Hyatt in Japan (2019)

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In this post, I’ll list the Hyatt properties in Japan.  If you want a free hotel stay in Japan, World of Hyatt is a great way to make that happen.  I’ll go over the best ways to earn Hyatt points.  This is also a good opportunity to show how valuable Hyatt points can be.

Hyatt has several brands ranging from budget-friendly hotels to luxury hotels.  Award nights at World of Hyatt properties start at 5,000 points per night.  I wrote about the insane value of Hyatt in Costa Rica.  There are quite a few sweet spots in this program in lots of corners of the world.

We stayed at Marriott properties during our recent trip to Japan, but in a post-SPG/Marriott merger world, Hyatt points are probably going to go further than Marriott points.  Actually, Hyatt points will probably go further anywhere Hyatt is available.

The problem is, Hyatt’s footprint worldwide isn’t nearly as extensive as Marriott.  That, plus 5/24 implications, plus a decent welcome bonus, is what keeps the Marriott card on my list of top cards for beginners.  But if I had to choose between Marriott and Hyatt, I tend to favor Hyatt.

At the end of this post, I’ll discuss which credit cards are best for Hyatt properties and how you can easily earn 25,000-60,000 points.  Double that if you’re in 2 player mode.

World of Hyatt properties in Japan

There are currently 12 Hyatt properties in Japan.  A few more are scheduled to open next year.  These properties range from World of Hyatt category 2 to WOH category 7.  Later in the post I’ll list these by region and I’ll show some paid rates from random dates so you can see how valuable Hyatt points are.

world of Hyatt award chart December 2018

Category 2 (8,000 points per night)

Category 3 (12,000 points per night)

Category 4 (15,000 points per night)

Category 5 (20,000 points per night)

Category 6 (25,000 points per night)

Category 7 (30,000 points per night)

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How to earn Hyatt points

The quickest way to earn lots of points or miles for any given award travel goal is to open credit cards and earn welcome bonuses

If you’re a beginner, it is very important to plan your strategy around Chase’s 5/24 rule.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, stop reading now and read this post first.  Both cards I’ll discuss (Sapphire cards and World of Hyatt card) are Chase 5/24 cards.

World of Hyatt credit card

There is only 1 Hyatt co-branded credit card and Chase is the issuer.  The current welcome bonus offer is tiered with a total potential of 50,000 Hyatt points.  After spending $3,000 in 3 months, you earn 25,000 Hyatt points.  After spending $6,000 total in 6 months, you earn an additional 25,000 points.  50,000 World of Hyatt points is enough for 2 nights at a category 6 property.

Even though the Chase WOH credit card is the only Hyatt-co-branded credit card, it isn’t the only credit card that can help with a free Hyatt stay.  This is because Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt.  More on that in a moment.

Kyoto hotels on points

Potential Value of Hyatt points in Japan

I’m going to breakdown the properties by city/region and discuss the potential value of Hyatt points compared to the paid rate. These prices are from random dates in the spring.  Rates can fluctuate pretty drastically, so keep that in mind.  In fact, I checked a few dates on some properties and you’ll see there can be a large range.  Also, these are just the base rates, so remember that you also have taxes and fees on a paid stay.  When a stay is booked entirely on points, there is no fee.

With the rates below, almost every property would result in a redemption value of at least 2 cents per point.

Why is this important?

Because of another currency you may have heard of: Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Hyatt is a hotel transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards

Transferable Chase Ultimate Rewards points are the currency earned from certain Chase cards.  These cards are Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve, and Chase Ink Preferred (business card).

Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.  I try to save my Ultimate Rewards points for redemptions that result in a value of 2 or more cents per point. So in order for me to transfer Chase UR to Hyatt to book an award stay, I want to make sure the value of using points is going to be somewhere around 2 cents per point.

Here are the paid rates (including taxes and fees) a room would have to be to give you a redemption value of 2 cents per point.  I’ll start with category 2 since there are no category 1 properties in Japan:

  • Category 2 (8,000 points per night): $160
  • Category 3 (12,000 points per night): $240
  • Category 4 (15,000 points per night): $300
  • Category 5 (20,000 points per night): $400
  • Category 6 (25,000 points per night): $500
  • Category 7 (30,000 points per night): $600

I’ll go through each property in Japan and list the rate or rate range I found when searching random date(s) next year.  Keep in mind that rates for your dates may be totally different.

Tokyo

1. Park Hyatt Tokyo
  • Category 7
  • 30,000 points per night
  • Rate: $603-$808

This is going to be your luxury property.  The Ritz Tokyo is 60,000 Marriott points whereas the Park Hyatt Tokyo is only 30,000 points.  Both of these currencies transfer at a 1:1 ratio from Ultimate Rewards.  So you can get 2 nights at the Park Hyatt for the same amount of UR as one night at the Marriott.  See why I don’t usually suggest transferring UR to Marriott?

  • A cash rate of $603 is a value of 2 cents per point.
  • 600/30,000=0.02
  • 0.02 X 100=2
  • 2 cents per point

For reference, this rate is pretty standard at this property.  You most likely aren’t going to find many dates under $500-600, and I’ve seen it in the $900s and even $1,000.

Hyatt in Japan, World of Hyatt points

2. Grand Hyatt Tokyo
  • Category 6
  • 25,000 points
  • Rate: $427-$500
3. Hyatt Regency Tokyo
  • Category 3
  • 12,000 points
  • Rate: $237-$299

Hyatt in Japan, World of Hyatt points

4. Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills
  • Category 6
  • 25,000 points
  • Rate: $506-$719

Hyatt in Japan, World of Hyatt points in Tokyo

5.Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo
  • Category 5
  • 20,000 points
  • Rate: $356-$474

Okinawa

6. Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island, Okinawa
  • Category 4
  • 15,000 points
  • Rate: $224

$224 isn’t going to be 2 cents per point, but the rate was in the $300-$400s when we were considering this hotel for our trip.  Again, rates are all over the place.  It’s impossible to predict until you search for your exact dates.

Hyatt in Japan, World of Hyatt points
7. Hyatt Regency Naha, Okinawa
This would likely be over $240 after taxes, which would mean the value is 2 cents per point

  • Category 3
  • 12,000 points
  • Rate: $224

Hakone

Hyatt in Japan, World of Hyatt points in Hakone

8.Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

This is almost 3 cents per point!

  • Category 6
  • 25,000 points
  • Rate: $702

Osaka/Kyoto

9. Hyatt Regency Osaka
  • Category 2
  • 8,000 points
  • Rate: $155
Hyatt in Japan, World of Hyatt points in Osaka
10. Hyatt Regency Kyoto
  • Category 5
  • 20,000 points
  • Rate: $443
Hyatt in Japan, World of Hyatt points in Kyoto

Fukuoka

11.Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
  • Category 3
  • 12,000 points
  • Rate: $308

Hyatt in Japan, World of Hyatt points

12. Hyatt Regency Fukuoka
  • Category 2
  • 8,000 points
  • Rate: $176

Hyatt’s award chart is favorable to Ultimate Rewards point transfers

Many hotel loyalty programs have inflated their award charts so much.  Looking at you, Marriott.  Inflated award charts means that points are going to be less valuable.  You aren’t going to find too many hotel currencies that get you 2 cents per point in value.

Do not use the Hyatt credit card for everyday spending

If you are under 5/24, it is a good idea to open a Hyatt credit card for the bonus and the benefits.  But after earning the bonus, it’s better to put your everyday spending on a Chase Sapphire card that earns transferable Ultimate Rewards.  That way, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards to Hyatt when needed, but you have the option to transfer to other partners.  On the other hand, if you only use a Hyatt card, you only earn Hyatt points.  You would be limited to redeeming those points on Hyatt properties.

The earn rate on Chase Ultimate Rewards earning credit cards and the World of Hyatt credit card for non-category bonus spending is one point per dollar.  So the earn rate is the same, the only difference is that Hyatt points can only be redeemed for Hyatt stays, whereas Chase Ultimate Rewards has lots of options.

You can redeem Ultimate Rewards as cash towards travel through the Chase booking portal, or you can transfer Ultimate Rewards to airline and hotel partners at a 1:1 ratio.

Final thoughts

The World of Hyatt card is great for a welcome bonus and for the benefits.  I definitely suggest opening it, but only after you have opened a Chase Ultimate Rewards earning card such as a Chase Sapphire Preferred.

One or more of the offers mentioned in this post may have expired.  Current offers for the cards mentioned are below.  Click here for a current list of all of our top credit card offers.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

Chase Sapphire Preferred 2019

Chase Sapphire Preferred

  • Bonus: 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $4,000 in 3 Months
  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Bonus Categories: 2 points per dollar on travel and dining

World of Hyatt credit card from Chase

chase world of Hyatt credit card 2019

  • Bonus: Up to 50,000 Hyatt points. 25,000 if you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months, then another 25,000 if you spend an additional $3,000 in the first 6 months (a total of $6,000 in the first 6 months)
  • Minimum spend for bonus: $3,000 in 3 months; total of $6,000 in 6 months
  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Bonus Categories: 4 points per dollar at Hyatt, 2 points per dollar at restaurants, airfare purchased directly from airlines, local transit, and gym memberships
  • Notable benefits: Annual free night at category 1-4 properties (this can be more valuable than the $95 annual fee, so many people choose to keep this card even if they do not use it on a regular basis), Hyatt Discoverist status (benefits include free premium internet and late checkout)

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