Cardholders of The World of Hyatt Credit Card receive a free night at any Category 1-4 hotel each year after their first cardmember anniversary. Importantly, there’s no spending requirement to receive this annual free night certificate.
In my opinion, these free nights are well worth the card’s cost even before taking any other benefits into account. The standard room redemption rate for a Category 4 hotel is 15,000 points, while you’ll pay 12,000 or 18,000 points during off-peak and peak seasons.
While World of Hyatt points valuations vary depending on who you talk to, I aim to receive a redemption value of 2 cents per point (or more) on my Hyatt stays. So using the 15,000 standard redemption price, I would expect to get at least $300 of value from my annual fee night.
In my experience, it’s been easy to book a free night at a Category 4 property that would otherwise cost me $300 or more per night. Here are a few Hyatt Category 4s I’ve stayed at with my free night certificate along with examples of their cash pricing on popular dates.
Grand Hyatt Washington
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort
I’ll also be staying at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki this year using an anniversary night and the cash price for the week we’ll be there is currently right at $300.
It’s worth mentioning that while Hyatt now shows cash prices inclusive of resort fees (which are waived on award nights) the prices you see above do not include taxes. Depending on where and when you stay, taxes could add $50 or more to your nightly cost. But you won’t pay those taxes on award stays either, further increasing the value of your free night.
If you want to get the most out of your annual free night certificate, Hyatt’s Explore tool can help. Once you’ve typed in the area you’d like to visit, you can filter by hotel category.
I’ll typically start by selecting both Categories 3 and 4. While I wouldn’t generally want to use a free night certificate on a Category 1 or 2 property, there are times that a Category 3 can provide a great value. You can also see a listing of all the eligible properties in each category here.
Even though this article is all about why I don’t need to spend a lot on The World of Hyatt Credit Card to find it valuable, it’s worth noting that cardholders can earn another free Category 1-4 night by spending $15,000 on their card during the calendar year. This could be worth pursuing for some, especially if you’re a new cardholder who needs to spend $15,000 anyway to maximize your welcome bonus.
New cardholders are able to earn 35,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in your first 3 months, plus up to 30,000 more bonus points by earning 2 bonus points per dollar spent in the first 6 months on purchases that normally earn 1 bonus point on up to $15,000 spent, offer ends 3/6/2024.