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Last summer, I was really excited that Hyatt added the ability to book standard and premium suites online with points.
It meant no longer needing to call or chat Hyatt to find availability.
But Hyatt has another unique suite upgrade mechanism, which relies on a very simple upgrade chart regardless of the hotel’s World of Hyatt category and attaches to a paid rate that is not the best available rate, but rather the rack rate. The chart is as follows:
Previously, this meant that to even know the rate you’d have to pay to upgrade, you’d have to call World of Hyatt and even their generally knowledgable agents sometimes struggle with this less popular award option. Now, you can book it online!
I once tried to use this to upgrade to a Penthouse multi-bedroom suite in Orlando for a convention, so I took a look there.
The cash rate for the Presidential on a random date in October is $539
A cash “rack rate” is $264 and then I can use 9,000 points to upgrade, right online. The difference is $275 or 9,000 points, giving me just over 3 cents per point in value for my Hyatt points.
I suspect there will be cases where you can get extreme value here, just like with the all-points suite upgrades. Note that it doesn’t appear all properties have this online just yet, but give it a whirl!
HT: Monkey Miles
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