Greyhound offers special member-only hotel deals for those signed up for Greyhound’s loyalty program (yeah, they have that… who knew?). I’ve posted about this before (see: Excellent hotel discounts via… Greyhound), but this is the first time I’ve taken advantage of it.
I wanted to book a stay at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City. Hyatt’s member rate was advertised as $254, but it was really $288.41 after taxes.
Their government rate was slightly better at $279.57 all-in. Since my wife technically works for the state of Michigan, she’s eligible for state government rates.
Even better was Hyatt’s AAA rate at $264.86 all-in.
Another option was to pay with points: 20,000 points per night or Points + Cash for 10,000 points plus $125.
I didn’t really like any of the above options. Compared to the AAA paid rate, the point options wouldn’t give me as much value from my Hyatt points as I’ve come to expect.
So, I checked aggregator sites like Kayak and Google Maps (did you know you can search for hotel prices via Google Maps?). They showed the same or worse prices found through Hyatt.
Finally, I turned to Greyhound. Guess what I found there? The Hyatt Regency was advertised for only $104 before taxes:
Greyhound charges more for taxes & fees than Hyatt does directly, but still the final price was waaaaaaaay lower than the best price I could find through any other channel: $145.97 all-in.
I booked it. $145.97 is almost $120 less than the best alternative I could find. This meant a real savings of 45% compared to the AAA rate. Sort of. I have an Amex Offer for Hyatt Regency that would give me a $60 rebate on $200 spend, so I really saved only about $60. But that just confuses things here. In most cases you won’t have an Amex Offer for exactly what you need.
Note that Greyhound member deals are non-refundable. So make sure your plans are set in stone before pulling the trigger.
It’s also worth noting that you won’t always find great savings. Look for hotels with % off banners and I think you’ll find that those prices are often quite good, but you do need to look at the final price after fees to get the full picture.