Arguably the most anticipated hotel opening of the year has been the Park Hyatt New York, which I had the opportunity to stay at on their opening night. It’s an absolutely gorgeous property, and deserving of its place as the flagship Park Hyatt property.
Park Hyatt New York pool
Something that has made this hotel interesting is that for the most part they haven’t been selling standard rooms, and in turn haven’t been making any standard room award nights available. Hyatt has no blackout dates on award nights, so as long as a standard room is available you can redeem points for it. But when there are no standard rooms…
As the schedule has opened up a year out, some standard rooms have periodically become available, though we’re talking about as many award rooms as there are Qantas first class award seats.
You have been able to redeem points for a suite, which requires a 60% premium in points. So for 48,000 points per night suite redemptions have been readily available.
I was quite surprised when I received the following email from Hyatt Gold Passport today:
At Park Hyatt New York, experience all that New York has to offer while being nestled near New York’s cultural icons including Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art and Central Park. And, with this exclusive, limited‑time offer, treat yourself to a unique and unparalleled experience in a suite on your next stay.
Book a Points + Cash Suite Award and indulge in the personalized luxury of a Park Hyatt New York suite:
- Experience the spacious Park Suite for 30,000 points + $400 per night
- Spoil yourself in the corner-unit West Side Suite, complete with butler service, for 30,000 points + $600 per night
Each one of our luxurious suites was designed for a lavish yet home-like feel and is furnished with the finest in museum-quality artwork, pristine Italian linens and signature Le Labo products.
Call 800-228-3360 in the U.S. and Canada or your nearest Worldwide Reservation Center today to book a Points + Cash Suite Award at Park Hyatt New York by December 1, 2014 for stays through February 28, 2015. Don’t wait — reserve this exclusive stay today.
Hyatt Points + Cash is one of my favorite aspects of Gold Passport, though ordinarily is only available on standard rooms. In this case they’re actually proactively offering us Points + Cash availability… but only in suites.
Suite at Park Hyatt New York
30,000 Gold Passport points would be the rate for a free night at a Category 7 property (which the Park Hyatt New York is). Beyond that:
- $400 is the standard difference between the cost of a Park Deluxe and a Park Suite
- $600 is the standard difference between the cost of a Park Deluxe and West Side Suite
So they’re basically letting us redeem the number of points needed for a standard room award night plus pay the cash difference between that and a suite.
I’m sure most of us would far prefer to see a Points + Cash rate for a standard room, and then be able to use a Diamond Suite Upgrade Award to confirm a suite.
Ultimately something just isn’t adding up with the standard room situation at this hotel. I understand that at the time of opening they may not have had many standard rooms available, but booking a year out, are all their standard rooms really sold out? If so, how many standard rooms do they actually have?
Technically they are following the “letter of the law,” given that they are making all standard rooms available on points… they’re just not selling very many standard rooms.
Would you take advantage of this Points + Cash offer for a suite?