Why I Did Not Book Any Future Hyatt Stays

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If you haven’t heard, today Hyatt’s award chart has increased for several properties with its addition of Category 7 hotels (30,000 points per night).  Also, Category 5 hotels increased from 18K to 20K and Category 6 hotels increased from 22K to 25K points per night.  I debated quite a bit about speculatively booking hotels for future stays to lock in the old rates.  However, I did not book any future Hyatt stays because of the following reasons:

  • I am only a Hyatt Platinum member.  I was a Hyatt Diamond member for most of 2012 and beginning of 2013.  It was great value to use Hyatt points to stay at Hyatt hotels as a Diamond member because of the lounge access, breakfast, extra amenities, and better service all around.  Now that I am just a Platinum member, I only get free internet and 2PM checkout, which isn’t anything too special.  Third party hotels offer those benefits plus free breakfast often.
  • Booking Hyatt hotels require transferring Ultimate Rewards points.  There isn’t any quick way of earning Hyatt points other than staying at Hyatt hotels or racking up points with Chase Ink, Sapphire, and Freedom.  Although you can get good value transferring UR points to Hyatt, I find that Ultimate Rewards points have the best value when redeeming for business or first class international travel.  There are many options to stay at cheap hotels or use other hotel points for lodging, but not too many options when flying business or first class.  I would rather save my UR than transfer to Hyatt.
  • 22,000 Hyatt points for top tier hotel may not be practical.  Ok this is a bit hypocritical because I’ve used my Hyatt points on Park Hyatt Paris (as a Diamond), but if you value Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, then in a way you are spending $330 for a night at a hotel.  I could book almost 3 nights at an Airbnb or third party hotel for $330!  I’m out most of the day anyways, so a hotel can be seen as just a place to stay.  Occasionally, I do like a nice hotel though.  Hope you get my point here.

Those are my reasons on why I did not book any future Hyatt stays.  For me, the sweet spot for Hyatt is Category 3 or 4.  I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Taipei for 12,000 Hyatt points (+3,000 Regency Club upgrade) and it was in a great location and had a nice room.  I value my Hyatt points at about 1.4 cents, so spending 15,000 Hyatt points per night is about $210.  I’m willing to spend about $200 for a decent hotel in a good location.

What do you think about my view?  Did you book future Hyatt stays?

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18 comments for “Why I Did Not Book Any Future Hyatt Stays

  1. Jerry Mandel
    January 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Hyatt Platinum Elite = no Elite at all. No free parking or breakfast.

    • January 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Yeah kinda. Platinum is nothing special.

  2. JakePB
    January 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Really solid post Rom. I also am just a platinum w/Hyatt and didn’t rush to make speculative bookings because of the UR transfer scenario you detailed. I hadn’t put it into dollars & cents like you have here, so thank you for that…really smart!

  3. MaryE
    January 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Two other ways to earn points: Hyatt Visa card, and Vegas baby.

    • January 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Yeah but I would rather use chase sapphire than Hyatt card for spending.

  4. AMJ
    January 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I actually held off on booking anything. If I had any category 6 trips planned, I would have made a reservation, but as of now I don’t. I have a couple of category 5 trips planned and I decided that we’d rather do the cash & points and then apply a suite upgrade. I also have a couple trips planned that would involve a nights at a category 4 and a category 2, so there was no need to book before 1/7.

  5. cj
    January 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    im a diamond but im a lot like you rom -I would rather stay more nights as I travel 365 days a year – its a awesome treat once in a while to see how the other half live -im cool with cat 1-4

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Wow traveling 365 days a year is impressive!

  6. Jack
    January 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    What happened to the intern that you hired a few months ago? Haven’t seen any posts by him/her yet

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:45 am

      He has his own blog now, you can check it out at First2Board.

  7. jim
    January 7, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    How do I book Club or Suite room with Hyatt using points? many of the hyatts I checked online shows STANDARD room only with points, very few shows Club and none shows Suite room bookable with points.

    For example, the Andaaz Maui only shows STANDARD room. The Hyatt regency in Maui shows STANDARD & CLUB room but not suite.

    Is it cash only with club and suite? Whats the trick to book club or suite room with hyatt points? do the allow it?
    thanks

    • January 8, 2014 at 7:47 am

      You have to book the room on cash or Cash and points. Then use points to upgrade to a suite. For club, you should be able to book directly. Maybe some hotels have problems and might need to call Hyatt Gold Passport.

  8. jim
    January 8, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    If I have to pay cash or cash and points for suite, then I won’t ask for suite room. I thought there was a way to use points to book suite room.

  9. Jacki
    January 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Yes, Agreed great post! Would I be insane to think all Hyatt CAT. 4 and lower offer free breakfast no matter the status? The Hyatt Place Midtown NYC had free breakfast in November, as they were a CAT 4….now a CAT. 5.

  10. Kev
    January 9, 2014 at 12:19 am

    What is the best way to use my free 2 nights at Hyatt? My free 2 nights will be expired in February and I plan to travel to San Francisco in April. Please advise. Thank you.

    • January 9, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Call Hyatt for a courtesy extension. I didn’t have luck with that, but others were able to get an extension. I would just use them any way I could if they don’t honor the extension. Good luck!

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