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Last call for the current Hyatt ‘buy points’ bonus – annual cap doubled

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Hyatt has been offering a 25% discount when you buy 5,000+ World of Hyatt points via this link.  The offer ends on 19th January 2023 so this is your last chance to jump in.

What is important here is that the annual purchase cap is doubled. This means that you can buy up to 110,000 points which is enough for a decent trip.

I have jumped on this deal because we are doing a 10 night US holiday for Easter. We need three nights in New York x 2 rooms and, at just 25,000 points per night per room for Thompson Central Park (reviewed here) or Andaz 5th Avenue, I will make substantial savings over paying cash.

World of Hyatt buy points bonus

Remember that Hyatt guarantees that you can book a room on points as long as standard rooms (ie the cheapest category) are available for cash.

Here is my Park Hyatt New York review from last year which I funded by purchasing points. Surprisingly I wasn’t keen on the $1,995 per night cash rate at the time, although rates are a bit softer this year.

Buying points clearly won’t work at all Hyatt properties.  However, if you are visiting an expensive city at peak season it is definitely worth doing the maths. One upside of the cap being doubled to 110,000 points is that you can now buy enough points in one go for a 2-4 night break at a top hotel.

Remember that this is a 25% discount – not a 25% bonus. A 25% discount is equivalent to a 33% bonus which is about as good as it ever gets from Hyatt.

We value Hyatt points at 1.3p. At the top end you are paying $1,980 for 110,000 points, which is 1.48p each. You won’t get a steal on this basis but you should still come out on top at a good hotel on an expensive night. It’s also fair to say that, given current hotel prices, my 1.3p valuation is very conservative.

The chain has some excellent hotels, and I genuinely find Park Hyatt to be the best luxury chain which is run by one of the multi-brand groups.  It doesn’t beat Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental etc but I’d take one over a Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria or St Regis any day.

Hyatt has started letting you book suites online for points and there are some bargains to be had. Here is how I used that feature in Paris last year. Looking at suite upgrades, you are paying 6,000 points per night – or 9,000 for a premium suite – which would be (x 1.48p) £89 per night. This is good value, especially if the suite automatically gets you lounge access too.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

Note that you must have been a World of Hyatt member for 60 days in order to buy points.


World of Hyatt update – January 2023:

Get bonus points: World of Hyatt is not currently running a global promotion.

New to World of Hyatt?  Read our overview of World of Hyatt here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on what we think World of Hyatt points are worth is here.

Buy points: If you need additional World of Hyatt points, you can buy them here.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from Hyatt and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (23)

  • tony says:

    As you say, check the underlying rate at the IC in Edinburgh first. I had a one night stay there in December, which now qualifies for the luxury & lifestyle rate. I think this used to be a 2 night minimum. That combined with my (cough) Diamond IHG status got me a great room, more free alcohol, fruit & snacks in the room than I knew what to do with, breakfast and a £75 bar tab. Think I paid just over £200.

  • Paul says:

    I too stayed in December as an IHG Diamond Ambassador, with almost 3 weeks of stays in IC hotels in 2022.
    The staff at the George are great but while the George has many qualities it’s never an Intercontinental hotel.
    The corridors are grey, drab and depressing, like the Edinburgh weather. The rooms are a good size but the bathrooms are awful. (Over Bath shower) Breakfast was good and extends beyond the buffet if you know to ask. I had dinner too and it was very average.
    Like most places it suffers from staffing challenges but even if this is ignored it is not an IC standard hotel and there is no club lounge.

    • tony says:

      I took room service breakfast – was very good IMO.

      Also I had a very nice room looking towards Fife apparently – was so damn miserable, could barely see Leith however! Separate bath & shower. And compared to the Caley, it was a world apart. Think Gleneagles at £400+ a night is beyond my budget.

      • Andrew. says:

        There’s an Amex offer for Gleneagles Townhouse at the moment. Spend £500 get £100 back.

  • No longer Entitled says:

    I would be very wary of Peru at present. Read the FCO advice. It doesn’t get reported much over here but you are very likely to encounter significant disruption due to political unrest unfortunately.

    • meta says:

      It’s been ongoing since April last year. My trip to Machu Picchu and Inca Trail last April was disrupted. Spent a day stuck in the hotel, but since we had a car we could do some visits in Sacred Valley the following day. Now, the trains to Machu Picchu are even more impacted. Think they only resumed this week.

      It’s good for those who’ve already been on the Inca Trail/Machu Picchu. I’d just stay a day or two in Lima for amazing food then fly somewhere else in South America. This is what I am doing in April.

      • Jim says:

        True. We land in Lima early Feb and unless situation improves considerably we are taking a couple of days before heading down to Chile

      • Scott says:

        Whilst there has been ongoing unrest, I’d be even more wary now. As you may be aware, it’s only in the past few weeks that the president was arrested after attempting a ‘coup’, with the replacement by his deputy leading to violent protests and a number of deaths, including that of an indigenous leader.
        I’d probably be thinking twice about Sao Paolo as well, given what’s been happening there!

        • No longer Entitled says:

          The only advantage of Sao Paolo is that it is always dangerous, now we just have the cherry on the cake with political unrest.

          I presume yields to these two destinations have fallen off a cliff, hence the ‘good’ prices.

  • Newbie says:

    New poster here. Many thanks for all the advice on this website! I’ve managed to book LHR-DOH-SYD return in September (business/first/business/business) for 225,000 Avios and £616 with Qatar

    • Miles.OnPoint says:

      Excellent!

      Nice work getting the leg in A380 F too, were you able to book that online as mixed class fares were coming up with an error when I last checked?

      Hopefully you have a good layover at DOH to enjoy the Al-Safwa lounge

  • southlondonphil says:

    The Air France deal above, like most of the low-cost long-haul business flghts on AF/KL, books into fare class O which does not appear as a points or tier-earning class on Virgin’s table here https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/flying-club/airline-partners/air-france/air-france-earn-points.html.

    This may simply be down to Virgin’s shocking inability to maintain it’s partner-earning fare table pages accurately (how many months/years was it between non-codeshare AF/KL flights becoming points-earning and the website actually saying so?) but I’d like confirmation that ‘O’ on AF/KL (and ‘A’ in Premium Economy) actually do earn something on VS even though it’s a nice price.

    • memesweeper says:

      The normally accurate wheretocredit.com says it earns at 50% in Virgin Atlantic. Most partners it’s 0%. Malaysian or Delta earn at 100%.

    • Panda Mick says:

      O has never appeared on partner earning tables, only Virgin’s own metal

      Virgin: Economy Classic (A*, E, Q, X, N, O) 25

  • Concerto says:

    No, O-class is a bête noire in SkyTeam. It will earn you nothing unless you credit to AFKL Flying Blue. You’ve really got to watch out for this when dealing with SkyTeam. My guess is that it is a fare subclass that was added later and was never added to the earning tables.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    I checked and this fare is available from Bologna (BLQ) too so it isn’t restricted to Rome and Milan. I’m guessing it’s also available from other Italian cities.

    How likely is IAG to match this fare? I know sometimes if one group reduces prices others follow but it’s never guaranteed.

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