How to Obtain and Use Hyatt Stay Certificates

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Recently I answered a reader’s question on how to rack up Hyatt points for an upcoming reward stay that they had in mind.  In that post I focused solely on earning and using Hyatt points since that was the question at hand, but there is another option out there besides just paying the going rate for the Hyatt hotel.  Sometimes paying with points isn’t possible because you simply don’t have enough, or it doesn’t make sense because the value of the points required is more than the going rate of the hotel.

In those cases you could consider using Hyatt Stay Certificates.  Stay Certificates are for sale on Hyatt’s website for a fixed amount of money.  There are seven different levels of certificates available, each with their own nightly price:

Classic ($109.00) – HSCLN1
Choice ($152.22) – HSCHN1
Premier ($188.89) – HSPRN1
Elite ($260.00) – HSELN1
Inspire ($325.55) – HSINN1
Exclusive ($394.44) – HSXLN1
Ultimate ($461.11) – HSULN1

Thanks to Lucky for publishing the codes.

You can search here to see what certificate levels the hotel you are interested in accepts.  Obviously you would want to pay with the lowest level of certificate that is accepted by the hotel you desire.  The codes following the certificate type and price above are what you will use when searching for room availability on your desired dates.

Be aware that just because a hotel accepts a certain type of certificate, that does not mean you will actually find availability when you want to go.  Some Hawaii properties in particular (Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hyatt Regency Maui, and Andaz Maui) can be difficult, especially during peak times.

There are some terms and conditions you want to be aware of when buying these certificates:

  • Hyatt Stay Certificates do not expire.
  • Hyatt Gold Passport points will not be given for the value of this certificate.
  • Reservations must be made in advance using the code on the front of the certificate.
  • Certificate will cover all applicable taxes.
  • No credit will be issued for any certificate that is not fully used.
  • Not all of Hyatt’s Gift Cards & Certificates are redeemable at all Hyatt locations. Be sure to check the list of Participating Locations before purchasing.
  • At this time, Hyatt Stay Certificates are NOT eligible for stay/point credit.

To give you an idea of some different certificate levels required by certain properties, I did a few searches.

  • Hyatt Market Street – Premier ($188.89) – availability was actually pretty good on my searches, and that price is often lower than the rates at this property
  • Andaz Wall Street – Elite ($260.00)
  • Other NYC Hyatt Hotels – Inspire ($325.55)
  • Hyatt Grand Cypress – Elite ($260.00)
  • Hyatt Lost Pines – Elite ($260.00)
  • Grand Hyatt San Francisco – Premier ($188.89) – not a bad rate for this hotel
  • Hyatt Huntington Beach – Elite ($260.00)
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort – Elite ($260.00)
  • Hyatt Place Waikiki – Premier ($188.89)

The reason I have never used these myself is that if I am already going to be shelling out that amount of cash, I really want to earn Hyatt points and a stay credit toward elite status.  I am willing to pay a little more to get that.  I am also willing to use Hyatt points for stays that are too expensive for my tastes.  However, there still could be those sweet spots for certificates where points don’t really make sense, but neither does the going rate.  In those cases, I will look to these as an alternative.

Have you ever used a Hyatt Stay Certificate?  Can you think of a situation where you might use one in the future?

Comments

  1. Hi mommypoints, do you know if stay certificates are printed with a name on them? I know you have to pre reserve the room, but when buying the certificates, are they actually printed with your name on them?
    Thanks,

  2. They are an excellent value when going to Keywest. All KeyWest ocean front properties range north of $350 and its an excellent value to use these certs there.

  3. I am looking at Hong Kong over new year’s even this year and want to stay at the Hyatt Tsimsha Tsui property for its location. Regular rates are $400 a night and $550 for 12/31 but I can use either an elite certificate ($260) or 15000 hyatt points (which I have to transfer from Chase.) I need 2 rooms (possibly 3) for two nights. I am a little torn as to whether I should use points instead of buying stay certificate, which values my points at only 1.7 cent per point (each room each night cost 15000 points)

  4. Lovely property with a beautiful pool.

    I would consider which method would have the means to get a harbour view room. Likely, you will want to take full advantage of it during your stay.

  5. In my humble opinion, it depends on whether your are strapped for cash, like I am, or the cash is no problem and you’d be better off using your points for something else.

    Since I have less cash and more points, there’s no question which decision I would make. If on the other hand you can use those same UR points for example on car rental, covering air fare which would otherwise exceed the cost of the certs, then the stay certs at $260 may work out cheaper. It’s really not a bad price for a $400-$500 per night hotel…again, in my humble opinion.

    All the best on your trip.

  6. I used the certificates at the Hyatt Churchill and saved a bundle. I paid $260 per night with the certificate for a standard room that would cost $450 per night. Since I had Platinum status, the hotel upgraded me to a room with a view of the park across the street. So in my experience, this was a fantastic deal.

  7. Club room cost 18000 points and I don’t know if harbor view is included. I thought about getting the Hyatt card and that would give me two free nights, probably in the regular room (which cost 15000 points) but the card will bump my status up for a chance of room upgrade. I just started to collect MR and UR points and would have enough if I use it all, but I am not sure that’s the best use of the points. I might end up using both points and stay certificate.

  8. I’m using a few Classics at a Hyatt Place in a couple weeks instead of spending 163 per night. The savings more than compensates for the points. I have a spreadsheet to calculate the break even point. Great post no one knows about these.

  9. Can I use one of these in Park Hyatt Maldives? Not really sure what to do with the fare code. But I’d guess it will be the “ultimate” one?

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