Tomorrow, Hyatt will introduce variable peak and off-peak pricing on awards. We’ll unpack those details on Live and Let’s Fly once we see how bad they are, but this is your last call to book under prevailing rates for stays in March 2022 and beyond. Sadly, I failed in my endeavor to lock in space next summer at one of my favorite resorts.
Last Call: Book Hyatt Stays Post March-2022 Before Devaluation
As you might have guessed, I am talking about the Ventana Big Sur, perhaps the greatest value in the World of Hyatt program at 30,000 points per night for a standard room. These rooms regularly retail for over $2,000/night and not only is the wooded venue with ocean views beautiful, but the amenities, food, and service are top-notch.
This is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort, making it more difficult considering I have two young children, but my wife and I greatly enjoyed the getaway here earlier this year.
The good news is that I was able to book three nights for my parents here next autumn. The bad news is there was no space left for me in the summer or fall of 2022 when I went back to book a few hours later. This was certainly a case of you snooze, you loose. I’ll take one more look this evening, but I have resigned myself to paying the extra 5,000 points per night (still a very good deal).
I may book a couple nights at the Park Hyatt in Sydney, but no travel to Australia is currently planned. I’d love to visit Perth and stay at the Hyatt there, but it appears that even after much of Australia re-opens, Western Australia will remain closed.
With so much up in the air right now, I’m just not able to plan my travels for 2022 yet…and I know I’ll end up paying for it when it comes time to book a Hyatt next year. But if you are able to factor in travel now for next year, considering locking in your stays at lower rates today. Should your travel dates happen to fall in the off-peak period, Hyatt has announced it will automatically refund the difference in points.
I’m genuinely concerned that the new peak and off-peak pricing will be 360 days of peak pricing and five days of off-peak pricing at most properties. But we’ll find out tomorrow, won’t we? In the meantime, I’m glad my parents will get to experience the Ventana Big Sur…hopefully I will be able to return at some point, even if not for 30,000 points per night.
What have you booked before the devaluation?