Hyatt Gold Passport has a buy points bonus offer through October 25 for 30% bonus points when you buy 5,000 to 9,000 points and 40% bonus points for 10,000 to maximum 55,000 points. The regular price is $24 per 1,000 points. You can buy a maximum 77,000 points with this offer, if you have not purchased any Hyatt points in 2016. There is a purchase limit of 55,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points in a calendar year (bonus points excluded).
You need to login to your Hyatt Gold Passport account to see the special bonus points offer.
My offer shows I can buy a maximum 53,000 points during this sale. In May 2016, I bought 2,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for a redemption opportunity.
5,000 points is the minimum purchase to trigger the 30% bonus points. $120 = 6,500 Hyatt Gold Passport points.
- 30% bonus points reduces the cost of Hyatt Gold Passport points from $24 per 1,000 points to $18.46 per 1,000 points.
10,000 points is minimum purchase to earn 40% bonus points. $240 = 14,000 points.
- 40% bonus points reduces the cost of Hyatt Gold Passport points from $24 per 1,000 points to $17.15 per 1,000 points.
55,000 points will cost $1,320 and earn 77,000 points with 40% bonus points.
I am not a buyer of Hyatt Gold Passport points on speculation. There are many properties where the reward night rate is so high that it does not make sense to buy points.
For example, 15,000 points for a category 4 hotel reward night will cost $264.
Here are hotel reward night costs when buying 10,000+ points at $17.15/1,000 points.
Use link for category 1 and drop down box on Hyatt webpage to see hotels for each HGP reward category level.
Hyatt Gold Passport category 1 hotels = 5,000 points = $85.75.
Hyatt Gold Passport category 2 hotels = 8,000 points = $137.20.
Hyatt Gold Passport category 3 hotels = 12,000 points = $205.80.
Hyatt Gold Passport category 4 hotels = 15,000 points = $257.25.
Hyatt Gold Passport category 5 hotels = 20,000 points = $343.00.
Hyatt Gold Passport category 6 hotels = 25,000 points = $428.75.
Hyatt Gold Passport category 7 hotels = 30,000 points = $514.50.
Points and Cash improves the value of points for Category 2-6 hotel reward nights, but the Points and Cash copay for Category 1 and Category 7 hotels is actually more than the cost to buy points. A category 1 Points and Cash reward night requires 2,500 points + $50. You can buy 2,500 points for $42.88 during this sale. Of course, it can be worth paying more to book a Points and Cash reward nights anyway for category 1 or category 7 hotels to conserve your points for more redemption opportunities.
Still, there are a large proportion of hotels, and likely the majority of Hyatt hotels worldwide, where room rates are lower than the cost to buy points for reward nights. Hyatt properties have been on an upward trajectory run for the past seven years with hotels increasing their category level. Hyatt, like Starwood, has priced many of their hotels for points stays to a level that makes simply paying the room rate a better value, unless you are earning large numbers of points.
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