Jun272012

52,000 Hyatt points for $960 can be good savings

Hyatt Gold Passport offers 10% to 30% bonus points for points purchases from June 20 through August 31, 2012. Buy 30,000 to 40,000 points and the bonus is 30% more points.

I think this is a good deal for frequent Hyatt guests and I differ somewhat from the value assessments by One Mile at a Time and The Points Guy.

Buy Hyatt Points with up to 30% bonus points link.

Buying Hyatt Gold Passport Points Basics:

The normal rate is $24 to buy 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.

  • Receive 30% bonus points for purchases of 30,000 to 40,000 points. You can buy 39,000 points for $720 or up to 52,000 points for $960. This lowers the price from $24.00 to $18.46 per 1,000 points.
  • 20% bonus points buying 10,000 to 29,000 points. $240 for 12,000 points is a $20.00 per 1,000 points.
  • 10% bonus points buying 1,000 to 9,000 points is $21.82 per 1,000 points.
  • 1,100 ($24) to 9,900 points ($216) = $21.82/1,000 points.
  • 12,000 ($240) to 34,800 ($696) = $20.00/1,000 points.
  • 39,000 ($720) to 52,000 ($960) = $18.46/1,000 points.

Hyatt Gold Passport members can buy up to 40,000 points per calendar year (Jan 1-Dec 31). This 30% bonus points offer gives members the opportunity to buy 52,000 points at this time.

This is a good rate at $18.46 per 1,000 points to buy points if you stay in Hyatt Hotels frequently, pay your own bills and will be able to spend the points in this calendar year. Hyatt Gold passport has run similar bonus points sales the past couple of years.

$18.46/1,000 points Hotel Reward Rate Chart

The value of the points is shown in this table for the six categories of hotel rewards in Hyatt Gold Passport when getting the 30% bonus points for purchases from $720 to $960 for 39,000 to 52,000 points.

Hyatt Gold Passport Hotel Reward Categories and Cost per night when buying points with 30% bonus points.

Buying Hyatt Gold passport points saves money when Room Rate + Taxes per night for the hotel exceeds the cost shown in the hotel reward category table.

While there are savings on buying points for hotel rewards at high-end properties where published rates are over $400 per night for category 6 hotels like Park Hyatt Sydney and Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, those rates are still about $200 more than I would typically consider paying for a hotel room.

I see the value of buying Hyatt Gold Passport points for the low category 1 and 2 hotels where the rate savings using purchased points can be about 35% less than the published room rates. The rate at $221 for a category 3 hotel is higher than I would want to spend for a hotel night.

For my kind of travel I see 52,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points as a good opportunity to save money on hotel nights I need in places where there is a low category 1 or 2 Hyatt and the cost is about the same as Priceline rates without the hassle of bidding.

Lucky touched on a good value hotel reward with his One Mile at a Time post showing the Grand Hyatt Santiago, Chile as a category 2 hotel for 8,000 points when rates are over $300 per night after tax.

I am looking a little closer to home for my savings where I know I can get a decent value from points reward stays. The category 1 hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area with Hyatt Place Dublin or Hyatt House San Ramon for $92.31 per night buying Hyatt Gold Passport points and redeeming 5,000 points for a free night offers a good alternative to paying the going weekday rate for these corporate center suburban hotels.

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Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton, California is $146.72 after tax on a $134 AAA rate for a midweek stay tonight or 5,000 points.

Buying 5,000 points for $92.31 saves $54.41 on one night.

$720 buys 39,000 points and this can save over $400 after 8 one-night reward stays like I have shown for Hyatt Place Dublin. There are nights when the value of earning base points and bonus points and elite stay credit does not match the cash savings.

Or you can save $300 a night for Sydney or Paris if you are actually the kind of traveler that could and would pay $700 for a hotel night.

I’d be bidding Priceline first before spending $400 for a hotel night – even in Paris.

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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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Comments

  1. Hyatt award stays don’t count towards tier status, correct? If that’s the case, I just can’t see much value here.

  2. @scott – No. Only base points count fot lifetime status.

    @Explore – This is a good deal primarily for members who have to pay for their own stays and are more interested in hotel stays that save money rather than hotel stays needed for elite status.

  3. Would this be a good purchase for Oahu and Maui resorts? Three couples are going in January 2013. Any suggestions?

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