Book Hyatt Points + Cash Online
As many long time readers of the blog know, I am a big fan of Hyatt. I work hard to keep my Diamond status because I like their loyalty program, their product and the service at their hotels. There has been one big frustration for me though.
Since I am always in need of stay credits, I book A LOT of Points + Cash awards. Points + Cash awards count towards elite status whereas pure points redemptions don’t. Up until now Points + Cash awards have not been available online and the only way to see availability and/or book was to call Gold Passport. This has been a little frustrating and inconvenient.
Thankfully that has now changed. Hyatt has added the ability to see and book Points + Cash awards online as you can see above. To find them, simply perform a search like normal, click “Show Hyatt Gold Passport Points & Awards” and you will see a tab for points awards and points + cash. Previously only points awards showed up.
Points + Cash Overview
For those who don’t know, Points + Cash are a good deal in many cases. Depending on the category of the hotel, you pay a certain amount of points in addition to the set co-pay. Here are the various amounts:
I find that the lower level properties are normally a great deal since some of them go for $125-$150 per night. Additionally, categories 2-6 give you a great points saving value. For example, with category 2, you can pay $55 to save 4,000 points. In that case you are basically buying the points at 1.38 cents each which is a great deal for Hyatt.
While the ability to book Hyatt Points + Cash online may not seem like a huge deal, for people who stay at Hyatt properties often, this is a great development. It means that you can not only avoid the phone call for booking, but can also plan better by seeing availability at a number of hotels before deciding on your ultimate plans. Thanks Hyatt for bringing this online. It took awhile, but I’m glad it’s here.
HT: Loyalty Lobby