Thursday, June 16th, 2011, 12:01 am
After your first purchase you will get 2 free nights at any Hyatt in the world! This can be worth over $2,000 at top-tier Hyatt hotels!
-There are no blackout dates or capacity controls on Hyatt award nights. Plus there are no taxes or resort fees on award nights with Hyatt!
-There is a $75 annual fee.
-There are no foreign exchange fees with the Hyatt card.
-You earn 3 Hyatt points per dollar spent at Hyatt properties and 1 point per dollar spent elsewhere.
The Hyatt award chart is pretty generous for upper-end hotels. The Andaz West Hollywood is a category 4 for 15,000 points per night. The Andaz Wall Street and Park Hyatt Buenos Aires are category 5 for 18,000 points per night. Most Park Hyatts are top-tier category 6 hotels for 22,000 points per night. Compare this to Starwood where ultra-luxury top-tier hotels can cost anywhere from 30,000-80,000 points per night.
-If you do not currently hold elite status with Hyatt at the time you apply for the card you will get Platinum status for free. This gets you free internet on all Hyatt stays, free room upgrades, expedited check-in line, late check-out, bonus points on every stay, platinum extra bonus points every 3 stays, guaranteed room avaialbility at all Hyatts worldwide among other benefits.
-If you hold Platinum elite status with Hyatt at the time you apply for the card you will get 2 free confirmed suite upgrade certificates that can be used on any paid stay to upgrade a standard room to a suite for up to 7 nights each.
-If you hold Diamond elite status with Hyatt at the time you apply for the card you will get to use the 2 free nights that come for signing up for the card in a suite instead of in a standard room.
Hyatt also holds exclusive promotions for Hyatt cardholders. Currently, for example, Hyatt cardholders get 15K bonus points instead of 10K points after 5 nights.
Many of my favorite hotels in the world fly the Hyatt flag. Here are some of them.
-Park Hyatt Paris: Lowest July 27th rate: $894.
An incredible boutique hotel by the Tuileries Gardens and Opera metro hub with an intoxicating fragrance, amazing personalized service, and an underutilized little spa. As a Hyatt Diamond member they bought us a lavish kosher breakfast spread daily as well as a bottle of kosher champagne. Amazing location for an amazing hotel, and one of the highlights of Paris itself for us.
-Grand Hyatt Kauai: Lowest prepaid non-refundable July 27th rate: $424. Lowest refundable July 27th rate: $517.
A stunning hotel with ocean views, lush landscaping, and serene surroundings on my favorite Hawaiian island. The pools meander on forever, there are caves hidden behind the waterfalls in the pools, there are hot-tubs hidden all around the property, and a sandy artificial lagoon that is massive. Oh, and there’s a beach as well. And an excellent Grand Club. The prefect place to get away from it all for a week.
-Park Hyatt Sydney: Currently under renovation for reasons that I simply cannot understand but had an average daily rate of more than $1,000 before the renovation.
The finest location for a hotel perhaps anywhere. Tucked away in The Rocks right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge with stunning views of the Opera House and the Harbour. Just a short walk from the Circular Quay Ferry, Bus, and Rail transit hub. As a Hyatt Diamond member they bought us a kosher breakfast spread daily as well as a bottle of kosher wine as an amenity. The personalized service is second to none here, you’re greeted by name and asked if you would like another fruit basket when coming in from a walk. When our airport shuttle drove away without us the hotel immediately hired an Audi on their tab to take us to their airport.
Runner-ups: Park Hyatt Melbourne, Park Hyatt Zurich, and the Hyatt Regency Maui.
There are still many dream Hyatts I have on my list. Park Hyatt Tokyo and Park Hyatt Buenos Aires are definitely up there. But I’d really love to get my own personal overwater bungalow at the exclusive Park Hyatt Maldives.
All of them are included with the 2 free night promotion. My wife and I both got Hyatt cards recently and as Diamond members we now have 4 nights to use in a suite at a Hyatt of our choice!