Hyatt’s Gold Passport program presents one of the best values in hotel redemptions, with a standard guest room in their top-tier resorts being only 30,000 points per night (as opposed to 50,000 for IHG and up to 95,000 for Hilton). Given that Hyatt is also a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, it can be quite easy to rack up enough points for a multi-night stay in a high-end Hyatt. The rub with Hyatt is that, unlike Hilton and many other hotel reward programs, they only release a limited number of rooms for point redemptions. In this manner, their operations more closely mirror how airlines release saver award seats than how other hotel programs operate. They often restrict award redemptions even more over holidays.
Sometimes, however, you can get lucky, and now may be one of those times. Hyatt recently opened up a handful of rooms at two of their top resorts in Hawaii for Thanksgiving week: the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.
I’ve been planning a Thanksgiving-in-Hawaii for a few weeks now and have been monitoring all hotel reward programs. Hyatt had no general room availability for the last few weeks, but this changed a few days ago. Here’s a search for a room at the Hyatt Regency Maui from Tuesday 11/24 to Sunday 11/29:
And here is a search for a room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai for the same dates:
If you’ve been toying with the idea of Thanksgiving in Hawaii, and you have a handful of Hyatt Gold Passport points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you’ve got a window of opportunity to book a rewards room at either of two amazing Hawaiian resorts, and enjoy a view like this:
Michael Prodanovich is a contributor to Point Me to the Plane, and author of The Ultimate Guide to Free Travel.
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