How To Calculate Hyatt Points

Hyatt Point Calculators

Get the details on how to earn Hyatt Points staying at Hyatt brand hotels. Calculate how many points you can earn based on your Hyatt spend and status.


Hyatt Points are one of the most valuable rewards currencies on the market. They are redeemable for an average of 1.8 cents per point, but you can easily find redemptions of more than 2 cents each with little effort. With Hyatt Points having such a high value, you'll want to make sure that you're maximizing your earnings on Hyatt stays. It's easy to earn a minimum of 9.5 Hyatt Points per $1 spent at Hyatt properties which equates to an average 19% return on your spend which is fantastic.

This page will break down how Hyatt Points are calculated and how you can easily build your points on Hyatt stays.

Getting Started & Things To Note

Hyatt Points are primarily earned by booking paid hotel stays at Hyatt brand hotels. Points earned in the World of Hyatt program can be redeemed for free nights at Hyatt for the best value, but they can also be transferred to airline frequent flyer programs, used for meeting credits, and room charges.

Before I dive into how to calculate points earned in the World of Hyatt program, let's first dive into how you can start earning them.

Sign Up For A World of Hyatt Account

In order to earn Hyatt Points, you must first have a World of Hyatt account. Signing up for a World of Hyatt account is free and easy to do.

Sign Up

  1. Head to Hyatt.com.
  2. Click on World of Hyatt at the top of the page.
  3. Click Join Now.
  4. Enter your information which includes name, email, and country.
  5. Create a password for your account.
  6. Click Join Now.

Once that's done, you'll be give a World of Hyatt account number. You'll want to keep track of that as you may need it time to time.

Book Direct With Hyatt

Like booking through third parties? Well that will not fly if you're trying to earn Hyatt Points. You'll need to book directly though Hyatt.com, the Hyatt app, or book via Hyatt's reservation line in order to earn Hyatt Points. Bookings on third party travel sites such as Expedia, Hotels.com, and other online travel agencies will not earn points. If you already have Hyatt Elite Status, you usually will not receive the perks & benefits offered with your status on bookings made through third parties. So if you're trying to earn Hyatt Points and bask in your elite status, be sure to book direct!

Hyatt Brand Hotels

You can't earn Hyatt Points if you're not staying at a Hyatt or partner brand hotel, so you'll need to know what qualifies. Hyatt has 13 different brands scattered across the globe. Those brands are:

  • Park Hyatt
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Andaz
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Hyatt
  • Hyatt Centric
  • The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
  • Hyatt Place
  • Hyatt House
  • Hyatt Zilara
  • Hyatt Ziva
  • Hyatt Residence Club

Along with booking Hyatt brands, you can also earn Hyatt Points booking stays at partner brand hotels. These partners include:

  • MGM Resorts
  • Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Booking at partner hotels will earn you the same 5 base points per $1 spent along with the elite status tier bonus.

How To Calculate Hyatt Points

Now that you know about booking direct and what brands fall under Hyatt, let's break down how Hyatt Points are earned on stays. There's three parts to earning points with Hyatt: Base Points, Hyatt Elite Points, and Hyatt Credit Card Points.

Hyatt Base Points

As a Hyatt member, you will earn a base of 5 Hyatt Points per $1 spent on stays at Hyatt hotels. This will be on the base rate of the hotel which is usually the amount you'll be shown when booking stays at Hyatt brand hotels. You will not earn Hyatt Points on the taxes/fees portion of your bill.

If your hotel costs $152 per night before taxes/fees, you'll be earning 760 Hyatt Points per night at the base rate of 5 points per $1 spent. So if you were to stay for 3 nights, you would earn 2,280 Hyatt Points since the base cost of those 3 nights would be $456 for the stay.

The table below lists a few more examples of how to calculate base points on Hyatt stays.

How To Calculate Base Rate
World of Hyatt
Cost Per Night Nights Stayed Points Earned
$100 3 Nights
= ($100 * 5) * 3
1,500 Points
$195 5 Nights
= ($195 * 5) * 5
4,875 Points
$255 4 Nights
= ($255 * 5) * 4
5,100 Points

Remember that you will only earn Hyatt Points on paid nights that are booked direct with Hyatt. You will not earn Hyatt Points on award stays that you booked with Hyatt Points, free nights offered on Hyatt credit cards, or any other type of night in which you do note pay anything towards the base room rate.

Hyatt Elite Points

You can earn elite status with Hyatt by staying at Hyatt brand hotels multiple times per year. You can qualify for elite status with Hyatt based on either nights or base points earned. For example, you can earn Hyatt Discoverist status by staying 10 nights at Hyatt properties during the calendar year or you can earn Hyatt Discoverist status by earning 25,000 base points during the calendar year.

Based on your status within the World of Hyatt program, you'll earn a certain percentage of bonus points per $1 spent which is based on the base rate. The table below breaks down the Hyatt Elite Status requirements.

Hyatt Elite Status Requirements
Based on nights per calendar year
Member Signing Up No Bonus
5 Points Total
Discoverist 10 Nights OR 25,000 Base Points 10% Bonus
+0.5 Bonus Points
Explorist 30 Nights OR 50,000 Base Points 20% Bonus
+1 Bonus Points
Globalist 60 Nights OR 100,000 Base Points 30% Bonus
+1.5 Bonus Points

Bonus points earned from Hyatt Elite status are in addition to the points that you earn at the base rate. So if the base cost of your stay costs $200 and you're a Hyatt Explorist, you'll earn 1,000 Hyatt Base Points (200 * 5) plus an additional 200 Hyatt Elite Points (200 * 1) for a total of 1,200 Hyatt Points. You can look at it as earning two separate types of points (5 base points per $1 + 1 elite point per $1) or look at it collectively (6 points per $1) as most people do.

Listed below is an example for calculating total elite points based on status. Assuming that the base cost of the Hyatt hotel stay is $300 and that you'll earn 1,500 base points ($300 * 5) from that stay, the table below will show you how many additional points you can earn based on status.

Hyatt Elite Status Points
Base Points Earned: 1,500
Elite Tier Elite Points Points Earned
Member
No bonus
0 Elite 1,500 Points
Discoverist
10% Bonus
+150 Elite
= 1,500 * 0.10
1,650 Points
Explorist
20% Bonus
+300 Elite
= 1,500 * 0.20
1,800 Points
Globalist
30% Bonus
+450 Elite
= 1,500 * 0.30
1,950 Points

As you can see, Hyatt Members with the highest status of Globalist will earn 450 more Hyatt Points per $1 spent than a Hyatt Member. While this is not a "lot" of points, it does add up over the course of the year.

Hyatt Credit Card Points

The last part of the equation is Hyatt Credit Card Points. Hyatt has one co-branded credit card offered by Chase Bank merely called the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card. It earns 4 Hyatt Points per $1 spent at Hyatt hotels (which includes Small Luxury Hotels properties) as well as bonus points on other purchases. You'll also be given complimentary Hyatt Discoverist status which will grant you additional elite status points and give you benefits when staying at Hyatt Properties.

The credit card points you earn with the Hyatt Credit Card are in addition to the points you'll earn from base earnings and elite status. This is why having the Hyatt Credit Card is essential for maxing out your earnings staying at Hyatt hotels. It's an easy way to earn 4 additional points per $1 spent when you use the card to pay for your Hyatt stay.

hyatt credit card free nights
The free night this card offers easily covers the annual fee.

Now do note that the Hyatt Credit Card has an annual fee of $95. Will this take away from the value of the rewards you're earning? Not really. Why? Because the card comes with a free annual night redeemable at a category 1 to 4 hotel. You should easily be able to get more than $95 in value out of the free night as most Hyatt hotels will cost you more than $95 per night after fees/taxes. So having the card is basically a way of paying $95 at a category 1 to 4 Hyatt hotel. Most credit cards that offer a free annual night are worth it, regardless of what you may hear others say.

You can use the Hyatt Hotel Map to search for Hyatt hotels by location and category.

The good think about using the Hyatt credit card is that you will earn 4 Hyatt Points per $1 spent on the entire cost of the stay. This includes the taxes and fees. This is because when you use your card for your Hyatt stay, it's not broken down into two separate charges for base costs and taxes/fees. It's just one charge. So if your hotel has a base cost of $200 and $35 in taxes and fees, you'll earn Hyatt Points on the full $235 at 4 points per $1 for a total of 940 points.

hyatt place athens downtown

So let's look at an example. Let's say you're staying at the Hyatt Athens. The base cost of the stay (subtotal) is $304 and the taxes/fees comes out to about $56 for a total cost of $360 for the full stay. For this example, we will assume you own the Hyatt Credit Card which grants complimentary Hyatt Discoverist Status. Here's the breakdown of points earned:

Hyatt Credit Card Points
Subtotal: $304 | Taxes/Fees: $56
Base Points 1,520 Points
= $304 * 5
Elite Points 152 Points
= 1,520 * 0.10
Credit Card Points 1,440 Points
= ($304 + $56) * 4
Total Points 3,122 Points

You would end up earning around 3,122 Points with this stay as a Hyatt Credit Card holder. If you were a non-cardholder without status, you would only earn the 1,520 base points. That's a BIG difference in points. Three stays at that price and you're on your way to a free night more than twice as fast as a non-cardholder. That's why it's so essential to have co-branded hotel credit cards if you're loyal to a specific brand. Just be sure to paid it off IN FULL every month so that you don't collect interest which takes away from the value of the card.

Another plus about the Hyatt Credit Card is it's sign up bonus. You can easily score 40,000 or more points by spending usually around $3,000 within the first 3 months of having the card. You can easily redeem 40,000 points for about $800 or more in value with Hyatt. If you're looking in terms of free nights, you can squeeze an easy 5 days out of this at their 8,000-point per night properties.

Calculate Hyatt Points

If you have a Hyatt stay coming up, you can use the calculator below to estimate how many Hyatt Points you can earn based on your spend, elite status in the World of Hyatt program, and whether or not you use the World of Hyatt credit card.

This calculator will only estimate earnings for Hyatt spend. If you want to know how much you can earn with the Hyatt credit card across all bonus categories featured on the card, jump over to the Hyatt Credit Card Points Calculator.

Spend
Point Value
Status Points Earned Value of Points
Hyatt Member Earning Rates
Hyatt Member
Base Points
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Hyatt Discoverist Earning Rates
Hyatt Discoverist
10% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Hyatt Explorist Earning Rates
Hyatt Explorist
20% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value
Hyatt Globalists Earning Rates
Hyatt Globalists
30% Bonus
0 Points 0 Cash Value

Summary

If you're looking to make World of Hyatt your main hotel loyalty program, you'll want to make sure you're earning as many points as possible on your stay. Book direct so you can work your way towards status and be sure to pick up the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card to maximize your Hyatt earnings, earn complimentary elite status, and an annual free night!

How To Calculate Hyatt Points FAQ

How many Hyatt Points do you earn staying at Hyatt hotels?

You will earn 5 base Hyatt Points per $1 spent at Hyatt. You can also earn bonus points based on your elite status tier.

Where can I earn Hyatt Points staying at?

You can earn Hyatt Points at all 13 Hyatt brand hotels, MGM Resorts, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) properties.

Can I earn Hyatt Points booking through a travel portal such as Expedia or Agoda.com?

No. You must book your hotel directly with Hyatt in order to earn Hyatt Points.

Does it cost money to sign up for the World of Hyatt program?

No. The World of Hyatt program is free to join.

What are Hyatt base points?

Hyatt base points are the 5 points you earn per $1 spent at Hyatt brand hotels and partner hotels. Base points do not include elite status tier points or Hyatt credit card points.

How many bonus points can you earn with World of Hyatt elite status?

Elite status can earn you between 0.5 and 1.5 bonus Hyatt Points per $1 spent.

What purchases will earn 4x Hyatt Points with the World of Hyatt credit card?

Purchases made at Hyatt brand hotels and Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties. This includes room rate as well as on property purchases such as room service, spa, and restaurants on the property that are owned by or affiliated with Hyatt.

What's the most Hyatt Points you can earn per $1 spent at Hyatt brand and partner hotels?

You can earn up to 10.5 Hyatt Points per $1 spent as a Hyatt Globalist using the World of Hyatt credit card to pay for your hotel stay.


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