Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers.
I stayed at the Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton in South Africa shortly after it opened. When I checked my account activity after my stay, I earned far more points than expected.
Looking at the details, I noticed an “opening bonus” of 2,000 points. Then I remembered that Hyatt offers 500 bonus points per night on qualifying stays at new hotels. I unknowingly received the benefit since Hyatt doesn’t require members to register for this promotion.
Perhaps you, too, have forgotten about this promotion. Or maybe you never knew about it. In either case, here’s what you should know about this World of Hyatt promotion, including the newest properties where you can earn 500 bonus points per night.
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How to earn 500 bonus Hyatt points per night
This promotion is simple: World of Hyatt members receive 500 bonus points per night for qualifying stays at select hotels new to the Hyatt portfolio. You must stay within a set time frame to earn the bonus points, typically in the first few months after the hotel opens. Specifically, you’ll only earn bonus points if your checkout date is during the offer period for your hotel.
To get the bonus points, you must provide your World of Hyatt number when you check in. You must also pay an eligible rate or redeem a free night award (including redeeming World of Hyatt points). You’ll only earn bonus points for one room per night.
The terms of this promotion note that it may take three to four weeks for the bonus points to appear in your account. In practice, though, Hyatt typically posts the new hotel bonus simultaneously with the other points for your stay.
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Eligible new Hyatt hotels
Hyatt displays an updated list of participating properties on its website. Here’s a quick overview of where you can currently earn 500 extra points per night:
9 hotels in the US
- Irvine, California: Hyatt Regency Irvine from Aug. 15 to Nov. 30
- Newark, California: Hyatt Place Newark / Silicon Valley from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30
- Calistoga, California: Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30
- Lansing, Michigan: Hyatt House Lansing / University Area from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30
- Albany, New York: Hyatt Place Albany from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31
- Meridian, Idaho: Hyatt Place Boise / Meridian from Oct. 5 to Jan. 31
- St. Augustine, Florida: Hyatt Place St. Augustine / Vilano Beach from Oct. 11 to Jan. 31
- Flagstaff, Arizona: Hyatt Place Flagstaff from Oct. 18 to Jan. 31
- Nashville, Tennessee: Hyatt Place Nashville / Green Hills from Nov. 7 to Feb. 29
10 hotels in Mainland China
- Hefei: UrCove Hefei Eco-Tech Development Area from Sept 1 to Nov. 30
- Hangzhou: UrCove Hangzhou North Grand Canal from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31
- Hangzhou: UrCove Hangzhou Xiaoshan Jiangnan Technology City from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31
- Tianjin: UrCove Tianjin Drum Tower from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31
- Xian: UrCove Xi’an Hi-Tech Software Park from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31
- Shanghai: UrCove Shanghai Pudong East from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31
- Cangzhou: UrCove Cangzhou from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31
- Shenzhen: UrCove Shenzhen Bay Eco-Tech Park from Oct. 29 to Jan. 31
- Changshu: Hyatt Regency Changshu Kuncheng Lake from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31
- Foshan: UrCove Foshan Downtown from Nov. 20 to Feb. 29
7 hotels in other regions
- Pravets, Bulgaria: Hyatt Regency Pravets Resort from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31
- Macau: Andaz Macau from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Hyatt Place Kuala Lumpur Bukit Jalil from Oct 1 to Dec. 31
- Tulum, Mexico: Secrets Tulum Resort & Spa from Oct. 12 to Jan. 31
- Dusseldorf, Germany: Lindner Hotel Dusseldorf Airport from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31
- Johor Bahru, Malaysia: Hyatt Place Johor Bahru Paradigm Mall from Nov. 6 to Feb. 29
- Kuwait City, Kuwait: Grand Hyatt Kuwait Residences from Nov. 15 to Feb. 29
The 500 Hyatt points you’ll get per night when booking an eligible rate or free night are worth about $8.50, based on TPG’s valuations. So, this promotion may be the tiebreaker when considering where to stay the next time you travel to a location with a new Hyatt hotel.
The new hotel bonus should also stack with other World of Hyatt promotions, including the Bonus Journeys offer to earn 3,000 bonus points for every three qualifying nights (up to 21,000 total points) between Oct. 6 and Nov. 30. Additionally, those with the World of Hyatt Credit Card or World of Hyatt Business Credit Card can earn an extra 1,000 bonus points for every three qualifying nights at select properties, including the following new hotels in the U.S. and China:
- Hyatt Regency Irvine
- Hyatt Place Newark – Silicon Valley
- UrCove Hangzhou North Grand Canal
- UrCove Shenzhen Bay Eco-Tech Park
Remember, although you don’t need to enroll to earn new hotel bonus points, you do need to enroll for Bonus Journeys.
On top of earning 500 extra points per night, staying at a new Hyatt hotel can also be fun, and you’ll often get to stay in a room with new furnishings. However, new hotels may still be working through some issues, and it’s possible not everything on-site will be completely functional.
The current list includes 13 Hyatt Category 1 hotels, five 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 low-category options on the current list of new hotels.