Best Ways to Earn Points With the World of Hyatt Program

Mar 9, 2019

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The World of Hyatt has undergone some huge changes over the past couple of years. The name changed from Hyatt Gold Passport to World of Hyatt, elite status tiers were shuffled and many hotels changed categories (with another round of changes coming March 18, 2019). But even after all of this, World of Hyatt remains one of the most valuable loyalty programs on the market — in fact, TPG values World of Hyatt points at a whopping 1.7 cents per point, among the highest of hotel programs.

Not sure where to start with World of Hyatt? In this article, we’ll show you all of the different ways you can earn World of Hyatt points. We’ll start with hotel stays, and then move into alternative earning methods like credit cards and everyday partners.

Earn With Hyatt Hotel Stays

Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy.
Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy.

World of Hyatt rewards its members for each hotel stay across its global portfolio. You can earn points on all Hyatt hotel stays booked directly through Hyatt’s website, which includes the 150+ Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties that were added in December, January and February. The exact number of points you’ll earn on each stay depends on a few different factors:

  • How much you paid for your stay
  • Your World of Hyatt elite status tier
  • Any promotions for which you’ve registered

Currently, Hyatt awards 5 points per $1 spent on Hyatt hotel stays and other qualifying room charges (room service, bar tabs charged to the room, etc.). This number is consistent across the board, so you’ll earn the same number of points at a Hyatt Regency that you would on an Hyatt Centric for the same price. Hyatt also partners with select Mlife hotels — these hotels also earn at the same 5 points per $1 spent rate.

You’ll also earn 10 World of Hyatt Points for every eligible $1 spent on FIND experiences (like bike tours and foodie events), Exhale spa therapies and fitness classes, and qualifying Exhale On Demand subscriptions. These are usually found at Hyatt’s “wellness” properties: Exhale and Miraval.

World of Hyatt members with elite status will earn an additional points bonus on all hotel stays. Here’s how many extra points each tier earns:

  • Discoverist: 10% bonus (0.5 extra points per dollar spent)
  • Explorist: 20% bonus (1 extra point per dollar spent)
  • Globalist: 30% bonus (1.5 extra points per dollar spent)

So if you’re a World of Hyatt Globalist member staying at a Grand Hyatt hotel for three nights at $150 per night, you’d earn the following:

  • $150 x 5 points/$ x 3 nights = 2,250 points
  • 2,250 points x 30% bonus = 675 points
  • TOTAL = 2,925 points

You’d earn a nice 2,925 points on your hotel stay. While this may seem like a small amount compared to Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards club, Hyatt has a lower redemption rate than other chains with redemptions starting at just 5,000 World of Hyatt points per night as low-tier hotels. In fact, this haul is worth nearly $50 based on TPG’s valuations, giving you a return of over 11% on your stay.

Enroll in Hyatt’s Frequent Promotions

To boost your earning potential even higher, Hyatt frequently runs promotions for its World of Hyatt members, including one running now. Register before March 25, 2019 and you’ll earn up to 1,500 bonus points on each stay you complete before May 15, 2019. Check out the full details on our announcement blog post.

If you’re reading this post after this promotions ends, fear not. Keep an eye on Hyatt’s promo page for up-to-date promotions. Hyatt runs these frequently, so we always recommend checking this page before you book a Hyatt hotel stay.

Earn With Meetings

Consider planning your next event at a Hyatt property. You’ll earn 1 point per $1 spent (up to 50,000 points) on eligible expenses like meeting rooms and event spaces. You’ll also get a fast-track to World of Hyatt elite status when you plan meetings: 3, 10 and 20 meetings will earn you Discoverist, Explorist and Globalist status, respectively.

Earn Though Credit Cards

The World of Hyatt Chase credit card is one example of a card that (Photo by Eric Helgas/The Points Guy)
The World of Hyatt Chase credit card is one example of a card that (Photo by Eric Helgas/The Points Guy)

Like IHG Rewards Club, there is currently one World of Hyatt cobranded credit card from Chase. This credit card is surprisingly lucrative and includes free status, a nice welcome bonus and other rewarding perks. Here’s a look at the card:

The World of Hyatt Credit Card ($95 annual fee): Earn up to 50,000 Bonus Points — 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening and an additional 25,000 Bonus Points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening (note that there have been reports of a targeted sign-up bonus of two free nights as well). You’ll receive one free night every year after your cardmember anniversary, valid at any Category 1-4 property, and you can earn a second by spending $15,000 on the card in your cardmembership year. The card also provides automatic Discoverist status for as long as your account is open; you’ll then enjoy five elite night credits every year plus an additional two credits for every $5,000 you spend on the card.

The card also offers some great bonus categories. You’ll earn 4 points per $1 spent when you use your card at Hyatt hotels; 2 points per $1 spent at restaurants, on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline, on local transit and commuting, and on fitness club and gym memberships; and 1 point per dollar spent everywhere else.

For complete details on this card, check out this article.

Earn With Partners

If you don’t have any upcoming Hyatt stays and aren’t in the market for a new credit card, don’t worry. Hyatt has a couple of everyday partners you can use to earn World of Hyatt points, including rental cars or transferring from Chase. Here’s a look at your options:

Transfer Points From Chase Ultimate Rewards

World of Hyatt has one credit card transfer partner: Chase Ultimate Rewards. Points earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card transfer to World of Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio, and the transfer should process instantly. TPG currently values Chase Ultimate Rewards points at 2 cents per point and World of Hyatt points at 1.7 cents per point. However, in many cases you can actually get more than 2 cents per point from your Hyatt awards, so we recommend the transfer if you have a specific redemption in mind.

For additional information on this option, check out the following guides:

Rent Cars From Avis

Like most hotel chains, you can earn World of Hyatt points when you rent a car. Rent with Avis and use the code K817700 to get 500 World of Hyatt points per rental. You’ll also receive 25% off base rates for each qualifying rental at participating Avis locations with the code.

Transfer Points Between Family And Friends

World of Hyatt members can transfer points between accounts free of charge. However, you can only send or receive points once every 30 days, and if you can believe it, you can’t complete this transfer online. To do so, fill out this this form (warning: PDF link) and submit it via email. It’ll need to be signed by both the member transferring the points and the recipient. Your points will be transferred once the form is received and reviewed.

Note that the form does note that transfers are only permitted between accounts “in order to have a sufficient number of points to redeem a particular award” for the recipient. As a result, I’d avoid using this option as a way to simply merge two account balances together.

Bottom Line

The World of Hyatt program is a favorite among award travelers. Despite a comparatively small (but growing) global footprint, the various brands under the Hyatt umbrella can offer a luxurious experience and a rewarding value proposition. There aren’t a ton of different ways to earn Hyatt points, but if you combine credit card spending with a handful of paid stays, you’ll be well on your way to a free stay for your next trip.

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