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Update: Hyatt has updated their award chart and it now costs 6,000 points per night for a suite upgrade.
6,000 Hyatt points may not seem like a lot, but you can get a suite upgrade (which usually includes lounge access or free breakfast and snacks) for 6,000 Hyatt points!
Upgrade To A Suite
One of the best kept secrets of the Hyatt hotel program is that you can upgrade a paid reservation to a suite for only 6,000 points! You don’t have to be a Hyatt elite member to use points for a suite upgrade.
Or you you can upgrade to a Club Room, which gets you access to the lounge and free breakfast and snacks throughout the day.
More importantly, you pay a flat rate of 6,000 Hyatt points for up to 4 nights! And you can confirm the suite upgrade at the time of booking. There are many ways to get 6,000 Hyatt points including buying 6,000 Hyatt points for $144.
Another big benefit of upgrading to a suite is that you usually (but not always) get access to the hotel lounge which means that you get free breakfast and snacks throughout the day. In some hotels, the snacks are as good as meals!
But there are some restrictions:
- You have to book a PAID stay. You can’t upgrade an award stay for 6,000 points for 4 nights, though you can pay extra Hyatt points for a suite on an award stay
- You must pay a minimum of the Hyatt Daily Rate (so no discounted rates allowed) at non-resort hotels and Hyatt Daily Rate deluxe room (partial ocean view, ocean view, slope view, etc.) at Regency Club or Grand Club hotels
- Suite upgrades are not available at Hyatt Place hotels, but can use them for 2 bedroom suites at Hyatt House hotels
- You can’t use Suite upgrades at participating M life resorts in Las Vegas (so no penthouse suite at the Bellagio!)
- Suite upgrades are valid for up to 4 nights
Stay Up To 4 Nights
A flat rate of 6,000 points for a suite for 4 days at a Hyatt hotel, including a Category 6 hotel – Hyatt’s highest hotel category – is a bargain!
Especially since other hotels charge per night for suite upgrades. Suite upgrades at Starwood hotels start at 3,000 points per night in a Category 1 hotel and can cost as much as 35,000 points per night in a Category 7 hotel! And you can confirm them only 5 days in advance.
So upgrading a paid four night stay at the W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak, a Category 6 hotel, would cost you ~ 80,000+ points!
Places We’ve Used Suite Upgrades
Emily and I love using 6,000 points to upgrade to a suite at Hyatt hotels! Here are a few places where we’ve paid the cash rate and used 6,000 Hyatt points to upgrade to a suite.
1. Goa, India
This was her first time in a suite so it was well worth it!
The suite even had a wraparound porch with a sea view!
We also used points to upgrade our rooms at the Hyatt Regency Delhi. We paid $180 for the room, but got a nice suite upgrade. The suite also included lounge access and a free transfer to the airport!
We also used points to upgrade our room at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. I was lazy and never posted a trip report about Bangkok, so you won’t find one on the blog. But the suite was very nice!
4. Huntington Beach
We spent the 2012 Memorial Day Weekend in Huntington Beach, California at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa.
I used a Hyatt Diamond Suite upgrade certificate instead of points, but I’m guessing you’d get the same SoCal suite if you used 6,000 points to upgrade a paid room.
How to Book a Suite Upgrade
You can’t book a suite upgrade online, but have to call Hyatt customer service at 800-514-9288 to book the award.
Just tell them that you want to use points to upgrade your existing Hyatt reservation to a suite. The rep will confirm that you’ve booked the room at an eligible rate (or quote you the difference) and check if there are suite upgrades available.
Note that the suite upgrade is usually to a hotel’s entry-level suite, though some hotels will upgrade you to a higher suite level. And if the entry-level suite is sold out, you usually can’t use points to upgrade to a suite. So it helps to book sooner rather than later and to keep checking if a suite isn’t available, because someone with a suite could cancel their stay.
How To Get 6,000 Hyatt Points
1. Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points
Here’s a post on how to get lots of Ultimate Rewards points.
2. Buy Hyatt Points
Link: Purchase Hyatt points
You can buy Hyatt points for 2.4 cents per point.
So 6,000 points costs $144 and 3,000 points for a club upgrade costs $72. That’s a steal!
Ok, $144 extra for just ONE night in a suite likely isn’t worth it (but do what’s comfortable to you!), but usually is worth it for more than one night.
This is one of the few times when buying points is a great deal!
For example, a Park King at the Park Hyatt, Chicago costs ~$375 a night without taxes and a Park suite costs ~$775.
You’d pay an extra $400 a night ($775 for the suite – $375 for the base room) in cash to upgrade to a suite.
Or you can buy 6,000 points for only $144 and upgrade up to 4 nights in a suite!
So you’ll save $400 if you upgrade to a suite for 1 night. BUT you’ll save $1,600 (slightly less if you include the value of 6,000 Hyatt points) if you stay in a suite for 4 nights ($400 per night saved in a suite X 4 nights).
Of course, this assumes that you’d pay cash for a suite.
But I’m sure you see how paying the regular cash rate and then using points to upgrade can save you some money and get you a better hotel experience! Or in my case, getting some brownie points with the mother-in-law. 🙂
3. Hyatt Credit Card
Link: Hyatt Credit Card with $50 statement credit
The Hyatt credit card gets you 2 free nights in a Hyatt hotel. Those 2 free nights are in a suite if you’re a Hyatt Diamond member. But you don’t get Hyatt points as a sign-up bonus on the Hyatt card.
But you’ll earn Hyatt points when you use your Hyatt card:
- 3 Hyatt points per $1 spent at Hyatt
- 2 Hyatt points per $1 spent at restaurants, car rental agencies and airline tickets purchased directly from airlines
- 1 Hyatt point per $1 spent on everything else
So it could take a while to earn 6,000 Hyatt points on the Hyatt credit card. It is better to use the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Ink Bold/Plus for all your spending (except at Hyatt hotels) and then transfer points to Hyatt than to spend on the Hyatt credit card.
You can upgrade to a suite at Hyatt hotels for up to 4 nights for only 6,000 points!
Remember that you have to book the Hyatt Daily Rate. But it could be worth paying more so that you can use Hyatt points to upgrade to a suite. Often times, a suite gets you access to the lounge which means free breakfast, drinks, and snacks during the day!