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Hyatt does a good job of informing consumers that there will be applicable resort fees by displaying the total nightly rate that includes the resort fee. A question I received from a reader is whether booking using World of Hyatt points is a FREE NIGHT without taxes and resort fees.
Do You Pay Resort Fee at Hyatt When Booking With Points?
According to Hyatt’s Terms and Conditions:
Resort, destination, or facility fees, where charged by the applicable hotel or resort, will be waived for Members redeeming a Free Night Award. This benefit applies only to nights for which the Member has redeemed a Free Night Award.Resort Fees on Hyatt Free Night Award Booking
Therefore, if you book a room using complete Hyatt points, the resort fee is waived regardless of your membership level. On the other hand, if you book a room using Hyatt points + cash, the rule is different. See below.
Do You Pay Resort Fee at Hyatt When Booking With Points & Cash?
According to Hyatt’s Terms and Conditions:
Resort, destination, or facility fees, where charged by the applicable hotel or resort, will be waived for Members redeeming a Free Night Award. This benefit applies only to nights for which the Member has redeemed a Free Night Award. This benefit does not apply to any Room Upgrade Award, Points + Cash Award, or any non-stay award (e.g., a Dining, Spa and More Award or a Future Meeting Credit (defined in Appendix D)). In some instances, a hotel or resort may charge other fees (such as a “service fee”) that are independent of any resort, destination, or facility fee charged by that hotel or resort. Any such fees will not be waived for Members pursuant to this benefit.Resort Fees on Hyatt Points + Cash Award Booking
Unfortunately, the resort fee is not waived when you book a room using Hyatt points + cash.
There you have it. For more information on the source of these terms and conditions, read Appendix B – Awards and Program Benefits Available to All Members, section 12. Waiver of Resort, Destination, or Facility Fee on Free Night Awards.
Do You Pay Resort Fee at Hyatt When Booking With Hyatt Free Night Award?
The Hyatt Free Night Award you earn through Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card, Hyatt Milestone Reward, or Hyatt Promotions and Offers is essentially the same as you were to book a Hyatt stay using just World of Hyatt points. Therefore, you will not pay resort fees when booking a stay with your Hyatt Free Night Award.
Do You Pay Destination Fees at Hyatt When Booking With Points or the Hyatt Free Night Award?
Yes. Some hotels and resorts charge destination fees as opposed to resort fees. This is true for certain Hyatt brands, such as the Destination by Hyatt. However, the same benefit applies here for World of Hyatt members booking a stay using complete World of Hyatt points or the Hyatt Free Night Award. See the terms and conditions below:
Resort, destination, or facility fees, where charged by the applicable hotel or resort, will be waived for Members redeeming a Free Night Award.Destination Fees on Hyatt Free Night Award Booking
How Do I Get Hyatt Resort Fees Waived?
The resort fee is waived when you book an award stay with Hyatt using World of Hyatt points or the Hyatt Free Night Award. This benefit applies to all membership tier levels. You do not need to request or do anything special to get your Hyatt resort fees waived. The fee is automatically waived in the Hyatt Hotels and Resorts system after you book; therefore, you do not need to worry about paying the resort fee when you check out the hotel/resort.
Globalists, the highest Hyatt elite tier level, also get resort fees waived on free night awards and eligible cash rates.