Hyatt Adds Several Timeshare Redemption Properties With A Dangerous Pricing Precedent

Shortly before the pandemic Hyatt added several Destination Residences timeshare properties to the World of Hyatt program though many of these had limited participation. Destination Hotels was one of the brands Hyatt acquired from Two Roads Hospitality, hotels were joining the program fully, but the timeshare properties each had their own arrangement.

This might have included ‘earn only’ or no elite benefits. Now, however, more of these hotels are becoming available for points stays.

Resort at Squaw Creek in California, The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Vermont and Vail Residences in Colorado were already added. Now they’re including:

Property Location Award Options Award Category
Christiania Condominiums Vail, CO Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7
Christiania Lodge Vail, CO Standard Room

Premium Room

7
Vantage Point Vail, CO Premium Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

6
The Landmark Vail, CO Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7
Westwind Vail, CO Premium Room

Standard Suite

6
Vail 21 Vail, CO Premium Room

Standard Suite

7
Enzian Vail, CO Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7
Willows Snowmass Village, CO Standard Room 6
Countryside at Snowmass Snowmass Village, CO Premium Suite 7
Stonebridge Inn Snowmass Village, CO Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

7
Aspenwood Snowmass Village, CO Standard Room

Premium Room

6
Capitol Peak Lodge Snowmass Village, CO Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

7
Terracehouse Snowmass Village, CO Premium Room 7
Lichenhearth Snowmass Village, CO Standard Room

Premium Room

5
Shadowbrook Snowmass Village, CO Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7
Top of the Village Snowmass Village, CO Premium Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7
Interlude Snowmass Village, CO Premium Room

Standard Suite

8
Villas at Snowmass Club Snowmass Village, CO Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7
Tamarack Townhomes Snowmass Village, CO Premium Room

Standard Suite

7
Kaanapali Alii Resort Lahaina, HI

 

Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7
Lahaina Shores Beach Resort Lahaina, HI

 

Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

4
Puunoa Beach Estates Maui, HI Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7
The Islands at Mauna Lani Waimea, HI

 

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

6
Mauna Lani Point Waimea, HI Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

6
The Lodge at Kukui’ula Koloa, HI

 

Standard Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

8
Wailea Beach Villas Kihei, HI

 

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

8
Polo Beach Club Kihei, HI

 

Premium Room

Standard Suite

7
Wailea Grand Champions Wailea, HI

 

Standard Room

Premium Room

5
Ekahi Vacation Condos Kihei, HI

 

Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

5
Makena Surf Resort Kihei, HI

 

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7
Wailea Ekolu Village Kihei, HI

 

Standard Room

Premium Room

5
Wailea Elua Village Kihei, HI

 

Standard Room

Premium Room

Standard Suite

Premium Suite

7

At several of these properties the lowest level redemption isn’t a ‘standard room’ but rather a premium room or a suite. Normally at ‘all suite’ properties a suite is considered a base room, priced at the standard room rate on the award chart. That’s true, for instance, at Alila in Bali and at the Park Hyatt in the Maldives. It’s even true at Marriott, where an inclusive stay at Al Maha in a standalone Bedouin villa with private pool is a regular category 8 redemption.

Saying that a hotel doesn’t have standard rooms is something Starwood used to do. An all suite property might be double (or more) the price of a regular room at the same category. Eliminating that practice actually made Marriott Rewards the better redemption program for several truly top hotels.

Take Tamarack, for instance, which is category 7. A standard room would be 30,000 points but that’s not an option here. Instead the lowest level redemption is 39,000 points for a ‘premium room’ (48,000 points for a suite).

That said, Tamarack does currently allow booking a “4 Bedroom Deluxe” for 48,000 points per night, which could be a great deal for some (though likely tight with four bedrooms squeezed into 1300 square feet).

This is not a practice I want to see more of at Hyatt, which counts several Starwood Preferred Guest alumni among its leadership. And this is all before Hyatt imposes peak season redemption premiums starting in mid-October for stays in March 2022 onward.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. […] View from the Wing points out that some Destination by Hyatt Residences do not have any standard rooms defined.  Instead, their base units are premium rooms or suites.  He argues that this is setting a dangerous precedent because, until now, even all-suite properties had suites that were classified as standard rooms for the purpose of award pricing.  His worry, I think, is that this may become a way for properties to charge higher award prices for their rooms. […]

Comments

  1. Oddly none of those are Hyatt Residence Club properties. And HRC is actually owned by Marriott.

  2. Not sure where the list is from but Kaanapali Alii isn’t newly bookable by Hyatt. I booked it at the start of year with points and already stayed there in early June.

  3. as Al C notes…I also booked the Lahaina Shores Beach resort for a stay in April. Some of these don’t seem to be new.

  4. Actually 1300sq ft is a normal size for a 4 bed ski condo. Normal living area is a great room of roughly 20X20 ft. The master might be 16X20 including the bath. Making all the bedrooms roughly 12X14, plus a bath, or two. This happens when condo builders have requests for a few 4 bed units in building, when the building is designed for 2-3 bed units. So, an extra bedroom is added in the footprint of a 3 bed unit.

    Useable land in ski areas is very limited. Especially true in ski-in/ski-out, slopeside accommodations. Many people are shocked by room sizes when they arrive. It is what it is.

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