How I Scored 7,000 Hyatt Points for $98 (staying 1 night)

How I Scored 7,000 Hyatt Points for $98 (staying 1 night at Hyatt Old Greenwich, CT)

2,000pts – Hyatt G promo (GW2000) until end of August
1,000pts – Diamond amenity
2,500pts – Closed Regency Club Lounge (always closed on the weekend)
1,000pts – First 6 nights Diamond challenge
~ 500pts – Normal stay credit + Hyatt Chase credit card
7,000pts – Total

Hyatt Regency Greenwich G Promo – Old Greenwich, CT – Here is the link to the promotion:  LINK

I stayed on August 18th AAA with a rate of $98 for 1 night – comes with breakfast buffet for 2 ($56 value).  Total after tax was $112.  I also had a $60 left on my $900 gift card I had redeemed years ago from the Capital One credit card deal, bringing my total cost even lower.

Interesting thing to note during breakfast, I overheard a convo as I was waiting for the toaster, one man said to the other “I booked a night here and I don’t even spend the night… I bring the kids here to use the pool, and it comes with free breakfast and I get a ton of pts” so it appears locals take full advantage of this as well.  Unfortunately, I live in NYC, so there are tolls and ~40 minutes worth of driving.  Besides, CT has much to offer…

So how did I spend my time?  3hrs at Stew Leonard’s (http://www.yelp.com/biz/stew-leonards-norwalk) where they had a spectacular $9.99 lobster meal (1 lobster at least 1lb, corn, fries, and drink of your choice).  Note they also had live lobsters for $3.99/lb inside.  Stew Leornard’s is similar to Whole Foods except they have a mini farm outside the store, and cool features inside, geared towards kids (like a cow that goes “mooooo” when you press the button).  Worth the drive if you have never been!

 

Spent another 3hrs at Stamford Mall (http://www.yelp.com/biz/stamford-town-center-stamford-3) where the lady shopped while I played Words w Friends on my iPhone.  A large mall by CT standards, but nothing special about it.  A bit confusing when you first enter – you will know when I mean when you experience it yourself.

Skipped dinner because of the late lunch we had at Stew Leonard’s although next time, I plan to check out one of the many local eateries.  This one is what I have in mind (http://www.yelp.com/biz/valencia-luncheria-norwalk).  Going camping this coming weekend, so can’t do another mini-trip.  Flying back from Vegas 8/29 so thinking about going again Friday night.  Unfortunately, the AAA rate is $125, which I think is still worth it.

So what is 7,000pts worth?  The Park Hyatts of the world, with room rates approaching $1,000 per night, require 22,000pts to redeem.  Perhaps I may visit one of these:

·         Park Hyatt Paris Vendome – http://boardingarea.com/viewfromthewing/2013/01/14/new-years-in-paris-air-france-business-british-airways-first-and-the-park-hyatt-vendome-a-wonderful-place-to-stay-in-paris-on-points/

·         Park Hyatt Tokyo – http://boardingarea.com/pointsmilesandmartinis/2012/04/konnichiwa-japan-park-hyatt-tokyo-part-i/

·         Park Hyatt Maldives – http://boardingarea.com/viewfromthewing/2013/04/09/return-to-the-maldives-park-hyatt-hadahaa-maldives/

Steps to Score 7,000 pts

·         How start Hyatt Diamond Challenge – http://romsdeals.com/2013/05/16/start-your-hyatt-diamond-challenge-on-june-1/

·         How to sign up for the GW2000 promo at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich – http://greenwich.hyatt.com/en/hotel/offers/offer-detail.html?offerId=51614957&isBookable=true

·         How to get the AAA rate – Click “OFFERS AND GIFT CERTIFICATES” when doing the search

·         Make sure to book either Friday or Saturday night as the Regency Club is closed on the weekend.  You will get 2,500pts for closure.  http://boardingarea.com/pointsmilesandmartinis/2012/12/two-often-overlooked-bonuses-for-hyatt-diamond-members/

·         Ask for 1,000pts for the diamond amenity during check in.  If they forget to credit the 1,000pts, you can email/call Hyatt customer service and receive 1,500pts instead of the usual 1,000.  See link above.

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  1. Looks like Friday 8/23 – Saturday 8/24 offers an even lower rate of $89, either advanced purchase rate or AAA rate. Another 7K for under $100.

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