Hyatt’s Best Kept Secret – 6,000 Hyatt Points For a Suite Upgrade!

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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!

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

We Upgraded Emily’s Mom To A Suite At The Park Hyatt Goa 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!

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Upgrade To A Suite in a Hyatt Hotel For Only 6,000 Points

But there are some restrictions:

  • 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
  • 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.

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Starwood Suite Upgrades Cost a Whopping 3,000 to 35,000 Points Per Night!

So upgrading a paid four night stay at the W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak, a Category 6 hotel, would cost you ~ 80,000+ points!

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

You’d Pay 80,000+ Starwood Points To Upgrade At The W Retreat & Spa Bali

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

When I took my mother-in-law to India, I booked Emily’s mom in a regular room at the Park Hyatt Goa for ~$220 a night and used only 6,000 Hyatt points to upgrade her to a suite for 3 nights.

This was her first time in a suite so it was well worth it!

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Emily’s Mom And Judi Enjoying Their Suite At The Park Hyatt Goa

The suite even had a wraparound porch with a sea view!

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Patio in the Suite at the Park Hyatt Goa

2.  Delhi

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!

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Our Suite At The Hyatt Regency, Delhi

3.  Bangkok

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!

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Emily in our Hyatt Suite in Bangkok

4. Huntington Beach

We spent the 2012 Memorial Day Weekend in Huntington Beach, California at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa.

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Our Suite At The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

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.

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Our Suite’s Living Room At The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

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

You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt in a 1:1 ratio and they transfer instantly!

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.

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

You Can Buy Hyatt Points For 2.4 Cents per Point

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).

Hyatt Suite Upgrade 6,000 Points

Use 6,000 Hyatt Points to Upgrade to a Suite a Hyatt Hotel!

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.

Bottom Line

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!

If you’re running low on Hyatt points, you can transfer them from Chase Ultimate Rewards or buy points from Hyatt.

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24 responses to “Hyatt’s Best Kept Secret – 6,000 Hyatt Points For a Suite Upgrade!

  1. Can you use your 6000 points to upgrade someone else’s paid stay… As in your case, Was the paid stay under your mother in laws name.. Or do you have to be the one on the reservation?

  2. Amazing. I had no idea!
    Certainly worth filing away.

  3. What if you book for a total of 4 nights out of which 1 night is booked at full price and three are award nights? Does the suite upgrade still work for four nights?

  4. Did I understand correctly that even though I can’t upgrade a free award night with points, I can book nights paid with points and then use more points for the suite or club upgrade?

  5. How do you know if the suite upgrade will include club access? I would prefer club access over a bigger room, but wouldn’t want to miss out if I could get both!

  6. Hi, so can I book the lowest level room and upgrade to a suit using 6000pts? or it has to be the next level down from the lowest level of Suit? In the PH, Chicago example, do you have to book Park Deluxe King in order to qualify for the upgrade?

  7. @Amit, it’s entirely up to the hotel to keep you in the suite….having said that, my experiences is that they will actually MOVE you to a non suite room.

  8. @matthewD You can pay for club or suite at posted points….but the 6,000 point upgrade only works with $$ paid nights.

    • @Aviz – I booked all the rooms in my name, and used to points to upgrade, but had my mother-in-law use the room. We were all traveling together. I doubt you can upgrade someone else’s stay with your points, but I haven’t tried.

      @Amit – It is at the discretion of the hotel, though technically you don’t access to the suite upgrades on award stays (unless you pay extra points for the award stay). In practice, it helps to reach out to the hotel and ask if they will keep you in the same suite. And it helps if the hotel isn’t sold out. I have got to stay in the suites sometimes, but I have been moved as well.

      @matthewD – You can book rooms with Club Access or Suites by paying more points at the time of booking. See the award chart here.

      @Val – Some hotels will list whether you get lounge/club access as part of the description when you book a suite. But you can always call or email the hotel to ask.

      @CatLikeTravel – You can book the cheapest qualifying rate and will get upgraded to (usually) the base suite level.

      John K – Thanks for helping out!

  9. But you cannot guarantee there is a suite sitting there.

  10. Can I do the 6000 points to upgrade to a suite if I book thru Priceline?

  11. does this 6k point upgrade to a suite work at Andaz resorts…./

  12. Is a qualifying rate something like AAA or a Corporate rate through the hotel’s website or does it have to be one of the standard Hyatt rates? I know they’re qualifying rates for points, but it’s a rather vague term.

  13. It looks like Chase no longer offers 2 free suite nights to Diamond members for opening Chase Hyatt card. No 2 free nights + 2 suite upgrade for Plat members either. It looks like Chase is only offering just 2 free nights in standard room regardless of membership tier.

  14. Hugh,
    Has this been confirmed that if you are an existing Diamond Member and then apply for the Chase card your two free nights are no longer in Suites ?
    J

  15. Is is possible to take advantage of a diamond status challenge if I intend to use points for my stay.In another word will I get all the benefits of a diamond member if I use point for my stay while on diamond status challenge?

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  17. Happen to know if the 6000 points suite upgrade works on booking with point and cash mix?

  18. Do you know if Hyatt allows you to use the 6000 points per day for suite upgrade for points & cash stay?

  19. I’ve talked to two different Hyatt reps yesterday to try and upgrade a standard King Room to a Suite for 6,000 points at a non-resort hotel. I was told both times that I must book the minimum Hyatt Daily Rate for the suite with 6,000 points in order to upgrade. I asked where do the 6,000 points come in to play, this doesn’t sound like an upgrade to me. I can book the suite room for the same price on the Hyatt website that they quoted me over the phone ($539) without using the 6,000 points. I am very confused on this. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Am I understanding this point upgrade thing correctly?