Park Hyatt Vienna Points + Cash Reservations

Last week I wrote about the Park Hyatt Vienna finally posting an opening date of June 1, 2014. As I mentioned in that post, I’m really excited about this property because I love Vienna and I love Park Hyatts, so when you combine the two I’m one happy camper.

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Then on Wednesday I wrote about the Park Hyatt Vienna finally opening themselves up for reservations for stays starting June 2, 2014.

Anyway, while the hotel had loaded free night award availability, they hadn’t at the time loaded Points + Cash availability. Unfortunately Points + Cash availability can’t be booked online, but rather it has to be booked by phone with Hyatt Reservations.

I’m happy to report that the hotel has now loaded Points + Cash availability, and it’s fairly good. There’s not availability every day, but I’d say about half of the dates I inquired about had Points + Cash availability, including the opening week. As a reminder, while free night redemptions have no blackout dates (meaning as long as there’s a standard room available for sale you can redeem points for it), Points + Cash availability is entirely at the hotel’s discretion.

Why is Points + Cash so lucrative?

Hyatt announced Points + Cash in January, shortly after announcing their award chart devaluation.

There are a few things that make Points + Cash especially awesome:

So how do the award rates compare? A Category 6 property (like the Park Hyatt Vienna) costs 25,000 Gold Passport points per night for a free night redemption:

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Meanwhile through Points + Cash it costs 12,500 Gold Passport points plus $150. That means if you value Hyatt points at more than 1.2 cents each you’re coming out ahead through Points + cash, not even factoring in the three major benefits that I outlined above.

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So if you’ve been eying a stay at this property as much as I have, now is a good time to book!

Comments

  1. Any insight as to if/when Hyatt is targeting to make Points & Cash bookings available online? What a pain to have to make a phone call and take the agent’s time to do the hunting.

  2. You have to also include the cash prices (elite rates) to fully assess the value of cash and points. If the rate is $200 for example, cash and points are definitely not a good choice.

  3. I just booked 5 nights with P&C for later this year. Looking forward to doing a Diamond challenge and applying a suite upgrade!

  4. You say: “Points + Cash reservations are eligible for elite stay & night accrual”
    I am a little confused about what types of booking Hyatt counts towards elite stay and night accrual.
    Does My Elite rates also count? Is it only a full point redemption night that does not qualify?
    Thanks!

  5. Not all P&C is upgradable using Suite upgrade awards. When I tried to book Singapore two different agents told me they have P&C available but no P&C where I can use my suite upgrades.

  6. @ Raj — There’s a short list of hotels at which suite upgrades can’t be redeemed, but the Grand Hyatt Singapore isn’t among them. I would recommend hanging up and calling again. Sounds like you got two clueless agents, unfortunately.

  7. @Raj – this happens to me, I presume that the suites are sold out (or are unavailable for DSU)

  8. Julian:

    I am seeing prices double of $200…I’m seeing $400+ even with the elite rate. $150 and 12,500 is a bargain.

  9. So you actually planning to be in town for the opening week or you just hoping the hotel gets delayed? šŸ˜‰

  10. @Raj,

    I did book 4 nights at the Grand Hyatt Singapore using P&C, and was able to use a Suite upgrade later this year. I would suggest to call back and try another agent.

  11. Definitely a good P+C deal for this hotel given its rates. Having online availability for P+C would be nice but at least we don’t have to pay phone booking fees like with airlines.

  12. It seems that there’s P+C availability most dates except Christmas season. Either they’re just choosing not to release rooms then or other members have already booked.

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