How to Earn & Redeem Hyatt Suite Upgrade Awards

If you frequently stay at Hyatt properties or engage with the Hyatt brand through credit card spending, you’ll be rewarded with a number of benefits. These include World of Hyatt points and Milestone Rewards, which then give you access to Suite Upgrade Awards.

Suite Upgrade Awards can be used to upgrade to a better room, including standard suites, in advance of your stay. 

Let’s take a closer look at Hyatt’s Suite Upgrade Awards, including how to earn them, how to redeem them, and other tricks and tips to be aware of before your next Hyatt stay.

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What Are Hyatt Suite Upgrade Awards?

World of Hyatt’s Suite Upgrade Awards are online certificates that allow you to upgrade your room to a standard suite.

Exactly what constitutes a standard suite depends on the Hyatt property you’re staying at. Furthermore, the type of suite you can upgrade to also differs from hotel to hotel, but they all tend to be larger than base-level rooms.

By applying a Suite Upgrade Award to your stay, you’ll most likely have a separate living room and bedroom area. If you’re lucky, you may even get a suite with multiple bathrooms and a balcony.

The type of upgrade you get with Suite Upgrade Awards varies between hotels

Whether you’re travelling for work, celebrating a special occasion, or simply in need of a place to stay, getting upgraded to a suite can greatly enhance a trip.

Unlike other similar certificates such as Marriott Bonvoy’s Nightly Upgrade Awards (Suite Upgrade Awards), Hyatt’s Suite Upgrade Awards allow you to guarantee a suite as soon as you book your room, thus removing the “luck” factor that often plays a role when it comes to suite upgrades.

What’s more, also unlike Marriott’s Nightly Upgrade Awards, only one certificate is needed to upgrade you to a suite for an entire stay of up to seven nights – making Hyatt’s Suite Upgrade Awards exceedingly powerful. 

How to Earn Hyatt Suite Upgrade Awards

There are two ways to earn Hyatt Suite Upgrade Awards:

Hyatt’s Milestone Rewards program provides additional incentives for Hyatt members to continuously engage with the World of Hyatt loyalty program.

World of Hyatt members earn Milestone Rewards in one of two ways:.

  • Earning a certain amount of qualifying nights either by staying at Hyatt properties or by spending money on Chase’s co-branded World of Hyatt cards
  • Earning a certain amount of Base Points, which are earned at a rate of 5 Base Points per $1 (USD) spent at Hyatt properties

You’ll have the chance to earn your first Suite Upgrade Award for the year by earning either 40 qualifying nights or 65,000 base points and choosing it as your Milestone Reward.

To earn the nights, you’ll have to either stay 40 nights in a year, or rack them up through credit card spending:

  • With the World of Hyatt Credit Card by Chase, you earn two qualifying nights per $5,000 (USD) spent on eligible purchases
  • With the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card by Chase, you’ll earn five qualifying nights per $10,000 (USD) spent on eligible purchases

Meanwhile, Base Points are earned by spending money at Hyatt hotels. Earning 65,000 Base Points is the equivalent of spending $13,000 (USD) at Hyatt properties.

Earn two Suite Upgrade Awards upon earning 50 qualifying nights or 80,000 base points in a year

You can earn another two Suite Upgrade Awards by earning either 50 qualifying nights or 80,000 Base Points, which is the equivalent of spending $16,000 (USD) at Hyatt properties.

After earning over 60 qualifying nights, which also qualifies you for Globalist status, you’ll automatically receive two Suite Upgrade Awards as benefits for the year.

After the 60-night mark, you’ll have one Suite Upgrade Award as a Milestone Reward choice after staying 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, and 150 nights.

For your 70–90 night milestones, you’ll also be offered 10,000 points and $300 FIND Experience Credit among your choices, while for your 100–150 night milestones, you’ll also be offered 10,000 points or a Miraval Extra Night Award.

All that being said, you may earn a maximum of 14 Suite Night Awards in a membership year: two of which are automatically given to you at your 60-night Globalist milestone, while the rest may be earned if you so choose.

Meanwhile, if you manage to earn 1,000,000 Hyatt Base Points, which is the equivalent of spending $200,000 (USD) at Hyatt properties, you’ll automatically earn Lifetime Globalist Status, which then comes with four Suite Upgrade Awards annually.

In summary, the easiest way to earn Suite Upgrade Awards is by earning 40 qualifying nights by either staying with Hyatt, spending on co-branded credit cards, or a combination of the two. This gives you one Suite Upgrade Award if you choose them as a Milestone Reward.

Then, once you’ve hit 50 qualifying nights in a year, you may earn another two Suite Upgrade Awards. From there, it’s only 10 more nights until 60, which automatically grants you two Suite Upgrade Awards and the coveted Hyatt Globalist status as well. 

How to Redeem Hyatt Suite Upgrade Awards

Generally speaking, you can only use your Suite Upgrade Award by applying it to an existing reservation and contacting World of Hyatt customer service through phone, or @HyattConcierge on X (formerly Twitter).

If you happen to be a Globalist member, you can also reach out to your My Hyatt Concierge.

Hyatt’s Suite Upgrade Awards can only be used on bookings made with cash, World of Hyatt points, or a combination of points and cash. Unfortunately, nights booked by using a Free Night Award aren’t eligible for Suite Upgrade Award redemptions, and neither are Guest of Honor bookings..

Suite Upgrade Awards will only get you upgraded to standard suites. Any upgrades to higher suites, such as premium suites, are up to the discretion of the individual hotels.

Some Hyatt hotels may upgrade you to a premium suite at their discretion

You’ll also want to make sure that the hotel you’re staying at actually has standard suites available. You can easily find this by searching online at the Hyatt website or app. 

When using your Suite Upgrade Award, there are a couple more limitations you should be aware of.

Suite Upgrade Awards come with expiration dates, which refer to the “travel by” date, not the “book by” date. This means that if your Suite Upgrade Award expires on February 29, 2025, you must use it for a stay that’s completed by that date.

Furthermore, there are some properties that won’t accept Suite Upgrade Awards at all. Be sure to check the full list on the Hyatt website.

New Hyatt properties that are taking reservations but have yet to open won’t accept Suite Upgrade Awards. Hyatt is constantly expanding their global footprint, so while this may be a rare occurrence, it’s still helpful to be aware of this rule if you’re looking to redeem your Suite Upgrade Award.

If you’d like to share your Suite Night Award with someone else, you can transfer it to anyone of your choice. You’ll just need their last name and membership number, and the entire process can be done online.

How to Maximize Suite Upgrade Awards

Suite Upgrade Awards are an amazing way to secure a suite and greatly enhance your trip, so you’ll want to make sure you’re using them to their fullest potential.

One way to do this is to save your Suite Upgrade Awards for stays at more expensive Hyatt properties.

If you’re booking your stay with points, World of Hyatt actually lets you use points to book a standard suite directly. At a lower-category Hyatt hotel, the difference in points between a standard room and a standard suite is anywhere from 3,000 to 8,000 points.

On the other hand, at a higher-end Category 7 Hyatt hotel, you’d be required to spend an extra 18,000 Hyatt points per night in order to secure a standard suite.

If you’d like a suite upgrade at a Category 1 Hyatt hotel, it may make more sense to spend an extra 3,000 points per night. It’s likely more valuable to save your Suite Upgrade Award for another stay at a more aspirational property instead.

Consider saving your Suite Upgrade Awards for more aspirational properties

You also want to save your Suite Upgrade Awards for longer stays. Since they can be used for up to seven consecutive nights, you won’t get as much value from a one- or two-night stay as you would from a full week.

Lastly, if you’re a World of Hyatt Globalist member, then you’re already eligible to receive an upgrade, including standard suites, at check-in for all of your Hyatt stays. While this benefit isn’t guaranteed, many Globalist members find suite upgrades to be given fairly frequently.

Therefore, it would be most valuable to use your Suite Upgrade Awards for stays where you want to be absolutely certain of getting a suite ahead of time, rather than leaving it up to availability upon check-in (for example, if you’re celebrating a special occasion, or staying with additional travel companions and would need some extra space).

(Indeed, Suite Upgrade Awards are often the only way to lock in suite upgrades at popular properties with very few suites available, such as the Park Hyatt Shanghai.)

Of course, you’d also have the option of applying your Suite Upgrade Award at the time of booking, and then as it gets closer to the check-in date, checking to see if it seems like suites are readily available. 

If there are, you can easily cancel the Suite Upgrade Award, having it credited back to your World of Hyatt account immediately, and instead take the chance that you’ll get the suite upgrade anyways.


World of Hyatt is known for offering amazing value and benefits to its members, and Suite Upgrade Awards are a central part of what makes the World of Hyatt hotel loyalty program so competitive.

What’s best about Hyatt’s Suite Upgrade Awards is that you only need one certificate to upgrade an entire stay of up to seven days, and they can be used to guarantee an upgrade at the time of booking. This can result in huge savings if you would’ve otherwise had to spend extra points or cash to get the same suite.

Hyatt’s upgrade instruments are significantly more powerful than those offered by rival hotel chains like Marriott, so it’s another reason to consider maintaining some loyalty to Hyatt along your travels. 

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