Use Hyatt Points at Keystone for Christmas and New Year’s 2017!

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Did you get busy with life and forget to lock in a holiday 2017 family award trip only to realize now that most spots are already booked up or way too expensive for that super peak time period around Christmas and New Years? Well, if you like snow and mountains to go along with your stockings and cocoa, then you are in luck because Santa brought an early Christmas gift to all of us.

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Remember that Hyatt Place in Keystone, Colorado, that I just shared would open in January 2018? Well, pack your presents in the sleigh because the hotel is now accepting bookings for dates beginning December 19, 2017!

They have full availability, even on points, displaying throughout Christmas and New Year’s which is absolutely unheard of for a ski property this late in the game.

What could be better for Christmas than the mountains?!

Online you can book a room at the Hyatt Place Keystone with one king bed or two queen beds for 7,500 Hyatt points per night + $100 via a points + cash rate.

I have heard a report of success getting a pure points rate of 15,000 points per night by calling in to book, though I haven’t tried that myself so can’t confirm. Hyatt Category 1-4 awards that you get from the Hyatt credit card or earn via other methods should work as well, but it is possible for them not to work until the hotel is actually open. If you call and try to book using a Cat 1-4 award, please let me know how it works out.

If you want to just pay cash, rates are very reasonable for a property this close to the mountain at around $200 per night near Christmas and closer to $300 per night as you get towards New Years. If you wanted to pay cash and put the Citi Prestige 4th night free perk to use, that could be a good route to take.

At the Hyatt Place Keystone, there is also a $25 per night resort fee, and with that and the usual Hyatt Place inclusions, you can enjoy the following at no additional charge:

  • Breakfast
  • Wi-Fi
  • Self and valet parking
  • Keystone Resort shuttle
  • Access to the Keystone Lodge and Spa fitness center, pool, hot tub, and more
  • Kids Ski Free lift ticket program for stays of two nights or more
  • Golf club, bicycle, and ski storage
  • Daily Kidtopia activities like face-painting, snowman-building, and more
  • One yoga or fitness class per registered guest
  • 20% savings on ice skate rental
  • Ice skating on Keystone Lake
  • Admission to the Keystone Nordic Center
  • Night skiing on day of arrival (subject to night skiing schedule)

Playing in the Kidtopia snow fort

There are different resort fee inclusions in the summer months, and while I hate resort fees, this one actually gets you more than most…like kids ski free! If I’m being honest, I would strongly consider scrapping our own holiday 2017 travel plans in favor of this easier option if we weren’t already passed the nonrefundable date for the hotel portion of our trip. I’m very excited about our adventure, but Keystone just makes everything so darn easy and being able to secure it on points is outstanding, especially this close to the holidays.

Enjoying Keystone with my then three-year-old

The Hyatt Place Keystone has around 100 rooms, so if you want to spend your holidays here, I would get to booking before 100 or so other people beat you to it. I can all but guarantee you will find my family here on a school break next winter! In another year or so, my second daughter will likely look a lot like my first did below at the Keystone Ski and Ride School!

If you are interested in learning more about Keystone, here are posts I wrote about Skiing at Family Focused Keystone and Things to do at Keystone Beyond Skiing.┬áI can’t wait to hear what some of you think of the Hyatt Place Keystone and to make our own memories there in the coming years!

 

 

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