Daily Getaways is back this year, which is a five week promotion intended to support US tourism. It offers opportunities to purchase discounted hotel points and travel packages.
I’ve shared my initial thoughts on the packages for sale, including the offers for weeks one and two, and then separately the offers for weeks three, four, and five. Daily Getaways packages go on sale at 1PM ET every weekday, and the more popular packages sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to be fast, if interested.
Should you buy Hyatt points?
Let me first emphasize just how popular these packages are. They tend to sell out in no time, so this is more of a lottery than anything, even if you’re there at 1PM ET sharp.
There are four types of packages available, as follows:
- 24,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $260 — 1.08 cents per point (120 packages available)
- 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $330 — 1.1 cents per point (54 packages available)
- 40,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $415 — 1.04 cents per point (30 packages available)
- 72,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $775 — 1.08 cents per point (25 packages available)
Each member can in theory purchase at most one set of each package, and at most four packages across all the Hyatt offerings (meaning one of each package). While there are the most 24,000 point packages, I suspect they’ll also be by far in the highest demand since people think they have the best shot of snagging one, so maybe it makes sense to go after another package. Or maybe enough people will believe that, and it will lead to the opposite effect. Who knows. 😉
I value Hyatt Gold Passport points at ~1.5 cents each, though they can definitely be redeemed for a lot more than that. I just think that’s a “fair” number.
At the rate of ~1.1 cents per point, you can purchase enough points for a free night at a Category 7 property for~$330, or a Category 6 property for ~$275, while paid rates at those hotels are often $1,000+ per night.
For example, the Park Hyatt Maldives is a Category 6 property, and rates are often $1,200+ per night:
You can potentially get even more value out of your points by using Hyatt Points + Cash redemptions.
As a Gold Passport Diamond member, Points + Cash redemptions are especially awesome because:
- 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
On the other end of the spectrum, it can also make sense to purchase points for some lower category hotels. For example, I’ve stayed at the Grand Hyatt Santiago, which is a Category 2 property retailing for just 8,000 points per night.
At 1.1 cents per point, that’s like paying $88 per free night. Sometimes paid rates at this hotel are triple that.
This tends to be the single most popular Daily Getaways package, and it typically sells out in no time. So pull up the official time and keep refreshing the Daily Getaways page when the clock strikes 1PM ET. But definitely come into it viewing it more as a lottery than a guaranteed opportunity to purchase something.
Lastly, I should note that while I personally love this promotion because I love Hyatt points, this isn’t a deal which I think everyone should take advantage of. If you don’t have any loyalty to Hyatt and/or the numbers don’t work out for you in terms of the overall value, then there’s nothing wrong with giving this a miss.
Hopefully I get luckier with this than in the casino last night (losing eight consecutive rounds of blackjack and then six consecutive rounds of craps… crap)!
Do you plan on trying to purchase Hyatt points through Daily Getaways?