Update: The Concorde Lafayette has been rebranded as the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile and it is only a category 4 property which means you can use just 15,000 points or a Hyatt anniversary night to stay there. A suite would be 23,000 points. It’s located just 0.2 miles away from Le Shine and 0.4 miles away from Darjeeling, easily the 2 best glatt kosher meat restaurants you will find in Paris. It’s also just a 1 mile walk to Chabad of Champs-Élysées which hosts wonderful friday night and shabbos day meals for locals and tourists alike.
The Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée is a category 5 property at 18,000 points per night for a standard room or 27,000 for a suite.
Both are now bookable.
Originally posted on 04/18:
You can now use Hyatt points to book the Hotel du Louvre in Paris and the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez in Cannes.
Coming soon will be the ability to book the Concorde Lafayette, Paris and the Palais de la Mediterranee, Nice.
The Hotel du Louvre is a bargain at a category 5 property. Searching a random date, May 22nd, the paid rate is 500EUR ($652USD) or 18,000 points. That’s a value of 3.62 cents per point.
Of course it has to compete with the excellent Park Hyatt Paris which comes in at 22,000 points per night and can go for as much as $1,000 per night. A suite at the Park Hyatt is 33,000 points per night.
The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is a category 6 property which will set you back 22,000 points per night.
Hyatt’s top-end hotels are the best points bargain around as the most they can go for is 22,000 points for a standard room or 33,000 points for a suite. Hilton and Starwood’s top hotels go for several times that.
You can earn Hyatt points with the Hyatt card though you will accumulate points much faster with Chase Ultimate Rewards cards due to purchase bonuses like 2.14x on travel and dining with Sapphire Preferred, 5x with rotating categories on Freedom, 2x on gas on Ink, and 5x on telecom, internet, cable, and office supply stores (including gift cards to hundreds of other stores) purchases on Ink. Those points transfer instantly to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. Chase Ultimate Rewards cards include the Freedom Mastercard, Freedom Visa, Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, Ink Plus, and Ink Cash. You or your spouse need an active Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold, or Ink Plus to actually transfer the points over.
Additionally though the Hyatt card gives 3 points per dollar for spending at Hyatt hotels you can earn points plus 5% cash back at Hyatt hotels in the US by using an American Express business card like the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, The Business Gold Rewards Card(R) from American Express OPEN, or the Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN.