Just to prove that it CAN make sense to buy 100% of the hotel loyalty points you need for your stay, I am typing this in the Park Hyatt Hamburg where I am visiting Aircraft Interiors Expo.
Hotel prices are VERY steep whilst this event is on. When I came to book, the Park Hyatt was over £400 per night and there wasn’t a lot that was decent for substantially less. And the Park Hyatt is VERY nice ….
I chose to buy 30,000 World of Hyatt points for £394 instead. I bought these during a ‘40% bonus points’ promotion back in November. This got me the two nights I needed at 15,000 points per night.
(Unfortunately, Park Hyatt Hamburg has now gone up to 20,000 World of Hyatt points per night so it won’t be as easy to repeat this trick in the future.)
By buying points I saved over 50% on the cost of my room, and I also retained flexibility to cancel. This would not have been possible if I had locked in an Advanced Purchase rate for cash.
PS. If you are planning to visit Hamburg, I don’t actually recommend doing what I did unless it is when a trade show is on and prices are crazy. The best way to book Park Hyatt Hamburg is to let our travel booker Emyr Thomas book you in as a Hyatt Prive client.
I discussed Hyatt Prive in this article. You get free breakfast, a confirmed upgrade AT TIME OF BOOKING, early check-in and late check-out plus $100 equivalent to spend on food and drink in the hotel – even on a one night stay!
Getting your upgrade confirmed when booking is a real result. We used this last Summer in Hamburg – we needed a suite so we could get all of us into one room, and this feature meant we could book a lower and cheaper category of room and immediately trigger the upgrade. You can contact Emyr via this page of HFP.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)