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Last week we learned about the Hyatt devaluation and award chart changes. A couple of days ago we learned about some actual enhancements, including the addition of a cash and points award chart that is actually pretty good in Categories 2 – 6 – especially since cash and points stays will count toward earning or retaining elite status.
As with all new things, there are some questions and situations that were not initially clarified. We don’t have all the answers to every situation yet, but there are a few more details that I think will help answer a few of the common questions.
Diamond Suite Upgrades Available on Cash and Points Reservations:
There has been mixed information on this one, but I have verified with execs within Hyatt Gold Passport that indeed you can use Diamond confirmed upgrades with cash and points reservations. Diamond members get four of these upgrades each year, and traditionally they could only be used on paid reservations. This development is huge news for Diamonds as it makes using those upgrades at aspirational type properties much more attainable. This just made those upgrades much more valuable than they were before!
Cash and Points Stays Count Toward Promotions and Diamond Challenges:
In pretty much all respects cash and points stays are treated the same as cash stays, and as such they count toward promotions where you stay X number of nights and get X number of bonus points. They also will count as qualifying nights for those on a Diamond challenge! This is in addition to the information already released that they will count toward elite status. All of this makes cash and points stays that much more lucrative!
Resort Fees and Taxes Charged on Cash and Points Stays:
Again, because cash and points stays are treated pretty much the same as paid stays, they are also subject to taxes and resort fees in much the same way that paid stays would be. At properties that charge pricey resort fees or high taxes, this is something to take into account when deciding whether to use cash, cash and points, or just points.
The MyElite rate & Points + Cash will be valid for stay/night credit at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts excluding all inclusive properties, Hyatt Residence Club, and Mlife properties.
10% Off Hyatt Gift Cards Through 2013:
This isn’t directly related to the recent changes, but Hyatt Gold Passport members get a 10% discount on Hyatt Gift Cards – up to a maximum of $2,000 USD in card purchases. Go to certificates.hyatt.com and enter your membership number and Promo Code GPGIFT at checkout. These are valid Hyatt hotels and resorts in U.S., Canada and Caribbean.
I also was recently told by execs from within Hyatt Gold Passport that when you redeem the free nights that come with the Chase Hyatt Visa at the new all-inclusive properties, that they will be good for a maximum occupancy of four in the room without additional charges. This is pretty great because on points the maximum occupancy at all-inclusives is two before additional points are required for the third and fourth person. Now, even though that is good news, and I trust those who have given me that info, I don’t necessarily expect a smooth implementation based on how the all-inclusives have been going thus far with point redemptions. Hopefully it will all work a bit smoother once the properties have been open for a bit longer. This policy makes sense though since someone just getting the card may not have Hyatt points available to supplement for the third and fourth person charges if traveling as a family.
Let me know if you have any other additional questions and I’ll try to get them answered!