Purchasing World of Hyatt points is one of my favorite ways to [sometimes] save money on upcoming Hyatt stays — especially when they are running a promotion! Through end of the year, Dec. 31, 2019, you can purchase Hyatt points with a 40% bonus on all points purchased, up to 55,000 points per year. The only requirement is that you must purchase at least 5,000 points. While I never suggest speculatively purchasing points, if you have an upcoming Hyatt stay, you might actually save money by purchasing points for a “free” night vs. paying the best available rate. This is also one of the better offers since even the minimum purchase amount will earn you the 40% bonus.
If you go all in, it will cost you $1,320 for 77,000 points. This promotion typically happens a few times a year as well, which means if right now isn’t a good time to purchase points, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the promotion again late in spring 2020. The World of Hyatt Credit Card is also another way to increase your point balance as well.
Let’s take a few scenarios on how purchasing these points can actually be in your benefit:
Example 1: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort
This is a beautiful resort right on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and is only a category 4 hotel. That means it only costs 15,000 points to redeem for a free night. During peak summer season, this hotel can easily cost a ton of money, well over $400/night. Instead you can purchase 43,000 points with a 17,200 bonus (thus netting you 61,100 points) for $1,032. These 60,200 points can be redeemed for 4 free nights, costing $252/night.
Other great value category 4 properties include: Andaz San Diego, Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara, Hyatt Place Keystone, Grand Hyatt Washington and Gild Hall in New York City.
Example 2: Hyatt Ziva Cancun
The Hyatt Ziva Cancun is one of Hyatt’s all-inclusive properties and costs 25,000 points for 2 guests. More guests require more points! So let’s say you purchase a total of 50,400 points (including the bonus) for $864. This can be used for two nights. During most of the winter it is over $600/night for two guests! Purchasing points would save you close to $400 for the two nights!
This trick can also be used for the brand new Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana and Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic during peak pricing.
Example 3: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
This new-ish property in the Bahamas is 20,000 points a night and from personal experience is worth every penny. This hotel is usually around $450 a night after taxes and resort fees during peak season. Bahamas has ridiculously high taxes and this property charges a resort fee. So take whatever “base” night you see and add about another $100! This makes purchasing points a great deal during peak season. Let’s say you are looking to go for 3 nights, you can purchase 60,000 points (including the bonus) for $1,032. That comes out to $344 per night which is over $100 off. And when using points you do not pay a resort fee or any of the ridiculous taxes!
When you use your points you can also use your Hyatt suite upgrades and Hyatt lounge certificates which can be extremely valuable at many properties, especially the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.
World of Hyatt Credit Card.: Earn up to 50,000 bonus points — Earn 25,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening, plus an additional 25,000 bonus points after you spend $6,000 total on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.
If you know of any upcoming plans, I would absolutely look into the option of purchasing points and see if it worth it. However, I would probably steer away from purchasing points without having a redemption destination in mind. The reason for this is, as we all know, categories can change at any times, thus requiring more points.