from $.018 to $.024.  If you find a redemption opportunity greater than $.024 per point, your getting great value for your points and if you redeem your points for less than $.018 per point, you might not be getting a great value for your redemption.  But always remember your points are worth $0 if you never redeem them at all so take those values with a grain of salt.  Any redemption is better than no redemption.

Category 1 Options

The vast majority of Hyatt Category 1 hotels represent limited service Hyatt Place and Hyatt House properties.  However, there are a few instances of full service Hyatt Regency properties listed as Category 1 hotels.  If I have a choice between staying at a Hyatt Regency or a Hyatt Place / House, I always choose a Hyatt Regency.

I sorted the following table to show Hyatt Regency Category 1 hotels with the highest point redemption values for a weekend night in January 2017:

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
WisconsinHyatt Regency Green Bay5,000$96$200$0.0192$0.0400
IllinoisHyatt Regency Lisle near Naperville5,000$99$117$0.0198$0.0234
KansasHyatt Regency Wichita5,000$90$108$0.0180$0.0216
OklahomaHyatt Regency Tulsa5,000$117$108$0.0234$0.0216
IllinoisHyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago5,000$135$99$0.0270$0.0198
VirginiaHyatt Regency Dulles5,000$110$93$0.0220$0.0186
VirginiaHyatt Regency Fairfax5,000$108$90$0.0216$0.0180
TexasHyatt Regency North Dallas5,000$93$89$0.0186$0.0178
New MexicoHyatt Regency Albuquerque5,000$79$79$0.0158$0.0158

If you happen to be near one of the Hyatt Regency’s on the list, your best value point redemption would be the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay and the Hyatt Regency in Naperville.  If I needed a few more nights to make the next status tier at Hyatt, the cheapest options would be the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque or North Dallas.

Alabama

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
AlabamaHyatt Place Birmingham/Hoover5,000$76$90$0.0152$0.0180
AlabamaHyatt Place Birmingham/Inverness5,000$81$85$0.0162$0.0170

Arizona

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
ArizonaHyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport5,000$110$241$0.0220$0.0482
ArizonaHyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa5,000$109$189$0.0218$0.0378
ArizonaHyatt Place Phoenix/Chandler-Fashion Center5,000$144$178$0.0288$0.0356
ArizonaHyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert5,000$89$161$0.0178$0.0322
ArizonaHyatt Place Phoenix-North5,000$94$153$0.0188$0.0306
ArizonaHyatt Place Tucson Airport5,000$93$80$0.0186$0.0160

Arkansas

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
ArkansasHyatt Place Rogers/Bentonville5,000$118$110$0.0236$0.0220

Colorado

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
ColoradoHyatt House Colorado Springs5,000$89$80$0.0178$0.0160

Florida

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
FloridaHyatt Place Fort Myers/at The Forum5,000$119$161$0.0238$0.0322
FloridaHyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando-North5,000$153$153$0.0306$0.0306
FloridaHyatt Place Orlando Airport5,000$112$120$0.0224$0.0240
FloridaHyatt Place Jacksonville Airport5,000$108$94$0.0216$0.0188

Georgia

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta/Cobb Galleria5,000$105n/a$0.0210n/a
GeorgiaHyatt House Atlanta/Cobb Galleria5,000$112$176$0.0224$0.0352
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta Airport-North5,000$108$164$0.0216$0.0328
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta Airport-South5,000$95$139$0.0190$0.0278
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta/Duluth/Johns Creek5,000$118$127$0.0236$0.0254
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta/Perimeter Center5,000$189$126$0.0378$0.0252
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta-East/Lithonia5,000$99$117$0.0198$0.0234
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta/Alpharetta/Windward Parkway5,000$162$108$0.0324$0.0216
GeorgiaHyatt Place Columbus-North5,000$85$93$0.0170$0.0186
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta/Duluth/Gwinnett Mall5,000$83$79$0.0166$0.0158
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta/Alpharetta/North Point Mall5,000$152$76$0.0304$0.0152
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta/Norcross/Peachtree5,000$72$72$0.0144$0.0144

Idaho

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
IdahoHyatt Place Boise/Towne Square5,000$123$99$0.0246$0.0198

Illinois

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
IllinoisHyatt Regency Lisle near Naperville5,000$99$117$0.0198$0.0234
IllinoisHyatt Place Bloomington/Normal5,000$117$108$0.0234$0.0216
IllinoisHyatt Place Chicago/Lombard/Oak Brook5,000$99$108$0.0198$0.0216
IllinoisHyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago5,000$135$99$0.0270$0.0198
IllinoisHyatt House Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville5,000$108$94$0.0216$0.0188
IllinoisHyatt Place Chicago/Itasca5,000$90$90$0.0180$0.0180
IllinoisHyatt Place Chicago/Naperville/Warrenville5,000$102$89$0.0204$0.0178
IllinoisHyatt House Chicago/Schaumburg5,000$85$80$0.0170$0.0160
IllinoisHyatt Place Chicago/Hoffman Estates5,000$93$80$0.0186$0.0160
IllinoisHyatt Place Chicago/Schaumburg5,000$104$80$0.0208$0.0160

Illinois

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
IndianaHyatt Place Fort Wayne5,000$121$148$0.0242$0.0296
IndianaHyatt Place Indianapolis Airport5,000$114$126$0.0228$0.0252

Kansas

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
KansasHyatt Place Kansas City/Lenexa City Center5,000$108$121$0.0216$0.0242
KansasHyatt Place Topeka5,000$153$120$0.0306$0.0240
KansasHyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Convention Center5,000$117$108$0.0234$0.0216
KansasHyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Metcalf5,000$119$108$0.0238$0.0216
KansasHyatt Regency Wichita5,000$90$108$0.0180$0.0216

Kentucky

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
KentuckyHyatt Place Cincinnati Airport/Florence5,000$139$117$0.0278$0.0234
KentuckyHyatt Place Bowling Green5,000$93$102$0.0186$0.0204

Louisiana

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
LouisianaHyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-105,000$94$126$0.0188$0.0252

Maryland

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
MarylandHyatt House Gaithersburg5,000$119$93$0.0238$0.0186

Michigan

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
MichiganHyatt Place Detroit/Livonia5,000$126$149$0.0252$0.0298
MichiganHyatt Place Detroit/Auburn Hills5,000$121$148$0.0242$0.0296
MichiganHyatt Place Detroit/Novi5,000$112$144$0.0224$0.0288
MichiganHyatt Place Detroit/Utica5,000$90$126$0.0180$0.0252
MichiganHyatt Place Lansing/Eastwood Towne Center5,000$134$112$0.0268$0.0224

Minnesota

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
MinnesotaHyatt Place St. Paul/Downtown5,000$127$127$0.0254$0.0254

Mississippi

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
MississippiHyatt Place Jackson/Ridgeland5,000$119$106$0.0238$0.0212
MississippiHyatt Place Columbus5,000$108$99$0.0216$0.0198

Missouri

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
MissouriHyatt Place St. Louis/Chesterfield5,000$127$102$0.0254$0.0204
MissouriHyatt Place Kansas City Airport5,000$85$97$0.0170$0.0194

New Jersey

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
New JerseyHyatt House Mt. Laurel5,000$90$117$0.0180$0.0234
New JerseyHyatt Place Mt. Laurel5,000$120$88$0.0240$0.0176

New Mexico

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
New MexicoHyatt Place Albuquerque/Uptown5,000$108$126$0.0216$0.0252
New MexicoHyatt Regency Albuquerque5,000$79$79$0.0158$0.0158
New MexicoHyatt Place Albuquerque Airport5,000$90$76$0.0180$0.0152

New York

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
New YorkHyatt House Fishkill/Poughkeepsie5,000$117$171$0.0234$0.0342

North Carolina

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
North CarolinaHyatt House Charlotte Airport5,000$127$189$0.0254$0.0378
North CarolinaHyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Lake Pointe5,000$159$129$0.0318$0.0258
North CarolinaHyatt Place North Raleigh-Midtown5,000$126$126$0.0252$0.0252
North CarolinaHyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood5,000$153$119$0.0306$0.0238
North CarolinaHyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Road5,000$121$117$0.0242$0.0234
North CarolinaHyatt Place Durham/Southpoint5,000$110$110$0.0220$0.0220
North CarolinaHyatt Place Greensboro5,000$117$108$0.0234$0.0216
North CarolinaHyatt Place Raleigh-Durham Airport5,000$104$99$0.0208$0.0198
North CarolinaHyatt Place Raleigh West5,000$88$96$0.0176$0.0192
North CarolinaHyatt House Raleigh Durham Airport5,000$117$72$0.0234$0.0144

Hyatt Category 1 North Dakota

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
North DakotaHyatt House Minot5,000$89$74$0.0178$0.0148

Hyatt Category 1 Ohio

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
OhioHyatt Place Cleveland/Independence5,000$85$114$0.0170$0.0228
OhioHyatt Place Cleveland/Lyndhurst/Legacy Village5,000$120$112$0.0240$0.0224
OhioHyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park5,000$126$108$0.0252$0.0216
OhioHyatt Place Canton5,000$102$93$0.0204$0.0186
OhioHyatt Place Cincinnati-Northeast5,000$102$93$0.0204$0.0186
OhioHyatt Place Columbus/Worthington5,000$84$92$0.0168$0.0184
OhioHyatt Place Columbus/Dublin5,000$88$88$0.0176$0.0176
OhioHyatt Place Cincinnati/Blue Ash5,000$80$80$0.0160$0.0160

Oklahoma

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
OklahomaHyatt Place Tulsa-South/Medical District5,000$85$117$0.0170$0.0234
OklahomaHyatt Regency Tulsa5,000$117$108$0.0234$0.0216
OklahomaHyatt Place Oklahoma City Airport5,000$90$90$0.0180$0.0180
OklahomaHyatt Place Oklahoma City-Northwest5,000$85$76$0.0170$0.0152

Pennsylvania

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
PennsylvaniaHyatt Place State College5,000n/an/an/an/a
PennsylvaniaHyatt Place Pittsburgh/Cranberry5,000$99$139$0.0198$0.0278
PennsylvaniaHyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport5,000$117$117$0.0234$0.0234

South Carolina

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
South CarolinaHyatt Place Greenville/Haywood5,000$110$119$0.0220$0.0238
South CarolinaHyatt Place Columbia/Harbison5,000$108$88$0.0216$0.0176

Tennessee

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
TennesseeHyatt Place Memphis/Germantown5,000$144$117$0.0288$0.0234
TennesseeHyatt Place Memphis/Primacy Parkway5,000$108$108$0.0216$0.0216
TennesseeHyatt Place Memphis/Wolfchase Galleria5,000$117$94$0.0234$0.0188

Texas

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
TexasHyatt Place Fort Worth/Cityview5,000$109$144$0.0218$0.0288
TexasHyatt Place Dallas/North Arlington/Grand Prairie5,000$85$136$0.0170$0.0272
TexasHyatt Place Dallas/Plano5,000$119$129$0.0238$0.0258
TexasHyatt Place San Antonio Airport/Quarry Market5,000$108$126$0.0216$0.0252
TexasHyatt Place Dallas/Garland/Richardson5,000$103$117$0.0206$0.0234
TexasHyatt Place Dallas-North/by the Galleria5,000$149$114$0.0298$0.0228
TexasHyatt Place Dallas/Park Central5,000$134$114$0.0268$0.0228
TexasHyatt Place Dallas/Las Colinas5,000$84$110$0.0168$0.0220
TexasHyatt Place Fort Worth/Hurst5,000$90$103$0.0180$0.0206
TexasHyatt House Dallas/Las Colinas5,000$94$94$0.0188$0.0188
TexasHyatt House Dallas/Addison5,000$89$89$0.0178$0.0178
TexasHyatt House Houston/Energy Corridor5,000$85$89$0.0170$0.0178
TexasHyatt Regency North Dallas5,000$93$89$0.0186$0.0178
TexasHyatt House Dallas/Richardson5,000$136$85$0.0272$0.0170
TexasHyatt Place San Antonio-North/Stone Oak5,000$108$85$0.0216$0.0170
TexasHyatt Place Bush Intercontinental Airport5,000$112$80$0.0224$0.0160
TexasHyatt Place El Paso Airport5,000$80$80$0.0160$0.0160
TexasHyatt Place San Antonio-Northwest/Medical Center5,000$88$80$0.0176$0.0160

Utah

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
UtahHyatt Place Salt Lake City/Farmington/Station Park5,000$102$93$0.0204$0.0186

Virginia

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
VirginiaHyatt Place Fredericksburg-Mary Washington5,000$93$142$0.0186$0.0284
VirginiaHyatt Place Richmond/Innsbrook5,000$90$123$0.0180$0.0246
VirginiaHyatt Place Roanoke Airport/Valley View Mall5,000$102$123$0.0204$0.0246
VirginiaHyatt Place Chantilly/Dulles Airport-South5,000$169$101$0.0338$0.0202
VirginiaHyatt Place Richmond Airport5,000$104$100$0.0208$0.0200
VirginiaHyatt Place Richmond/Chester5,000$85$93$0.0170$0.0186
VirginiaHyatt Regency Dulles5,000$110$93$0.0220$0.0186
VirginiaHyatt Regency Fairfax5,000$108$90$0.0216$0.0180
VirginiaHyatt House Sterling/Dulles Airport-North5,000$117$81$0.0234$0.0162
VirginiaHyatt Place Sterling/Dulles Airport-North5,000$117$80$0.0234$0.0160
VirginiaHyatt Place Herndon/Dulles Airport-East5,000$108$76$0.0216$0.0152

Wisconsin

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
WisconsinHyatt Regency Green Bay5,000$96$200$0.0192$0.0400
WisconsinHyatt Place Milwaukee Airport5,000$102$85$0.0204$0.0170
WisconsinHyatt Place Milwaukee-West5,000$102$80$0.0204$0.0160

Note: the following Category 1 properties were excluded from the list because they either didn’t have available occupancy or they will not open until later in 2017.

StateHyattPoints CostWeekday Cost 1/3/17Weekend Cost 1/14/17Weekday Value per pointWeekend Value per point
CaliforniaHyatt Place Santa Cruz5,000n/an/an/an/a
GeorgiaHyatt Place Atlanta/Cobb Galleria5,000$105n/a$0.0210n/a
IowaHyatt Place West Des Moines/Jordan Creek5,000n/an/an/an/a
New JerseyHyatt House Jersey City5,000n/an/an/an/a
PennsylvaniaHyatt Place State College5,000n/an/an/an/a
TexasHyatt Place Austin Airport5,000n/an/an/an/a
TexasHyatt Place Austin/Round Rock5,000n/an/an/an/a
TexasHyatt Place Dallas/Allen5,000n/an/an/an/a
VirginiaHyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum5,000$135n/a$0.0270n/a
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Travel enthusiast that spent years flying in the back of planes and staying at cheaper hotels in order to save a little money. After learning how to leverage airline and hotel loyalty programs, I've developed an interest in luxury travel and write about my experiences with it.

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