Is 10,000 World of Hyatt Points Worth Canceling a Restricted Reservation?

Anyone who has booked a reservation prior to Sunday, March 8, 2020 — and paid for the reservation in full in advance, which does not qualify for a refund — for travel through June of 2020 at any of the greater than 900 hotel or resort properties within the portfolio of 17 lodging brands of Hyatt may receive 10,000 World of Hyatt points if he or she wants to cancel the reservation.

Is 10,000 World of Hyatt Points Worth Canceling a Restricted Reservation?

Included as part of an e-mail message which was sent out to customers and members of the World of Hyatt frequent guest loyalty program, Mark Hoplamazian — who is the president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation — was this paragraph:

We understand the need for increased flexibility with travel planning right now. To help guests, World of Hyatt is now extending special exceptions for all Advance Purchase Rate non-refundable reservations made directly with Hyatt on or before March 8, 2020 for travel through June 2020. If interested, guests holding these fully prepaid reservations who have decided not to travel may opt to receive 10,000 World of Hyatt Bonus Points compensation in lieu of their stay to use toward future travel at any of our 900+ hotels across 17 brands globally. For full details and to make arrangements, guests can call one of our Global Contact Centers or email us at worldofhyatt@hyatt.com. Guests must contact us at least 48 hours before their stay to elect this (World of Hyatt Explorists and Globalists must contact us at least 24 hours before their stay dates to elect this). For interested non-members, colleagues will be able to quickly assist with enrolling the guest into World of Hyatt and creating a World of Hyatt account to deposit the points.

Even though a recipient opts to receive 10,000 World of Hyatt points, canceling a reservation in which no refunds are permitted will still incur penalties.

Restricted reservations which were booked elsewhere other than directly with Hyatt also qualify for the 10,000 World of Hyatt points — but customers must contact the company with which they booked the reservation in order to cancel it.

Before the question of whether 10,000 World of Hyatt points is worth canceling a restricted reservation, a review of the current and new award charts are in order.

Award Charts — Current and New

Remember that World of Hyatt award charts are changing later this month, and the complete details and information are included in this article.

The current point redemption values for each free night award category through Saturday, March 21, 2020 are as follows:

Hotel Category Standard Room Points Per Night Regency/Grand Club Points Per Night Standard Suite
Points Per Night
Premium Suite Points Per Night
1 5,000 7,000 8,000 10,000
2 8,000 12,000 13,000 16,000
3 12,000 17,000 20,000 24,000
4 15,000 21,000 24,000 30,000
5 20,000 27,000 32,000 40,000
6 25,000 33,000 40,000 50,000
7 30,000 39,000 48,000 60,000
8 40,000

The current award chart shows that you can only redeem points for Standard Room points per night at Category 8 hotel and resort properties. The new award charts introduce the point redemption amounts per night for Category 8 hotel and resort properties for Regency/Grand Club, Standard Suite, and Premium Suite awards.

STANDARD ROOM Off-Peak Standard Peak Percentage
Hotel Category
Points Per Night
3,500
5,000
6,500
30.00 percent
6,500
8,000
9,500
18.75 percent
9,000
12,000
15,000
25.00 percent
12,000
15,000
18,000
20.00 percent
17,000
20,000
23,000
15.00 percent
21,000
25,000
29,000
16.00 percent
25,000
30,000
35,000
16.67 percent
35,000
40,000
45,000
12.50 percent
STANDARD SUITE Off-Peak Standard Peak Percentage
Hotel Category
Points Per Night
6,500
8,000
9,500
18.75 percent
11,500
13,000
14,500
11.54 percent
17,000
20,000
23,000
15.00 percent
21,000
24,000
27,000
12.50 percent
29,000
32,000
35,000
9.38 percent
36,000
40,000
44,000
10.00 percent
43,000
48,000
53,000
10.42 percent
56,000
61,000
66,000
8.20 percent
PREMIUM SUITE Off-Peak Standard Peak Percentage
Hotel Category
Points Per Night
7,000
10,000
13,000
30.00 percent
13,000
16,000
19,000
18.75 percent
18,000
24,000
30,000
25.00 percent
24,000
30,000
36,000
20.00 percent
34,000
40,000
46,000
15.00 percent
42,000
50,000
58,000
16.00 percent
50,000
60,000
70,000
16.67 percent
70,000
80,000
90,000
12.50 percent
REGENCY/GRAND CLUB Off-Peak Standard Peak Percentage
Hotel Category
Points Per Night
5,500
7,000
8,500
21.43 percent
10,500
12,000
13,500
12.50 percent
14,000
17,000
20,000
17.65 percent
18,000
21,000
24,000
14.29 percent
24,000
27,000
30,000
11.11 percent
29,000
33,000
37,000
12.12 percent
34,000
39,000
44,000
12.82 percent
45,000
50,000
55,000
10.00 percent

The redemption of 10,000 World of Hyatt points will get you at least one free night in standard room at a Category 3 hotel or resort property — or two nights or almost three nights in a Category 1 hotel or resort property — during off-peak season.

You can also get one free night in a standard suite, premium suite, Regency room, or Grand Club room at a Category 1 hotel or resort property.

Points + Cash awards — as well as some partner awards and other types of awards — allow for even more options pertaining to using 10,000 World of Hyatt points.

Cancellation Fees Waived For…

As a reminder — to provide additional flexibility to guests with travel plans in countries with severe travel restrictions — Hyatt is waiving cancellation fees for stays through Tuesday, March 31, 2020 for guests:

  • Who reside in Greater China, South Korea, Japan and Italy with reservations at Hyatt hotel and resort properties globally
  • With reservations at Hyatt hotel and resort properties in Greater China, South Korea, Japan and Italy

Summary

This offer is in place because of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus situation which is spreading worldwide.

If you look at this offer from the point of view that receiving 10,000 World of Hyatt points is better than nothing when canceling a restricted reservation which was paid in full in advance and does not qualify for a refund, then this is a great deal — especially if the customer needs to cancel the reservation…

…but I personally would not cancel a restricted reservation and incur its penalties simply to get 10,000 World of Hyatt points.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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