Hotels often have special “package rates,” which can include things like free breakfast, internet, bonus points, late check-out, dining credit, spa credit, etc.
Sometimes bundled hotel rates can represent a great deal, other times not so much (especially if you have elite status, in which case you may already get the benefits available through the package).
A friend was pulling up rates at the new Hyatt Union Square New York, and noticed the “Uber-ific NYC Package.” It’s $10 more per night than the Hyatt Daily Rate, which seems like a pretty reasonable premium to pay.
But when you pull up the rate rules, here’s what the Uber-ific NYC Package includes:
Uber Black Card for a $20 Uber Credit: Free Wifi:4pm Late Checkout: – VALID 31OCT13-31MAR14 – Uber Credit valid for new users only – Blackout Dates: 31DEC13, 30JAN14-03FEB14 FEATURES: – Uber Black Card with a $20 Uber Credit for use by new Uber car service users: Uber service must be booked through downloaded app and is based on availability
So the package actually has the potential to be really valuable — you get late check-out and free internet, which I’d value at over $10 per night if I didn’t have Hyatt Diamond status.
But the Uber credit itself is a $20 credit valid only for new members…which sounds an awful lot like the standard referral program.
I’m feeling really generous this weekend, so I’ll be offering an “Uber-rific Package” promotion as well!
I can’t promise when I’ll regain my sanity and change my mind, but in the meantime if you sign up for Uber through my link now you will automatically be given a $20 credit. As a special bonus, if you use promotion code Hipmunk you’ll be given an additional $25 off your first ride.
And you don’t even have to stay at the Hyatt Union Square. Oh, and I get a $20 bonus when you take your first ride as well. 😉
Crafty sales manager at the Hyatt, eh?
(Tip of the hat to Chris)