I stayed in South Africa in 2021 at the Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton. It opened in 2021. When I checked my account activity after my deposit, I saw an “opening bonus” of 2,000 points. Then, I remembered that Hyatt was offering 500 bonus points per night on qualifying stays at new hotels.

I have an inadvertent benefit because Hyatt does not require members to register for this promotion. Maybe you also forgot about this promotion or never knew about it. In any case, here’s what you should know about World of Hyatt’s new hotel promotion, which allows you to earn 500 bonus points per night.

How to earn 500 bonus Hyatt points per night

The promotion is simple: Hyatt Worldwide members earn 500 bonus points per night for making qualifying stays at select hotels that are new to the Hyatt portfolio. You must stay within certain time frames to earn bonus points, especially in the first few months after the property opens. Specifically, you’ll only earn bonus points if your checkout date falls within the offer period for your hotel.

To receive bonus points, you must provide your World of Hyatt number when you check in. You will also have to pay or redeem the appropriate rate. Hyatt Free Night Award (including redeeming Hyatt Points). You will only earn bonus points for one room per night.

The terms of this promotion note that bonus points may take three to four weeks to appear in your account. In practice, however, Hyatt usually posts the new hotel bonus with other points you earn during your stay.

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Displays an updated list of surviving participating properties on its website. Here’s a quick overview of where you can currently earn 500 extra points per night.

3 hotels in North America

  • Munster, Indiana: Hyatt Place Munster from April 4 to July 31
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Secret Tides Punta Cana from April 15 to July 31
  • Mazatlan, Mexico: Dreams Estrella del Mar Mazatlan Golf & Spa Resort May 1 to July 31

10 hotels in China

  • Shanghai: Caption by Hyatt Zhongshan Park Shanghai from 18 April to 31 July
  • Shanghai: Hyatt Centric Zhongshan Park Shanghai from April 18 to July 31
  • Yixing: From May 1 to July 31 Yada Xishan Hotel Yixing
  • Shenzhen: UrCove Shenzhen Bay Nanyou from May 1 to July 31
  • Guangzhou: UrCove Guangzhou Canton Tower Exhibition Center from May 1 to July 31
  • Nantong: Hyatt Place Nantong, Xinghu City Plaza from May 28 to August 31
  • Changsha: Park Hyatt Changsha from 1 June to 31 August
  • Shenzhen: UrCove Shenzhen Nanshan Hi-Tech Headquarters from July 1 to September 30
  • Nanjing: UrCove Nanjing Confucius Temple from 1 July to 30 September
  • Weifang: UrCove Weifang City Center from July 6 to October 31

8 hotels in other regions

  • Boltenhagen, Germany: Lindner Hotel Boltenhagen from 1 May to 31 July
  • Bangalore, India: Hyatt Centric Hebbal Bengaluru from 1st May to 31st July
  • Taipei, Taiwan: Episode Donation Taipei from June 1 to August 31
  • Osaka, Japan: Caption by Hyatt Namba Osaka from June 12 to September 30
  • Rouen, France: Hyatt Place Rouen from 18 June to 30 September
  • Paracas, Peru: The Legend Paracas Resort from July 1 to September 30
  • Marrakech, Morocco: Park Hyatt Marrakech from 1 July to 30 September
  • Nairobi, Kenya: Hyatt Place Nairobi Westlands from 31 July to 31 October

Based on TPG’s July 2024 valuation, 500 Hyatt points are worth about $8.50 per night when booking an eligible rate or free night. So, this promotion could be the tiebreaker when considering where to stay the next time you travel to a destination with a new Hyatt hotel.

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Bottom line

On top of earning 500 extra points per night, staying at a new Hyatt hotel can also be fun because you get to stay in a room with new furniture. However, the new hotel may still be working through some issues, and it’s possible that not everything on the site is fully functional.

The current list includes 11 Hyatt Category 1 hotels, three Category 2 hotels and one Category B all-inclusive resort. So, if you want to redeem World of Hyatt points for your stay, you can find many lower-category options in the current list of new hotels.

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