World of Hyatt has launched its first points sale of 2022, which features a 30% bonus on a minimum purchase of 5,000 points made up till 8 March 2022, 12.59 p.m (GMT+8)
|30% bonus on World of Hyatt points|
A maximum of 55,000 points can be purchased in a calendar year, but you can combine points across accounts during redemptions, so you and your spouse/traveling companion could each buy points and pool them if necessary.
Buying points with a 30% bonus is equivalent to paying 1.85 US cents per point. That’s not as fantastic as the 1.68 US cents per point price we saw during the 30% discount sale last year, but still worth looking at should you be planning to redeem points at a high-end property.
World of Hyatt has now introduced peak pricing after delaying its implementation several times, so here’s how much you can expect to pay for a standard room redemption depending on time of year.
Peak/off-peak pricing only applies to stays from 1 March 2022, so any stays before that will follow standard award costs.
World of Hyatt points expire after 24 consecutive months of inactivity.
What can you redeem World of Hyatt Points for?
Depending on when and where you’re travelling, it may sometimes make sense to buy points and redeem them for hotel nights, instead of paying cash rates.
Here’s some ideas of how much hotels in popular VTL destinations will cost (remember, peak/off-peak pricing only applies to stays from 1 March 2022).
- Great Scotland Yard Hotel: 21,000-29,000 points/night
- DUKES London: 21,000-29,000 points/night
- St James’ Hotel & Club: 21,000-29,000 points/night
- Flemings Mayfair: 21,000-29,000 points/night
- New York City
- The Beekman: 21,000-29,000 points/night
- Andaz 5th Avenue: 21,000-29,000 points/night
- Park Hyatt New York: 25,000-35,000 points/night
- Andaz Seoul Gangnam: 17,000-23,000 points/night
- Grand Hyatt Seoul: 12,000-18,000 points/night
- Park Hyatt Seoul: 21,000-29,000 points/night
- Hyatt Regency Sydney: 17,000-23,000 points/night
- Park Hyatt Sydney: 25,000-35,000 points/night
You’ll typically find redeeming points to be better value during peak periods when revenue rates go through the roof, although the introduction of peak pricing offsets the value somewhat.
World of Hyatt has also been busy acquiring smaller chains, and over 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, like Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort. It’s often in the shadow of the better-known Post Ranch Inn, but 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.
Here’s the best cards to maximize the miles earned on your purchase:
|OCBC 90N Visa|
(till 31 Jan 21)
|Cap of S$2.5K per c. month|
|4 mpd||Cap of S$1K per s. month|
|UOB Visa Signature|
|4 mpd||Min S$1K Max S$2K FCY spend per s. month|
|SCB Visa Infinite|
|3 mpd||Min spend S$2K per s. month|
|UOB PRVI Miles|
|2.4 mpd||No cap|
|S. Month= Statement Month | C. Month= Calendar Month|
I generally don’t advise you to use the DBS Woman’s World Card, as past data points have indicated there are issues with getting the bonus points credited.
|30% bonus on World of Hyatt points|
World of Hyatt is offering a 30% bonus on points purchases until 8 March 2022, and although the 1.85 US cents per point price isn’t as cheap as the 30% discount we saw towards the end of 2021, it might be worth looking at depending on your destination.
As a general rule, you should never buy points speculatively. Only buy if you have a definite plan in mind, and try to burn them as soon as you can.