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.
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?
There are a few things that make Points + Cash especially awesome:
- Confirmed Diamond suite upgrades can be applied on Points + Cash reservations
- Points + Cash reservations are eligible for elite stay & night accrual, as well as points accrual
- Points + Cash reservations count as qualifying nights for the purposes of promotions
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:
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.
So if you’ve been eying a stay at this property as much as I have, now is a good time to book!