They’ve recently announced their latest promotion on purchased points, a valuable way for members to top up their points balances and book hotel stays. This could be a great deal, especially if you’re looking to enjoy your Globalist status as often as possible.
Buy World of Hyatt Points with a 30% Bonus
World of Hyatt is offering a discount on points purchases until March 7, 2022. You’ll get a 30% bonus when you buy at least 5,000 points.
Normally, Hyatt charges 2.4 cents per point (USD) to buy points. With this 30% bonus, the rate is effectively reduced to 1.85 cents per point (USD).
This is a fairly competitive price at which to buy World of Hyatt points, a shade over our current valuation of 1.5 cents per point (USD).
How many World of Hyatt points can you buy?
World of Hyatt imposes a limit of 55,000 points purchased per calendar year.
When they have a promotion for extra points, such as the current 30% bonus, those points don’t count towards the annual limit. (Note that World of Hyatt refers to all purchased points as Bonus Points.)
If you max out this promotion, it’ll cost US$1,320 for 71,500 Hyatt points.
Purchased points will appear in your account within 48 hours.
Which credit card should you use to buy World of Hyatt points?
World of Hyatt sells points through an external vendor, Points.com. They don’t count as a travel purchase, and there’s no extra benefit to using, say, Chase’s US-issued personal or business World of Hyatt credit cards.
Instead, I’d suggest any card with a high base earn rate, or one where you’re working on meeting the minimum spend requirement.
In particular, any US credit card will do. That’s because you’ll be charged Canadian sales tax if your billing address is in Canada.
Therefore, even a Canadian-issued credit card with no foreign transaction fees would be a worse choice – although it’s still your best option if you don’t have any US credit cards yet.
Who Should Buy World of Hyatt Points?
Shrewd award travellers will be able to find pockets of value both at the high and low ends of the World of Hyatt hotel portfolio.
However, it’s not that easy for Canadians to earn World of Hyatt points. Hyatt’s only co-branded credit cards are in the US, and it’s a bit of a process for Canadians to get US credit cards with Chase. Therefore, you may be motivated to look for other means of acquiring points, like buying them outright, assuming the price is right.
High-Value Aspirational Hotels
The World of Hyatt program boasts many highly appealing hotel brands and properties which offer exceptionally unique travel experiences.
Ricky recently visited Calala Island, a private island in Nicaragua with only four villas. An all-inclusive stay covers your room for two, food, drink, activities, and round-trip plane and boat transfers to and from the island.
It’s a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which has a marketing partnership in place with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. World of Hyatt members can stay at Small Luxury Hotels for 40,000 points per night.
Cash prices are astronomical, starting at US$2,350 per night and reaching as high as US$3,650 on peak dates.
By booking on points instead, you’d bring this exclusive experience well within reach. You’d get an outrageous value of 6–9 cents per point (USD), well above our nominal valuation of a Hyatt point.
With the current bonus on buying points, it would cost you US$744 to buy 40,000 points for a night at Calala Island – a screaming deal compared to the cash rate for the room.
Of course, you’ll want to ensure you’ve lined up the award availability at the hotel before pulling the trigger on a points purchase, especially for Small Luxury Hotels, which limit the number of rooms bookable on points.
There are also some decadent resorts within Hyatt’s own portfolio, even within the US. For example, you could book a night at the Alila Ventana Big Sur for 53,000 points on the new award chart for suites, or US$2,400 for the same room.
Buying points is clearly a better deal, as it would only cost US$984 per night with the current promotion.
You’ll also find similar value in Hawaii, where you can redeem awards at high-end Category 7 properties for over 5 cents per point (USD).
Low-Category Hotels with High Cash Rates
Hyatt brands have a particularly strong footprint across the US. In particular, look for hotels in popular small-town vacation destinations.
I’ve got my eye on Hyatt for my next trip to the American Southwest. Accommodation is scarce in southern Utah, often not enough to meet demand during tourist season.
As a result, cash prices can be upwards of US$300–400 per night, which in my opinion is remarkably steep when all you need is a simple place to rest after a long day of adventures.
Meanwhile, the Hyatt Place Moab is a Category 2 hotel, with standard nights redeemable for just 8,000 points. Even at peak pricing, you’d still be getting around 3.5 cents per point (USD) for that redemption.
In this case, it would absolutely make sense to buy Hyatt points. With the current 30% bonus, at a rate of 1.85 cents per point, it would effectively cost US$168 per night for this booking – less than half of the price of paying cash directly.
(Note that even without a points sale promotion, buying points would still be worthwhile at the base price of 2.4 cents per point.)
For an option a bit closer to home and with more on-property amenities, consider Spirit Ridge Resort Osoyoos for an Okanagan winery getaway. As a Category 3 property, it’ll cost up to 15,000 points per night on peak dates, compared to cash prices exceeding $400 (CAD) in the summer.
While the value on paper isn’t quite as overwhelming, it’s always worth checking the prices on your travel dates. As long as the value of your redemption is above the acquisition cost of the points, you’ll come out ahead on any booking.
The only reason I wouldn’t do this is if I were saving my World of Hyatt points for an even more valuable redemption. There aren’t many ways to earn Hyatt points, so you might want to keep them for exclusive opportunities and pay cash elsewhere.
Other Ways to Earn World of Hyatt Points
While the value of World of Hyatt points is more reliable than its competitors, it’s always a risky proposition to buy points if you aren’t imminently planning a booking.
Indeed, with the recent news of Marriott Bonvoy’s upcoming devaluation, World of Hyatt is the only major hotel program that will keep using an award chart in 2022. However, they’ve recently introduced off-peak and peak pricing, which could be a sign of further changes to come in future years.
If you’d prefer to slowly build your balance for a bigger redemption down the road, I’d recommend looking at other earning methods first.
US Credit Cards by Chase
South of the border, Chase issues two co-branded World of Hyatt Visa cards:
- World of Hyatt Credit Card: Earn up to 60,000 World of Hyatt points upon spending US$3,000–15,000 in the first three to six months, with an annual fee of US$95.
- World of Hyatt Business Credit Card: Earn 75,000 World of Hyatt points upon spending US$7,500 in the first three months, with an annual fee of US$199.
Furthermore, with the personal card, each year you can earn up to two Free Night Awards for a Category 1–4 hotel:
- Starting in your second year, earn a Free Night Award on your card anniversary
- Plus, earn an extra Free Night Award upon spending US$15,000 within a calendar year
In addition to co-branded World of Hyatt cards, Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred 1:1 to World of Hyatt. You can earn these rewards on any of the Chase Sapphire products:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve: Earn 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points upon spending US$4,000 within the first three months, with an annual fee of US$550 (offset by a US$300 annual travel credit).
- Chase Sapphire Preferred: Earn 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points upon spending US$4,000 within the first three months, with an annual fee of US$95 (offset by a US$50 annual travel credit).
- Chase Ink Business Preferred: Earn 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points upon spending US$15,000 within the first three months, with an annual fee of US$95.
If you have one of the above cards, you can also turn your cash-back rewards from some other Chase cards, including their Freedom lineup, into Ultimate Rewards.
These credit cards are undoubtedly a great way to extract value from the World of Hyatt program as you progress deeper into the US credit card game.
Multi-Player Mode: Pool Points Among the Family
You can also combine points from multiple accounts. However, if you’re looking to fast-track your Hyatt balance, there are a few major caveats to be aware of:
- You must be a member for at least 60 days before you can buy points.
- You can only transfer points “in order to have a sufficient number of points to redeem a particular award”.
- You can only combine points, whether sending or receiving, once every 30 days.
- Points transfers are a slow process with human oversight, and you have to fill out a request form.
Due to these limitations, in general I wouldn’t recommend relying on pooling World of Hyatt points. Still, the option is available and might be useful in select situations if you’re facing a points shortage before making a booking.
As you decide whether this promotion is a good opportunity for you to meet your travel goals, here’s a look back at World of Hyatt’s previous promotions on purchasing points over the past year:
30% discount on purchased points
November 16, 2021
December 30, 2021
30% more purchased points
September 16, 2021
October 31, 2021
25% discount on purchased points
July 21, 2021
August 25, 2021
30% more purchased points
May 20, 2021
June 25, 2021
25% discount on purchased points
March 30, 2021
April 30, 2021
World of Hyatt is offering a strong promotion on purchasing points to kick things off in 2022. With a 30% bonus, you can effectively buy at a rate of 1.85 cents per point (USD).
While I don’t normally recommend buying points speculatively without an immediate redemption need or long-term plan, I’d give some consideration to this opportunity, as the World of Hyatt program has a strong track record of delivering value where its peers have faltered.
Make sure to purchase World of Hyatt points before March 7, 2022 to take advantage of this offer if you’re interested.