Hyatt Points Sale: Up to 20% Bonus on Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

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Do you need a few extra points to top-up your Hyatt Gold Passport account?

Hyatt is running a buy points promotion where you can earn up to a 20% bonus, until June 1, 2014.

Hyatt Points Sale Up To 20 Bonus On Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

Earn Up to a 20% Bonus When You Buy Hyatt Points Through June 1, 2014

How It Works

Link:   Hyatt Hotels

Link:   Hyatt Gold Passport Buy Points Promotion

When you buy Hyatt points from now until June 1, 2014, you’ll earn the following bonus:

  • Purchase 1,000 to 19,000 points – get a 10% bonus
  • Purchase 20,000 to 29,000 points – get a 15% bonus
  • Purchase 30,000 to 40,000 points – get a 20% bonus

Hyatt charges $24 per 1,000 points, or 2.4 cents per point ($24 cost to buy points / 1,000 points).  With this bonus, you’ll end up paying:

  • Purchase 1,000 to 19,000 points – ~2.2 cents per point
  • Purchase 20,000 to 29,000 points – ~2.1 cents per point
  • Purchase 30,000 to 40,000 points – ~2 cents per point

So the best value is to buy 30,000 to 40,000 points at 2 cents per point.

Hyatt Points Sale Up To 20 Bonus On Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

The Bonus You Get Depends on the Number of Points You Buy

You can only buy a maximum of 40,000 points per calendar year.  And this promotion isn’t valid for giving points as a gift – they have to be for your own account.

This isn’t as good of a sale as previous Hyatt promotions when they’ve offered a 30% bonus (~1.85 cents per point).

And you’ll still get a better deal by using  your existing Hyatt points for Hyatt Points and Cash awards, where you can use cash to pay for part of an award stay.  Using Points and Cash, you can “buy” points for as little as ~1.3 cents per point.

Hyatt Points Sale Up To 20 Bonus On Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

Points and Cash Is Still a Better Deal

That said, if you just need a few points to top off your account for an award, this could be worth it for you.

Is This a Good Deal?

Link:   My Review of Hyatt Award Chart Changes

Hyatt hotel awards range in price from 5,000 points for a Category 1 standard room, to 30,000 points for a room at a Category 7 hotel.

Hyatt Points Sale Up To 20 Bonus On Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

Hyatt Standard Award Nights Range From 5,000 to 30,000 Points

If you bought points to pay for those rooms, you’d spend $120 for 5,500 points (2.4 cents per Hyatt point X 5,000 Hyatt points + 500 Hyatt points for the 10% bonus).  And you’d spend $648 for 31,050 points (2.4 cents per Hyatt point X 27,000 Hyatt points + 4,050 Hyatt points for the 15% bonus).

So for this deal to be worth it, you’d need to find a hotel that costs more per night than the price of the points.  I looked at a couple of examples.

1.   Category 1 Hotel – Hyatt Place San Antonio Airport / Quarry Market

The Hyatt Place San Antonio Airport / Quarry Market is a Category 1 hotel which costs 5,000 points per night.  I picked a random date on the Hyatt website and found the hotel listed for $119 plus tax = ~$139.

Hyatt Points Sale Up To 20 Bonus On Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

The Hyatt Place San Antonio Is ~$139 Including Tax

It would cost less to buy points with this promotion ($120) and book an award room (if available).  But you would NOT earn points for the stay.

I checked Kayak to compare prices.  They had the same rate, $119 plus tax.  But sometimes Kayak is cheaper.

It might also be worth it to check Travelpony for Hyatt hotel deals.  Travelpony often has hotels at a significant discount – up to 70% off regular rates.

Hyatt Points Sale Up To 20 Bonus On Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

Kayak Was the Same Price as Hyatt

2.   Category 7 Hotel – Park Hyatt Paris Vendome

The Park Hyatt Paris Vendome is a Category 7 hotel and costs 30,000 points per night.  You’d spend $648 buying points with Hyatt’s promotion to get enough for 1 night.

I checked Hyatt for a night in September.  The cash price of the room is 840 Euros including tax (~$1,170).

Hyatt Points Sale Up To 20 Bonus On Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

You Could Spend $648 in Points or $1,170 Cash to Stay at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome for ONE Night!

So if you would have paid cash for a room anyway (although paying ~$1,170 for 1 night is definitely NOT Big Travel with Small Money!) you would be better off buying the points and booking an award room, if 1 is available.

I checked Kayak to see if the price was the same.  In this case it was actually more expensive at $1,236 per night.

Hyatt Points Sale Up To 20 Bonus On Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

Kayak’s Room Was More Expensive Than Hyatt

Before you decide to buy points for an award room, DEFINITELY do the math and see if it’s worth it for you.

And remember, you won’t earn points for an award booking!  So if the difference is not much, you might be better off paying for a room with cash and collecting the points.

The best use of this promotion would be to buy points if you’re a little short of the amount you need for an award night.  Otherwise, you’ll be spending a lot of money for points you can get much more cheaply!

Other (Better!) Ways to Get Hyatt Points

Link:   Chase Hyatt Visa

Link:   Chase Ink Bold

Link:   Chase Ink Plus

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred

I’ve written about all the ways to get Hyatt free nights and points.  Instead of buying points, you could earn them through credit card sign-up bonuses and spending with very little out-of-pocket cost.

Emily and I used the 2 free nights from the Chase Hyatt Visa on our honeymoon at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome (yes, the $~1,170 per night hotel!).

And we’ve transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points from the Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Sapphire Preferred cards directly to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio.  We’ve transferred points to stay at amazing hotels, like the Park Hyatt Milan and the Grand Hyatt Kauai.   

Hyatt Points Sale Up To 20 Bonus On Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

Happy Times at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Chase recently increased the sign-up bonus on the Chase Ink Bold and Chase Ink Plus cards to 60,000 points after meeting minimum spending.  That’s enough for 2 nights at a top-tier Category 7 Hyatt hotel, which could be worth over ~$2,600!

Bottom Line

You can earn up to a 20% bonus when you buy Hyatt points, until June 1, 2014.

If you buy the maximum number of points, you’ll pay ~2 cents per point.  It could be worth buying points if you would have paid cash for a room anyway (but check 1st to see if it’s cheaper with points), or if you’re short a few points for an award night and need to top-up your account.

Otherwise, there are much better (and cheaper) ways to earn Hyatt points!

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One response to “Hyatt Points Sale: Up to 20% Bonus on Purchased Points Through June 1, 2014

  1. Hi, I have 55k amexpoints. But not sure where I can transfer it. Would you please give some suggestions?

    Thanks