Posted by Ric Garrido

Hyatt Gold Passport points purchased between August 18 and September 30 receive 20% bonus points reducing the price to $20 per 1,000 points. This sale allows members to buy up to 48,000 Gold Passport points. This post shows several examples where buying points at $20/1,000 points can save hundreds of dollars on a two-night stay.

Hyatt Gold Passport normally allows members to buy up to 40,000 points in a calendar year at $24 per 1,000 points.

While this price is not necessarily low enough to warrant jumping all in (DiscoverAmerica.com offered Hyatt points for about $10 per 1,000 points last April 15 – LT post), the $20 per 1,000 points price to buy points might save you money at some Hyatt hotels.

Buy Hyatt Points link.

Loyalty Traveler Analysis

The way I tend to analyze whether buying points is a good deal in general to hold for future redemption nights is to select a random date and check hotel rates at various locations.

Monday to Wednesday October 17-19, 2011.

Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest, Marietta, Georgia – Hyatt Gold Passport Category 1 Hotel – Monday to Wednesday October 17-19, 2011.

  • $179 Hyatt Daily Rate One King ($408.12 with tax for two nights).
  • $161.10 Hyatt AAA rate ($367.41 with tax for two nights).
  • $152.15 advance purchase nonrefundable rate ($346.90 with tax for two nights).
  • $100 category 1 free night for 5,000 points ($200 all-in with tax).
  • Buying points saves $146.90 off lowest rate.

 

Hyatt Regency Toronto Hyatt Gold Passport Category 2 Hotel (Monday to Wednesday October 17-19, 2011)

  • $254CAD Hyatt Daily Rate  One King ($574.04CAD with tax for two nights = USD$580.58).
  • $228.60CAD AAA rate ($516.64CAD with tax for two nights = USD$522.42).
  • $203.20CAD Advance Purchase Rate ($459.23CAD with tax for two nights= USD$464.37).
  • $160 category 2 free night for 8,000 points ($320.00 all-in with tax).
  • Buying points saves US$144.37 off lowest rate.

 

Hyatt Regency Miami, Tuesday January 17-Thursday January 19, 2012 – Hyatt Gold Passport Category 3 Hotel

  • $279.00 Hyatt Daily Rate One King ($630.54 with tax for two nights).
  • $251.10 Hyatt AAA rate ($567.49 with tax for two nights).
  • $259.00 advance purchase nonrefundable rate ($585.34 with tax for two nights).
  • $240 category 3 free night for 12,000 points ($480 all-in with tax).
  • Buying points saves $87.49 off lowest rate.

 

Hyatt Escala Lodge, Park City Utah Friday Jan 13-Sunday Jan 15, 2012 – Hyatt Gold Passport Category 4 Hotel.

  • $439.00 Hyatt Daily Rate Two Queens ($1,022.04 with tax for two nights).
  • $300 category 4 free night for 15,000 points ($600 all-in with tax).
  • Buying points saves $422.04 off lowest rate.

 

Park Hyatt Istanbul Macka Palas, Turkey Monday October 17-Wednesday October 19 – Hyatt Gold Passport Category 5 Hotel.

  • 375EUR Hyatt Daily Rate Park King (810EUR with tax for two nights = USD$1141.77).
  • $360 category 5 free night for 18,000 points (US$720 all-in).
  • Buying points saves $421.77 off lowest rate.

 

Park Hyatt Tokyo, Monday October 17-Wednesday October 19 – Hyatt Gold Passport Category 6 Hotel.

  • 49,000 JPY Hyatt Daily Rate Park King (113,590 JPY with tax for two nights = USD$1,476.10).
  • 41,650 JPY Hyatt Advance Purchase Park King (96,612JPY with tax for two nights = USD$1,255.52).
  • $440 category 6 free night for 22,000 points (US$880 all-in).
  • Buying points saves $375.52 off lowest nonrefundable rate and $593.90 off lowest refundable rate.

These hotel comparison rates for prevailing published rates compared to the cost to buy points required very little effort to find indicating there are dozens of hotels where you have the opportunity to get a Hyatt Hotel for far less money using points purchased during the current sale to pay for stays.

A shout-out to Lucky at One Mile at a Time for posting this Hyatt Buy Points promotion since I had overlooked it until now.

 

3 Responses

  1. As always, time-saving research and great analysis on LT … thank you so much Ric! You have giving us lots of options with the above info :)

  2. Thanks for the detailed analysis! Do you know how frequently Hyatt runs this promo? I’m wondering whether to wait until next time…

  3. @Kalboz- Thanks. I was surprised at how easy it was to find great savings buying points across all the hotel reward categories. I figured 1 and 6 would be easy, but 2-5 were also easy to find high rates where points provide savings on hotel stays.

    @Jenny – Hyatt just started selling points this year so I do not think they have ever offered a 20% bonus before. Prior to 2011 members could only buy 10% points when short of a redemption level to redeem immediately for a reward.

    In general, I think most hotel programs offer 10% to 20%bonus points or price discount at least once per year and sometimes twice a year.

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