Maximizing Discover rewards: Hyatt

9

This is the second post in a series in which I will analyze options for maximizing Discover card rewards.  With Discover cash back rewards, card holders have the option of redeeming for partner gift certificates rather than cash.  Upon first glance, these certificates appear to be great deals, but when we look closer we find that some are not as good as they appear.

Yesterday, I wrote about car rental certificates (see “Maximizing Discover rewards: car rentals“).  In that post I showed that Discover’s car rental certificates are only useful for car rentals costing between $40 and $80.  Today, we’ll take a look at Hyatt certificates.

image

Hyatt: $100 gift card for $40

Sounds great right?  Unfortunately, it gets much less interesting once you look at the key terms:

  • This Certificate is valid for a total of $100 off a consecutive two-night stay at participating Hyatt Hotels or Resorts listed on this Certificate.
  • Certificate is not valid when quoted or paid room rate falls below $120 per night at most participating Hyatt Hotel or $180 per night at participating Hyatt Resorts and the following hotels: Grand Hyatt Atlanta, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Hyatt Regency Fisherman’s Wharf, Hyatt Regency Harborside, Grand Hyatt New York, Hyatt Regency San Diego, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Hyatt Regency San Francisco and Grand Hyatt Washington.
  • Certificate is not valid at Park Hyatt Hotels or Hyatt International locations.
  • This Certificate is not valid in conjunction with other promotional or discount programs, Gold Passport or other frequent flyer awards or certificates, group travel, tour packages, government rates or other special rate programs.
  • A maximum of two (2) Certificates may be used on stays of four (4) or more consecutive nights for a total of $200 off the room portion of the stay.
  • Blackout periods may be in effect during certain seasonal periods, special events or citywide conventions.
  • Gold Passport members will receive points for the applicable room charges actually paid.

Analysis

Is this a good deal?  Since the certificate can only be used on a two night or longer stay, and room rates must be at least $120 per night, we can calculate the maximum savings possible:

  • Room rate: $120 x 2 nights = $240
  • Certificate savings: $100 – $40 = $60
  • Savings as % of room rate: $60 / $240 = 25%

As the room rate increases from $120 per night, the % savings you get from this certificate will get progressively worse.  For example, since the minimum rate for some Hyatt stays is $180 per night, let’s look at savings at that rate:

  • Room rate: $180 x 2 nights = $360
  • Certificate savings: $100 – $40 = $60
  • Savings as % of room rate: $60 / $360 = 16.7%

 

With these certificates, you can get up to 25% off, but more likely your savings will be much less.  Note that you cannot apply any other promotions or discounts to your room rate.  So, your actual savings vs. taking advantage of a promotion, discount, or group code will be even lower.  You might even pay more in total for using this certificate than by using other discounts! 

Bottom Line

The Hyatt discount certificates provided by Discover are riddled with limitations, blackout dates, etc.  In my opinion, the chance of actually saving money when using them is very low.  Personally, I’d take $40 cash instead of one of these “$100 certificates” any day.

If you’re interested, take a look at these alternate options for saving money at Hyatt hotels:

Also keep in mind that when staying at Hyatt properties in the US, you can get 5% back by paying with an American Express small business card (thanks to OPEN Savings).

Email:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

9 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments