Hyatt Gold Passport: A Highly Valuable Program for All Travelers

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Hyatt Gold Passport by Hyatt Hotels is one of the best hotel rewards programs around, offering valuable rewards points and several ways to use them. With an average point value of 2.1 cents per point when used toward hotel stays, only the Starwood Preferred Guest program rivals it. For even the modest traveler however, the Hyatt program may prove to be the best and easiest for unlocking free nights, getting luxury upgrades, and other great travel experiences.

Redemption Options

The Value of Hyatt Gold Passport Points

The value of a Hyatt Hotel reward point is found by taking the cost of the redemption option and dividing it by the number of Gold Passport points required to redeem it. Hyatt Gold Passport points have exceptionally higher value than the points of other programs, with the highest coming from booking free nights at hotels. Below you may see a list of all redemption options and their point values.

Redemption Option

Point Value (cents)

Hotel Stays


Car Rentals


Dining, Spa and More


Airline Mile Transfers


At 2.1 cents per point, only the Starwood Preferred Guest Program has a higher value for points being used toward free stays at hotels. The other redemption options are much less valuable, and overall should be avoided, as we will explain below.

Using Gold Passport Points to Stay at Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt has a seven-category hotel system with each successive category requiring more points to book. Our 2.1 cents per point average for Hyatt should be considered a benchmark that needs to be surpassed in order to get a good deal for your points. The good news as well for Hyatt Gold Passport members is that there are many attainable opportunities to meet or exceed this value. As is the case with other programs however, different categories will make this harder to do. Based on our analysis of 122 bookings over five months, we were able to obtain a specific value for the different categories.


# of PropertiesAverage PricePoints NeededPoint Value (cents)















Although higher in value than other programs, Hyatt matches the scheme of other programs in that the lowest category hotels have the highest value while the higher ones the lowest. What separates Hyatt from the other programs however is the prevalence of the lower category hotels. In every other program, category 1 and 2 usually have the lowest number of properties while the middle categories have the most, making it harder to get a high point value. With Hyatt as you can see, categories 1 and 2 are actually the most common, comprising 62% of all properties (81% including category 3 hotels), making it more likely to get a great deal for your rewards points. It is also easier for the low point-earning traveler to actually use their points. Before worrying that Category 2 and 3 hotels are only found in rural or unpopular areas, with Hyatt, they can actually be found in major cities or on their outskirts, only further fueling their value.

As for the other trends we usually search for, there is very little difference in point value between weekday or weekend bookings, while there is a significant difference between booking a stay 1 month earlier or 4 months away, as well as between a domestic and international booking.

Where or When

Point Value (cents)





1 Month From Stay


4 Months From Stay


Domestic Booking


International Booking


Booking stays 1 month away or overseas puts your points at a disadvantage compared to what they may be worth in other capacities. It is not to say any of these are "poor" values - an international booking still gets a higher value than the average category 6 booking, while booking a hotel room 1 month in advance is about the same as a standard category 4 or 5 booking. As always though, you should strive to get a points value that surpasses our average of 2.1 cents per point. Unfortunately, Hyatt does not provide much selection in hotels while overseas, something we talk more about below. If you are flexible with dates and categories however, you should still be able to get a hotel room above our average.

Points + Cash Combinations in the Hyatt Rewards Program

Hyatt also allows members to use half the required points for a hotel category, and the rest in cash to give you more flexibility when booking free nights. This is great because you won't have to accumulate a ton of miles before you can use them, and this option actually helps you squeeze more value out of your points. You may see how much cash for each hotel category below.


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If you are low on points but still want to book a free night with "Points + Cash" you can rest assured that you are still getting a great deal for your points - even better actually than a regular rewards booking. On average, across all categories, the "Points + Cash" option gets 0.5 cents per point more than using points entirely. Furthermore, you can earn Gold Passport Points on the paid portion, thus earning and redeeming all in one stay. Staying at a category 3 hotel for three nights with "Points + Cash" would require you to spend 18,000 points, and $225, while also earning 1,125 points if you are a standard member. Considering the average price for three nights at a category 3 hotel is $666, you end up paying only $534 in points and cash making this a fantastic deal. If you want to use fewer points, and don't mind paying, consider "Points + Cash" as a way to save a lot on value.

Using Gold Passport Points for Upgrades

Hyatt is possibly the best program when it comes to upgrading rooms. It costs several thousand points a night to upgrade with other programs including Starwood Preferred, making it a very expensive thing to do. Hyatt, however, allows members to either book a Grand Club room for 23% to 33% more points, depending on the category, or Suite rooms for 46% more points. As long as the point value is still above the 2.1 cents per point average it is a great deal. Say you don't have that many points though, Hyatt has you covered by instead allowing you to upgrade a standard room which you paid for, to a club room for 3,000 points or a suite for only 6,000 points. Here is the great part; it isn't 6,000 points a night, but 6,000 points for four nights.

Award TypePoints Required

Regency/Grand Club® Upgrade


Suite Upgrade


To make it even better, 6,000 points is a flat rate across all categories of hotels. Thus, at a category 6 hotel in New York, where you may buy a standard room for $319 a night or a suite for $1,009 a night, you would be able to make up the difference for only 6,000 points (for four nights) which gives you an unheard value of 1.36 dollars per point and a savings of $2,760 ($1,009 x 4 - $319 x 4). Of course, this does require you to spend $1,276 over four nights for the standard room first, but if luxury is your goal, for relatively small amount of points, this upgrade is incredible. If you do not have the 6,000 points either, you can buy Hyatt Gold Passport points which sell 1,000 for $24, or $144 for 6,000 points, meaning you still come away with $2,616 in savings.

Where in the World are Hyatt Properties?

Possibly the greatest weakness in an otherwise fantastic program is the relatively few amount of hotels worldwide. Compared to SPG, which has nearly 1,300 properties, Marriot which has nearly 4,100 and IHG which has 4,800 properties, Hyatt falls far short with only about 600 properties worldwide - most of which are located in the United States. Of those 600 hotels, only about 23% are located overseas, with about 60% of them located in Asia. Hyatt has one of the poorest representations of the other major hotel brands in Europe with only 4% of its porfolio located on the continent. For the frequent European traveler, Hyatt may not be the best hotel rewards program to be dedicated to.

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Gold Passport Points for Airline Miles

Gold Passport Points may be worth a lot when it comes to hotel stays, but they transfer poorly for airline miles. Even though Hyatt is partnered with over 27 airlines across all alliances, transferring your Hyatt points is a sure way to devalue them. For most partners, you need to transfer a minimum of 5,000 points to receive 2,000 miles: a 2.5:1 ratio.

Now, while this ratio is actually better than most other programs like Hilton HHonors which has a 10:1 transfer, the high value of Hyatt points makes it essentially the same. 2.5 Gold Passport Points are worth about 5 cents while 1 airline mile is generally worth between 1.1 to 1.7 cents per mile. You would be reducing your points by almost five-fold with this transfer, making your Gold Passport points worth between 0.5 cents to 0.7 cents per point. When you transfer 50,000 points for 20,000 miles, Hyatt will reward you a bonus 5,000 miles, which makes the transfer slightly more valuable but still should be avoided unless you have a lot of expendable Hyatt points. If you would like the option to transfer points for miles while still maintaining the value of your point, the SPG program is much better at this, having a 1:1 ratio for almost all of its partners (except United Airlines). Below you may see all of Hyatt's airline partners.

AirlineTransfer RatioAirlineTransfer Ratio

Aeromexico Airlines

2:1Japan Airlines2.5:1

Air France/KLM

2.5:1Jet Airways2.5:1

Air China

2.5:1Korean Air2.5:1

All Nippon Airways

2.5:1LAN Airlines2.5:1

American Airlines

2.5:1Lufthansa Airlines2.5:1

Asia Miles

2.5:1Qatar Airways2.5:1

Asiana Airlines

2.5:1Qantas Airways2.08:1

British Airways

2.5:1Royal Brunei Airlines2.5:1

China Eastern Airlines

2.5:1Singapore Airlines2.5:1

China Airlines

2.5:1Thai Airways International2.5:1

Delta Air Lines


Emirates Skywards

2.5:1United Airlines2.5:1

Etihad Airways

2.5:1Virgin Atlantic1.6:1

Hawaiian Airlines


Using Gold Passport Points for "Dining, Spa and More"

During stays at Hyatt properties you may use Gold Passport Points to pay for any food expenses, spa treatments or even in-room entertainment along with a host of other hotel charges. Hyatt provides a "points to dollars" chart, which pegs points to be worth 0.5 cents per point when used for this option. Although it may seem tempting while at a hotel to use points for purchases, you would be wasting value; those points would get you greater bang for your buck when used for your next Hyatt stay.

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Using Gold Passport Points for Car Rentals

In a partnership with Avis, Hyatt Gold Passport members can redeem an intermediate sized car for 6,000 points a day. The price of such a car can vary across the country. We found it for as low as $33 a day or as high as $100 dollar a day. Generally, airport pick-ups are the most expensive, thus you would get the highest value using this redemption to pick you up at the airport. Still, this redemption option undervalues your points compared to what they can get for hotel stays. Unless your rental somehow costs you over $120, giving you a point value of 2 cents, then this option should be avoided.

Credit Cards That Get Gold Passport Points

Hyatt offers one co-branded credit card through Chase bank. The Hyatt credit card can help users earn additional Gold Passport points, as well as a number of different perks and bonuses that make it is one of our favorite hotel credit cards. Using the card to pay for stays at Hyatt properties will earn you an additional 3 points for every $1 – this is on top of the base points you earn through staying at the hotel. Additionally, the card will earn users 2 Gold Passport points per dollar spent at restaurants; airline tickets purchased directly from the airline and car rental agencies. All other spending will earn one point per dollar. To learn more about the card’s benefits, including free Platinum Elite Status, and free anniversary nights, check out our review of the Hyatt credit card.

Those with a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card can also earn some additional Hyatt Gold Passport points. The Chase Ultimate Reward points you earn through the card can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio to Hyatt Gold Passport. Though you can’t earn as many points using the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card as you would through the Hyatt Credit Card, Ultimate Reward points are more flexible, and can be transferred to a number of different programs.

Assumptions based on $1,430 monthly spend
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Finals Thoughts

Good Redemptions

As long as any hotel reservation, whether it be for a standard room, club room or a suite, surpasses the 2.1 cents per point benchmark, you are getting a great deal for your points. As well, if you do not mind paying anything out of pocket, "Points + Cash" is another great way to get high value out of your points, while still allowing you to earn points during your stay. We also highlighted the 6,000 point suite upgrades which can fetch you points more valuable than a dollar, that is of course, if you are ok with spending a lot of money to begin with.

Sometimes Good Redemptions

In a point system with the potential to achieve such high values, there shouldn't be any reason to book less than 2.1 cents per point. There are cases however where you may not have a choice. Whether it is an emergency booking, or you need to book in a city with only one Hyatt property, which due to Hyatt's fewer properties is more likely to happen, settling for a point value lower than 2.1 cents but still higher than 1.42 ( a category 6 average), is ok to make. It will still be an relative waste of value, but if you need to book that hotel and you're strapped for cash, it's better than nothing. Renting a car is also sometimes a good redemption if the price of the rental is very expensive.

Bad Redemptions

Anything that requires you to devalue your Gold Passport points below 1.4 cents per point is a terrible redemption. Using them for spas or dining, or for miles transfers are just wasting points that can be used instead to upgrade you into a suite for four nights. Redeem your miles somewhere else and use spa and dining expenses to earn more Hyatt points because with this program, you are never too far away from a luxury stay.

Yowana is a former product analyst at ValuePenguin, specializing in credit cards, rewards programs and travel. He previously covered mortgages, banking and insurance for the website. Yowana graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Example of how we calculate the rewards rates: When redeemed for travel through Ultimate Rewards, Chase Sapphire Preferred points are worth $0.0125 each. The card awards 2 points on travel and dining and 1 point on everything else. Therefore, we say the card has a 2.5% rewards rate on dining and travel (2 x $0.0125) and a 1.25% rewards rate on everything else (1 x $0.0125).