Hyatt Privé: The little-known programme that can score you upgrades, breakfast and other perks

May 31, 2021

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There are lots of ways to make your next hotel stay more comfortable without elite status. Some favourites among the TPG team include booking through American Express’ Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR). However, this programmes is exclusive to those with certain premium credit cards and unlock some sweet perks like early check-in, late checkout, on-property credits, complimentary room upgrades, free breakfast and more.

Hyatt has a little-known programme called Hyatt Privé that offers similar benefits but is available to everyone. Benefits of booking through Hyatt Privé include daily breakfast for two, confirmed room upgrades, early check-in, hotel credits and more. However, these stays can’t simply be booked through Hyatt’s site and you may pay a premium for them.

Today we’re going to take a look at everything you need to know about Hyatt Privé and how you can actually book these stays.

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Which hotels participate in Hyatt Privé?

Much like Amex FHR, Hyatt has a lesser-known programme called Hyatt Privé that can get you big benefits at its higher-end hotels. This includes all Park Hyatt, Andaz and Miraval properties as well as brands like Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt and Alila. Altogether, there are over 200 properties around the world that participate in the programme. You can view the full list here.

Hyatt Privé benefits

While they’re fairly consistent, the benefits of booking through Hyatt Privé vary slightly by brand. All Hyatt Privé stays come with the following benefits:

  • Daily full breakfast for two in the hotel’s restaurant
  • A one-category room upgrade (room-to-room or suite-to-suite) confirmed within 24 hours of booking, based on availability at the time of booking
  • A $50 to $100 property credit per room per stay (depending on the hotel)
  • Early check-in (as early as 9 a.m.), subject to availability
  • A welcome gift and letter

Park Hyatt stays come with even more benefits. At these hotels, you’ll receive late check-out (as late as 4 p.m., subject to availability) and the hotel credit is always $100 per room per stay.

Related: How to get free hotel breakfast

Park Hyatt breakfast
(Photo by Chris Dong/The Points Guy)

At Park Hyatt, Andaz and Miraval properties, you’ll get all of these benefits regardless of how long you’re staying. Meanwhile, participating Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Alila, JDV by Hyatt, Thomson Hotels, and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt properties require you to stay a minimum of two nights.

It’s worth mentioning that all of these benefits are in addition to any perks you might get as a part of your elite status. So, World of Hyatt Globalist members, for instance, may receive a further upgrade at arrival and club lounge access. You’ll also still earn bonus points and elite-qualifying credit as per usual.

How to book a Hyatt Privé stay

Anyone can book stays with Hyatt Privé benefits (read: you don’t need to have elite status, a special credit card or membership in an exclusive programme). The catch is, you can’t book them directly through Hyatt’s site.

To book a Hyatt Privé stay, you must go through an eligible travel agent. Most registered travel advisors should qualify. If you don’t already have a preferred agent, members of the TPG team have had positive experiences with Kristen Nix and Spencer Howard.

Room at the Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort
Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

The Hyatt Privé rate should be identical to the best available “standard rate.” Unfortunately, you can’t get the Hyatt Privé benefits when booking with points or special rates, such as a World of Hyatt member discount rate, AAA rate or pre-paid rate. Typically, travel advisors don’t charge service fees for making Hyatt Privé bookings.

Hyatt standard rate
(Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Hyatt Privé benefits are available at all Park Hyatt, Andaz, and Miraval hotels, as well as select Alila, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency, JDV by Hyatt, Thompson, and Unbound Collection properties. Many of these hotels don’t participate in other luxury hotel programmes like FHR or Virtuoso.

As mentioned above, a minimum two-night stay is required for participating Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Alila, JDV by Hyatt, Thomson Hotels, and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt properties. Meanwhile, there’s no minimum for Park Hyatt, Andaz and Miraval properties.

Related: Your ultimate guide to Hyatt hotel brands

Although you’re booking through a travel agent, you will still earn bonus points and elite-qualifying credit on your stays. So be sure to provide your World of Hyatt number on Hyatt Privé bookings.

Miraval Austin pool
The Miraval Austin (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

Bottom line

The Hyatt Privé programme provides several elite-like benefits at Hyatt’s higher-end hotels. Even if you already have World of Hyatt status, booking through the programme can still make sense since you’ll get extra perks like a property credit and confirmed upgrades.

Hyatt Privé rates aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but the benefits that come with them can sometimes make paying a bit more for the stay worthwhile.

Although Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) properties aren’t available through Hyatt Privé, keep in mind that World of Hyatt members can still get extra benefits on these stays.

Featured photo of the Park Hyatt Washington D.C. courtesy of Hyatt.

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