In general I’m a big fan of the Andaz brand. After Park Hyatt, it’s my second favorite Hyatt brand. Andaz properties mostly have modern and minimalist designs that I quite like, so I’m excited when new Andaz properties open.
The new Andaz Singapore opens later this year, and looks promising to me. Singapore is a hotel market I have a hard time getting excited about. There are a decent number of points properties, but none that I really love, so I’m hoping that the Andaz will be as nice as it looks, in which case it may be my new go-to hotel in Singapore.
I’m planning to be in Singapore twice early next year (in hopes of flying Singapore’s new A380 Suites Class), so I figured I’d book in a couple of flexible stays at the Andaz. I looked up the number of points required, and was pleasantly surprised. I had the choice between a free night redemption for zero points, or a Points + Cash redemption for zero points plus 210SGD.
After careful deliberation, I decided that I’d be willing to forgo the elite qualifying nights, and decided to book a free night award (in this case, quite literally a “free night” award). The next page showed a “summary of charges,” and confirmed the rate. So did the confirmation page, after booking.
But alas, when I checked my Hyatt account, 25,000 points had been deducted. So it appears as if this is a Category 6 property, and no one is getting a free stay here. 😉
At the rate of 25,000 points per night I’d rather make a revenue booking, and I suspect the price of those will only go down. As of now there are only “standard rates,” though I imagine they’ll also eventually have some promo rates available.
So yeah, if you’re eyeing a stay at the Andaz Singapore, don’t get too excited about the seemingly great value of redeeming points…