From now till 30 July 2020 11.59 a.m SGT, World of Hyatt is once again offering a 30% bonus points sale.
To trigger the 30% bonus, you need to purchase at least 5,000 points (pre-bonus).
Buying points at a 30% bonus is equivalent to paying 1.85 US cents per point. Do note that this isn’t the largest public bonus available- that’s 40% (1.71 US cents per point). If you don’t need points at the moment, consider waiting for a better offer to come along.
Each World of Hyatt account is only allowed to purchase a maximum of 55,000 World of Hyatt points a year (pre-bonus). However, you can also combine points across accounts to redeem them, so you and your spouse/traveling companion could opt for this if necessary.
World of Hyatt points expire after 24 consecutive months of inactivity. Any earning or redemption activity will reset the clock.
What can you redeem World of Hyatt Points for?
World of Hyatt has been busy acquiring smaller chains, and in the past few months we’ve seen Destination Hotels, Alila Hotels, Joie De Vivre and SLH get folded into the portfolio. This means more unique places to redeem your points.
An example of a unique place? Try Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort. It’s often in the shadow of the better-known Post Ranch Inn, but it’s still an amazing property in and of itself, nestled deep within the natural beauty of Big Sur. Rooms here cost upwards of US$1,100 per night during peak period, but can also be redeemed for 30,000 points a night.
Otherwise, buying Hyatt points is a way of accessing some of the portfolio’s top tier properties like the Park Hyatt Maldives, a Category 7 property which costs 30,000 points a night. Given that revenue rates here can be upwards of US$880 a night including taxes, there are deals to be had by buying points instead.
Park Hyatt Maldives
It’s not just the top tier properties which have great redemption opportunities- even the lower category World of Hyatt hotels can be good choices.
For instance, the Studios at Alila Seminyak is a Category 1 hotel that costs just 5,000 World of Hyatt points a night. If you purchase points during this sale, you will pay much less than the US$130 rates you’d normally find during busy periods.
What cards should I use to buy World of Hyatt points?
World of Hyatt points purchases are processed by Points.com and are charged in USD. This means they do not code as hotel spending for the purposes of credit card bonuses.
You might want to consider using these cards to maximize your return from the purchase of World of Hyatt points:
|4 mpd||Cap of S$1K per s. month|
|UOB Visa Signature
|4 mpd||Min FCY spend of S$1K per s. month, cap at S$2K per s. month|
|SCB X Card
|3 mpd||Until 30 Jun 20. Min spend S$2K per c. month|
|SCB Visa Infinite
||3 mpd||Min spend S$2K per s. month|
|S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month|
This is not the time to be buying points speculatively, but if you’re making plans for travel late this year or in 2021, it’s worth taking a look at. Once again, this isn’t the lowest public sale available- that’s 40%, which I’m sure will come around again soon.
If the goal is to buy as many points as possible, definitely wait for a bigger bonus. Remember, the maximum points you can buy now is 71,500 (30% bonus), versus 77,000 if you waited for a 40% sale.