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Get a 20% bonus buying World of Hyatt points

You can get a 20% bonus when you buy 5,000+ World of Hyatt points via this link. The offer runs to 1st July.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if you are considering a stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as Paris, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash – here’s my Park Hyatt New York review where I did just that.

There is no change to the annual ‘buy points’ cap so you are restricted to 55,000 points, assuming you haven’t already bought some this year. This will only get you one night at the very top hotels but 2-3 nights elsewhere.

This deal clearly won’t make sense at all Hyatt properties.  However, if you are visiting an expensive city at peak season it is definitely worth doing the maths.

I am using ‘bought points’ to stay in Hamburg in two weeks for the annual Aircraft Interiors conference. The city sells out and prices go crazy. However, I was able to get a room at a Lindner hotel, part of Hyatt, for just 8,000 points per night. The cash rate was €300.

However, it is worth noting that a 20% bonus is not the best offer that Hyatt runs – you would expect to see a 30% / 33% bonus at some point during the year.

We value Hyatt points at 1.2p. At the top end you are paying $1,320 for 66,000 points, which is 1.6p each. This means that it isn’t a no-brainer 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 1.2p valuation is very conservative as my Lindner example above shows.

As another example …. I booked Park Hyatt Paris Vendome for 45,000 points for one night for later in the year. The cash rate is currently €1,450. You can buy 45,000 points to book the same room for $900 (€834).

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 lets you book suite upgrades for points at selected hotels and there are bargains to be had. Here is how Conny used points for a suite upgrade (confirmed at time of booking) over Easter at Hotel Reisen in Stockhom.  For suite upgrades you are paying 6,000 points per night – or 9,000 for a premium suite – which would be (x 1.6p) £96 per night. This is good value, especially if the suite automatically gets you lounge access too.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here. The offer ends on 1st July.

Get a 25% discount buying World of Hyatt points

Get VIP T20 cricket tickets for Hilton Honors points

Hilton Honors is offering VIP hospitality tickets to the T20 cricket double header at Emirates Old Trafford on 2nd June. The cost is 75,000 points for two people.

You will see Lancashire Lightning vs Derbyshire Falcons and Lancashire Thunder vs The Blaze.

Here’s the full package:

Join Cricketing legend Dane Vilas, plus other guests in An Audience With session at Emirates Old Trafford. Engage in insightful discussion around pertinent topics in the world of cricket before asking them your own questions.

Your experience will begin with a pitch-side view of the warmup, before you and your guest enjoy the men’s and women’s T20 Double Header, as Lancashire Lightning welcome Derbyshire Falcons, which is followed by Lancashire Thunder vs The Blaze, alongside some other very special guests.

Throughout this experience, you’ll be treated to a complimentary open bar, a two-course buffet lunch and mid-innings snack. Located in Jimmy’s Bar, a premium private space where you will be joined by other Hilton Honors members, where you can sit back and relax on the terrace while watching the Men’s and Women’s T20 Double Header with excellent, elevated views of the action!

This is a ‘buy it now’ redemption and there are 10 pairs of tickets available for 75,000 Hilton Honors points. We’d value these at £250 so it feels like a good value deal.

There are also three packages being auctioned which come with a one night stay at Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford on 2nd June.

You can redeem for tickets on the Hilton Experiences page here.

Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort open

Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort now open

If you’ve ever visited Ras Al-Khaimah in the UAE, you may know the Hilton Al Hamra Beach Resort, which was adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria.

The Waldorf Astoria (website here) has just been restored, and was an impressive hotel even before that – better than the Waldorf Astoria on The Palm in Dubai, and far cheaper.

(If you were planning a Dubai beach holiday with no plans to leave your resort for a week, then frankly you might as well do the one hour drive to Ras, stay in an equivalent resort and save over 50%.)

The – presumably state-run – owners of the Hilton have gone a step further. The Hilton has undergone a full refurbishment and become Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort, part of Accor Live Limitless. It opened on Monday and is presumably now nearer to the Waldord Astoria in terms of quality.

It is still relatively cheap, with rooms in the October peak season at £200-£250 per night. Even suites are only £350 per night.

The Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort website is here.

Comments (2)

  • blenz101 says:

    The other Hilton Beach Resort in RAK slightly further up the coast shows on the website as leaving the Hilton brand on 1st July which is a real shame.

  • Mutley says:

    Its great that Thunder are on second, it gives more time to get wasted approx three hours for a T20

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