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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 article will show you all of the possibilities for using your free night awards for Hyatt category 4 hotels. For some properties, I’ll also highlight the value and some of the strongpoints for these properties.
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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, great 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.
- 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, 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.
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. Note that all of them are for free nights in the category 1-4 range except for the free night earned after staying 60 qualifying 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|
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.
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, that’s often where your 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 category 4 Hyatt properties — note that this list is always subject to change and may not be 100% updated at all times.
- Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco
- Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
- Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
- Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
- Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
- Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
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 South Beach Miami
- Hyatt Place Marathon/Florida Keys
- Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
- Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
- Hyatt Regency Orlando
- The Confidante Miami Beach
The Confidante Miami Beach offers great value potential with rooms that can approach near $300. It’s former category 6 hotel, but with its demotion, this art deco hotel is now one of the most valuable category 4 redemptions for Hyatt.
If you’re ever visiting Chicago consider going with the Hyatt Place Chicago/River North or the Hyatt Regency Chicago, which are both highly reviewed and offer good value for hotels located right in the heart of Chicago.
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 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.
Rates for this property can approach $500 so this property offers some fantastic value for your redemptions when you catch it at the right time of year.
- Grand Hyatt DFW
- 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.
- Park Hyatt Toronto (Spring 2020)
Trinidad and Tobago
The Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo has some great reviews and is an easy escape from the US. It’s also a property that will offer some great value potential for your points. It also offers some unique experiences like taking a ceviche class.
This is a new property in Amsterdam that offers great value at various times in the year. It’s a little more outside the center of the city than I prefer for Amsterdam, but it’s still a great value with rooms at €229.
United Arab Emirates
If you’re interested in visiting Angkor Wat, then the Park Hyatt Siem Reap can be an excellent choice.
South Korea (Republic of)
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.
Micronesia (Federated States of)
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.
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