Can You Use Free Night Certificates At Hyatt All Inclusive Resorts? Yes…And No

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Can You Use A Free Night Certificate At Hyatt All Inclusive Resorts?

Hyatt made a lot of news this week by adding 52 new all inclusive resorts into the fold. They added so many that you can now earn up to 5 brand explorer perks! I had originally thought that we would be able to use our category 1-4 free night certificates at the lower end Hyatt all inclusive resorts. Even though all inclusive properties now have a different award chart the award prices pretty much match up to the old hotel award chart. Because of that I assumed a category 1-4 cert would work for a category A hotel. I mean, it is priced the same as a standard category 4 hotel after all. I even put together a ranking of all of the World of Hyatt category A hotels because I was so excited about this. Well, we had a few people try booking one with a certificate in their account and it wasn’t a possibility. Whomp, whomp.

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Reaching Out To Hyatt About Free Night Certs On All Inclusive Redemptions

After we did some digging on their own I decided to reach our to our World of Hyatt contact. I wondered if maybe this just hadn’t been properly updated in the system or if free night certificates really couldn’t be used at all inclusive properties. I figured that if the points match up we should have a good chance of being able to use them.

Here was my question:

I had another question that came up today.  With all of the new all inclusive resorts being added today I noticed a few in the 15,000 point range. Would those be bookable with a category 1-4 free night cert or is that blocked since it is considered a category A all inclusive?

Here was the response:

Confirming that only Category 1-7 Award Nights are eligible for redemption at resorts in the Inclusive Collection.

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Category 1-7 Free Night Certificates Are The Golden Ticket

Well, that wasn’t the response I was hoping for but it is a silver lining I guess. We did not have any unused category 1-7 free night certs to try ourselves. If you have one please give it a go and let us know in the comments if it is working as it should.

The problem with World of Hyatt category 1-7 free night certificates is that they are not as easy to earn as category 1-4 free night certificates are.

You can earn cat 1-4 FNC’s the following ways:

  • Holding a World of Hyatt credit card and paying the annual fee
  • Spending $15K a year on the card
  • Earn 30 elite night credits per year and earning that milestone award
  • Staying at 5 unique Hyatt brands and unlocking a brand explorer perk (up to 5 times)

The only way to earn a cat 1-7 FNC is to earn 60 elite night credits in a calendar year. That is the milestone reward that pairs up with the requirement for Globalist status. That is simply not obtainable for many.

Booking Hyatt All Inclusive With Free Night Certificate – Final Thoughts

While the news wasn’t what we wanted to hear, that category 1-4 free night certificates don’t work, at least there is still one option. The problem is you can only earn 1 category 1-7 free night cert each year and they are hard to come by. But, if you have a 25K-30K a night all inclusive resort in mind, it could be a great redemption option.

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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