Hyatt has long offered “stay certificates,” which are certificates that they sell that are intended to be given out as gifts. Previously there were five categories of certificates, with different hotels accepting different categories of certificates (lower end hotels would accept most/all certificates, while higher end hotels only accepted the most expensive certificates). These can be a great value for stays at many Hyatt properties.
Anyway, it looks like they’ve made some changes to these certificates. There used to be five types of certificates, though now there are seven types, with the following prices:
- Choice ($152.22)
- Premier ($188.89)
- Elite ($260.00)
- Inspire ($325.55)
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- — new
Anyway, the prices for the first five types of certificates more or less stayed the same (some changed a few dollars), while the two last categories (“Exclusive” and “Ultimate”) are new.
This page lists which types of certificates each hotel accepts. It’s worth noting that elite benefits do apply on stays with certificates, though you don’t earn points or elite credit for these stays.
You’re supposed to make these reservations by phone, though you can usually search availability online by using the special offer code for the respective levels, which are as follows (with the number at the end being the number of nights you want to stay):
- Choice — HSCHN1
- Premier — HSPRN1
- Elite — HSELN1
- Inspire — HSINN1
For example, the Hyatt Regency Mainz accepts all levels of stay certificates down to Choice.
So obviously if you were purchasing a certificate for the purpose of booking a stay you’d want to book the lowest possible level, since it’s the cheapest.
Once you’ve done that you can go to hyatt.com and select your dates and then enter the above code in the “special offer code” field.
If the results show “Rate is Confidential” then there’s availability using that certificate. If it just shows the normal rate then there’s not availability. This doesn’t always work, though that’s the general idea.
Anyway, on the whole this is probably good news, since before the change there were about a dozen properties for which you couldn’t redeem any certificates. All properties can now be redeemed for using an “Ultimate” stay certificate.
If you don’t have Hyatt points this can be a great alternative to actually paying for stays, given that there are several Hyatts out there that consistently retail for $800+ per night.