Editor’s note: We’ve updated this post with new hotels where you can earn 500 extra points per night.
I stayed at the Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton in South Africa shortly after it opened in early 2022. However, 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. Since Hyatt doesn’t require its members to register for this promotion, I unknowingly received the benefit.
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 new properties where you can currently earn 500 bonus points per night.
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How to earn 500 Hyatt points per night
This promotion is simple: World of Hyatt members receive 500 bonus points per night for qualifying stays at select hotels that are new to the Hyatt portfolio. To earn the bonus points, you must stay within a set time frame, typically lasting for a 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 and pay an eligible rate or redeem a free night award (which includes redeeming Hyatt points). You’ll only earn bonus points for one room if you book multiple rooms during a stay.
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 points simultaneously with the other points for your stay.
You can usually stack World of Hyatt promotions, too. For example, on paid stays at new hotels this spring, you could earn bonus Hyatt points through Bonus Journeys and the new hotel bonus. Also, if you enrolled in Bilt Rewards’ April Rent Day Hyatt status trial and challenge, you could earn these bonuses on stays that count toward this challenge.
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Eligible new Hyatt hotels
Hyatt displays an updated list of participating properties on its new hotel bonus page. Here’s a quick overview of where you can earn 500 bonus points per night.
- New York City: The Chatwal from Jan. 19 to April 30.
- New York City: Grayson Hotel from Feb. 1 to April 30.
- Orlando: Hyatt House Orlando Airport from Feb. 1 to April 30.
- Austin, Texas: Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin from Feb. 1 to April 30.
- Houston: Hyatt House Houston Medical Center from Feb. 23 to May 31.
- Houston: Hyatt Place Houston Medical Center from Feb. 23 to May 31.
- Sacramento: Hyatt House Sacramento / Midtown from March 1 to May 31.
- Melbourne, Florida: Hyatt Place Melbourne Airport from March 30 to June 30.
- White Lake, New York: The Chatwal Lodge from April 5 to July 31.
- New York City: The Time New York from April 5 to July 31.
- San Carlos, California: Hyatt Place San Carlos from April 12 to July 31.
- San Miguel de Allende: Numu Boutique Hotel San Miguel de Allende from Jan. 24 to April 30.
- Mexico City: Hyatt Regency Mexico City Insurgentes from March 14 to June 30.
- Bordeaux, France: FirstName Bordeaux from Jan. 15 to April 30.
- London: Hyatt Regency London Albert Embankment from March 1 to May 31.
- Hangzhou: Hyatt Place Hangzhou International Airport from Jan. 18 to April 30.
- Sanya: Hyatt Regency Sanya Tianli Bay from Feb. 1 to April 30.
- Dongguan: UrCove Dongguan Fenggang from March 1 to May 31.
- Nyingchi City: UrCove Nyingchi from March 1 to May 31.
- Nanjing: Andaz Nanjing Hexi from April 26 to July 31.
- Pattaya, Thailand: Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach from Feb. 1 to April 30.
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Dreams Flora Resort & Spa from Feb. 23 to May 31.
The 500 Hyatt points per night you’ll get 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.
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On top of earning 500 bonus points per night, staying at a new Hyatt hotel can also be fun. After all, you’ll often get to stay in a new room with fresh furnishings. However, new hotels may still be working through some issues and may not have everything on-site completely functional.
I enjoy staying at new hotels, so I periodically check the list of new Hyatt properties. When planning trips, a glance at this list could help you earn an extra 500 points per night.
Best of all, the current list includes four Category 1 hotels and four Category 2 hotels. So, if you want to redeem Hyatt points for your stay, you can find several low-category options on the current list of new hotels.