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.
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.
(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.)