Hotels want you to re-use towels, not have your sheets changed, and even decline housekeeping entirely. They tell you it’s for the environment, but it’s really about reducing labor costs.
Sometimes they just tell you you’re doing it for the environment. That’s a stretch. Hotel housekeeping isn’t among the top environmental threats. And hotels don’t mind one big encouraging you to fly out to visit their hotels, eat beef in their restaurants, and extend your stay by flying your family out too.
When a property wants to split the savings with you, though, by rebating points that’s fair. Starwood was known for their Make a Green Choice program offering 500 Starpoints per night you skipped housekeeping. Marriott still offers a similar, albeit less rewarding, program.
Reader Ryan shares a photo of the offer to earn 250 points for skipping housekeeping, a test at a Hyatt Place where he was staying. That’s on par with Marriott’s offer which so angered the much larger chain’s unionized housekeeping staff (“Marriott’s Dirty Choice”).
You can only earn 250 Hyatt points for the number of nights of your stay minus one (it isn’t allowed on one night stays, and isn’t allowed on the last night of your stay). It’s unclear whether there are other restrictions, like requiring housekeeping every so many nights on long stays.
This Hyatt Place was also waiving their $7 parking fee for World of Hyatt members, a perk that currently exists for top tier Globalists on award stays.
We’ll see if either test gets extended more broadly. The Green Choice program has been tested occasionally by some Hyatt properties since at least 2016, though at Hyatt certain innovations can take time to catch on — the free bottled water benefit included in World of Hyatt was originally tested five years before launch of the program.