I love Andaz properties, so for a while I’ve been trying to plan a trip to the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica. It looks gorgeous and I’ve never been to Costa Rica, so I’m keen to check-it out.
The new Andaz must not be doing very well, because a few weeks ago it transitioned from a Category 5 to Category 4 Gold Passport property overnight. Usually Hyatt announces category changes in advance and doesn’t do one-off changes, but this is a change without notice that I’ll forgive them for. 😉
Opening rates at this hotel were $450+ per night, so as a Category 4 property it seemed like a great value, for just 15,000 Gold Passport points for a free night, or 7,500 Gold Passport points plus $100 through the Points + Cash program.
But it looks like paid rates are even more attractive nowadays. The Andaz in Costa Rica has a special for bookings made through July 31, 2014, for stays through October 31, 2014:
- Stay 4 nights and get 2 nights for free, plus a resort credit of $50
- Or, stay 5 nights and get 2 nights for free, plus a resort credit of $150
- Or, stay 6 nights and get 2 nights for free, plus a resort credit of $250
Simply request offer code APPGYO when making your reservation. So if you book a four night stay, two of those nights will be free, and you’ll get a $50 resort credit.
Looking at the rates under the “Free Night” offer, they’re charging $300 per night.
That means through this offer you’d pay a total of $150 per night plus taxes and service charge, plus you’d receive a $50 resort credit.
That’s a much better value than redeeming 15,000 Gold Passport points or 7,500 Gold Passport points plus $100.
At the end of the day the business model of these “captive” resorts is very similar to Spirit Airlines. They could invite people to stay for free and they’d still make money on them, given that the resort is secluded and chances are that you’ll have most of your meals/drinks/activities at the resort.
So while it’s now the wet season in Costa Rica, I do think these prices are worth pointing out, especially since the offer is good for stays through October.