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
- Aeromexico® = 1,000 Kilometers
- Air China = 800 Kilometers
- Air France / KLM = 500 Miles
- All Nippon Airways = 500 Miles
- American Airlines = 500 Miles
- Amtrak = 500 Miles
- Asia Miles Airways = 500 Miles
- Asiana Airlines = 500 Miles
- British Airways = 500 Points
- China Airlines = 500 Miles
- China Eastern Airlines = 800 Points
- Delta Air Lines® = 500 Miles
- Emirates Skywards = 500 Miles
- Etihad Airways = 500 Miles
- Hawaiian Airlines = 500 Miles
- Japan Airlines = 500 Miles
- Jet Airways = 500 Miles
- Korean Air = 500 Miles
- LAN Airlines S.A. = 1000 Kilometers
- Lufthansa = 500 Miles
- Qantas Airways = (600 or 1,000 Points)2
- Qatar Airways = 500 Miles
- Royal Brunei Airlines = 500 Miles
- Singapore Airlines = 500 Miles
- Southwest Airlines® = 600 Points
- Thai Airways International = 500 Miles
- United Airlines® = 500 Miles
- 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
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.
- Air China
- Air France/KLM Flying Club
- All Nippon Airways ANA
- American Airlines
- Asia Miles – Cathay Pacific
- British Airways
- China Airlines
- China Eastern
- Delta Airlines
- Etihad Airways
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Jet Aiways
- Korean Air
- LanChile Airways
- Royal Brunei
- Thai Airways
- United Airlines
- 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
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.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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