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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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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?

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

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

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Million Mile Secrets

@Allen – I’ve updated the post because this is no longer available. It is now 6,000 points per night!

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?

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

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Million Mile Secrets

@Bay Area Joe – That’s been a recent change.

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