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One of my favorite credit card perks that I’ve used over and over again is the Hyatt free night certificate. It’s pretty easy to get your hands on free night certificates for Hyatt properties with the World of Hyatt Card and all of the other free night promotions offered by Hyatt.
But what are the best ways to use these free night awards?
This comprehensive article will show you all of the possibilities for using your free night awards for Hyatt category 4 hotels. I’ll also highlight the value and some of the strong points that make some of these properties worth visiting.
Free nights with the World of Hyatt Card
The World of Hyatt Card is one of the best hotel credit cards available since it comes with a great sign-up bonus, strong bonus category earning, and the opportunity for free nights. It’s also one of the best hotel cards for climbing your way up the elite status tiers for Hyatt. You can read our full detailed review here.
- Bonus earning:
- 4X spent with your card at Hyatt hotels, including participating restaurants and spas
- 2X on local transit and commuting, including taxis, mass transit, tolls and ride-share services
- 2X at restaurants, cafes and coffee shops
- 2X on airline tickets purchased directly from the airline
- 2X spent on fitness club and gym memberships
- Free nights:
- Receive one free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort every year after your cardmember anniversary
- Earn an extra free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort if you spend $15,000 during your cardmember anniversary year
- Elite status:
- Comes with Hyatt Discoverist status
- Receive 5 qualifying night credits toward your next tier status every year
- Earn 2 additional qualifying night credits toward your next tier status every time you spend $5,000 on your card
- $95 Annual Fee
As you can see, you will be granted one free night each year automatically and have the opportunity to earn an additional free night when you spend $15,000.
The free night awards are for categories 1 through 4, so this article is going to look at different ways that you can use your free night award at category 4 hotels since many people will want to maximize the free night at the top category.
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Free night awards
You can also earn free night awards just by staying at Hyatt properties. Here are the different ways that you can earn free nights.
|Stay at 5 different Hyatt brands and pay an eligible rate starting March 1, 2017||Free night award in a Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort (valid for one year from issuance)|
|Stay 30 qualifying nights or earn 50,000 Base Points in a calendar year||Free night award in a Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel or resort|
|Stay 60 qualifying nights or earn 100,000 Base Points in a calendar year||Free night award in a Category 1-7 Hyatt hotel or resort|
|Stay 70, 80, 90 and 100 qualifying nights in a calendar year||Choose to receive 10,000 Bonus Points or a suite upgrade award|
Note that all of the free nights are for free nights in the category 1-4 range except for the free night earned after staying 60 qualifying nights. That free anniversary night allows redemptions for properties up to a category seven. If you would like to see the best category seven Hyatt properties, then be sure to check out our article here.
Hyatt award chart
Below is the Hyatt award chart, which shows the price for awards at each of the different categories. The free night certificates are used to claim standard rooms, though you can always get upgraded if you have status with Hyatt.
Here is a look at the Hyatt award chart:
|Hotel category||Standard room points per night||Regency/Grand Club points per night||Standard suite points per night||Premium suite points per night|
When to use your Hyatt free nights
Since you can use your free night awards for properties in categories one through four, you obviously want to stay at category 4 properties as much as possible. It won’t always be possible to do, but if you can go with a category 4 hotel, that’s often where you’re going to maximize your value.
Once you are focused on category 4 properties, then you want to look at the price of a one night stay to see which hotels offer you the best value.
We know that category 4 hotels require 15,000 Hyatt points so if you value Hyatt points at 1.5 cents per point, then you’d want to shoot for around $225 in value per night to maximize your rewards.
That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use your free night reward for nights that cost less than $225. Once you factor in things like property reviews, location, special features, etc., you might feel it’s worth it to use your free night on a property that doesn’t offer the maximum value and that’s fine.
But I do suggest that you try to get a baseline value for your free night so you at least know the value potential of that perk.
Below is a list of 139 category 4 Hyatt properties — note that this list is always subject to change and may not be 100% updated at all times. You can also search for properties here.
- Andaz San Diego
- Hotel Avante
- Hotel De Anza
- Hotel Del Sol
- Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
- Hyatt House at Anaheim Resort/Convention Center
- Hyatt House Belmont/Redwood Shores
- Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area
- Hyatt House Pleasanton
- Hyatt House San Jose/Silicon Valley
- Hyatt House Santa Clara
- Hyatt Place Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area
- Hyatt Place Santa Barbara
- Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
- Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
- Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
- Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
- Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
- Waterfront Hotel
The rooms at the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco can go for around $200 so there’s some decent value there if you’re visiting San Francisco. The Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara, located in a beautiful area of Santa Barbara, offers even better value with rooms ranging from $200 to $400. Also, if you’re in the San Diego area, the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine is another good option with rooms going for over $250 per night.
The Grand Hyatt Washington is a great property for touring the DC area with a great location within mere blocks of many of the major DC attractions.
- Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale (opening soon)
- Hyatt House Naples/5th Avenue
- Hyatt Place Delray Beach
- Hyatt Place Marathon/Florida Keys
- Hyatt Regency Sarasota
- The Confidante Miami Beach
The Confidante Miami Beach offers great value potential with rooms that can approach near $300. It’s a former category 6 hotel, but with its demotion, this art deco hotel is now one of the most valuable category 4 redemptions for Hyatt.
The Andaz Savannah isn’t a crazy expensive hotel, but with room rates usually over $200, you couldn’t go wrong if you end up in Savannah using your free night award and want to stay at the highly-rated Andaz.
- Chicago Athletic Association
- Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
- Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
- Hyatt Place Chicago / Wicker Park (opening soon)
- Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center
- Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop
- Hyatt Place Chicago/River North
- Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
- Thompson Chicago
If you’re ever visiting Chicago consider the Thompson Chicago. Room rates are close to $300 and the boutique hotel feel really makes it a great hotel to stay at compared to other properties.
The Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans offers great value along with a great location in the French Quarter.
With rooms going over $300, the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor is a great place to redeem your points with a great location in the heart of Boston.
The Las Vegas hotels don’t offer the best value as they offer some very low prices throughout the year.
The Gild Hall is similar to the Thompson Chicago where it’s less like a cookie-cutter hotel and more like a boutique hotel. Plus, the prices are over $300 making it a great redemption.
- Hyatt House Nashville / Downtown – SoBro (opening soon)
- Hyatt Centric The Woodlands
- Hyatt Place Austin Downtown
- Hyatt Regency Austin
- Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
They Hyatt Regency Austin is a great place to cash in on value with your free night award. Rooms can go for over $400 per night, so this is often a great deal.
- Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown
- Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown
- Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle’s Eastside
- Hyatt Regency Seattle
- Motif Seattle
- Park Hyatt Toronto (Spring 2020)
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Caribbean & Latin America
Rooms for the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile go for over $200 so this is another hotel that offers some decent value. It is about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the famous Arc de Triomphe and located by the Neuilly Porte Maillot station.
The Hyatt Centric Milan Centrale Is located just outside of the main train station in Milan. It is about 15 minutes away from the Duomo via a taxi ride but this could be a great location if you will be coming in or leaving via the train station. Rooms can go for around $220 per night so this offers pretty good value.
The Park Hyatt Istanbul can regularly cost over $200 a night. Plus, the location is one of the best for Istanbul with a quality breakfast buffet carrying the Park Hyatt name.
Zanzibar is a beautiful city with beaches that are surprisingly very beautiful. The Park Hyatt Zanzibar is a category 4 and easily over $300 a night makes it a great property for using points.
United Arab Emirates
Rooms at the Grand Hyatt Dubai can go for around $300 per night so this hotel offer some really great value. The hotel is located near the airport and is about 15 minutes outside of the downtown Dubai area.
- Alila Yangshuo
- Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai
- Grand Hyatt Hangzhou
- Grand Hyatt Shanghai
- Hangzhou Rose Garden Resort & Spa
- Hotel Éclat Beijing
- Hyatt Regency Changbaishan
- Park Hyatt Hangzhou
- Park Hyatt Shenzhen
Anyone that knows me knows I love Alila. I fell in love with Alila before they got bought out by Hyatt and since Alila joined World of Hyatt, it is great to stay at an Alila hotel.
The Alila Yangshuo is not only in the beautiful mountainous region of Guilin and Yangshuo, but also priced around $240 night making it a great redemption if you prefer a more adventurous region than a city.
- Park Hyatt Jakarta (opening soon)
- ENSO ANGO FUYA II
- Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
- Hyatt Place Tokyo Bay
- Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa
- Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, Okinawa
The Grand Hyatt Taipei Is a great use of your free night since the property can go for around $250 per night. It also has a fantastic location, located right next to the famous Taipei 101 Tower.
Australia & Pacific
Melbourne is such a unique city and staying at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne is a terrific way to experience the city since you’re right in the heart of the city.
As you can see, there are a lot of options for using your Hyatt free night awards for category 4 properties. I recommend coming up with a baseline number for the value of your free night certificates but try not to get to stuck on that figure since other factors also come into play when using free night awards.
This article was originally published by Steve Smith.
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