Best places to use Hyatt Category 1-4 free nights in the US

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When the World of Hyatt Credit Card launched a few months ago, one of the awesome new perks is a free Category 1-4 free night after $15K spend per cardmember year. That’s in addition to the annual free night at anniversary and the points earned on your spend (which would be at least enough for a third night at a Category 4 hotel since they charge 15K points per night). At the Chicago Seminars this past weekend, someone suggested a post about the best places to use a Hyatt Category 1-4 certificate within the US. Here it is.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

 

Of course, “the best” place to use a free night certificate is a place where you need to stay on a night when you need a room. That is to say that saving your certificate with the hopes to use it at a place on a “best of” certificate is not as good a use for it as when you have an opportunity to save real cash on a night you need.

That said, in an effort to answer the question as to best places to use the certificates, I created a spreadsheet to do some comparison. For the purposes of the post, I am only comparing Category 4 Hyatts since these would be the top use of a certificate in terms of getting maximum point value.

In order to compare the 43 Category 4 Hyatt properties within the US, I decided to search room rates for three random dates: December 15 (a Saturday during winter), April 9th (a random Tuesday in Spring), and June 15th (a Saturday during summer). In cases where a hotel was not available on one of these days, I picked another similar day as best I could. Note that I compared to the best flexible rate since points are generally flexible. Prepaid rates are of course lower.

I then averaged the rate between those three data points for each hotel. While far from a perfect measurement, this gave me some sort of idea as to a general relative value. Here are the top 10 Category 4 Hyatt properties in the US in terms of cash rates spread across a date in winter, spring, and summer.

Hotel

December 15 

April 9

June 15

Average

Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor

134 411 316 287

Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

220 252 414 295.3333333

The Bellevue Hotel

284 329 309 307.3333333

The Confidante Miami Beach

289 329 329 315.6666667

Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown

228 380 351 319.6666667

Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston

144 541 275 320

Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami

239 470 276 328.3333333

Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

174 424 394 330.6666667

Hyatt Regency Boston

166 490 490 382

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

401 662 245 436

Of course, you should also consider the list as it matches up to your travel plans and keep in mind that I used three isolated dates.

Despite somewhat lower room rates, I thought a couple of other places were worth an honorable mention: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Andaz Savannah, and Hyatt at Olive 8 in Seattle all seemed worth a mention as room rates in those cities can sometimes be quite high.

Bottom line

These are the most expensive Category 4 Hyatt hotels over a random three dates over the next year. Does that make them the “best” hotels? Hardly. But it may make them some of the best values for Category 1-4 free night certificates.

What is your favorite Cat 1-4 Hyatt in the United States?

 

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