World of Hyatt made a big change last week – a big change which was, oddly, not a change at all!
Hyatt has always let you book suites for points. However, you had to call to check availability. In a big switch, Hyatt now lets you book both standard suites and ‘premium’ suites (often the best in the hotel) online for points.
The points premium over a standard room is relatively modest. On a ‘pence per point’ basis, suites are now often the best use of your points. That said, if you’d never book a suite for cash usually, you can argue whether this is ‘real’ value or just pretend value. In the same way, it is difficult to argue how much ‘real’ saving you get when you book a business class flight on miles if you’d never have paid for that ticket in the first place.
Let’s look at Park Hyatt Hamburg, pictured above. This hotel is usually fairly cheap anyway so it is a good base case example. For a random September day:
Standard room – 20,000 points or €178
Park Suite (56 sq m) – 32,000 points or €427
Park Executive Suite (122 sq m) – 48,000 points or €1,004
The standard room is a bad use of points, well below my 1.2p target valuation. The two suite are a better deal, assuming you would have paid for this anyway. It’s worth noting that both suites above come with Club Lounge access too.
Let’s try Park Hyatt Mallorca, where you can often get outsize value. For 14th July 2021:
Standard room – 20,000 points or €935
Park Suite – 32,000 points or €1,399
Park Suite Garden – 48,000 points or €1,654
This hotel is no-brainer redemption however you look at. Oddly, here, the suites are poorer value than standard rooms on a ‘points per £’ basis.
Slightly oddly, I am tempted to increase my Hyatt points valuation on the back of this.
I accept that this statement makes no sense, logically, because Hyatt has NOT improved suite availability. These deals were always available, except that you had to ring up and ask about suites each time you were tentatively thinking about making a Hyatt booking – which I could never be bothered to do.
Now that I can see suite availability online, I am more likely to book them.
I am disproportionately likely to book suites anyway. If I am travelling with the family, a suite that can sleep four is my preferred choice over two separate rooms. Even if I am travelling alone, I like a junior suite if possible because I am often in the room working for much of the day and enjoy the extra space.
Hyatt points are still hard to get, however
I would be far, far more excited about this if it was easy to acquire World of Hyatt points. However, it is not a transfer partner with any major airline programme or any UK credit card.
Unless you buy points, the only way to obtain them is by staying at Hyatt hotels. You can argue whether or not this is the way it should be, but HFP readers are likely to find it frustrating.
Don’t forget there is a 30% bonus buying Hyatt points ….
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