Dec082009

Hyatt Hotels Check Certificates $100 at Costco for $79.99

Costco is selling Hyatt Check Certificates. The price is $79.99 (no tax) for two US$50 Hyatt Check Certificates. I purchased some yesterday.

Hyatt Check Certificate fine print

The primary restriction with Hyatt Check Certificates is you can only redeem check certificates for payment in excess of the face value of the certificate.

Hyatt Check Certificates are combinable.

Example: You book the Hyatt Regency San Francisco for $120. After tax, the bill at check-out is $139.

You can only redeem two $50 certificates for a $100 payment credit using Hyatt Check Certificates. You need to pay cash or credit for the remaining $39.

So, you do not actually get 20% off this room since you paid $79.99 ($100 Check certificates) + $39 at checkout for the amount above the certificate value. You actually pay $119 for a $139 bill and save 14% on the total bill.

Maximizing the value of the Hyatt Check Certificates is a matter of getting your final room bill to a “Price is Right” level with a twist.

Your goal with Hyatt Check Certificates is to come as close to an increment of $50 without going under. Get your checkout bill to $100.20 or $151.05 and your total savings will approach 20% using Hyatt Check Certificates for your stays.

Expiration Date: None shown on my certificates.

Loyalty Traveler’s Winter in California Travel Plan with Hyatt Hotels

I am planning a hotel hop through Hyatts in California and perhaps some other states next month to maximize the current promotion offer for a free night at any Hyatt after two stays at any Hyatt brand hotel. The promotion runs through January 31, 2009.

Combined with the free night offer, Hyatt is giving “stays count double” fast-track to elite status.

There are so many combinable promotions that I should bullet them in a recap.

  • Earn a free night after every two stays.
  • Stays count double for elite status. Platinum elite requires 5 stays in a calendar year and Diamond elite requires 25 stays in a calendar year. This promotion reduces that to 3 stays and 13 stays.
  • Save up to 20% on your Hyatt stays by purchasing Hyatt Check Certificates at Costco.

My plan is a simple one and similar to my Hyatt Diamond qualifying hotel hops in March 2008 when Gold Passport also ran a “Stays Count Double” promotion. I will use the month of January in a blitz of Hyatt Hotel stays to maximize my earning of free nights, requalify for Hyatt Diamond elite status through February 2012 with 13 hotel stays in January 2010, and save money through the purchase of Hyatt Check certificates I plan to redeem during my January Hyatt hotel stays.

January is typically the month with the lowest hotel rates and hotel occupancy of the year in many locations.

Assume my average rate is $100 per night. 14 hotel stays is $1,400. I plan to have a stay in December to qualify for 7 free nights with my 13 January stays. I will requalify for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond through February 2012. I will probably earn around 25,000 Gold passport points with G bonus offers and elite bonuses.

Estimated Spend: $1,100 (after up to 20% savings from Costco Hyatt check certificates)

Estimated Added Value to paid hotel stays: $2,500 to $3,500

1.       7 free nights ($2,000 to $3,000 at a resort property or international urban hotel)

2.       25,000 Gold Passport points ($500)

3.       Regency Club lounge and suite upgrades during paid stays (?)

4.       Travel experience (priceless)

 

What is the value of hotel loyalty program elite status?

Hyatt Gold Passport made major loyalty program enhancements in 2009.

1.       No blackout dates for free nights using hotel points.

2.       Free internet for elite members.

3.       Diamond members receive complimentary Regency Club access, or in lieu of Regency Club, the member receives restaurant certificates + 2,500 Gold passport points.

4.       Diamond members receive four confirmed suite upgrades per membership year.

I currently have two free nights to use before the end of the month with two different hotel chains. These free nights were given to me solely as an elite member benefit.

Starwood Preferred Guest gave me a free night at any hotel, up to Category 5, as a gift for being SPG Platinum this year (25 stays or 50 nights in a calendar year). I earned my 2009 status in 2008 with a Stays Count Double promotion and a hotel hopping trip to Canada. You can get instant SPG Gold elite if you are new to Starwood Preferred Guest?

Hyatt Gold Passport gave me a free night at any Hyatt Place or Hyatt Summerfield Suites as a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member (25 stays or 50 nights in a calendar year). I earned my status for 2009 with two weeks of hotel stays in a March Madness 2008 stimulus tour during a ‘stays count double” promotion.

Loyalty traveler plans to jumpstart 2010 travel with multiple Hyatt experiences. I think it is going to be a good year of travel for this traveler. There is no better time to jump into the loyalty travel game if you can afford the admission fee.

Passports with Purpose – Win 50,000 Hyatt Gold passport points

Passports with Purpose raffle prizes include a chance to win 50,000 Hyatt Gold passport points. $10 will purchase a raffle ticket and help build a new school in Preah Vihear, Cambodia. We raised $13,000 already to build the school and now the goal is another $13,000 to provide health care, food, and clean water for the school. Small actions working together allow us to make a difference.

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. I bought some certificates yesterday as well, and might get some more (need to think through my 2010/11 plans more thoroughly), given that there is no expiration date.

  2. I would think twice about doing business with Hyatt Hotels. Three of their hotels in the Boston area have recently dismissed 100 housekeepers without warning and replaced them with temp workers who earn minimum wage.
    Most of the workers had been employed by Hyatt for many years, inclucing some who had worked for at the hotels for more than 25 years.

  3. My feeling with hotel employment issues is they are local issues involving a hotel owner and managers more than the corporate hotel brand entity. I wouldn’t be able to stay with any major hotel chain if I made a systemwide stand based on individual hotel issues.

    Every major hotel chain has individual hotels being boycotted by unions and other organizational groups for a variety of just issues.

    I respect local boycotts. I will not be staying at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Hyatt Manchester San Diego, or Boston area Hyatts under the current conditions.

    I plan to be staying at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. That hotel is not part of a union employees’ boycott at this time.

    I do not reject the Hyatt chain.

  4. I bought 2 $50 ones from Costco. I wanted to stay overnight near DC, so I tried to find a Hyatt where I can use my certificates. The internet rate is $70 + taxes but I cannot use my certificates to pay for it. If I want to use my certificates I have to pay 79 + taxes. There goes my $20 advantage 🙂

    I will probably return the certificates to Costco and be peaceful. I will get a better rate and I don’t have to safe keep my certificates.

    I have to admit it was a stupid idea in the first place.

  5. One big drawback of the Hyatt Costco certificates is using them for low prepaid rates. Some Gold Passport members have reported success with presenting the certificates at check-in and having the charge removed from their credit card.

    I typically find AAA rates as low as the prepaid rates, but not always.

    Gotta love Costco’s return policy though. I ended up returning some Hyatt certificates in February. I was glad to see the Hyatt certificates return to Costco for the current free night promotion period.

  6. need to know if the certificates for the hyatt are going to being sold at the costco in phoenix in 2011 need to know soon I keep going but nothing yet thanks

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