Hyatt Gold Passport Hotel Rewards Program – A Review

There are over 453 Hyatt properties around the world.

If Hyatt is a hotel chain you enjoy, you need to consider enrolling in Hyatt’s rewards program, Hyatt Gold Passport, which offers the flexibility to earn either hotel points or airline mile points.

Hyatt Gold Passport rewards are accrued at 5 points per dollar spent.

Alternatively, Hyatt has partnered with 35 airlines; instead of points, you could earn 500 air miles with one of their airline partners per qualified Hyatt stay.  In addition, if you are an event planner, you can earn one point per dollar spent on events at Hyatt by joining their Hyatt Gold Passport Planner Rewards Program.

Signing up for Hyatt Gold Passport is quite simple; you are required to give basic information such as your name, address, and e-mail address.

Levels of Membership

All members are automatically members of the Gold plan.  Additional night stays could qualify you for the Platinum or Diamond level.

Gold membership is earned after you join Hyatt Gold Passport.  Earn 5 points per dollar spent, redeem points for free night stays with no blackout dates, and get 20% off Avis car rental or 15% off Sixt car rental.

Platinum membership is earned after 5 stays or 15 eligible nights spent at qualifying hotels within one calendar year.  In addition to the gold membership perks mentioned above, also enjoy 15% bonus points for each dollar spent, expedited check in at a dedicated area for platinum members, in addition to other perks.

Platinum members receive special perks after the third qualified stay.  You can choose from bonus points, food and beverage amenities, room upgrades and more.  For instance, on night 3 and 6, you can choose from 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points, 1,500 bonus points for dining, food and beverage welcome amenity, or a complimentary beverage.  Rewards increase after every 3 qualified stays.

Diamond membership is earned after 25 stays or 50 nights spent at qualifying hotels within one calendar year.  For each dollar spent, you earn 30% bonus points, receive a free breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres, receive a room upgrade four times annually with paid stays, and book reservations through an exclusive Diamond line, in addition to other perks.

Additional Ways to Earn Points

In addition to hotel stays, you can earn points a variety of other ways, including the following:

Use the Hyatt Credit Card.

Book a car rental through Avis or Sixt using your Hyatt Gold Passport account and earn 300 points.

Earn 2,000 bonus points by staying at designated Hyatts abroad.  These special offers change every 3 months.

Ways to Redeem Points

Free night stay. Hotels are ranked 1 through 6.  Category 1 hotels only require 5,000 points for a free night while category 6 hotels require 22,000 points.

Airline miles and car rentals. You can convert your points to airline miles or car rentals (6,000 points for one day free rental)

Donate your points to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (minimum of 5,000 points to donate)

Upgrade your room.  Use 3,000 points to upgrade to Regency/Grand Club or 6,000 points to upgrade to a suite.

If your account is inactive for 12 months, your account may be automatically closed and all earned points will be forfeited.

As you can see, if you stay with Hyatt with any frequency then it’s worth it to join their Passport Hotel Rewards Program.

Are you a member of the Hyatt Gold Passport?  Would you recommend it?

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Published or updated January 6, 2013.


  1. I stayed in a Hyatt in Hawaii and was very disappointed. It was supposed to be a 4 star hotel, and it was really like a 2 star Motel 6. Anyway, I shared my experience with the manager, who gave me 30,000 Hyatt Points to spend anywhere. I went to an awesome hotel in San Diego (Manchester Grand), and we got a corner king room and a free buffet with our points It really redeemed itself after my first stay.

    • Robert–I am glad that you complained and they had the chance to redeem themselves with nicer accommodations and service. That says a lot about the chain right there. Thanks for sharing.

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