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Hyatt is peak and off peak pricing in March for all of their free night and cash and points awards. This includes standard room, club room, suite, and premium suite awards and applies to all-inclusive awards as well.
While you’ll sometimes pay fewer points for rooms, times where hotels are most likely to be booked up – and when they’re most likely to charge the most – are going to cost you more points.
I view this as a net negative because when rooms are cheap, I’m happy paying cash, in order to be able to get outsized value for my points when rooms are expensive. However there were two things that struck me as positives relative to the rest of the industry in making this move.
- At least Hyatt still has an award chart while IHG and Hilton have hidden theirs.
- And at least Hyatt will lay out what nights are peak and off-peak 13 months in advance, rather than manipulating peak and off-peak dates every month like Marriott in order to make sure you don’t get a great deal.
However there’s something worth noting, that some readers have asked about, and that’s that the usefulness of Hyatt’s myriad free night certificates is increasing with this change.
Hyatt offers a ton of free night possibilities:
- Every year at card renewal for the World Of Hyatt Credit Card you receive a category 1-4 free night award
- Every year that you spend $15,000 on a World Of Hyatt Credit Card you receive a category 1-4 free night award
- Every year after 30 elite nights you receive a category 1-4 free night award
- Every year after 60 elite nights you receive a category 1-7 free night award
- Every 5 Hyatt brands you stay at you receive a category 1-4 free night award (currently Hyatt has 17 brands so you can earn 3 ‘Brand Explorer’ free nights in total).
View from the Category 4 Hyatt Regency Jersey City
The free nights at various levels are easily earned because the credit card gives you 5 elite nights each year, every $5000 spend on the card each year earns 2 more elite nights, and using free nights earns elite nights – not to mention that points transferred in from Chase for hotel nights will earn free nights when you stay, too.
The great thing is that these free night certificates remain valid whenever award rooms are available even on nights where peak pricing applies.
A category 4 hotel is 12000 points off-peak, 15000 points standard, and 18000 points at peak. You’ll want to redeem these certificates during peak nights, and use points during standard and off-peak nights (while paying attention to certificate expiration).