Use Hyatt Points for Immersive Tokyo Experience

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As promised just before the new World of Hyatt program launched, you can now redeem Hyatt points for immersive travel experiences via their partner AFAR. The first experience that is now up for reservation for up to 75 World of Hyatt members is a four-night, three-day trip in Tokyo that will take place from November 10 – 13, 2017. If you redeem Hyatt points the package includes four award nights at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills (normally 25,000 points per night), as well as the AFAR experience itself.

Note that airfare and transportation to/from the airport is not included. 

On this trip you will reportedly “dine with innovative chefs, discuss art with its curators, and learn from local experts who are engrained in the fabric of Tokyo.”

AFAR Hyatt Tokyo

There are two ways to pay for these experiences, either with Hyatt points or with cold hard cash. If you have the points to spend, using Hyatt points seems to be the much better deal as that package includes the four hotel nights as well as the AFAR experience itself.

Redeem World of Hyatt points

  • 200,000 World of Hyatt points includes one AFAR Experiences Tokyo registration and one standard room at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills (single occupancy) for four nights
  • 300,000 World of Hyatt points includes two AFAR Experiences Tokyo registrations and one standard room at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills (double occupancy) for four nights

Pay with credit card

  • The cost for the trip is $3,900 USD (airfare, transportation and accommodations not included). If members who book via credit card would like to stay at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, there will be a discounted rate available (website will take you to page to make reservations)

The AFAR Experiences Tokyo registration must be completed by October 27, 2017 and is subject to AFAR’s approval of a member’s application, availability and terms and conditions. There are cancelation fees, and those fees increase starting October 11, 2017. Members (and accompanying guest, if any) must be at least 21 years of age to register and attend AFAR Experiences Tokyo.

The exact itinerary is not yet available for the AFAR Tokyo Experience, but the AFAR site gives this general info about what is included on their trips:

  • Programmed talks and presentations from notable speakers who are leading authorities in their field
  • An extensive daily selection of breakout activities and workshops, allowing for greater engagement and connection with local experts
  • Private access to many exclusive venues and sites
  • Artistic performances including music, dance and comedy
  • Evening events including receptions, home dinners, cocktail parties and an incredible final night celebration
  • Plenty of food – breakfasts, lunches and dinners that offer everything from traditional regional fare to contemporary global cuisine
  • And some other elements of surprise!

Use Hyatt Points to Send Chicago Students to Costa Rica

Also as promised, you can now use your Hyatt points in 1,000-point increments to help send Chicago students on a once-in-a-lifetime 10 day experience to Costa Rica to study the destination, participate in service projects, build leadership skills, and connect with residents in Costa Rica. For every 1,000 point contribution received by World of Hyatt, No Barriers USA will receive $10 that will go towards making this trip possible for additional students. For every 500,000 points contributed, an additional student will be able to participate.

To support this effort by contributing your World of Hyatt points by April 30, you can call the Hyatt Global Contact Center toll free at 1.800.323.7249 in the US or Canada or contact Hyatt in your region.

Mommy Points Thoughts on Immersive Hyatt Experiences

I love the idea of using Hyatt points to access some really immersive travel opportunities, especially in places like Tokyo that have so much to offer but that can be a little intimidating for those who aren’t familiar with the language, culture, etc. At 200,000 – 300,000 points for the package, it clearly is only for those with some pretty deep Hyatt pockets, but factoring in the four award nights at the Andaz, it is really only 100,000 points per person for something that otherwise sells for $3,900, which really doesn’t seem terrible at all.

Do you hope to use Hyatt points for an immersive travel experience at some point?

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

Comments

  1. A good, connected TA could get these experiences and more, for less. Waste of points but to each his own. Tokyo Intimidating? Not at all. At least not for well traveled people. Excellent train/subway system, easy to understand and navigate. Many English speaking people and all very helpful. Get out of your comfort zone and explore places like the Kagurazaka area where you will find French Cafes and Geishas. You don’t need to spend big bucks or stay at Hyatt to get authentic experiences. Actually if you want authentic experiences don’t stay at Hyatt. Then again, that would defeat the purpose of this post. 😉

    • Geisha, I gotta say I was confused to pieces with the trains in Tokyo. Different companies, language barriers, and I got 100% legitimately lost. I don’t know if I am well traveled or not, but I do know I got lost, confused, and intimidated at various points on my Tokyo trip. I think there are tons of great ways to experience Tokyo and beyond, but one more way to do it via points is only a good thing in my book.

  2. 1000 points nets a $10 donation! I would have hoped Hyatt would have been a little more generous to encourage members to do this. I love the idea of donating my points, but this seems like Hyatt is the ultimate winner getting to remove those points from their balance sheet. I think we can all agree Hyatt points are worth far greater than 1 cent each.

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