Jan082011

Hyatt Stay and Weekend Prepaid Certificates

Hyatt Stay Certificates and Hyatt Weekend certificates are a prepaid payment option for Hyatt Gold Passport stays. There has been a slight increase in the cost of Hyatt Stay Certificates for the three lower tiers of the five tier certificate program.

Hyatt Stay Certificates are available at 5 price levels: 

  • Classic $109 (formerly $99)
  • Choice $145 (formerly $135)
  • Premier $185 (formerly $165)
  • Elite $249 (no increase)
  • Inspire $319 (no increase) 

Hyatt Hotels are sometimes available with a Hyatt Stay or Weekend Certificate for a lower price than the prevailing room rates offered for the dates of your stay. 

The best strategy for your wallet may be ‘forget the points and save money’. Hyatt Stay and Weekend Certificates are a prepaid option to remember when the room rate at the Hyatt Hotel is quite high for your dates. This strategy will not always work for the hotel you want, but when it does the savings can be significant. 

The biggest savings are likely to be found with hotels at the Hyatt Stay Elite and Inspire level certificates. These prepaid stay certificates cover room and tax. 

Hyatt Stay and Weekend CertificatesList of Participating Properties 

 

Booking Stay and Weekend Reservations 

Hyatt’s reservations website has a “Redeem Gift Certificates” tab for checking hotel availability if you already have purchased certificates and have codes to enter into the reservations webpage. 

If you have not purchased certificates yet, then call Hyatt Reservations and check availability over the phone before purchasing Stay and Weekend certificates. These prepaid Stay certificate nights are capacity controlled so you need to check certificate stay availability for your dates with Hyatt reservations.

There is no credit given for using a higher priced certificate for a hotel property that accepts lower priced certificates. The best strategy is to check availability for certificate nights before you purchase the appropriate certificate for your stay.

Hyatt Stay Certificate Saves Hundreds at New York Andaz 5th Avenue  

Hyatt’s Andaz 5th Avenue, New York, for example, is listed as a participating property at the Stay Certificate Elite ($249) and Inspire ($319) level. 

Monday March 7 – Wednesday March 9, 2011 is available at the time of writing for booking using a Hyatt Stay certificate Elite ($249/night). A two-night Hyatt Elite Stay certificate is $498 and covers room and tax.

Hyatt Andaz 5th Avenue, New York

Monday March 7 – Wednesday March 9, 2011

Hyatt Stay Two-night Elite Certificate = $498 (room + tax)

Hyatt Lowest Paid Rate = $798.84

$300.84 saved using Elite Stay Certificate 

Are you going to get $300 value from a stay credit and bonus points?

You should still receive your elite benefits on a Hyatt Stay Certificate stay. Unless you plan to use a Diamond elite confirmed suite upgrade certificate necessitating a paid stay, there is little reason to pay an extra $300 for this two-night stay. 

Saturday May 7 – Monday May 9 are dates available using Hyatt Stay Elite certificate.

Hyatt Andaz 5th Avenue, New York

Saturday May 7 – Monday May 9, 2011

Hyatt Stay Two-night Elite Certificate = $498 (room + tax)

Hyatt Lowest Paid Rate = $1,028.36

$530.36 saved using Hyatt Elite Stay Certificate

Hyatt Stay Certificates come in 5 price levels. 

Classic ($109/night)

Some Classic level Hyatt Hotels include the

  • Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
  • Hyatt Regency Cleveland
  • Hyatt Place Portland Airport PDX
  • Hyatt Regency Cancun
  • Hyatt Place Phoenix Airport
  • Hyatt Place Atlanta Buckhead
  • Hyatt Manila, Philippines 

 

Choice ($145/night)

Some Choice level Hyatt Hotels include the 

  • Grand Hyatt Denver
  • Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Florida
  • Hyatt Dulles Airport
  • Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Canada
  • Hyatt Regency Dubai
  • Hyatt Regency Casablanca, Morocco
  • Hyatt Regency Cologne, Germany
  • Hyatt Regency Auckland

 

Premier ($185/night)

Some Premier level Hyatt Hotels include:

  • Hyatt Regency Newport Rhode Island
  • Grand Hyatt Dallas DFW
  • Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Hyatt Regency Warsaw, Poland

 

Elite ($249/night)

Some Elite level Hyatt Hotels include the

  • Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • Grand Hyatt San Antonio
  • Grand Hyatt Seattle
  • Park Hyatt Philadelphia
  • Park Hyatt Washington D.C.
  • Park Hyatt Istanbul
  • Andaz London
  • Hyatt Regency London The Churchill

 

Inspire ($319/night)

Inspire level Hyatt Hotels include the

  • Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
  • Park Hyatt Dubai
  • Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
  • Grand Hyatt Mumbai
  • Grand Hyatt Tokyo
  • Park Hyatt Melbourne
  • Park Hyatt Sydney
  • Hyatt Regency Aruba
  • Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
  • Hyatt Regency Maui
  • Grand Hyatt Kauai
  • Park Hyatt Chicago
  • Hyatt Regency Paris Madeleine 

Hyatt Stay Certificates can be purchased for one, two, or three night stays. There is no discount for purchasing a multi-night Stay Certificate, so it is advisable to purchase single night certificates and combine them if needed.  You do not retain any residual credit if you burn a three night certificate for a two night stay. 

Participating Hyatt Hotels for Hyatt Stay Certificates accept different levels of certificates. Stay certificates are capacity controlled. For this reason it is best to check availability before purchasing the certificate to be sure you have the correct level for your desired hotel.

The main caveat in using Hyatt Stay Certificates is no points are earned on the paid certificate portion of the hotel stay.  Certificates count like free nights for Hyatt Gold Passport.

Hyatt Weekend Certificates  

Hyatt also offers Hyatt Weekend Certificates for hotels in USA and Canada. These 2-night or 3-night certificates are valid for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights and include breakfast. Far fewer properties participate in the Weekend Certificate offer, however, this option is sometimes cheaper than the Stay Certificate. Compare prices.

Hyatt Select Weekend Certificate US $298 for two nights ($447 3-nights) 

Hyatt Prestige Weekend Certificate US $418 for two nights ($627 3-nights)

Interestingly, there are some properties listed as accepting a Prestige Weekend Certificate that otherwise would require an Elite level Stay certificate.

There is an obvious advantage to the Hyatt Weekend Certificate at $209 per night including breakfast compared to $249 per night without breakfast for an Elite Stay Certificate at some Hyatt hotels. 

The following hotels are classified as Elite level Hyatt Stay ($249/night) and offer Hyatt Prestige Weekend Certificates which include breakfast for two and three night stays ($209/night).

  • Park Hyatt Toronto
  • Hyatt Grand Champions Resort (Palm Springs, CA area)
  • Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Florida (Naples area)
  • Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida
  • Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort, New Mexico
  • Grand Hyatt San Antonio
  • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas
  • Grand Hyatt Seattle
  • Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle
  • Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C. 

Link to Hyatt Stay Certificates

Link to Hyatt Weekend Certificates

Link to List of Hyatt Certificate Participating Hotels and Hotel Level

There is potential for saving money on the hotel room rate if you are willing to forego points and stay credit. Elite benefits should still apply on these stays.

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. Thanks for this! Do you know offhand if these are upgrade-eligible? The T&Cs exclude “upgrade certs” but don’t reference the 3k points upgrade. Any experience?

  2. Colleen – Stay and Weekend Certificates are treated like reward night stays and upgrades using points are only applicable to paid stays.

    You can always ask, but I do not think these certificates will allow an upgrade.

    Gold Passport Diamond elites have potential for complimentary upgrade at hotel just like on reward night stays using points.

    You can always ask about upgrade possibilities at check-in. Some hotels will offer a paid upgrade option if you ask.

  3. Ahh for the good old days when Grand Hyatt Kauai used to take Elite level certificates pre 2008!

  4. I’m interested in the Park Hyatt Milan. I’m a little confused by the setup of the site you linked to as “List of Participating Locations”. Where does the Park Hyatt Milan fall on the list? It’s listed, but “Check” is the only option listed.

  5. checked the Hyatt Madeline in Paris: 2 IN nights for 638$ or aprox 500€ is a cool deal, close to the lowest corporate rate I could find!

  6. How do you check availability online? It asks for a certificate code. Can certificates be emailed to avoid the shipping charges?

  7. the article above rates the grand hyatt new york as premier but on the hyatt website it is only eligible for elite or inspire level certificates. 🙁

  8. Since you can use the codes you posted to search for availability can you just go ahead and book and then order the certificates? Then you don’t have to worry about the availability changing while waiting for the actual certificate.

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