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Hyatt devalues the fantastic bargain that was Hyatt Stay Certificates

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Back in June, I told you how Hyatt Stay Certificates offered a great opportunity to get a big discount on a luxury hotel room.

Basically, Hyatt sells gift vouchers which get you a free night at a participating hotel.  There are different sorts of certificate, which allow you to book progressively smarter hotels.  At many of the hotels, the price of a certificate was substantially less than the cost of booking a room for cash.

Hyatt Stay Certificates

This is Hyatt Gift Certificates home page.  More relevant for this post, here is the list of participating hotels.

The list of participating hotels, and the types of certificate accepted by each hotel, has been changed. 

If we look at the four examples I gave in my June post:

Hyatt Regency The Churchill, London – was Elite level ($260), now Ultimate level ($461)

Park Hyatt, Tokyo – was Inspire level ($325), still Inspire level

Park Hyatt, Sydney – was Ultimate level ($461), now not available using Stay Certificates

Hyatt Regency, Nice – was Choice level ($152), now not available using Stay Certificates

These represent a substantial devaluation of the Hyatt Stay Certificates product, to the extent that you will struggle (although it is not impossible) to get real value out of it.  It is another sign of the hotel groups reigning in their generosity as the economy and occupancy rates improve.


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Comments (6)

  • The ‘value’ of these certs got a lot of coverage just before the revaluation.

  • Jermyn says:

    Damn. Good thing I already have 2 nights booked in Sydney, in April, using stay certificates!
    I don’t usually plan trips that far in advance but the rate seemed like a no brainer.

    I’m surprised the PH Tokyo hasn’t been affected. Given the usual rates (even including the 4th night free), PH Tokyo has to represent the best value in the stay certificate program now.

    • Iain Beale says:

      Looks like the PH Tokyo doesn’t take certificates anymore.

      • Rob says:

        Have they pulled that now as well? Very annoying. I wrote this piece about 10 days ago, to be honest, but it kept getting pushed back by all the big announcements last week. It was definitely still available after the initial devaluation was done though.

      • Jermyn says:

        Lucky for me, that was the other reservation I made on the trip, using certificates. Still haven’t bought them yet, I’m thinking now might be an opportune moment. I’m guessing the next thing they’ll do is hike the prices of the certificates themselves.

        Hopefully the diamond challenge sticks around a little longer.

  • Donnie Law says:

    Nothing lasts forever but fortunately there are always new opportunities popping up!