Category Archive for 'Hyatt'

Getting 33.3% Off Hyatt Gift Cards From Hyatt Place With AMEX Offers

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Related: 10% Off Hyatt eGift Cards
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I have 7 AMEX cards that had a targeted $50 off $150 Hyatt Place offer.  I registered all of them using the multi-tab method described in the AMEX Offers post.

I called my local Hyatt Place to confirm that they sold gift cards and went there today for the first time since Hyatt ended years of FFN insanity fun that ran annually or semi-annually from about 2002 through 2010.

This was actually the first gift cards that the hotel had ever sold.  I first bought a $150 gift card to test the waters and sure enough I got the familiar “Congrats!” email from AMEX.  Then I bought a $900 gift card and split the tender onto my remaining 6 AMEX cards.

$1,050 in Hyatt gift cards for $700 is nothing to sneeze at. Especially considering that even if I am using points I can still charge activities (like a helicopter ride in Kauai, etc) and parking to the room and pay for it with the gift card. And of course it will work for Hyatt Points+Cash as well. The gift cards are Hyatt Place branded, but are valid at all Hyatt hotels in the US, Canada, and Caribbean.

In general buying a gift card is an easy way to lock in AMEX Offers savings.  Works great for offers from WalMart, Best Buy, Marriott, and Amazon, and any other store as well!  Post where you have bought discounted gift cards thanks to AMEX Offers!

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Hyatt 2015 Category Changes. Plus: A Unified Hyatt Award Chart

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Hyatt 2015 Category Changes Linky

Effective 01/22/15 there will 22 Hyatt hotels that go up in category and cost more points and 48 hotels that will go down and cost fewer points.

You can lock in lower rates by booking future reservations by 01/21/15.

Here is the Hyatt award chart:

Hotel CategoryStandard Room AwardSuite Night AwardPoints+Cash Standard Room AwardCost of points saved with P+C Award
15K8K2.5K+$502 cents/point
28K13K4K+$551.38 cents/point
312K20K6K+$751.25 cents/point
415K24K7.5K+$1001.33 cents/point
520K32K10K+$1251.25 cents/point
625K40K12.5K+$1501.2 cents/point
730K48K15K+$3002 cents/point

When booking a points+cash reservation I included a metric in the chart above that shows the rate that you’re effectively buying your points back at.  The category 6 rate is the biggest points+cash bargain. You “buy” back or save 12.5K points per night for $150.  Effectively you paid just 1.2 cents per point ($150/12,500) to save those 12.5K points per night.  The category 1 and 7 points + cash deals are the worst as you are effectively paying 2 cents per point.

Note that standard awards have no blackouts or capacity controls on standard rooms and suites.  However points+cash reservations are capacity controlled.  A nice benefit of points+cash rooms is that they are considered a paid rate, so they qualify for all promotions that apply to paid hotel stays and you can use a diamond suite upgrade certificate to confirm them into a suite.

Suite nights require a 3 night minimum stay and can only be booked over the phone.

Points+Cash nights can also only be booked over the phone.

Sample hotels getting more expensive:
-Park Hyatt Maldives goes from category 6 to 7.
-Andaz Amsterdam goes from category 5 to 6.
-Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee goes from category 5 to 6.
-Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar, Nassau, Bahamas goes from category 4 to 5.
-Grand Hyatt Macau goes from category 4 to 5.
-Park Hyatt Seoul goes from category 4 to 5.
-Grand Hyatt Taipei goes from category 3 to 4.
-Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo goes from category 3 to 4.
-Excalibur Las Vegas goes from category 2 to 3.
-Hyatt Regency Toronto goes from category 2 to 3.

Sample hotels getting less expensive include:
-Hyatt Place Orlando Airport goes from category 2 to 1.
-Hyatt Regency Montreal goes from category 3 to 2.
-Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal goes from category 3 to 2.
-Park Hyatt Chennai goes from category 3 to 2.
-Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Fort Lauderdale goes from category 4 to 3.
-Hyatt French Quarter New Orleans goes from category 5 to 4.
-Grand Hyatt Washington DC goes from category 5 to 4.
-Hyatt Regency La Jolla goes from category 5 to 4.
-MGM Grand Las Vegas goes from category 5 to 4.
-Mandalay Bay Las Vegas goes from category 5 to 4.
-Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, FL goes from category 5 to 4.
-Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando goes from category 5 to 4.
-Park Hyatt Washington Washington DC goes from category 6 to 5.

If you want to lock in a dream trip to the Park Hyatt Maldives in 2015, now is the time to book.

Even a reservation at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar that doesn’t open until June will become 33% more expensive (15K vs 20K) come 01/22. Plus it will no longer be eligible for Hyatt anniversary night redemptions once it becomes a category 5 property. You can reserve now until December 2015 at the lower rates or with anniversary nights.

You can transfer points to Hyatt from Chase Ultimate Rewards points earned on cards like the Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Cash , and Chase Ink Plus.

HT: chucksterace, via DDF

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The Dollars And Cents Behind A Hotel Award Stay

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

The hotel points business works a lot differently than the airline mileage business.

Airlines offer distressed inventory at rock-bottom pricing.  When they see that they won’t sell a seat, they offer it for saver mileage rates.  Mileage junkies can get an amazing deal (especially on a last minute, one-way, or premium class award) and the airline gets to recognize revenue against a seat that would have otherwise made them nothing.  The airlines get paid cold hard cash from credit card companies for their miles and many airlines wouldn’t be profitable if not for their mileage sales.  In fact without the mileage programs some airlines like United may have never made it out of bankruptcy last decade.

When you redeem United miles for a seat on a partner airline in business or first class you have to use more miles than when you fly on a United plane.  Which makes sense because United has to pay out of pocket to book you a ticket on another airline. Though United is paying just pennies on the dollar for that distressed inventory.

That’s how British Airways can afford to put someone on a $600 last minute flight for just 4,500 Avios.  They are paying American literally just pennies on the dollar for that seat that would otherwise fly empty.  That’s the reason it’s sustainable.

Now hotels are a very different story. Most hotels are not corporate owned, so the corporate run hotel programs need to compensate the individual hotel for guests using points.

It used to be that hotel awards were capacity controlled, just as awards are in the airline industry.  Starwood introduced hotel award nights without capacity controls for standard rooms and most other hotel programs matched that.

Of course there’s a real cost to that. Hotels with capacity controls can ensure that they only give away rooms that would otherwise have gone unsold.  However that meant that during special events or high season rooms were impossible to find.

Without capacity controls hotel points became far more lucrative.  When rates are high, the amount of points required doesn’t skyrocket to correspond to the price increase.

Most hotels have 2 types of awards, free nights, which are not capacity controlled.  And cash and points which are capacity controlled.

Hotels are divided into categories based roughly on what their average daily rate.  When a hotel is nearly full the corporate hotel point program will reimburse a hotel at the average daily rate for paid rooms.  But when a hotel is not full they get far less, as the cost of servicing that room doesn’t come at a real cost of a lost paying guest.  However that only applies for regular free nights.  As hotels control the cash and points nights they don’t get full reimbursement for those even if they are full.

Le Parker Meridien has hotels in NYC and Palm Springs and a whistle-blower told SPG that they were falsifying records to make it look like they were full so that they would get reimbursed for award nights at their average daily rate rate instead of a far lower rate.  From that lawsuit we learned that the magic number is 95% occupancy.  If an SPG hotel is 95% full then they get full reimbursement for points using guests.  Otherwise they only get a smaller reimbursement based on their hotel category.

Once in a while hotels goof and write what the reimbursement is on your folio.

-Mimi and I stayed in a Holiday Inn Tiberias Israel in 2009 using a 5,000 point PointBreaks award and on the folio it showed that IHG was going to pay them $30 for the night.  The hotel still gave us a great room, 2 bottles of kosher l’mehadrin wine, cookies, and bottles water.

-In 2010 we stayed in the Le Meridien Khao Lak Thailand using 2,800 Starpoints plus $45 per night.  The hotel offers upgrade to a totally private walled in villa without an outdoor shower and pool for 12,000 Starpoints or $300 per night.  I opted for the Starpoints upgrade and noticed on a folio that Starwood would only reimburse the hotel $162.50 for the points.   That’s just 1.35 cents per Starpoint, far less than what they’re really worth.

For reasons I didn’t understand the hotel wouldn’t allow me to pay $162.50 instead of the 12,000 Starpoints though in the end the upgrade points were all refunded as the hotel had issues with hot water and ants while we were there.

-Last month we had 2 rooms at the Park Hyatt Toronto. 1 room was paid for with Hyatt Points+Cash.  Points+Cash is a great award value and it can only be booked over the phone.  Hyatt considers points+cash awards like paid nights, so we got back points and stay credit and we were able to use a suite upgrade and got bumped all the way up to a luxury one bedroom suite.  The awards aren’t a great value for category 1 and 7 properties, but it’s a great value for category 2-6 hotels.

The Park Hyatt Toronto is a category 4 property, so it costs 7,500 points plus $100 per night.  On my folio was the amount that Hyatt corporate paid the hotel for the points, just $51.72 plus tax per night.  That’s under 0.7 cents per point, so in that case the Hyatt Gold Passport program pays a fraction of what their points are worth. Direct bill is the amount the hotel is billing Hyatt Gold Passport:

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Our 2nd room was occupied by 2 of my brothers and was paid for using credit card anniversary nights.  Those nights are not capacity controlled and function just like regular award nights, which in a category 4 property would run 15,000 points per night.

The hotel was sold out the first night of our stay, so it’s not surprising that Hyatt Gold Passport paid the hotel $224.77 plus tax. That’s likely right about the hotel’s average daily rate. It also comes out to about 1.5 cents per point for the same night, which is right about in line for the minimum value you should strive for when using Hyatt points:

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The last 2 nights were not sold out, though the charge to Hyatt corporate didn’t show up for those nights.  If I had to take a guess though it would probably come in around 0.7 cents per point, so Hyatt Gold Passport would likely cough up $105 per night to the hotel for those nights.

Ever find the corporate reimbursement level stated on one of your hotel folios? Hit the comments!

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More Hyatt Changes

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Last week Hyatt devalued their award chart.

Here are today’s changes:

1. Effective 01/07/14 you can use cash and points for an award.
Until 01/07 you can still book under the current chart. From 01/07 the new award chart will apply but you will be able to use cash and points, as follows:

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The cash rates are…interesting.

The category 1 and 7 levels are effectively saving points at a confiscatory 2 cents a piece, not a good deal at all.  At category 1 you’re buying back 2,500 points for $50.  At category 7 you’re buying back 15,000 points for $300.

At hotels in categories 2-6 the value proposition is much better.
Category 2 buys back 4,000 of your points for $55 or 1.375 cents each.
Category 3 buys back 6,000 of your points for $75 or 1.25 cents each.
Category 4 buys back 7,500 of your points for $100 or 1.33 cents each.
Category 5 buys back 10,000 of your points for $125 or 1.25 cents each.
Category 6 buys back 12,500 of your points for $150 or 1.2 cents each.

It’s actually a bit more generous than that. Hyatt will give elite stay credit and award points for the cash portion of cash and point stays.
Base members earn 5 points per dollar, platinums earn 5.75 points per dollar and diamonds earn 6.5 points per dollar.
So on a category 6 award (at hotels like the Park Hyatt Maldives, Andaz 5th Avenue, Grand Hyatt Kauai, or Andaz Maui) a base member will earn back 750 points, a platinum member will earn back 863 points and a diamond member will earn back 975 points. For a base member that means the real rate is $150+11,750 points or a buyback of 13,250 points for $150 or 1.13 cents per point.

Considering that a night at the Park Hyatt Maldives can go for $1,500 with tax, there’s definitely still value in the program.

Of course these rates will likely be capacity controlled whereas the regular award rates have no capacity controls.  And you’ll have to pickup the phone to book the cash and points awards.

2. Expiration policy
Effective 01/07/14 a 2 year expiration policy will start to be enforced. Earn or redeem points every 2 years and your points won’t expire.
The earliest an account can lost its points will be 01/07/16.

Transferring points from Chase will extend your account by 2 more years.  In fact even combining points with another member will count as activity.

Hyatt has never expired points until now.

3. Discounts for elites
Effective 01/07/14 Hyatt Platinums and Diamonds will get 20% off the Hyatt Daily Rate for paid rooms.

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Step Up To The Plate: Hyatt Is Next To Devalue

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

2 Fridays ago United devalued their award chart. I had more thoughts on that here.

This past Friday Delta devalued their award chart. They devalue their award chart more often than the Browns lose a football game so I didn’t bother even covering that. There’s a reason they’re called Skypesos.

And now as expected Hyatt is devaluing their generous award chart. With high-end Hyatt hotels going for $750, $1,000, or even $1,500 per night the program was just too generous with the highest category topping out at 22,000 points per night. After all Hilton’s high-end hotels go for 95,000 points per night and Starwood’s high-end hotels go for 30K off peak, 35K peak, or 60K-70K points per night in all-suite hotels.

This FAQ page has the gory details.
-The cost for a category 5 hotel goes from 18K to 20K (11.1% increase)
-The cost for a category 6 hotel goes from 22K to 25K (13.6% increase)
-A category 7 is added at 30K points per night (36.4% increase)

The cost to redeem for a suite also goes up:
-The cost for a category 2 suite goes from 12K to 13K (8.3% increase)
-The cost for a category 3 suite goes from 18K to 20K (11.1% increase)
-The cost for a category 4 suite goes from 23K to 24K (4.3% increase)
-The cost for a category 5 suite goes from 27K to 32K (18.5% increase)
-The cost for a category 6 suite goes from 33K to 40K (21.2% increase)
-The cost for a category 7 suite is 48K (45.5% increase)

Additionally 22 hotels will be going up categories.  It’s a double whammy as you’re going to pay even more for the higher categories. Those include:
Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo from 2 to 3 (50% increase)
Grand Hyatt Melbourne from 3 to 4 (25% increase)
Andaz West Hollywood from 4 to 5 (33.3% increase)
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile from 4 to 5 (33.3% increase)
Hyatt Place New York from 4 to 5 (33.3% increase)
Park Hyatt Melbourne from 4 to 5 (33.3% increase)
Andaz London from 5 to 6 (38.9% increase)
Hyatt 48 Lex from 5 to 6 (38.9% increase)
Hyatt Union Square New York from 5 to 6 (38.9% increase)
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Milan from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Paris from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Sydney from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Tokyo from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)
Park Hyatt Zurich from 6 to 7 (36.4% increase)

The hotels that jump from 4 to 5 are especially painful because Hyatt cardholders will no longer be able to use their anniversary nights at those hotels. And they attack the main category 4 values including the Andaz WeHo/LA, The Park Hyatt Melbourne, and the Hyatt Place NYC. I’ve stayed at all 3 of those hotels and it definitely stings to lose them.  There is no longer a Hyatt hotel in NYC where you can use the anniversary night.

The hotels that jump from 6 to 7 are not surprises, these are the crown jewels of the Hyatt collection. The only real shocker is that the Park Hyatt Maldives, which can go for as much as $1,500/night with tax remains a category 6.

17 hotels go down in category. The few highlights include:
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa goes from 6 to 5.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe goes from 6 to 5.
Hyatt Regency Maui goes from 6 to 5.

I guess on the bright side only 6 ultra high-end hotels will be in the new category 7.  That’s more fair than Starwood’s category 7 that includes many hotels that simply don’t belong there.  Though I’d have to assume that the new Park Hyatt NYC will open next year as a category 7 as well.

Worth noting:
-All Free Night Award redemptions booked before January 7, 2014 will follow the lower award chart regardless of the date of the stay..
-Any Free Night Award redemption booked on January 7, 2014 or after will follow the new Award Chart.
-Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service will proactively deposit a point refund if you book a hotel that is going down in category.
-Any Free Night Award reservation booked before January 7, 2014 for stays starting January 7, 2014 can be modified through February 15, 2014 following the terms of the lower Award Chart. Any modifications made to these reservations after February 15, 2014 will follow the terms of the new Award Chart.

Next up: American and USAirways are due for a devaluation.

HT: robi, via DDF

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Yes, You Can Use Hyatt Points At 13 MGM Hotels In Las Vegas. No, It’s (Generally) Not A Good Deal

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

You can now use Hyatt points for MGM hotels in Las Vegas.

You can earn Hyatt points via the Hyatt Visa though you will earn more points per dollar by putting your spend on Chase Ultimate Rewards cards like Freedom, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Cash, Ink Bold, and Ink Plus. You or your spouse will need the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus to actually convert the Chase points to Hyatt (or any other airline or hotel).

When I redeem Hyatt points I aim to get a value of at least 1.6 cents per point.  In high-end Hyatt hotels you can even get a value of 5 cents per point.  The value received for redeeming points for these MGM hotels are generally pretty poor.

A nice benefit of redeeming Hyatt points is that you are not subject to resort fees at resort hotels.  However when redeeming for MGM hotels you will be subject to resort fees even though Vegas hotels are hardly resorts in the first place.

The main benefit of the relationship is probably the ability to book MGM hotels on Hyatt.com on paid rates while earning Hyatt points and Hyatt stay credits.  Non-elites earn 5 points per dollar, Hyatt Platinum elites earn 5.75 points per dollar and Diamond elites earn 6.5 points per dollar.  Plus starting in August Hyatt elites can get MGM M Life elite status as well.

The rates below are for lowest refundable room type with tax.  The value per point ignores the resort fee which is due at MGM hotels whether you use points or pay cash.  It also ignores the points you would earn if you book a paid stay though if included would lower the true value per point.  1.17cpp (cents per point) means you are getting a value of 1.17 cents for each point used at that hotel.

Tuesday, September 10:
-THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Base rate with tax=$257.60. Points required=22,000. Value per point=1.17cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-Bellagio, Base rate with tax=$256.48. Points required=22,000. Value per point=1.17cpp. Resort fee=$28.
-Mandalay Bay, Base rate with tax=$224. Points required=22,000. Value per point=1.02cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-Aria, Base rate with tax=$155.68. Points required=22,000. Value per point=0.71cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-MGM Grand, Base rate with tax=$151.20. Points required=18,000. Value per point=0.84cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-Vdara, Base rate with tax=$133.28. Points required=18,000. Value per point=0.74cpp. Resort fee=$28.
-The Signature at MGM Grand, Base rate with tax=$128.80. Points required=18,000. Value per point=0.72cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-The Mirage, Base rate with tax=$106.40. Points required=18,000. Value per point=0.59cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-New York-New York, Base rate with tax=$95.20. Points required=15,000. Value per point=0.63cpp. Resort fee=$18.
-Monte Carlo, Base rate with tax=$82.88. Points required=15,000. Value per point=0.55cpp. Resort fee=$20.
-Luxor, Base rate with tax=$56. Points required=12,000. Value per point=0.47cpp. Resort fee=$18.
-Excalibur, Base rate with tax=$50.40. Points required=8,000. Value per point=0.63cpp. Resort fee=$15.
Non-MGM:
-Hyatt Place Las Vegas , Base rate with tax=$178.08. Points required=8,000. Value per point=2.2cpp. Resort fee=$0
Other Hyatt hotels for comparison:
-Park Hyatt Paris, Base rate with tax=$1,124.77. Points required=22,000. Value per point=5.11cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Park Hyatt Maldives, Base rate with tax=$899. Points required=22,000. Value per point=4.09cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Park Hyatt Zurich, Base rate with tax=$869.91. Points required=22,000. Value per point=3.95cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Park Hyatt Sydney, Base rate with tax=$743.56. Points required=22,000. Value per point=3.38cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Andaz 5th Ave NYC, Base rate with tax=$663.31. Points required=22,000. Value per point=3.02cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Andaz Maui at Wailea, Base rate with tax=$577.28. Points required=22,000. Value per point=2.62cpp. Resort fee=$0

Sunday, November 17
-Bellagio, Base rate with tax=$200.48. Points required=22,000. Value per point=0.91cpp. Resort fee=$28.
-Aria, Base rate with tax=$178.08. Points required=22,000. Value per point=0.81cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Base rate with tax=$128.80. Points required=22,000. Value per point=0.59cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-Mandalay Bay, Base rate with tax=$112. Points required=22,000. Value per point=0.51cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-The Mirage, Base rate with tax=$144.48. Points required=18,000. Value per point=0.80cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-Vdara, Base rate with tax=$144.48. Points required=18,000. Value per point=0.80cpp. Resort fee=$28.
-The Signature at MGM Grand, Base rate with tax=$128.80. Points required=18,000. Value per point=0.72cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-MGM Grand, Base rate with tax=$128.80. Points required=18,000. Value per point=0.72cpp. Resort fee=$25.
-New York-New York, Base rate with tax=$84. Points required=15,000. Value per point=0.56cpp. Resort fee=$18.
-Monte Carlo, Base rate with tax=$67.20. Points required=15,000. Value per point=0.45cpp. Resort fee=$20.
-Luxor, Base rate with tax=$78.40. Points required=12,000. Value per point=0.65cpp. Resort fee=$18.
-Excalibur, Base rate with tax=$56. Points required=8,000. Value per point=0.7cpp. Resort fee=$15.
Non-MGM:
-Hyatt Place Las Vegas , Base rate with tax=$178.08. Points required=8,000. Value per point=2.2cpp. Resort fee=$0.
Other Hyatt hotels for comparison:
-Park Hyatt Maldives, Base rate with tax=$1,243.52. Points required=22,000. Value per point=5.65cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, Base rate with tax=$677.60. Points required=18,000. Value per point=3.76cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Park Hyatt Zurich, Base rate with tax=$827.60. Points required=22,000. Value per point=3.76cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Park Hyatt Sydney, Base rate with tax=$825.17. Points required=22,000. Value per point=3.75cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Park Hyatt Paris, Base rate with tax=$784.72. Points required=22,000. Value per point=3.57cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Andaz Maui at Wailea, Base rate with tax=$577.28. Points required=22,000. Value per point=2.62cpp. Resort fee=$0
-Andaz 5th Ave NYC, Base rate with tax=$491.19. Points required=22,000. Value per point=2.23cpp. Resort fee=$0

Of course for every rule there’s an exception.  Just look at the rate in Las Vegas for The Mirage on New Year’s Eve. Every other MGM hotel is showing sold out but the Mirage is $546.56 plus the $25 resort fee. Or burn 18,000 points for the same room at a value of 3.04 cents per point.

Of course traditionally you will always get the best bang for your buck by using your points at peak times as the point rate remains the same even when the cash rate climbs.  The same will hold true in Vegas, when paid rates skyrocket it can be a good value to use your points.  Just be sure to lock it in before the hotels sell out as you can always cancel point bookings until the stated cancellation deadline with no penalty.

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Hyatt 2013 Category Changes

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Update: Tomorrow is the last day to lock in current category rates before they go up.  As long as they are booked by tomorrow you can make date changes through March 15th under the old chart.  If you have category 1-4 anniversary nights from the Chase Hyatt Visa and are thinking of using them in Manhattan at the 48LEX now is your last chance!

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Originally posted on 12/18/12:

Hyatt 2013 Category Changes Linky

Most hotels chains reorganize their categories yearly to keep them current with the average rates that they charge.  The beauty of hotel points is that there are no blackout dates or capacity controls, if there is a room you can use points for it.  So even if a major event is in town and rates are quadruple what they normally are you can still use the regular amount of points as long as the hotel is not sold out of standard rooms.  When Starwood announces their 2013 changes I’ll post them as well (Don’t expect the Dead Sea to stay at a category 1 forever folks!)

Hyatt normally charges the following amount of points for a free room:
Category 1 = 5,000 (Standard room). 8,000 (suite).
Category 2 = 8,000 (Standard room). 12,000 (suite).
Category 3 = 12,000 (Standard room) 18,000 (suite).
Category 4 = 15,000 (Standard room) 23,000 (suite).
Category 5 = 18,000 (Standard room) 27,000 (suite).
Category 6 = 22,000 (Standard room) 33,000 (suite).

For 2013, 10 hotels go down in category.  7 hotels go up in category.

The somewhat underwhelming Park Hyatts in Toronto and Carlsbad, CA (Aviara) both drop from a category 5 to a category 4.  The good news here is that they’re a good value to use the with free anniversary night that you get for free every year with the Chase Hyatt Visa.

On the other hand the Hyatt 48LEX in Manhattan goes up from a category 4 to 5, making it ineligible for the annual free night.

Of course when you actually get the Hyatt Visa you get 2 nights that can be used at any category Hyatt, only the free annual night is restricted to category 4 and below.

But what I’m really happy about is that the Andaz West Hollywood in LA remains a category 4. I had pegged that as very likely to go up to 5 along with the 48LEX. I’m also thrilled to see that the awesome Park Hyatt Melbourne remains a category 4.

Through 02/06/13 you can continue to book nights at the hotels at their current rates, so if you have an anniversary night and want to use it in Manhattan anytime in 2013, book that now before it’s too late!

Any award nights booked before February 7, for dates after February 7, can be modified through March 15 following the terms of the old chart. Any modifications made to these reservations after March 15 will follow the terms of the new chart.

While the Hyatt Visa is awesome for the signup bonus, the Platinum elite status you get just for having it, and for the annual free anniversary night, it’s a terrible card for spending because you can also transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt.

-It offers 1 point per dollar on general spending.  This is beat by every Ultimate Rewards card as Ultimate Rewards points are more flexible as they can go to Hyatt or to many other partners.  Plus cards like Sapphire Preferred and Freedom Exclusives earn a bonus, even on top of base spending.  While the Ink cards offer 5 points per dollar so you can buy a $500 prepaid card from Office Depot for $4.95 (a cost of less than 1%) and earn 5 points per dollar (worth about 9.5%) on all your base spending. Ultimate Rewards consumer cards include Freedom Visa, Freedom Mastercard, Sapphire Preferred Visa, Sapphire Non-Preferred Visa.  Ultimate Rewards business cards include Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Classic, or Ink Cash.  All of these cards are fully churnable to earn the bonus again. You or your spouse must have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus to actually transfer those points to airlines or hotels, but even having one of the other cards keeps your points alive for when you will open one of the premium cards in the future.  While the Chase system allows transfers to other people you should not transfer your Chase points to someone else’s Chase account besides for your spouse as they may close the credit card that made or received a transfer like that.  For now there have not been any shutdown reports from transfers directly into someone else’s mileage account, but beware that they may enforce that in future.

-It offers 2 points per dollar on dining, airline tickets, and car rentals.  This is beat by the 2.14 offered by Sapphire Preferred on those and other categories.

-It offers 3 points per dollar at Hyatt hotels.  This is beat by none other than the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN.  The Starwood business card gives 5% cash back via Open Savings at Hyatt hotels in the US and 1 Starpoint per dollar.  I’d value 3 Hyatt points at about 5.1% back, and 1 Starpoint+5% cash back at 7.2% back.

-The only exception to this would be at Hyatt hotels outside of the US as American Express business cards only give Hyatt open savings in the US and the Starwood card charges foreign transaction fees while the Hyatt card does not.  So dust off your Hyatt card when you travel abroad and stay at a Hyatt hotel!

HT: eliteflyer, via DDF

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Ends Today: 90 Day Hyatt Platinum Trial

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Hyatt Platinum Trial Linky

If you (or anyone else you know) has a Visa Signature card you can signup for a free Hyatt Platinum 90 day trial.  This offer ends today!

Platinum gets you free internet, upgrades, 2pm late checkout, and bonus points at Hyatt hotels. Plus it also gets you 2 free confirmed upgrade certificates on paid stays when for the Hyatt credit card.

If you already have a Hyatt credit card or a United Club credit card then you can get Platinum status for the life of the card.

If you are Gold or higher with Hilton or Marriott, or Platinum with Starwood or Priority Club and you have some points in those accounts then you can match to a Hyatt Diamond trial, which gets you confirmed suite upgrades, 4pm late checkout, bonus point amenities, and it also gets your award nights for signing up for a the Hyatt credit card confirmed into a suite.

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Chase Hyatt Card Giving Anniversary Present For Signing Up?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Chase Hyatt Visa Signature Linky

In August, Chase added an enhancement to the Hyatt card, a free night (excluding hotels in category 5 or 6) on every Anniversary of having the card.

Numerous DansDeals Forum members who opened a Chase Hyatt card since August are now reporting that they have received the free Anniversary night along with the free nights signup bonus at any Hyatt for opening the card!

If you have opened the Hyatt card since August check your Hyatt.com account online under “my awards” and post a comment if you also have a free anniversary night in addition to the 2 free nights for signing up.

More about the Hyatt card:

-Current non-elites earn 1 free night at any Hyatt worldwide without blackout dates for spending $1 and another free night after spending $1,000.
-Current non-elites also earn Platinum status with free internet, bonus points, upgrades, guaranteed avaialbility, expedited checkin, and late checkout, for as long as they have the card.

-Platinums at the time of application (including those who status-matched to Platinum) earn 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide without blackout dates for spending $1 and earn 2 suite upgrades on paid stays of up 7 days each.

-Diamonds at the time of application (including those who status-matched to Diamond) earn 2 free nights in a suite at any Hyatt worldwide without blackout dates for spending $1.

-You can use your free signup nights at high-end Hyatt hotels include the Park Hyatt Sydney, Park Hyatt Maldives, and the Park Hyatt Paris, where nights in a standard room can cost as much as $1,200 each!

-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!

-Earn a free night (excluding hotels in category 5 or 6) for every year that you keep the card.

-Triple points for spending at Hyatt.

-No foreign exchange fees.

-$75 annual fee.

Need more Hyatt points?  The Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Ink Bold cards will each give over 50,000 points for signing up.  Hyatt hotels are broken up into 6 categories that cost between 5,000-22,000 points per night.

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Get Free Hilton Trial Gold Status And Match To Hyatt Trial Diamond Status With A Visa Signature Card!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Hilton Visa Signature Offer Linky

Enter in the card number of any Visa Signature card (it does not need to be in your name) and you’ll instantly get Hilton HHonors Gold status.  You’ll need to enroll in Hilton HHonors first. You can use the same card to upgrade as many people’s status as you like!

The trial status lasts until 08/31/11.  If you make 3 stays at a Hilton by then the status will last through 03/31/13.

Now here’s the kicker.  Hyatt will match mid-tier Hilton Gold status to top-tier Hyatt Diamond status on a trial basis.  You’ll remain Diamond for 60 days.  If you stay 12 nights within those 60 days you’ll keep Diamond status through 02/28/13 and you’ll get 1,000 points for your first 6 nights within 60 days.

Members on the interactive DansDeals Forums have reported that they have already been matched to Hyatt Diamond from the Hilton Gold promotion without any Hilton or Hyatt stays.

As a trial Hyatt Diamond member you will get 4 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. You also get free breakfast, points or food and beverage amenity, 30% bonus points, upgrades, club access, and more.

In addition if you apply for the Hyatt Visa Signature card as a Diamond member instead of getting 2 free nights in a standard room at any Hyatt worldwide you will get 2 free nights in a suite at any Hyatt worldwide!

Even after your trial Diamond status expires you will still have the 4 upgrade certificates and the 2 suite night awards from the Hyatt card!

Hyatt matches the following statuses to Diamond:-
-Hilton Gold or Hilton Diamond
-Marriott Gold or Marriott Platinum
-Starwood Platinum
-Priority Club Platinum

To get a match you can do any of the following:
-Email proof of competitor status to goldpassport@hyatt.com
-Fax proof of competitor status to 402-593-9449
-Mail proof of competitor status to PO Box 27089, Omaha, NE 68127-0089

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Chase Hyatt Visa Signature Card: Get 2 Free Nights At Any Hyatt Worldwide!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Chase Hyatt Visa Signature Linky

Membership in the Hyatt Gold Passport program is required to apply for this card. Click here to sign up for a free Hyatt Gold Passport account.

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.





Complimentary wining, dining, and gifts from the Park Hyatt Paris.

-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.


A drop in the bucket of the acres and acres of empty flowing pools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

-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.


Park Hyatt Sydney, the Sydney Harbour, and the Sydney Opera House, taken from the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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!

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Purchase Hyatt Gold Passport Points Today at 10AM For As Low As 0.94 Cents Per Point!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Update: Sold Out!

Discover America Hyatt Points Sale Linky

Hyatt (Current) Award Chart Linky

Hyatt New Award Chart, Eff. for bookings made on or after 06/04

This point sale is somewhat confusing because they say you are buying hotel nights, but if you read the fine print you can see that they are selling points. You can see this by clicking “view details” and then “offer terms and conditions.”

“2 nights for $225″ is really 24,000 points (.9375 cents per point). 100 packages for sale.

“2 nights at Hyatt’s elite hotels for $300″ is really 30,000 points (1 cent per point) 35 packages for sale.

“2 nights at Hyatt’s top hotels for $375″ is really 36,000 points (1.04 cents per point) 15 packages for sale.

“3 nights in a Hyatt Suite for $700″ is really 69,000 points (1.014 cents per point) 15 packages for sale.

The awkward timing of this sale is that Hyatt just announced a program devaluation with a new top-tier category 6 for the best properties. While it is true that right now you can book “2 nights at Hyatt’s top hotels for 36,000 points” come June 4th and you’ll have to shell out 22,000 points per night for those hotels.  As long as you book by June 3rd though the reservations will be honored.

And I have no idea why the price per point goes up slightly in the more expensive packages.

These packages can still be a great deal though.  A night at the Park Hyatt Paris normally sells for $1,000 per night, the Park Hyatt Sydney fetches $1,300 per night.  Or a cheaper category 1 Hyatt Place during a busy time may fetch $200 for just 5,000 points.  There are no blackout dates or capacity controls on standard rooms.

Hyatt points can be transferred into airline miles, but not at the lucrative ratios that Starpoints transfer into miles, so it’s not worth using them for that.

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30% Off Hyatt Place And Hyatt Summerfield Suites!

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Hyatt Summerfield Suites Offer Linky

Hyatt Place Offer Linky

-The 30% is off of the Hyatt Daily Rate.

-Book by 05/07

-Stay between 05/28 and 07/05.

-Bookings are nonrefundable.

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Earn Up To 27,500 AA Miles With 5 Hyatt Stays!

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Offer Linky

Earn 3,000 bonus miles per stay and 10,000 more miles after 5 stays for a total of 25,000 miles!

This is in addition to the 500 base miles per stay.

You won’t earn points if you choose miles (except platinum extras/diamond amenity elite points) but that may not be a bad thing with the upcoming devaluation.

Register by calling Hyatt at 800-228-3360 and ask for promo code: AA25K

This is fully combinable with the current faster free nights promo.

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Hyatt Gold Passport Devaluation…

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Update: The award chart changes and FAQ’s have now been posted on Hyatt.com.

Hyatt currently only has 5 reward categories, but they have just announced that they will be adding a new category 6. There will be 20 category 6 hotels and they will cost 22,000 points per night.

In all 65 hotels will be shifted to a lower category and 89 will go to a higher category.

I see this as a preemptive devaluation with the Hyatt credit card that is expected to launch very soon. With an influx of points expected in the system there has to be a devaluation at some point, although few expected it to come even before the launch of the credit card. Definitely an interesting strategy to devalue before trying to attract new customers with a credit card launch.  Definitely classier than devaluing the year after launching, but interesting nonetheless.

Reservations can be made though 06/03 under the current chart and those reservations can be modified through 09/02 under the current award chart.

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Rumor Confirmed: Another “Faster Free Nights” Promo From Hyatt Is Coming On March 26th!

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Update 2: Registration is now open (Select free nights!)
Don’t forget:
-To get Platinum status for free via the link below.
-To register for this promo for 2,500 United miles per stay if you want miles.
-To check for Gx point bonuses if you want Hyatt points.
-You can get Platinum Extras/Diamond Amenity Hyatt points regardless of if you choose points or miles.
-I’m booked for today at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland with the current 30% off promo. The total is $91 with tax (although it’s less due to the Costco certificates) For that I should get 650 Hyatt points for the stay, 1,000 Hyatt points for my Diamond amenity, and 2,000 Hyatt points for the G2 bonus for a total of 3,650 points and half of a free night credit.

Update: The promo is now official! Registration will begin on 03/26. For every 2 stays between 03/26 and 06/30 you will get a free night at any Hyatt.  There is no limit to the number of free nights and they can be redeemed between 04/01-08/31. Free nights will not be extended past 08/31.

Originally posted on 03/17:

Related: Get Free Hyatt Platinum Status+Fastrack To Diamond!

Purchase $100 Of Hyatt Check Certificates For Just $79.99 From Costco!

One of the hotel industry’s most generous promos is Hyatt’s “Faster Free Nights”.

They have offered it once (and rarely twice) per year since 2002.  In 2009 they changed the name to “The Next Big Thing” but the concept was the same.  Stay twice at any Hyatt and get 1 free night at any Hyatt.

With some Hyatt Place’s going for as little as $50 per night and Park Hyatt’s in cities like Sydney and Paris going for $1,500 per night the arbitrage possibilities are endless.  Plus Hyatt has no capacity controls on standard rooms for awards and they don’t charge resort fees on award stays.

I used some 2009 free nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, one of my favorite hotels in the world, which I wrote about and posted pictures about in my Kauai Trip Notes.

In 2009 during the Next Big Thing promotion I was able to combine promotions like never before.  For 2 stays made in October that cost $125 I got the Faster Free Night credit, 13,500 United miles, and 6,000 Hyatt points! Now that was a fluke of too many great promotions coinciding at the same time that I never expect again, but I’ll be on the lookout for other combo promos and will be posting them here.

At any rate another Faster Free Nights promotion should be starting on 03/26.  It will be called “The Big Welcome Back.” There’s no official information out yet, so stay tuned for further details!

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Coming Soon: Hyatt Visa Signature Card By Chase!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Hyatt is finally going to be offering a credit card.

It will be issued by Chase bank as a Visa Signature card.

What excites me are the rumored signup bonuses. One possibility is 1,000 points for every time you’ve stayed in a Hyatt over the past 2 years.  With their insanely generous promotions (Last October they gave 14,000 miles+a free night worldwide for $120 worth of stays) I’ve had dozens and dozens of stays that would qualify.  Another rumored signup bonus is a couple of free nights at any Hyatt worldwide.  Plus there will be benefits such as a number of confirmed upgrades to suites even on award nights.

The only problem is I just applied for a United chase card last week (hey 30K miles with no fee seemed worthwhile at the time) and Chase now only permits one card application every 6 months…

I haven’t seen any estimated launch dates for the Hyatt card yet, but stay tuned!

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Free Hyatt Platinum Status!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Free Hyatt Platinum Status Linky

-New members can join Hyatt and automatically receive Platinum status.  Current members must call to register for Platinum status.

-You will remain Platinum for 180 days.  If you spend 5 nights in a Hyatt hotelwithin that timeframe your status will be extended through 02/29/12.

-If you spend 15 nights in a Hyatt hotel within 180 days you will receive top-tier Diamond status through 02/29/12.

Among other benefits Platinums and Diamonds receive free internet access at Hyatt’s worldwide. Diamonds receive 4 confirmed Suite upgrades annually.

HT: FT

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Up For Grabs: A Room At The Hyatt Regency Maui For Thursday Night!

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Just send me an email if there are any Dansdeals readers in Maui right now that would like a room at the Hyatt for Thursday night (12/24). You’ll even get a free hot kosher breakfast for 2 (Cheese blintzes, fruit, and swiss jam) and access to the Hyatt Regency Club with free food and drinks all day long.

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Purcase $100 Of Hyatt Check Certificates For Just $79.99 From Costco!

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Update: I was able to use these on prepaid rates and get a refund to my credit card at my local Hyatt Place, but beware that hotels do not have to accept them on prepaid rates. They are however returnable to Costco at any time.

Costco is selling packs of 2 $50 gift cards good at any Hyatt for just $79.99!

Just call up your local costco and ask for item #485271 to check availability!

You can also check to see if your local Costco is carrying them by going to Costco’s store locator, clicking on your store, clicking on “New Items In the Warehouse” and then see if it lists the Hyatt certificates.  For example Mayfield Heights, OH has them, but Lincoln Pack/Chicago, IL does not.

Warning number 1: “No credit or change will be given on unused portion of certificate.”

So be sure to use the certificates for multiples of $50 and then pay the balance with a credit card.

Warning number 2: It’s unclear if these can be used on prepaid rates. The rules seems to indicate that they cannot, but some people are reporting that they have had success giving them to the hotel at check-in and getting a credit back (you may need to speak to a manager to get the refund if the hotel has already charged your credit card). If they won’t take it you may be stuck paying the full prepaid rate, but you won’t have any problem getting a refund from Costco for the unused gift cards.

HT: FT

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Get 2,500 Bonus Points For Each Hyatt Place Stay!

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Just call up Hyatt Gold Passport and ask to be enrolled in promo (Exp: 12/31): SELECT25

You’ll get 2,500 Hyatt points for each stay in addition to any other base points, base miles, bonus points, bonus miles, free nights, elite bonus points, etc, etc.  The limit is 10,000 bonus points (4 stays) for this promo.

Gotta love Hyatt and their stackable promos!

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Confirmed: Stay Twice At Any Hyatt And Earn 13,500 United Miles And A Free Night At Any Hyatt In The World!!!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Related Posts:
Get Trial Hyatt Diamond Status And 4 Confirmed Suite Upgrades!
Followed Through And Got Hyatt Diamond Status? You’ve Just Been Given A Free Night!
Hyatt’s “The Next Big Thing” Promotion!

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I spent 2 nights confirming that this promo actually works, and indeed it does! It did require a short phone call to Hyatt Gold Passport customer service to correct the postings to miles instead of points and to get the 500 point diamond amenity.

My total cost was $125 including tax for 2 nights at a Hyatt Place.  For that I got:

-A free night to use at any Hyatt in the world through 03/31/10 (And Hyatt has been generous in the past about extending that deadline).

-1,000 Hyatt points as a Diamond amenity.

-5,000 Hyatt points for reasons unbeknown to me.

-13,500 United miles.

That’s less than 1 penny a mile, and that’s besides for the Hyatt points and the free night at any Hyatt worldwide!

Plus the Hyatt Place rooms are really nice.  They’re spacious and come with up to 3 beds including the pull-out couch.  All Hyatt Place’s have free wi-fi and a nice desk to work at.

Here’s how to do it:

-Register for “The Next Big Thing” promotion and select free nights.

-Register for 2,500 bonus United miles with every 2 nights between 09/15 and 12/31. This promo is capped at 25,000 miles (20 nights) per member.

-Register for 5,000 bonus United miles with each stay by 10/31.  Yes I know it says it’s only for 1K’s. No I’m not a 1K. Yes it posted just fine for me. Use at your own risk!!!

-Find a cheap room at a Hyatt Place (Thursday-Sundays are cheapest)

-Upon checkin supply them with your United mileage number and request miles for the stay instead of points.

-You will get 500 base United miles for each stay.

-Yes all of these promotions really are stackable!!!

-If you have Diamond status you will also get 500 Hyatt points for each stay, although that will require a phone call to Hyatt to get it to post.

Not able to get Diamond status on the house? With the current double stays promotion it only takes 13 stays for you to earn Diamond the legit way!

Now you just need to figure out where to burn your free night with no blackout dates!  Here are some ideas…

Lowest Nightly Paid Rates (Before tax) for 12/29 at various Hyatt’s, converted into USD:

Note: Normally when you redeem free nights at Hyatt you pay no taxes and resort fees are waived.

Park Hyatt Sydney: $1,240

Park Hyatt Paris: $825

Park Hyatt Moscow: $800

Park Hyatt Milan: $650

Park Hyatt Tokyo: $620

Park Hyatt Dubai: $570

Park Hyatt Buenos Aires: $550

Hyatt Regency Maui: $485

Grand Hyatt Kauai: $465

HT: FT for the 5,000 point promo and to Levidess for the great HP rates!

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30% Off Hyatt Place Stays!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Offer Linky

Book by 10/09.

Stay between 10/25-12/31.

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Hyatt’s “The Next Big Thing” Promotion!!!

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Update: Registration is now open!

Originally posted on 09/15:

Hyatt has just announced a new promotion called “The Next Big Thing” (formerly known as faster free nights)

Earlier this year my wife and I stayed for a week at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai and a week at the Hyatt Regency in Maui.  The regular rates at the hotels were between $400-$500/night, but with the faster free nights we were able to book $55 rooms at the local Hyatt Place and effectively stay at those incredible Hyatt resort properties for just $110/night.

You can choose between:

-A free night at any Hyatt worldwide after 2 stays at any Hyatt worldwide. (It’s back!!!!!!)

Or

-3,000 points for each stay, starting with your 2nd stay.

With either option you also earn double elite qualifying stays during the entire promo period.

The promo runs from 10/01/09-01/31/10.

If you select free stays you can use the free stays between 10/15/09-03/31/10.

Registration will open on 09/25/09 (At which point I will bump this post back to the top)

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Have Hyatt Platinum Status? Get Trial Diamond Status And 4 Confirmed Suite Upgrades!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Related: Free Trial Period Of Platinum Elite Status At Hyatt


First off, a little background information on the Hyatt program:

Hyatt has 2 elite levels, Platinum and Diamond.

Platinum status normally requires 5 stays in a year. It is also given out for free (but only once in a lifetime) as a status match to anyone with elite status at another hotel chain or to Continental Presidential Plus Mastercard holders.

Platinum status gets you free internet access, the best room within your reserved category, and bonus points at Hyatt hotels.

Diamond status normally requires 25 stays in a year. It is also given out for free (but only once in a lifetime) as a status match to anyone with at least 10 stays at another hotel chain.

Diamond status gets you upgraded to Regency or Grand club rooms based on availability at check-in. As a diamond member you also get 4 confirmed upgrades to a suite per year.

If you already have Platinum status you can login to your Hyatt account, use the contact Hyatt Gold Passport form and ask “to be enrolled in the 2DTRIAL2 promotion for the upgrade to Diamond membership”.

You must send an email requesting Diamond status by 08/30. You will be given Diamond status through 12/31/09 as well as 4 electronic suite upgrade certificates. In order to maintain the Diamond status through 02/11 you will have to have 15 stays by 12/31/09.

If you already have Diamond status you can also ask to be enrolled in the 2DTRIAL2 promotion and you’ll be able to requalify with only 15 stays instead of 25.

Last year Hyatt’s incredible faster free nights promotion ran from 09/01-12/31, all indications are that they will probably aim for a similar timeframe this year, so it shouldn’t be too hard to hit 15 stays…

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