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A week or two ago I received an email from Hyatt announcing that their Unbound Collection of properties was beginning to offer home rentals through Oasis, a serviced home rental accommodation company who offers “handpicked homes in over 20 destinations worldwide” including New York, Austin, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Miami, and more.
They say they offer the comfort and authenticity of home rentals with the service and amenities of a hotel – including in-person check-in and check-out, fresh linens and toiletries, and on-demand concierge services. That sounds pretty intriguing for a family traveler who loves points, the consistency and amenities you can find at a Hyatt, but wouldn’t mind a little extra space with some comforts of home built into the deal.
I hadn’t looked much more into the new offering until I received an email from Hyatt this afternoon offering 500 points in exchange for completion of a 20-minute survey about how I plan travel and where we stay.
I’m sharing this with you today for two reasons, first to dig a little bit more into where Hyatt may be heading with the Oasis relationship and also to tell you to look in your inbox for an email from Hyatt with the subject line “Earn 500 Bonus Points for Your Feedback” if you want to also complete the survey for 500 free Hyatt points. For the record, I think the survey took me closer to 10 minutes than 20 minutes.
Back to the Oasis announcement, while the website is up and operational and you can save $100 on your first stay when you book by October 31st using the offer code “UnboundxHyatt” there’s a lot that is yet to be ironed out. For example, while it says that they are actively working to add the opportunity for you to earn or use Hyatt points for Oasis stays, that doesn’t exist at this moment.
Instead, that is the sort of thing that was explored via the survey I just completed. The survey explored how important various things would be to me when we stay at a rented house/apartment/condo sort of accommodation. The survey asked me to rank how important it was to have a gym, stylish furnishings, a concierge, a large kitchen, a large gathering space, cleanliness, an outdoor space, and the ability to earn and use points. For what it is worth, to me, a gym ranks last and cleanliness ranks first. It also explored what destinations I think are a good match for that type of accommodation – city, urban, beach, ski, rural, etc.
If you could earn elite status, use points/earn points, and have a well-priced quality product offered without a lot of extra hoops, then I would be all for renting house/condo/apartment accommodations from Hyatt. I do not use Airbnb very frequently at all because I don’t need complicated check-in and out procedures, I don’t want to request a stay and see if it is accepted and then risk them canceling, and I really just need a consistent product without question marks or hassles. We have rented a few houses for extended family trips with great success, but that is not the sort of thing we have done for a short stay with just the four of us.
Though in truth, I’m not sure the Oasis model as it stands will be the right match for us either as on test 3-4 night searches we weren’t meeting the minimum length of stay for a majority of the properties. In fact, their website states that the average length of stay is 20 nights, which is well beyond the longest trip we have ever taken. The $100 – $150 cleaning fee also isn’t a great match for the quicker travel patterns we typically maintain.
However, if Hyatt somehow made it easy, reliable, and affordable to book a larger accommodation with Oasis, I would be very interested, especially if points and status somehow played into the equation.
Were you able to take the survey to earn free Hyatt points? What are your thoughts on Hyatt expanding into this “home share” sort of market?
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