Jul052014

Guide to Hyatt Gold Passport Airline Partners

Hyatt Gold Passport has 28 airline partners for earning miles with Hyatt brand hotel stays or for Hyatt points-to-miles exchange.

Earning Miles instead of Hyatt Gold Passport points

Hyatt Gold Passport members can choose to earn miles instead of Hyatt Gold Passport points by presenting your frequent flyer number to the hotel front desk at check-in.

Miles are an option I recommend only if Hyatt stays are infrequent or if your hotel spend is less than $200 for the stay. Hyatt Gold Passport members normally earn 5 points per dollar in hotel spend. Assume a one-time $80 Hyatt brand hotel night for a member without elite status earns 400 points. Earning miles in your frequent flyer program will add 500 miles and extend the expiration date on miles in your frequent flyer account. 500 miles is better value than 400 Hyatt points assuming there is not a better Hyatt bonus points promotion you can earn.

Only Hilton HHonors hotel loyalty program allows members to earn both miles and points on each hotel stay. All the other major hotel loyalty programs require the member to choose between earning miles or points for each hotel stay.

Earn 500 miles per stay with the following travel partners when you present your travel partner membership number at check-in1:

Airline Partners and Miles You Earn per Hyatt stay

  1. Aeromexico® = 1,000 Kilometers
  2. Air China = 800 Kilometers
  3. Air France / KLM = 500 Miles
  4. All Nippon Airways = 500 Miles
  5. American Airlines = 500 Miles
  6. Amtrak = 500 Miles
  7. Asia Miles Airways = 500 Miles
  8. Asiana Airlines = 500 Miles
  9. British Airways = 500 Points
  10. China Airlines = 500 Miles
  11. China Eastern Airlines = 800 Points
  12. Delta Air Lines® = 500 Miles
  13. Emirates Skywards = 500 Miles
  14. Etihad Airways = 500 Miles
  15. Hawaiian Airlines = 500 Miles
  16. Japan Airlines = 500 Miles
  17. Jet Airways = 500 Miles
  18. Korean Air = 500 Miles
  19. LAN Airlines S.A. = 1000 Kilometers
  20. Lufthansa = 500 Miles
  21. Qantas Airways = (600 or 1,000 Points)2
  22. Qatar Airways = 500 Miles
  23. Royal Brunei Airlines = 500 Miles
  24. Singapore Airlines = 500 Miles
  25. Southwest Airlines® = 600 Points
  26. Thai Airways International = 500 Miles
  27. United Airlines® = 500 Miles
  28. Virgin Atlantic Airways = 750 Miles

1 Use of the term ‘miles’ is a generic term that refers to all travel partner currency, including credits, kilometers, miles and points.

2 1,000 points when staying inside Australia/New Zealand and 600 points when staying outside Australia/New Zealand.

Convert Points To Miles

Hyatt Gold Passport points may be exchanged into airline frequent flyer miles.

Receive 1 mile for every 2.5 Hyatt Gold Passport points you convert, starting with a minimum of 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.

The reason I stated 500 miles is better than points for low spend Hyatt stays is $1,000 in spend is needed to earn 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for a member without elite status and no promotion bonus points. For the infrequent Hyatt guest, rather than earn orphan Hyatt points, the better choice can be earning 500 miles on low spend stays. 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points exchanges into 2,000 miles. Four $80 Hyatt stays earn 2,000 miles if you choose miles instead of points..

Hyatt Gold Passport Point conversions can be made in 1,250 points increments.

Earn 5,000 Bonus Miles when you convert 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points. This works out to 25% more miles.

Convert 50,000 Points → Receive 20,000 Miles

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Earn 5,000 Bonus Miles = Total 25,000 Miles.

Convert Hyatt Points to Miles (page access requires Hyatt Gold Passport member login).

Hyatt Gold Passport 25% bonus at 50,000 points = 25,000 miles exchange is comparable to Starwood Preferred Guest exchange rate 25% bonus at 20,000 points = 25,000 miles since base earning rate of Starwood Hotel stays is 2 points/$1 and base earn rate for Hyatt is 5 points/$1.

SPG has a higher elite bonus at 50% for Gold and Platinum elites, so earning rate per dollar is higher for SPG elite member compared to Hyatt Gold Passport elite member at Platinum elite 15% and Diamond elite 30% bonus points. SPG American Express bonus is 2 points/$1 for SPG Hotel spend at 100% base points bonus. Hyatt Gold Passport Visa hotel spend earns 3 points/$1 or 60% base points bonus, so SPG wins out on credit card points earning too.

That being said, Hyatt Gold Passport has a decent points-to-miles exchange program comparable to Starwood Preferred Guest with just slightly fewer airline partners at 28 compared to 34 with SPG.

Hyatt Gold Passport is the only major hotel partner with Royal Brunei if that is an airline program you wish to earn miles for tickets.

Airline Partners

  1. Aeromexico
  2. Air China
  3. Air France/KLM Flying Club
  4. All Nippon Airways ANA
  5. American Airlines
  6. Amtrak
  7. Asia Miles – Cathay Pacific
  8. Asiana
  9. British Airways
  10. China Airlines
  11. China Eastern
  12. Delta Airlines
  13. Emirates
  14. Etihad Airways
  15. Hawaiian Airlines
  16. Japan Airlines
  17. Jet Aiways
  18. Korean Air
  19. LanChile Airways
  20. Lufthansa
  21. Qantas
  22. Qatar
  23. Royal Brunei
  24. Singapore
  25. Southwest
  26. Thai Airways
  27. United Airlines
  28. Virgin Atlantic

The following airline frequent flyer programs support different conversion ratios:

If you convert: 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points you will receive:

  • 4,000 Aeromexico®/LAN Airlines S.A. kilometers
  • 3,200 Air China kilometers
  • 3,200 China Eastern Airlines points
  • 2,400 Qantas Airways points
  • 2,400 Southwest Airlines® points
  • 3,000 Virgin Atlantic Airways miles

http://www.hyatt.com/gp/en/awards/points_to_miles.jsp

When you convert 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points to Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards points, you will receive 24,000 points plus a 6,000 point bonus (25% bonus miles) for a total of 30,000 Rapid Rewards points.

What do I need to convert points to miles?

To convert your points to miles you must have a minimum of 5,000 available Hyatt Gold Passport points and a valid frequent flyer account with one of Hyatt Gold Passport’s participating travel partners. After completing the convert Points to Miles form, your points will be immediately deducted from your account for conversion to your selected travel partner membership account. Please allow up to 4 weeks for the miles to appear on your account.

When you are finished entering the points you wish to convert, click “Convert” to submit your request. You will be taken to a confirmation page detailing how many points were converted and when you can expect the miles to appear on your travel partner membership account. The confirmation will also be emailed to you if we have an email address on file.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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