As I said on Sunday, most of the Daily Getaway offers haven’t been that great, and this week’s are only just good enough to merit “discussion” (not necessarily “purchase.”) But Thursday’s offer really is a good deal. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase Hyatt Gold Passport points for under 1 cent each, and I think there are plenty of opportunities to use them at a valuation of 1.8-1.6 cents each. That represents up to 46% savings.
One reason I like Hyatt’s award chart is that it doesn’t use ridiculous numbers. When Hilton charges 95,000 points for a night at a top-tier hotel, it makes their points look worthless. Hyatt charges only 22,000 points for their top tier properties. Earning hundreds of thousands of points just to redeem tens of millions of points is stupid in my mind.
The other reason I like Hyatt’s award chart — and this could also be a negative — is that it doesn’t have a lot of spread between its super luxury hotels and those that are merely luxurious. For example, the Park Hyatt Maldives and the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong are both 22,000 points per night, the same as the Hyatt Regency Maui. But the Hyatt Regency Maui is a much cheaper property. Maybe it should be reclassified as Category 5, or maybe a new Category 7 should be created for some of the stars. Either way, Hyatt offers valuable award opportunities, so I save up my points for these special awards.
I already have lots of Hyatt Gold Passport points and won’t be purchasing the largest package. (I need paid nights anyway to maintain my Diamond status.) The two smaller packages also have better prices and align more closely with my budget. There are many more of the smaller packages, with 100 of the 24K- point offers, 35 of the 30K-point offers, and only 15 each of the 36K- and 69K-point offers. You’ll have an easier time getting 24K points. But if you do go for the top package, look at it as a chance to buy three nights at any Hyatt in the world for just $700. Some of those properties cost $700 per night.
24,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points << Best Deal!
- $260 (1.08 cents per point) // $234 with Amex (0.98 cents per point)
- Enough points for two nights at a Category 3 property or one night at a Category 6 property
30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
- $330 (1.10 cents per point) // $297 with Amex (0.99 cents per point)
- Enough points for two nights at a Category 4 property or one night at a Category 6 property
36,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
- $415 (1.15 cents per point) // $373.50 with Amex (1.04 cents per point)
- Enough points for two nights at a Category 5 property or one night at a Category 6 property
69,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points
- $775 (1.12 cents per point) // $697.50 with Amex (1.01 cents per point)
- Enough points for three nights in a suite at a Category 4 property or three nights at a Category 6 property
Don’t forget to consider applying for the Hyatt Credit Card from Chase. It comes with two free nights at any Hyatt hotel (including Category 6) after you spend $1,000 in your first three months, and a free Category 1-4 night each year after that when you pay the annual fee of $75. Some readers have reported getting a $50 statement credit offer if they make a dummy booking on Hyatt.com. This helps offset annual fee, which is not waived the first year. However, the annual fee is well worth it for the free night each year. I’ve used mine at some properties that cost over $200. You’ll also get complimentary Platinum status, which is not worth much but does get you a preferential view and free Internet access.
Disclosure: I do not receive any affiliate income if you apply for the Hyatt Credit Card using this public offer.