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Hyatt lets you use a combination of points and cash to book award nights if you don’t want to spend all of the points required for a full points award night. This used to be very handy as full award nights didn’t count towards earning elite status and you couldn’t use suite upgrades on pure award nights, but neither of those things are still true as award nights count for both of those purposes. The main function of points + cash awards is now to simply stretch your points while still preserving cash. The downside of points + cash awards is that you will owe taxes on the cash component, will have to potentially pay resort fees, and parking isn’t free for Globalists on a points + cash award the way it is on a pure points award.
There is an award chart for points + cash award where each category has a set points + cash price.
- Category 1: 2,500 + $50 USD
- Category 2: 4,000 + $55 USD
- Category 3: 6,000 + $75 USD
- Category 4: 7,500 + $100 USD
- Category 5: 10,000 + $125 USD
- Category 6: 12,500 + $150 USD
- Category 7: 15,000 + $300 USD
However, while this should be a static rate, it actually isn’t always. I’ve periodically noticed hotels with a different cash component off and on over the years. I don’t know whether that is a glitch, a test, or variance that some properties just have over the standard rate. I assumed it is probably one of the first two, but I don’t really know for sure.
Either way, right now Extreme Hotel Deals has noticed several properties that are pricing lower than normal on the cash portion of the points + cash award. In some cases, this represents as much as a $50 per night savings at the following properties.
Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park, $17+ 2,500 points ($33 savings)
Hyatt Place Canton $17 + 2,500 points ($33 savings)
Hyatt Place Jackson/Ridgeland $17 + 2,500 points ($33 savings)
Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center $28 + 4,000 ($27 savings)
Hyatt Place Chicago/O’Hare Airport $31 + 4,000 ($24 savings)
Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst $31 + 4,000 ($24 savings)
Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Eden Prairie $32 + 4,000 ($23 savings)
Park Hyatt Hyderabad $34 + 4,000 ($21 savings)
Grand Hyatt Jakarta $50 + 6,000 ($25 savings)
Grand Hyatt Muscat $60 + 7,500 ($40 savings)
Park Hyatt Zanzibar $80 + 10,000 ($45 savings)
Park Hyatt Chicago $100 + 12,500 ($50 savings)
I locked in a couple nights we may use in Chicago next fall at the discounted rate and everything seems to have processed normally. I’ve checked many other properties and haven’t found any additional with favorable points + cash pricing, but it is still possible there are more out there that haven’t been found quite yet.
However, I have found at least one property that is having a pricing variance in the opposite direction. The new Hyatt Place Keystone in Colorado is pricing their points + cash rates at 7,500 points + $220 USD on some peak nights instead of the advertised 7,500 points + $100.
Bottom line, if you see a property that may work for you pricing at a lower than normal points + cash rate then I’d lock it in ASAP.
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