Saving money on Hyatt stays

Starting in a couple of months I will have several Hyatt paid stays, and in preparation for the stays, I plan to take advantage of several features that will allow me to save a lot of money on them.

Buying Hyatt gift cards at a discount:

Through my Milepoint premium membership, I am entitled to buying up to $5,000 per year worth of Hyatt gift cards at 10% off.

HyattWhen buying these gift cards, I will also pay with my American Express Simply Cash Business card. This card participates in the Open Savings program, where you get automatic cash back amounts for using the card at certain merchants, Hyatt being one of them, at 5% cash back:

HyattThis card also has an additional 3% cash back benefit feature, where you can select one out of 7 categories (hotels, airfare, gas, advertising, shipping, car rentals, and restaurants). You get to select your category each year and can’t change it until the following year. In my case, I selected hotels since I plan to really take advantage of this benefit:

HyattThe 5% and 3% discounts stack, which means you can get 8% cash back from the amounts you pay. While the 10% discount on Hyatt gift cards is through Milepoint, the purchase is actually made directly from Hyatt, which means that you are eligible for the 5% and 3% discounts automatically.

Gift cards have a standard flat shipping rate of $6, so the higher denomination you purchase with one order the more you save. On a $1,000 gift card order, you save the following:

Original gift card face value:   $1,000
10% Milepoint discount:               ($100)
8% cash back (5% + 3%) x $900  ($ 72)
Shipping fee                                              $6
Amount paid                                    $834

This is a 16.6% discount on your money before you book anything yet.

TopCashBack:

For all my planned stays, I have booked linking through TopCashBack, which offers 3% cash back on stays booked on Hyatt if you link to Hyatt through their site:

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20% discount for Platinum and Diamond members:

In addition to all of the above, Hyatt offers a “My Elite” rate to Diamond and Platinum members. You get automatic Platinum status by simply carrying the Chase Hyatt Visa credit card.

Hyatt-My-EliteThe “My Elite” rate can even be lower than the advance purchase rate.

After all these discounts, remember that you will also earn stay and nights credit, and points for the stays, since you will be paying with the gift cards, which is just as paying cash.

These are some of the things you can do to save money when staying with Hyatt. Consider all these methods if you’re planning on doing the Hyatt challenge, which currently requires 12 nights in a 60-day period to earn Diamond status, which is where the real value and benefits are, and which I have taken advantage of a lot during my stays this year such as those at the Grand Hyatt Washington D.C., Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica and the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia.

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Suite at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia

Hyatt Club at Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Hyatt Club at Grand Hyatt San Antonio

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2 Responses to Saving money on Hyatt stays

  1. dany says:

    With the current limited time signup bonus on the Chase Freedom (22,500 possible UR points if combined with Sapphire points), would you guys recommend getting the Freedom or the Chase Hyatt card which issues 2 free night certificates. Getting only 1 card is possible at this time. Thanks!

    • travelguys says:

      I personally think the Hyatt card has more value given that the 2 initial certificates can be used at any Hyatt property in the world, which has a lot more value than 22,500 points. Keeping in mind of course that you will be able to use them, since the certificates expire within a year. It all depends on your travel plans.

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