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Book Hyatt suite and club level upgrades with points online at time of booking

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Using Hyatt points to upgrade from a base room to a suite is arguably one of the highest value redemptions you can make. Often times the price differential is 100s of dollars, but it only costs 6k points to upgrade a standard room to a standard suite and 9k points to a premium suite. While it’s been something that I’ve done frequently in the past, I wasn’t aware that the option is now available online, at the time of booking. This is an amazing perk – have I missed this at some point?

Here’s the official chart from World of Hyatt that breaks down the upgrade award rates

a screenshot of a computer programAn example in London with a premium suite

I had been looking at using points to stay at The Great Scotland Yard hotel which is a part of the Unbound Collection and is currently a part of the 25% back promo when using points, points + cash, etc.

The base room is:

a screenshot of a hotel roomHowever, when you look at View Points you can see that booking the base room and then upgrading into a Premium Suite is the rack rate + 9000 points. Pretty amazing, especially considering I”d get 2250 of those points back as well.

a screenshot of a hotelThat premium suite is a Sherlock Suite that is over 300 pounds more per night. At 9000 points, that’s 33 cents per point.

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The Park Hyatt New York

I did another search to see if standard suites were available with a points upgrade at the time of booking. I stumbled upon the Park Hyatt New York. Obviously these rates are insanely high, but they illustrate the point.

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Then with points, you can upgrade to a standard suite

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Which would usually cost $995

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Hyatt Regency Orlando

This hotel always has fun upgrade options and it didn’t disappoint. Club, standard and premium were all available. There were so many options I had to click the arrow to see them all

Overall

This is a great addition to the Hyatt website and illustrates just how valuable these points can be when used for the right redemptions.

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