Limited Time: Buy Hyatt Gold Passport Points With A 30% Bonus

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Through June 15, 2016, Hyatt Gold Passport is offering up to a 30% bonus on the purchase of points. You need to log into your account through this link to see the offer — all the accounts I have access to seem to be eligible, though it’s possible that the offer is targeted.

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The last bonus we saw on purchased points was in February, and it also offered up to a 30% bonus.

The 30% bonus applies to Gold Passport members purchasing at least 5,000 points in one transaction. If you max out the promotion and purchase 55,000 points you’d receive a total of 71,500 Gold Passport points. That would cost you $1,320, which is a rate of ~1.85 cents per Gold Passport point.

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How does this stack up to Hyatt’s past promotions on the purchase of points?

As you can see, bonuses typically range in the 30-40% range, though it has been almost a year since we’ve seen a non-targeted 40% bonus.

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. In this case there are some circumstances under which it can be lucrative to purchase points.

At the rate of ~1.85 cents per point, you can purchase enough points for a free night at a Category 7 property for~$555, or a Category 6 property for ~$463 , 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:

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You can potentially get even more value out of your points by using Hyatt Points + Cash redemptions.

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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.

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That means you could purchase enough points for a free night for ~$150. Sometimes paid rates at this hotel are more than double that.

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Keep in mind that Hyatt points purchases are processed by points.com, so wouldn’t count as hotel spend for the purposes of your credit card. That means if you buy points you’ll want to use a card which maximizes your return on everyday, non-bonused spend, like the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit CardChase Freedom Unlimited®Citi® Double Cash CardStarwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, or Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®.

Bottom line

As is always the case in this hobby, you should crunch the numbers and see if this promotion works for you. A 30% bonus is good, though we’ve certainly seen bigger bonuses in the past. I would still decide if/when to buy points based on when you have the need for them, though, as opposed to based on the specific offer.

While it’s perhaps not an offer I’d personally take advantage of just for the purposes of hoarding points (given that I have a large Gold Passport points balance already), with a specific use in mind it can be a great deal.

Do you plan on purchasing Hyatt points with a 30% bonus?


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Comments

  1. Lucky,

    Thanks for the post. Was just waiting for the next Hyatt Promo. I’m looking to stay in Hyatt Regency TST and Grand Hyatt Taipei this coming October.

    If I use my DSU on both locations, will it fit 4 adults in a suite? I believe the entry level suites are much bigger in Taipei than in Hong Kong(TST). Also noticed that Hyatt would only allow me to have 3 adults per room max while I try to make a dummy booking.

    I understand that 2 adults per twin bed may be a problem. What are your thoughts? Might have to settle with 2 rooms with 2 adults each? but that’s DOUBLE THE POINTS!

  2. Lucky, as an FYI, I was targeted last month for a 40% bonus. Expired end of April. Diamond, fwiw.

  3. @ben, unrelated, do you know if AA adjusted its mileage chart to include QR’s business discount “R” fare? Planning to fly them and it seems as of 5/1 “R” fare accrue miles and EQMs? seem like it does. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for the points plus cash tip. Out of curiosity, I ran about 12 different hotel scenarios for comparison. Hotels in cities like NY, San Fran, and Phila, for random dates run over 2 a point so if using for these, good deal. Conversely, hotels in Baltimore and Las Vegas were 1.12 a point so not good. Like you said, It depends….. Good luck!

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