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Recently I answered a reader’s question on how to rack up Hyatt points for an upcoming reward stay that they had in mind. In that post I focused solely on earning and using Hyatt points since that was the question at hand, but there is another option out there besides just paying the going rate for the Hyatt hotel. Sometimes paying with points isn’t possible because you simply don’t have enough, or it doesn’t make sense because the value of the points required is more than the going rate of the hotel.
In those cases you could consider using Hyatt Stay Certificates. Stay Certificates are for sale on Hyatt’s website for a fixed amount of money. There are seven different levels of certificates available, each with their own nightly price:
Classic ($109.00) – HSCLN1
Choice ($152.22) – HSCHN1
Premier ($188.89) – HSPRN1
Elite ($260.00) – HSELN1
Inspire ($325.55) – HSINN1
Exclusive ($394.44) – HSXLN1
Ultimate ($461.11) – HSULN1
Thanks to Lucky for publishing the codes.
You can search here to see what certificate levels the hotel you are interested in accepts. Obviously you would want to pay with the lowest level of certificate that is accepted by the hotel you desire. The codes following the certificate type and price above are what you will use when searching for room availability on your desired dates.
Be aware that just because a hotel accepts a certain type of certificate, that does not mean you will actually find availability when you want to go. Some Hawaii properties in particular (Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hyatt Regency Maui, and Andaz Maui) can be difficult, especially during peak times.
There are some terms and conditions you want to be aware of when buying these certificates:
- Hyatt Stay Certificates do not expire.
- Hyatt Gold Passport points will not be given for the value of this certificate.
- Reservations must be made in advance using the code on the front of the certificate.
- Certificate will cover all applicable taxes.
- No credit will be issued for any certificate that is not fully used.
- Not all of Hyatt’s Gift Cards & Certificates are redeemable at all Hyatt locations. Be sure to check the list of Participating Locations before purchasing.
- At this time, Hyatt Stay Certificates are NOT eligible for stay/point credit.
To give you an idea of some different certificate levels required by certain properties, I did a few searches.
- Hyatt Market Street – Premier ($188.89) – availability was actually pretty good on my searches, and that price is often lower than the rates at this property
- Andaz Wall Street – Elite ($260.00)
- Other NYC Hyatt Hotels – Inspire ($325.55)
- Hyatt Grand Cypress – Elite ($260.00)
- Hyatt Lost Pines – Elite ($260.00)
- Grand Hyatt San Francisco – Premier ($188.89) – not a bad rate for this hotel
- Hyatt Huntington Beach – Elite ($260.00)
- Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort – Elite ($260.00)
- Hyatt Place Waikiki – Premier ($188.89)
The reason I have never used these myself is that if I am already going to be shelling out that amount of cash, I really want to earn Hyatt points and a stay credit toward elite status. I am willing to pay a little more to get that. I am also willing to use Hyatt points for stays that are too expensive for my tastes. However, there still could be those sweet spots for certificates where points don’t really make sense, but neither does the going rate. In those cases, I will look to these as an alternative.
Have you ever used a Hyatt Stay Certificate? Can you think of a situation where you might use one in the future?