(EDIT 2014: Hyatt Stay Certificates are no longer available for public purchase)
Hyatt Stay Certificates can be a very interesting tool for the luxury traveller – or, at least, the traveller who like to travel in luxury but wants to pay less than rack rate to get it! This post is an introduction to using them.
What are Hyatt Stay Certificates?
Here is the home page. Put simply, they are vouchers which are valid for room-only accommodation, including all taxes, at Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt and all other brands in the Hyatt portfolio.
All of the participating Hyatt properties (there are a couple of non-participants) are grouped into one of seven categories. There are five different certificates you can buy, reflecting these seven categories:
Classic ($109 per night)
Choice ($152.22 per night)
Premier ($188.89 per night)
Elite ($260 per night)
Inspire ($325.55 per night)
Exclusive ($394.44 per night)
Ultimate ($461.11 per night)
Certificates can be delivered to the UK if you pay the $25 FedEx fee.
You can buy certificates for up to 5 nights. However, for maximum flexibility (should you need to shorten your stay) you should just buy lots of one night certificates and book back-to-back nights. There is no cost saving in buying a multi-night certificate.
Do I have to buy the certificates before I book?
No! This is one of their greatest benefits.
You can redeem Hyatt Stay Certificates at hyatt.com before you have bought them.
You need to look up which category your chosen hotel falls into – the chart is here.
For each night of your potential stay, you need to check availability at hyatt.com by putting the code below into the ‘Gift Certificate or Special Offer Code’ box:
Classic – HSCLN1
Choice – HSCHN1
Premier – HSPRN1
Elite – HSELN1
Inspire – HSINN1
Exclusive – HSXLN1
Ultimate – HSULN1
To check availability for between two and five nights at once, change the number at the end of the code to 2-5 from 1.
Once you have successfully made your booking, you can order your certificates. They must be presented at check-in.
How much money could I save?
The ‘game’ with Hyatt Stay Certificates is to stay at the most expensive hotel, at the most expensive time of the year – assuming they have made availability available!
Let’s look at a few examples. Calculations exclude the $25 delivery charge, and I have converted room rates to US$ for easy comparison.
Hyatt Regency The Churchill, London – 11 Dec – Elite certificate $260, cheapest room $447
Park Hyatt, Tokyo – 23 July – Inspire certificate $325, cheapest room $501
Park Hyatt, Sydney – 23 July – Ultimate certificate $461, cheapest room $773
Hyatt Regency Palais de la Mediterranee, Nice – 28 October – Choice certificate $152, cheapest room $339
As you can see, all of these examples generate genuine savings using Hyatt Stay Certificates. Unfortunately, they are not accepted at the Park Hyatt resort in The Maldives.
Note that certificate availability is blacked out during peak periods.
Anything else I need to know?
You will NOT earn Hyatt Gold Passport points on these rates, although you should get any elite status benefits you are due.
Rooms do not include breakfast, so if you want breakfast in the hotel then you should compare the cost of the certificate plus breakfast to the cheapest cash rate with breakfast you can find.
(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)