I’m a big fan of Hyatt Gold Passport, and there are three new Hyatt-family properties opening this year that I’m especially excited about and have been tracking closely:
- The Park Hyatt Vienna, which opens June 2
- The Andaz Tokyo, which opens June 11
- The Park Hyatt New York, which is accepting limited reservations starting July 20, with increased availability as of August 28, 2014
There are a couple of interesting updates regarding the Andaz Tokyo which I think are worth passing along:
Andaz Tokyo terrace
The Andaz Tokyo is not accepting Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards
The Andaz Tokyo has 164 rooms, only eight of which are suites, so unfortunately they’re one of the dozen or so full service Hyatt properties worldwide that will not accept Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards. They accepted them when they first opened, though quickly changed their mind and stopped accepting them. Since there are no capacity controls on Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards, and the suites go for nearly five times as much as standard rooms, I can kind of see their viewpoint. That’s still kind of disappointing, though.
As a reminder, the other properties at which suite upgrades aren’t valid include the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Hyatt Regency Paris-Madeleine, Hyatt Regency Tulsa, Hyatt Regency Wichita, Hyatt Santa Barbara, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, Park Hyatt Sydney, Hyatt House properties, Hyatt Place properties and Hyatt Residence Club resorts
The Andaz Tokyo now has Points + Cash availability
When the hotel first began accepting reservations they hadn’t yet loaded any Points + Cash availability. However, reader RKToledo left the following comment on the blog today:
FYI…Cash & Points now appear to be available for this hotel. Just made a two night C&P reservation for November.
I called Hyatt to inquire about Points + Cash availability, and it is indeed quite good, with availability starting in July.
This will be a Category 6 property, making a free night redemption 25,000 Gold Passport points per night. Meanwhile a Points + Cash redemption will cost 12,500 Gold Passport points plus $150 per night.
Usually the benefit of Points + Cash is that you’re allowed to use a suite upgrade on those rates but not outright free night awards, though you can’t use it here anyway. Still, I’d much rather spend an extra $150 and save 12,500 Gold Passport points — I value Hyatt points at substantially more than 1.2 cents each. And that’s not even factoring in that Points + Cash bookings qualify for elite stay/night credit, as well as any promotions Hyatt may be running.
I look forward to checking out the Andaz the next time I’m in Tokyo, though to be honest it’s kind of tough to stay anywhere other than the Park Hyatt when redeeming points.