There are two things I absolutely love about Hyatt Gold Passport points. First of all, they have very reasonable redemption rates for their highest end hotels, especially Park Hyatts. Even their top hotels are only 22,000 points per night, which is an absolute bargain. The other thing I love about Gold Passport is that it’s possible to redeem points for suite awards at a very reasonable cost.
Starwood charges a minimum of double points for suite awards, and Priority Club doesn’t let you redeem for suites at any cost. That’s why I think Hyatt’s program is so great, since they let you redeem for suites at roughly a 50% premium over a standard room.
First, as a reference point, here are the number of points needed per night in a standard room:
Then here are the number of points needed per night in a suite:
As you can see that equates to roughly a 50% premium.
There are only two major restrictions when it comes to redeeming for suite awards:
- You can only redeem for suite awards for stays that are a minimum of three nights.
- You can’t redeem suite awards at the following properties: Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Hyatt Regency Paris-Madeleine, Park Hyatt Sydney, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort, Hyatt Residence Club Resorts and Hyatt Place hotels.
Aside from that, it’s as straightforward as it sounds. Suite awards typically book into the most basic suite offered by the hotel, though can vary sometimes. Another benefit of this is that sometimes standard rooms aren’t available so you can’t book it on points, while suites are available.
To find out what a hotel’s entry level suite is, go to the hotel’s homepage and click on “Rooms & Rates,” which will bring up a listing of all the room types at that property. Here’s the page for the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, for example. As you can see in this case, the entry level suite is the Park Suite King, so that’s what you’d book into on a suite award stay.
You can see which category a hotel is in by clicking on the category numbers on this page.
Here are just a few examples of great suite award redemptions:
8,000 points per night for a Regency Suite at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu (usually ~$640USD per night)
12,000 points per night for an Executive Suite at the Grand Hyatt Santiago (usually ~$450USD per night)
33,000 points per night for a Park Suite at the Park Hyatt Tokyo (usually ~$1,950USD per night)
33,000 points per night for a Park Suite at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome (usually ~$1,150 per night)
33,000 points per night for a Park Suite at the Park Hyatt Moscow (usually ~$1,450 per night)
Anyway, perhaps you’re noticing a common theme here, which is that a suite night redemption at just about every Park Hyatt (and at many lower end hotels) is a phenomenal value. 😉