Best Category 1 Hyatt Hotels for 5,000 Points a Night

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A bunch of words in the miles and points space are spent describing some of the aspirational hotel redemptions such as the Park Hyatt brand, the St. Regis Hotels, the Intercontinental Hotels, and more.  This isn’t without good reason as hotel points make these luxurious destinations accessible in a way they would not be if most of us had to pay with dollars.  My family has enjoyed the heck out of some of these top tier properties, and will again in the future.  However, we also have nothing at all against using just a few points per night to stay at a low category property that puts us where we want to be.

When you think about a Category 1 property in the various programs you may think of an airport location or a limited service property, but the reality is that is not always the case.  In fact we just had an amazing stay at a full service Hyatt that was a Category 1 Hyatt for just 5,000 points per night.  To put that in perspective, a top end Hyatt like the Park Hyatt Tokyo goes for 30,000 points per night, so you can buy six nights at a Category 1 property for the price of every one night at a Category 7 property.  That is key if you need to stretch points in order to make a family vacation possible.

Check out some of the exterior and shots from the lobby for the Category 1 Hyatt we just stayed at….




The exterior gives no hint it is just a Category 1 and neither did the room and bathroom.




The hotel restaurant and breakfast did not feel look or taste like one that you might imagine a lower tier hotel would provide.   The buffet, items off the menu, and even fruit smoothies were of good quality and served in a nice contemporary restaurant.





Any guesses as to which Category 1 hotel this is?

It is the Hyatt Regency Wichita that we just spent two nights at for 5,000 points per night.  Since I have Hyatt Diamond status we also got full complimentary breakfast for the three of us each morning in the hotel restaurant and a 1,000 points amenity for the stay.  That meant my out of pocket cost was just 9,000 points for the two nights plus we got about $60 – $70 of breakfast over the course of the stay.  Our only cash cost was $8 for one night of parking when the free lot was full.

I can’t believe we got all that we did for a net cost of 9,000 points, and it re-affirmed for me that the best values aren’t always at the top end of the chart.  Sometimes there are some gems in the middle and even lowest categories at properties where the average daily rates are not very high, and thus the corresponding redemption categories are likely lower.  That said, the Hyatt Regency Wichita was selling for $150/night on our visit, so just 5,000 Hyatt points was a total bargain.  Wichita may not be the hottest spot in the country for tourists, but it was perfect for us since we have family in the area that we like to visit.

If Kansas isn’t in your travel plans, consider some of these other Category 1 Hyatt Hotels that also go for just 5,000 points per night or 2,500 points per night + $50 via cash and points.

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu – 5,000 points per night

Hyatt Place Corpus Christi

Hyatt Regency Tulsa

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Hyatt Regency Bandung

Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort

Hyat Regency Kuantan

Hyatt Regency Kuantan – 5,000 points per night

You can view the full list of Category 1 Hyatts on Hyatt’s website.  The Hyatt Visa is great if you want to spend the two free nights that come via the sign-up bonus at higher category Hyatt properties that normal cost a hefty number of points or dollars, but if you have one of these lower tier hotels in your sights then a card that gives you points to use as you wish such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Plus® Business Card will make more sense as you can transfer the points 1:1 to Hyatt and then get several nights 5,000 points each from just one sign-up bonus.

At a Category 1 property, that can mean a full week or more at a property thanks to one sign-up bonus.  There is a time and place for top tier hotel redemptions and a time and a place for getting a full week of hotel covered with a very low number of points.

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque – 5,000 points per night

What lower tier hotels have you stayed in that exceeded your expectations?


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  1. Good post! I am always looking for those great values lower on the award chart as well. To add one, the Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills is immaculate and in a great location. 5,000 points for a $220/night hotel is pretty great!

  2. Wow. great post! Inspiring me to check out more Hyatt Cat 1 hotels. Always saving my points for Lost Pines or Hill Country but points get pretty depleted with just a weekend stay at those properties. Thanks

  3. I like the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. It’s a
    cat 2 and can be a bargain when other properties in the
    city have higher rates.

  4. The Hyatt Regency Tulsa mentioned is a much higher caliber hotel than the typical Category 1. However, there is an $8 charge for overnight parking and the non-affiliated restaurant is very pricey.

    Both the Aloft Downtown and the Hyatt are also a great bargain for a revenue stay on the weekend. Plus, they are an easy 5 minute walk to the BOK Center, home of the Tulsa Shock and many concert events.

  5. I’ll second that the Tulsa Regency is a great hotel and points are a great use if there’s a big concert in town since the hotel is about a five minute walk away. I almost always get 3cpm there.

    But last weekend I stayed at the other hyatt in Tulsa (Hyatt place) which is just down the street from the hospital. My grandmother had her hip replaced and I’m a student and couldn’t afford to stay nearby. But I’m points rich and 10,000 points for a few days with her was perfect in my mind. It’s probably one of the best “values” I’ve ever gotten on points all thanks to a cat 1.

  6. Hyatt Place San Antonio-Northwest. When I moved to San Antonio 3 years ago, this hotel was my temporary home until my apartment was ready. Nice, spacious rooms with couch and refrigerator. Plus, there is a microwave in the lobby anyone can use.

  7. We recently did a week at the Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest and it was pretty nice. Category 1, and all the rooms are suites–real suites, mind you, not the fake kind of suites where they put a half wall in the middle of a regular size hotel room. It’s a tremendous value for families who need a little extra space.

  8. We are vacationing on the coast of Maine as a family of three. Just spent two nights at the fairly new Hyatt Place in Portland. The hotel is wonderfully located in the historic district, a couple of blocks from the harbor. Rooms are expensive in August, sometimes over $300 a night. 8,000 points a night plus $18 for valet parking. Rooms were pleasant, breakfast quite adequate, staff friendly. We felt it was a fabulous bargain.

  9. I have stayed for a week at the category 1 Hyatt Kathmandu in March 2014. I stayed at club room which is 2k points more. The pcs above is not the true pic of the hotel. The pic above is Suite room pics not the standard 5kpoints a room

  10. Courtyard Marriott Boulogne-Billancourt on the edge of Paris. Totally charming ‘real’ neighborhood and only a Cat 5 so a great use of a free night certificate. Also, super close to Roland Garros if you’re there in May.

  11. Thank you for the awesome review. We hope you and your family had an enjoyable time in Wichita this past weekend and we hope to see you again. Love your blog as well.

  12. Great post and very timely for me since I just applied for a Hyatt c.c. through your link. Am pulling away from HHonors and looking forward to staying at the various Hyatts.

  13. Oh no! Don’t tell everyone about the beachfront Hyatt Kuantan in Malaysia! 😉 haha. Going there next July for my birthday actually! When I saw the cat 1 price I re-arranged my plans for it!!! Now the category Hyatt in Amman, Jordan that goes for around $420 a night is insannneeee points value! Don’t get me started on Egypt category 1 hotels in every category but more specifically hilton! I’m staying 46 nights next year haha.

  14. Ditto: The ATL Hyatt Regency Suites NW of the city. Free parking. HUGE suites with microwave and fridge.

    My favorite Category 1 is Greenville SC. It is located in a great downtown location. Weekend rates often top $250 a night. I like walking to the waterfall a couple of blocks a way.

  15. I’ve stayed at Hyatt Bandung (an hour or two drive from Jakarta, Indonesia) five times and I love this points value. You can get all kinds of cheap clothing from the outlets in Bandung and the club lounge was upgraded a few years ago after I started complaining about the quality. Like all club lounges in Asia, it’s open on weekends and has real food/free alcohol.

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