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As a self-professed Hyatt junkie, I’m obviously all about saving as much money on Hyatt stays, especially when it means I can still book directly with Hyatt and earn points and stay credits in the process. Right now there are many different savings opportunities for Hyatt that stack with each other very nicely to result in extra savings, and even some extra points.
Save 10% on Hyatt Gift Cards, eGift Cards, and Checks:
Via a new limited-time opportunity, you can save 10% on Hyatt gift cards, e-gift cards, and check certificates using the code GPGIFT14. As of very recently this works with the e-gift cards, too! This savings code is valid through December 31, 2014, and the only limits are the daily purchase limits of $2,000 per gift card and $10,000 per purchaser, per day. The gift cards and certificates never expire and there are currently some free shipping options.
- eGift cards ship free via email
- Physical gift cards can ship free via USPS or for a fee via FedEx
- Gift checks ship for a fee via FedEx
You can use the gift cards (physical or e-gift versions) at Hyatt Hotels in the U.S., Canada, and Caribbean. The Hyatt Checks can be used at Hyatt Hotels globally (using hotel’s currency conversion rate), so choose which version best meets your travel needs.
Reports are that purchase of the gift cards and checks result in 3x points if you pay with the Hyatt Visa or 5% statement credit via the American Express OPEN program via cards like The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN or Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. Checks are working for sure, and it seems like the gift cards should be working by now, but still waiting for the first 100% verification of that. As long as you know you have a Hyatt stay coming up and you don’t lose the gift cards, this is a no-brainer way to save on upcoming Hyatt stays.
If you have any questions about these gift cards, there is a whole thread devoted to the topic on Flyertalk, and the Hyatt Gift Card rep is pretty active on that thread, too.
Get Cash Back on Hyatt Stays via Cash Back Sites:
If you go through a cash back site such as TopCashBack or eBates you can get cash back on your booked Hyatt stays. You are still making your booking on Hyatt.com, so you aren’t losing out on Hyatt points since you are still making the booking directly with the hotel.
Currently you can get 3% cash back via TopCashBack or 2.5% back via eBates. I have had pretty good luck with both sites (though not with the Hyatt My Elite Rate), but in general I have heard more issues with Hyatt on TopCashBack than with eBates.
Get 5% Back via Amex OPEN Savings:
I mentioned this already via the gift card purchase option, but just in case you don’t have a Hyatt gift card on hand, you can still get a 5% statement credit at participating Hyatts if you pay with your Amex Small Business card with OPEN Savings. Hyatt has hinted on Flyertalk this program may be re-evaluated in 2015, but it works for now.
This deal works even better if you do purchase a gift card, both because it stacks with that current 10% discount to offer you more overall savings, but also because then you can use the discount at properties that don’t participate directly in the OPEN savings.
Get 1,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points:
If you book via the Hyatt app instead of going to the Hyatt.com site via a cash back site then you will earn 1,000 bonus points on eligible stays through the end of the year. I value 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points at a minimum of $15, so do the math for your situation to determine which booking option will benefit you the most.
Of course this is all on top of the extra points you earn if you have elite status, the different rate codes and promotions that are out there, etc. It is pretty easy these days to save a good amount of money on Hyatt stays without really sacrificing anything in the process.
Have you used some of these tips to save on Hyatt stays?
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