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One of the best hotel rewards programs is launching peak and off-peak award night rates. Beginning in March 2020, World of Hyatt award nights will have three different prices depending on the travel season. Until then, all 8 award night categories will have one standard price between 5,000 and 40,000 points per night.
Changes to World of Hyatt Award Nights
It’s possible that Hyatt stays will require more points during peak season. However, you may pay less if staying at properties during the off-peak season.
World of Hyatt is introducing a few other changes as well that can make your points more valuable. Owning the World of Hyatt Credit Card can also be a wise move to maximize the value of your points.
World of Hyatt Peak and Off-Peak Rates
Right now, World of Hyatt award nights start at 5,000 points per night for a category 1 property. In March 2020, off-peak rates start at 3,500 points per night.
Peak season nights start at 6,500 points but will never be more than 5,000 points above the standard award rate. You will need to redeem more points if you book a room at the peak season rate. Hyatt points are still some of the most valuable hotel points you can own despite this change.
This change affects all room types from a standard room to a premium suite.
Once the new pricing tiers go active, future award bookings will show if your award nights are at the peak, standard, or off-peak rate. The nights won’t change one the calendar goes live. You can book Hyatt award nights up to 13 months in advance.
One-Time Refund for Off-Peak Award Stays
If you’re an early bird who already booked an award stay beyond March 2020, you may receive a one-time refund. If your travel dates fall under the off-peak pricing, World of Hyatt will refund you the points difference.
It doesn’t appear that you will need to pay more if any upcoming nights reclassify as peak season.
Pay with Points + Cash
You will still have the option to pay for World of Hyatt award nights with points and cash. Hyatt still requires payment to be 50% points and 50% cash for the nightly rate.
Points Are Worth More For Dining, Spa, and On-Site Upgrades
If you redeem your points for on-site upgrades and rewards, your points are worth up to 50% more than before. This value boost goes into effect on January 29, 2020.
Below are the new number of points necessary for a Hyatt credit:
- $10: 1,000 points (previously 2,000 points)
- $25: 2,500 points (previously 5,000 points)
- $50: 5,000 points (previously 10,000 points)
- $75: 7,500 points (previously 12,000 points)
- $100: 8,000 points (previously 15,000 points)
- $150: 12,000 points (previously 20,000 points)
The maximum credit amount you can request is $1,000. You now only need 65,000 points instead of 120,000 points.
Your World of Hyatt points will usually be worth the most when redeemed for award nights. But this isn’t a bad option if you can get $100 credit or more. Your points are worth more than 1 cent each with these higher credit amounts.
Transferring Points to Hyatt
In addition to owning the World of Hyatt Credit Card, Hyatt is a 1:1 Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to your World of Hyatt account in 1,000-point increments with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve.
Business travelers can also transfer points from the Chase Ink Business Preferred.
Most hotel points are worth up to 1 cent each at best for award nights. Hyatt points can usually be worth at least 1 cent each and closer to 2 cents per point. World of Hyatt is one of the few hotel loyalty programs worth transferring your points to.
Summary of Hyatt Award Nights Changes
All World of Hyatt award nights will have an off-peak, standard, or peak season award rate starting in March 2020. It’s possible that you can pay less at certain properties but more if you travel during peak season. On-property credits also require fewer points beginning on January 29, 2020.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
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