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Buy Hyatt points Jan 18-Mar 15 for 10% to 30% bonus points

Hyatt Gold Passport offers 10% to 30% bonus points on points purchases from January 18 through March 15, 2012. The normal purchase rate of $24 per 1,000 points is charged, but the bonus points reduce the net cost. There is a calendar year limit of 40,000 points as the maximum purchase, yet this offer allows members to buy as many as 52,000 points for 2012.

  • 1,000 – 9,000 points = 10% bonus points; reducing rate from $24/1,000 points to $21.82 per 1,000 points.
  • 10,000 to 29,000 points = 20% bonus points; reducing rate to $20 per 1,000 points.
  • 30,000 to 40,000 points = 30% bonus points; reducing rate to $18.46 per 1,000 points.
  • Points must be purchased in increments of 1,000 points.
  • Maximum annual purchase for Hyatt Gold Passport points is normally 40,000 points and this sale offer allows members to buy up to 52,000 points in 2012.

This is a good opportunity to load up on Hyatt Gold Passport points if you have specific plans for using the points in 2012. I could show you loads of hotels where this is a great deal compared to the published rate, but suffice to say this can be a route to discounted hotel rooms. DealsWeLike blog showed a couple of examples where buying points saves major cash outlay at a couple of resort hotels.

Assume you purchase 52,000 points for $960. Here is the table to showing room rate to reward rate equivalent after buying points at $18.46 per 1,000 points.

Hyatt Gold Passport Reward Nights  (Hyatt link to free night rewards)

This table shows the cost or reward nights at each hotel reward level when buying points with the 30% bonus. If the published rate after tax is more than the rate shown here, then the points option is cheaper. Keep in mind though that a Hyatt reward stay does not earn points or elite credit and for Diamond members, confirmed suite upgrades are not applicable to reward stays.

Buy and Transfer Points for Bigger Hotel Rewards is the column I wrote for InsideFlyer January 2012 issue showing the rules for buying and transferring points across the major hotel loyalty programs. The piece shares some strategies and opportunities available to members who may want to buy points for a hotel reward as a cheaper alternative to the published room rates.

One of the features of Hyatt Gold Passport is the free transfer of points between any two members to reach the level needed for a reward stay redemption. This gives a couple the opportunity to purchase and combine 104,000 points with this current Hyatt Gold Passport promotion.

You may only have as few as 6,000 points in your account today and tomorrow you could have 110,000 points after combining points with another member (spouse, parent, traveling companion). Five nights at a Category 6 Hyatt Hotel for $1,920 in points purchases can potentially be a huge discount at some Hyatt Resorts and aspirational properties.

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 the analysis Gary.

    For our upcoming 5 night stay in Chicago, your information is helpful.

    The PH is CAT 6, 22,000 points per night. Alternatively, for our stay, with taxes the avg daily rate is $450 per night.

    So, buying points would cover 2 1/2 nights and save us about $150 over these 2 1/2 nights ($960 vs. $1,125). I have 65,000 points current balance to cover the remainder of our stay.

    However, the Hyatt Regency (granted, not as nice as the PH) is only a CAT 4 @ 15,000 points per night. Or just under $200 / night cash all in.

    So, I guess what I am trying to say is that if you do have your heart set on a high end / aspirational property, then buying points definitely can save you some money.

    In the case of Chicago though, there are a lot of acceptable Hyatt hotels at lower price points… So in my case, it will probably make more sense to identify a lower level property and just pay cash…

    Thanks again for helping to present the facts to make this kind of decision easier.

  2. Hi Ric,
    Assuming one is interested in Cat6 stay.
    Two of the options would be:
    a)Category 6 hotels at 22,000 points = $406.12
    b)With Stay Certificates the same Cat6 stay could cost up to $319
    Would the chances of booking a room be the same, in other words, would the room come from the same inventory or would I have a better chance of booking a room one way or another?
    Just trying to decide whichever makes more sense for an upcoming stay…

  3. Hi Ric – your two posts regarding Stay certificates in addition to this on bonus points actually prompted my question. They were very good and informative,as usual, BTW.

    I would just like to confirm if I am not missing something here, but it seems as though the certificates are a better value, even with the bonus. That is, if the room booked with certificates or points come out of the same inventory.
    So financially it seems to be a win for certificate stay vs. purchasing points.

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