How to Avoid the Worst Hyatt Point Redemption

by joeheg

World of Hyatt points are considered the most valuable among all the loyalty programs. Compared to programs like IHG One Rewards and Hilton Honors, where points are sold for 1/2 cent each, Hyatt points go for around 2 cents each when they’re on sale. This is because Hyatt points can provide a higher value when redeemed at hotels across its portfolio. For instance, I was able to redeem points for 4 cents per point for our stay in Kauai and got almost 3 cents per point for a stay at a Category 2 Hyatt Place.

However, Hyatt’s new partnership with Mr. & Mrs. Smith Hotels has disappointed some loyalists. World of Hyatt members will now have dynamic point redemptions for those hotels, where the number of points is related to the cost of the room and points are valued between 1 and 1.4 cents each. This is a poor value compared to other Hyatt redemptions, and many prospective luxury hotel stays using Hyatt points aren’t going to happen.

Is This The Worst Hyatt Redemption Value Ever?

I might have inadvertently found a worse use for Hyatt points.

It wasn’t long ago when you could use World of Hyatt points to stay at MGM hotels in Las Vegas. In addition, you could match your Hyatt status to the MGM loyalty program, giving you additional benefits like waived resort fees and free parking. That partnership is gone now that MGM has moved to a partnership with Marriott Bonvoy. However, there’s still one Las Vegas casino where you can stay with World of Hyatt – the Rio Las Vegas.

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The Rio is a Category 3 property, so an off-peak award will cost 9,000 points.

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However, room rates in Las Vegas can be very low during off-peak nights. For the same nights, you can book a room for $93,  which includes the $40 resort fee.

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That’s a value of 1.03 cents per point. The only bright spot about using points is that Rio Las Vegas waives the $40 resort fee for award stays.

Weekends are a better deal

While a weeknight stay is a horrible use for your World of Hyatt points, weekends are different. Room rates go up for $248 a night.

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This would make 9,000 points a decent value. However, World of Hyatt raises the hotel to Peak pricing and charges 15,000 points.

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Final Thought

While World of Hyatt points are usually worth 3 cents a point or more, sometimes they can be worth much less if hotel rooms are inexpensive. It pays to check the cash price before automatically using your points, or you risk making one of the worst award bookings ever.

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