I’ve often scoffed at bloggers who only stay at some of these higher priced hotels like Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Westin, etc. I’ve more or less stayed at Holiday Inns, Radisson’s and Hilton’s. They were more moderate and just fine for me. That is until a year ago when Hyatt offered to status match me to the highest hotel elite level that they have. I just happened to have Holiday Inn Aspire level which is their highest level. Believe it or not, based on that Hyatt status matched me to their highest level – I was suddenly a Diamond elite.
My first time staying at a Hyatt (and I did it because their prices were competitive) my friend and I were treated to an upgraded room, and a free hot, order from the menu or buffet breakfast in the restaurant at a the hotel. Other guests were paying about $25 for this meal and we got it free merely by my status.
Second time I stayed using my status was in New York with another friend. This Hyatt had a Club where there were plates of food to help ourselves to. Instead of going out to breakfast, we ate in the Club. Appetizers were in the evening, snacks in the afternoon. There were urns of hot coffee, coolers of water, juices and soft drinks all for the taking. We stocked up! We found that we saved money on food by eating in the Clubs – once, we didn’t even need to go out to eat after munching a few duck quesadillas. Once again, we did pay a little more but we looked at the value we received. Additionally, every time I checked in I was given complimentary points to add to my point balance. I find that when we are going somewhere, I am now looking to see if there is a Hyatt nearby.
With the Diamond status I am given 4 upgrades to suites as long as there is a suite available. I’ve used two of them. The first was in Seattle with Blogger Hubby and we had a high room in a corner overlooking Puget Sound. But before I say more, as we approached our room, there was a doorbell to our room! A doorbell! We entered into the living room, a bathroom larger than my kitchen back home, a huge bedroom with those drop dead gorgeous views. Again, what’s not to like. All I had to pay was for the standard room rate and the upgrade to the suite was free. The second time I was with a friend in Cleveland staying at the Arcade near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Our room was 1200 sq. feet. We had a small kitchen, living room, dining room and another huge bathroom.
I’ve also discovered that I can book a room on points and cash and they will still give me points when I check in. I recently booked a room for another friend – it was 2,500 points and $50 in cash. I booked the room with my points and she paid the cash portion, I received 500 for this booking. Where could I find a hotel as nice as a Hyatt?
When I applied for the Hyatt credit card last year they gave you a free two night stay anywhere in the world. When Blogger Hubby had the card a few years ago we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai and it was luxurious. We could have never afforded to stay there.
I now have the credit card and we are using my two free nights next month when we fly to Aruba and stay at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort. I have booked 3 nights using points and cash and two nights using my free nights that came when I applied for the credit card. The points and cash are $150 per night and 12,500 points per night. Essentially we will pay $450 exclusive of taxes and 37,500 points for 5 nights on Palm Beach. Go ahead, twist my arm to make me go. Oh, did I forget to mention that I’m using one of my suite upgrades. I can’t wait to see it.
There have been some changes to the program so if you are interested, make sure you read all about it before applying. I do not receive anything from recommending this card but rather to say how much I have enjoyed it and part of that enjoyment is definitely that I have the top elite status. Even without the status, staying at the Hyatt House, a lower tier of their brand, is enjoyable because the rooms are very large, almost like having a suite and you always get a free breakfast buffet at the Hyatt House.
The Hyatt hotels are beautiful and are in some amazing locations around the world. I’ve always had outstanding customer service and at times it has been above and beyond what I have found at other chains. For me I have found that they really believe that the customer is always right.
I’ve some some stays coming up – Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires that have amazing Hyatt Hotels.
At the end of my first year, I’ll have to decide whether I want to pay the annual fee and keep the card (remember every charge on the card gives you points) or cancel it, wait 25 months and reapply to get the two free nights again. If I decide to keep the card I will receive a free night at a category 1-4 Hyatt Hotel. They do have a hotel in the Maldives where I hear the palm tress gently calling my name. But then the hotel at Beaver Creek is beckoning my name urging me to put my ski boots on and swish down the mountain. What would you do?