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Many thanks to Mommy Points reader Christian who alerted me that the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort seems to have dropped from a Category 6 to a Category 4 hotel. This hotel recently opened in late 2013 as a Category 6 Hyatt hotel. As a Category 6 that means it would cost either 25,000 points per night or 12,500 points + $150 per night via the cash and points option. However, now that it is Category 4 hotel that means it is just 15,000 Hyatt points per night or 7,500 points + $100 per night via cash and points. If you need more Hyatt points, those relatively low point costs make it a good time to transfer points in from the Ink Plus® Business Card, Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, or Ink Bold® Business Card at a 1:1 ratio.
Remember, as a Diamond guest you can use a confirmed suite upgrade on a cash an points reservation and (presumably) get yourself into an Andaz Suite for just 7,500 points + $100 per night – that sounds like a pretty solid deal to me. As a Category 4, you can also now use your free annual night you get thanks to having the Hyatt Visa!
I have not yet had the chance to visit this property, but I very much want to. In the meantime, The Points Guy has a review of a standard king room and a suite from just after the hotel opened a few months ago. The Andaz doesn’t seem to be a big overtly family friendly resort, but it does have a ‘family pool’, Kids Club for children ages 4-12, beach activities, snorkeling, and more so could certainly work for a family trip. Of course it could also be a great adults getaway destination.
I’m excited to see it drop to a lower points threshold and this makes it an even more attractive hotel to check out for us! If you have been there, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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