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The World of Hyatt has launched a new points sale today and this time around, the program has brought back the deal we last saw running between the end of January and the beginning of March – all members can now buy points with a bonus of up to 30%.
Buy Hyatt Points – headline rules
- Offer available with purchases made between 12:01 am ET June 20, 2022 and ends 11:59 pm Aug 1, 2022.
- Purchase 3,000 or more Bonus Points in a single transaction and receive 30% additional Bonus Points.*
- Bonus Points will be awarded upon completion of individual transaction.
- In order to participate in a purchase transaction, you must be a member for at least 60 days to purchase or receive Bonus Points.
- Bonus Points can be purchased in increments of 1,000, up to 55,000 points per calendar year.
- Members can receive points in increments of 1,000, up to 55,000 points per calendar year. Additional Bonus Points awarded under this offer do not count towards these maximums.
- Price includes all applicable fees. GST/HST will be charged to Canadian residents. QST will be charged to Quebec residents.
- This transaction is completed by Points.com Inc.
- Purchased points are not refundable and transactions are non-reversible.
Full terms and conditions can be found via the promotion page.
*The minimum number of points a member needs to buy to trigger the 30% bonus may vary by World of Hyatt account.
The good news is that it doesn’t matter if you buy the minimum number of points needed to trigger the 30% bonus or the maximum number as you will always be buying World of Hyatt points at the best rate this promotion offers.
Whether you buy 3,000 points…
….or 55,000 points (the maximum allowed)…
….the cost per point doesn’t change – it remains at ~1.85 cents/point.
Should you buy Hyatt Points in this promotion?
It should go without saying that if you don’t have an immediate need for Hyatt points you shouldn’t be considering this sale (my one essential rule to follow when buying miles and points applies here). Also, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the best sale we see Hyatt offering – we see sales in which points are sold for as little as 1.68 cents each.
However, having said all of that, if you’re thinking of booking any Hyatt stays for the upcoming months, this sale may help you save some money.
The key to understanding where value is to be found is the current World of Hyatt award chart:
- Buying points in this sale and using them to book a top-tier Hyatt property (Category 7) during standard season would see you pay approximately $555/night for a stay.
- Buying points and using them to book a top-tier SLH property (Category 8) during standard season would see you pay approximately $740/night for a stay.
For me, both those scenarios are expensive so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy Hyatt points to book a top-end property. The value is to be found a little further down this award chart by booking mid-tier/upper mid-tier properties (and possibly the occasional low-tier property).
I’m going to use the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco as an example to illustrate what I mean.
This property falls into Category 5 so an award night here will cost between 17,000 and 23,000 points/night and on a random night that I selected, an entry-level room at this property will cost $585 + taxes/fees…
or 23,000 points:
Once you factor in the taxes and fees, the cash rate for this particular night comes to $679.
Using points to book a room on this particular night would see you get approximately 3 cents of value out of each point used, and that’s a pretty great deal if you only paid 1.85 cents per point in the first place.
Effectively you would have paid ~$426 for a room that would otherwise have cost ~$679 so you would have saved $253 by buying points in this sale.
Just as this property can prove my point that it can be a good idea to buy points in this sale, it can also prove my point that you need to be careful. Buying points and then using them without working out the value you’ll be getting is a great way to lose money.
On another randomly selected date, the Hotel Kabuki can be booked for ~$295 (including all taxes and fees) or 20,000 points and if you were to use points purchased in this sale to book this particular night, you’d be getting under 1.5 cents of value out of every point you used. That’s not a good idea if you originally bought those points at 1.85 cents each.
Buying points in this sale can definitely save you money but you need to be selective with your bookings if you’re to guarantee a good return on the money you spend.
Hyatt sells its points through Points.com so there’s no scope to earn a travel/hotel bonus by using a credit card that offers bonus points for shopping in either of those categories. This makes this a good opportunity to use a credit card on which you’re working towards a welcome bonus (like this one) or a card that earns you points that you value highly (e.g. card_name (review) which earns cardholders 2 Membership Rewards Points/dollar spent on the first $50,000 of spending every year and 1 points/dollar thereafter – terms apply).
In some cases this sale won’t represent a great deal but, as I’ve shown above, there will be instances where buying points in this sale can save a World of Hyatt member money. I found the example that I gave above with no effort at all so getting value out of this sale shouldn’t be a challenge.
As always, it all comes down to individual circumstances and the math. If you’re planning a stay in the next few months you should check award availability, compare the cash rate to the number of points needed, do the math and see if buying points at 1.85 cents each could save you some money.