One of the most frequently mentioned pieces of advice most experienced points and miles travel bloggers will share with you is points purchases are not generally a good idea without a specific purpose in mind. I have regretted not buying points when I later found a high value hotel I could have stayed at with a bargain rate. I have regretted buying points or hotel stay discount certificates when travel plans changed and I never made it to the hotel location before the points or certificate value expired.
Hyatt Hotels has three hotels in Malaysia, including Hyatt Gold Passport category 4 hotel Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur and two category 1 hotels with Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort and Hyatt Regency Kinabalu in Kota Kinabalu, both category 1 hotels on the island historically known as Borneo to Americans. Borneo is the largest island in Asia and third largest island on Earth. Borneo island is a wee bit larger than Texas. The highest point on Borneo is Mount Kinabalu, 13,435 ft. (4,095 meters). The Borneo rain forest is one of the oldest rain forests on Earth.
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu in the city of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, commonly called KK is on the South China Sea coast of Borneo is $133 per night or 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night.
Hyatt points purchases made through May 31 are eligible for 40% bonus Hyatt points.
Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt 40% buy points bonus to May 31 drops price to $17 per 1,000 points (May 3)
$360 for 20,000 points buys 4 nights at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Malaysia
Kuantan and Kinabalu on the island of Borneo have relatively stable hotel rates for several months September to November. Kuala Lumpur is more variable in nightly hotel rates.
20,000 points buys a $132 per night room or $529.62 on a 4-night stay at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. The cost to buy 21,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points is $360 with the special 40% bonus points offer on Hyatt Gold Passport points purchases through May 31, 2015.
$90 per night at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is more than 30% off the published rate of $132 per night.
There are places with Hyatt Hotels where buying points makes sense.
Another consideration is $132 per night with a Hyatt Diamond member suite upgrade on an extended stay might be a good investment for a hotel room upgrade. That could even favor a stay at the Hyatt Regency Kuantan Resort with its lower nightly rates at $412 for a 4-night stay with a confirmed suite upgrade.