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Hyatt is one of the best hotel chains in terms of complimentary upgrades for elite members. But what if you are not an elite member? In my last post about using Hyatt points, I shared how non-elite members can redeem extra points to reserve a suite on an award stay. In this post, we’ll share how you can redeem points for a suite or club room upgrade on a paid stay and present a few scenarios to illustrate the value proposition.
Everyone doesn’t have a large bank roll of miles to redeem points for suites like the expensive Park Hyatt Paris. Even the minimum 3 night suite stay will require 99,000 Hyatt points. But you can still earn enough points for a suite or club room upgrade by staying just a few nights, picking up the Chase Hyatt credit card or by transferring Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold. A four night club room upgrade can be had for only 3,000 Hyatt points and a four night suite upgrade can be had for only 6,000 Hyatt points.
Using Hyatt Points For Travel Rewards
- Booking a suite at Hyatt using points
- Upgrading to a suite on a paid stay at Hyatt using points
- Other redemption options
How To Upgrade A Paid Stay
Upgrading to a suite or club room on a paid reservation can be tricky. But knowing how to use this upgrade instrument can give you a ton of value out of your Hyatt points.
Upgrading to a Regency / Grand Club room will cost you 3,000 Hyatt points. The best part is the upgrade is good for up to a total of four nights. If you want to upgrade beyond the four night period, you’ll have to use additional points.
Upgrading to a suite will cost you 6,000 Hyatt points. Again, this upgrade is good for a total of 4 nights.
There are a few terms and conditions when using Hyatt points for a suite upgrade on a paid stay. The key take away being that at resort properties, you only have to pay the deluxe rate, but at non-resort properties you are required to pay the prevailing rack rate. Rack rates are often higher than the best available rate.
- When redeeming Regency/Grand Club® Upgrades or Suite Upgrades at a resort property, you must pay a minimum of the prevailing deluxe rack rate (such as partial ocean view, ocean view, slope view, etc.)
- At non-resort properties you must pay a minimum of the prevailing rack rate
- Not available at Hyatt Place
- Award applies to two-bedroom suites at Hyatt Summerfield Suites
Once you find the hotel where you would like a suite, you can book your reservation online and then call Hyatt to upgrade your reservation using points at a later date. Alternatively you can book your paid stay and upgrade your reservation over the phone by calling Hyatt at 800-228-3360.
Value For Suite Upgrade On A Paid Stay
In this example, I’ll assume a 4 night paid stay at the Hyatt Aruba Resort and Spa. I’ll compare the cost benefit to upgrade to a suite on a paid stay versus booking the best available rate and hoping for an upgrade at check in.
The best available room rate is $285 for the Hyatt Aruba for a sample booking in May. This rate will get you a room with 2 queen beds. Not exactly the most desirable room but could work for most people. But if extra space is what you are looking for consider buying up to a suite upgrade-able room.
The best available rate is $320 for a room which qualifies for an upgrade, the partial ocean / island view room with a king bed. This room only requires an additional $35 per night of your stay over the lowest standard room.
Using this method the total extra cost to upgrade to a suite at the Hyatt Aruba for a 4 night stay would be $140 (35 x 4) + 6,000 points. Since a family suite room costs a total of $540, you are getting a value of $0.146 ((540-320)x4/6,000 = .146) out of your 6,000 Hyatt points. If you are able to convince the hotel to upgrade to a larger suite, then your point value will be even better.
So for the price of the partial ocean island room and 6,000 points, you’ll have four wonderful nights in a Family suite at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino.
Value For Regency Club Lounge Upgrade On A Paid Stay
The same resort rules apply for upgrading to a Regency Club Lounge room at the Hyatt Aruba. You must book a minimum of a partial ocean island view room to qualify for a Regency Club Lounge room upgrade.
Using this method the total extra cost to upgrade to a suite at the Hyatt Aruba for a 4 night stay would be $140 ( x 4) + 3,000 points. Since a Regency Club room goes for $415, you are getting a value of $0.126 ((415-320)x4/3,000 = .126) out of your 3,000 Hyatt points.
So for the price of the partial ocean island room and 3,000 points, you’ll have four wonderful nights in a Regency Club King room at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino.
Knowing all the ways you can redeem points for an award will help you maximize your point redemption. Regency Club room and suite upgrades require only a few thousand points but offer great value for up to four nights. In our next post we’ll share additional ways to use your Hyatt points for travel rewards.
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