Jul022014

Hyatt Double Your Points Rate Analysis

Hyatt Hotels offers a ‘Double Your Points’ 2XPTS rate at 56 hotels around the USA for stays through September 1, 2014. Double points rate earns an extra 5 points per dollar on hotel spend.

This is generally a rate to avoid for most guests, unless you plan to have a high amount of incidental spend for dining and other purchases earning double points.

The 2XPTS rate is higher than the Hyatt Daily Rate (BAR) and ranges from about $15 to over $50 per night more. This rate could be a good deal for bonus points if you have significant hotel spend for dining and other points earning activities above the hotel rate. You will earn 10 points/$1 on incidental spend beyond the room rate. I show in a rate analysis how $500 in incidental hotel spend dinner can make a $75 per night higher Double Your Points rate a good deal compared to the My Elite Rate 20% discount.

The My Elite Rate 20% discount on the Hyatt Daily Rate is available to Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond members. Be sure to sign into Hyatt Gold Passport and check for My Elite Rate offer.

Hyatt Gold Passport members can purchase up to 40,000 points per calendar year at $24 per 1,000 points. This means any rate for double points that is costing more than $24 to earn 1,000 additional points with the Double Your Rate bonus is paying more than the price to simply buy points from Hyatt.

Hyatt Double Your Points

Participating Hotels:

  1. Andaz San Diego
  2. Andaz Savannah
  3. Andaz West Hollywood
  4. Grand Hyatt Atlanta
  5. Grand Hyatt Denver
  6. Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
  7. HYATT house Branchburg
  8. HYATT house Charlotte Center City
  9. Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus
  10. Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands
  11. Hyatt on Main, Green Bay
  12. Hyatt Place Atlanta/Alpharetta/Windward
  13. Hyatt Place Birmingham/Inverness
  14. Hyatt Place Chicago/Lombard/Oak Brook
  15. Hyatt Place Coconut Point
  16. Hyatt Place Denver Airport
  17. Hyatt Place Orlando Airport-Northwest
  18. Hyatt Place Pittsburgh Airport
  19. Hyatt Regency Atlanta
  20. Hyatt Regency Austin
  21. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
  22. Hyatt Regency Chicago
  23. Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
  24. Hyatt Regency Cleveland – The Arcade
  25. Hyatt Regency Columbus
  26. Hyatt Regency Dallas
  27. Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
  28. Hyatt Regency Houston
  29. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
  30. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
  31. Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
  32. Hyatt Regency La Jolla
  33. Hyatt Regency Long Beach
  34. Hyatt Regency Louisville
  35. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
  36. Hyatt Regency Miami
  37. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
  38. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
  39. Hyatt Regency New Orleans
  40. Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
  41. Hyatt Regency O’Hare
  42. Hyatt Regency Orange County
  43. Hyatt Regency Orlando
  44. Hyatt Regency Phoenix
  45. Hyatt Regency San Antonio
  46. Hyatt Regency Savannah
  47. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale
  48. Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch
  49. Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort
  50. Hyatt Santa Barbara
  51. Hyatt The Pike Long Beach
  52. Hyatt Westlake Plaza
  53. Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
  54. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
  55. Park Hyatt Chicago
  56. The Driskill

Hyatt Rate Analysis

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Friday July 25

Hyatt My Elite MSP

  • $176 My Elite Rate available to all Platinum and Diamond Members; $198.68 after tax. Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival with no penalty.
  • $199 Advance Purchase (prepaid, nonrefundable)
  • $219 Hyatt Daily Rate ($248.35 after tax) Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival with no penalty.
  • $241 Hyatt Double Your Points (273.19 after tax) Cancel 24 hours prior to arrival with no penalty.

The 2XPTS rate is $22 more per night for Double Your Points rate compared to Hyatt Daily Rate. The Double Your Points rate earns 1,205 bonus points.

This is like buying points for $20.75 per 1,000 points and a decent upsell offer. But, in this case there is the My Elite Offer available to Hyatt Gold Passport elite members (anyone with Hyatt Visa is Platinum elite) and the after tax nightly difference is $74.50.

$176 x 5 points/$1 = 880 Hyatt Gold Passport base points.

$241 x 10 points/$1 = 2,410 Hyatt Gold Passport base points.

Those extra 1,530 points cost an additional $74.50 per night. That is paying $48.70 per 1,000 points and what you are really getting with the Double Your Points rate is a Double the Price to Buy Points rate compared to the $24 per 1,000 points standard deal available year round for purchases up to 40,000 points in a calendar year.

Hyatt Gold Passport usually run promotions for 20% off points purchases a couple times a year.

Dining Charges Make 2XPTS rate more favorable

Assume you hosted a $500 dinner on the Double Your Points rate.

This $500 dinner would earn an additional 2,500 bonus points if the Double Your Points rate is booked.

Now the equations change:

My Elite Rate: $176 x 5 points/$1 = 880 Hyatt Gold Passport base points + 2,500 points for $500 dinner = 3,380 points. (I’m ignoring the elite bonus points).

$241 x 10 points/$1 = 2,410 Hyatt Gold Passport base points + 5,000 points for $500 dinner = 7,410 points.

In this case, spending an additional $75 on the room rate earns an additional 4,030 points. The additional 4,000 points cost $18.75 per 1,000 points which is the same as the rate Hyatt sells points during the 20% discount promotion.

This is a decent deal for the Double Your Points rate compared to even My Elite Rate when your hotel stay incidental spend is more than your room rate.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.

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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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