One of the benefits of being a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member is that you get a welcome amenity every time you check-in.
On their website, the amenity is described as follows:
Receive a special welcome point bonus or food and beverage amenity during each stay
Welcome amenity consists of the following: at Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and Hyatt properties in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean; a choice of 1,000 bonus points or Food and Beverage option; at Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and Hyatt properties outside of U.S., Canada and Caribbean; a choice of 1,000 bonus points or a Food and Beverage amenity will be provided; at Andaz hotels worldwide; a choice of 1,000 bonus points or a locally inspired amenity; at Hyatt Place a choice of 500 bonus points or a complimentary beverage; at Hyatt House properties a choice of 500 bonus points or $5 credit in the Guest Market; at Hyatt Residence Club Resorts 500 bonus points will be awarded.
Being able to select points as your Diamond welcome amenity at international properties is actually a fairly recent addition. Up until last year you didn’t have a choice, and instead were automatically given a food & beverage amenity.
As I explained at the time, the quality of welcome amenities at international properties varied significantly.
They ranged from properties like the Hyatt Regency Mainz, which offered four not-so-appetizing apples as the amenity.
To properties like the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, which offered wine and fruit and chocolate and chocolate and chocolate and more chocolate as the amenity.
Nowadays at least you can select points at the properties which would otherwise give you a few apples as a welcome amenity.
When do I choose the Hyatt Diamond food & beverage amenity over the points?
At full service Hyatt properties, the Diamond amenity would be 1,000 points. I value Gold Passport points at 1.5 cents each, so 1,000 points is worth ~$15 to me. The value of food and beverages varies pretty significantly to me depending on where I am, the time of day it is, whether the hotel has a club lounge, and who I’m traveling with.
90% of the time I’ll select points. That’s especially true if the hotel has a club lounge, since most of the stuff you’d receive as an amenity can also be found in the club lounge.
When do I select the food & beverage amenity over the points? I’ll consider it, if:
- I’m arriving late at night and am hungry for a snack. It’s not uncommon that I land somewhere at 11PM, the restaurant is closed, and I’m hungry, so the food & beverage amenity is better than nothing.
- I’m traveling with someone that likes beer/wine. My love of drinking is mostly limited to champagne and mixed drinks. As a Diamond amenity you can often select beer or red/white wine, which I’m not really into. But if I’m traveling with someone that is, that can be worth it (not the part about getting them drunk, necessarily, but rather from a “value” perspective, since the two cans of Diet Coke I’d otherwise select aren’t all that expensive). 😉
- If it’s a Park Hyatt or otherwise really nice hotel. As a general rule of thumb, the nicer the hotel, the better the welcome amenity is. For example, I believe the Park Hyatt Washington DC does (or at least did) offer their famous apple pie as a Diamond welcome amenity. I would have totally gotten it during my recent stay, except I was trying not to totally pig out.
So those are the circumstances under which I’d consider choosing the food & beverage amenity over the points.
How about you? Under what circumstances do you select the food & beverage amenity over the points?