American Express Buy 3 Get 4 Rate

November 7th, 2014

American Express is running a promotion with Hyatt for a special rate that allows you to book a four night stay for the price of three from December 1st, 2014 through March 31st, 2015. A lot of times these “special rates” are actually marked up significantly from the regular rate, the end result being not much in the way of actual savings. But this rate appears to be tracking the Hyatt Daily Rate, which means that you actually can save up to 25% on your stay.

(EDIT: Unfortunately, the Park Hyatt Tokyo has opted out of this promotion.)

When searching for availability, be sure to use the “Special Offer Code” AX701, as in the following example for February dates at the Andaz Tokyo:

Click on the SPECIAL RATES to open the code entry window.

Click on the SPECIAL RATES link to open the code entry window.

If there is availability for all four nights, the “Amex Buy 3 Get 4″ rate will show up, with the Average Daily Rate being the value of the Hyatt Daily Rate (or Andaz Rate for Andaz hotels) with the last night’s rate fare waved.  In this example, it is three nights at 42000 yen and one night at zero yen, for an average rate of 31500 per night.

Up to 25% savings for stays of exactly four nights.

Up to 25% savings for stays of exactly four nights.

The only limitation of this rate is the requirement of an American Express credit card for payment.  Cancellation policy is the same as the Andaz Rate (or Hyatt Daily Rate at other hotels), for a rate much cheaper than the more restrictive Advance Purchase rate.

If staying eight nights, break your stay into two four nights stays for two free nights.

If staying eight nights, break your stay into two four nights stays for two free nights.

As always, it is best to book fully refundable fares and check periodically for better offers.  This is a good deal, but we should always be on the lookout for more!

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Lowest Price for Tokyo Hyatt Stays and Corresponding Point Redemption Values for the Next 12 Months

June 21st, 2014

If you have the flexibility to determine exactly when you can make your stay at a Tokyo Hyatt hotel, you may be interested in which specific time periods offer the best value for a stay.

I have gone through all of the rates at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Hyatt Regency Tokyo, and the Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort & Spa to to determine the best value for hotel stays based on three criteria:

  1. Best regular rate
  2. Best regular rate w/free cancellation
  3. Best elite rate (including My Elite Rate for Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond members)

Based on these values, I have also determined the base value of Hyatt Gold Passport at these hotels.  In other words, this is the minimum value that you will receive for redeeming your points at each particular hotel.

All results are based on the tax and fee inclusive rate for single night stays based on double occupancy and availability as of June 19th, 2014.  It is intended as a ballpark reference, and is not representative of realtime conditions.  To check on current availability and different variations of these searches, please utilize the Tokyo Hyatt Power Search and the Tokyo Hyatt Date Range Search tools.

The results by hotel are as follows:

Park Hyatt Tokyo

  1. Best Regular Rate: 47080 yen/night
    Dates Available: August 25th, September 1st-2nd, September 7th, January 18th, May 6th, May 7th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.57 yen (30,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 55318 yen/night
    Dates Available: August 25th, September 1st-2nd, September 7th, January 18th, May 6th, May 7th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.84 yen (30,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 44334 yen/night
    Dates Available: August 25th, September 1st-2nd, September 7th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.48 yen (30,000 points per night redemption)

Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

  1. Best Regular Rate: 47996 yen/night
    Dates Available: January 4th – 8th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.92 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 47996 yen/night
    Dates Available: January 4th – 8th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.92 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 47996 yen/night (Currently no My Elite Rate cheaper than the cheapest Best Regular Rate w/Free Cancellation)
    Dates Available: January 4th – 8th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.92 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)

Grand Hyatt Tokyo

  1. Best Regular Rate: 47080 yen/night
    Dates Available: June 22nd-23rd
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.82 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 55318 yen/night
    Dates Available: June 22nd-23rd
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.82 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 44334 yen/night
    Dates Available: June 22nd-23rd
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.46 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)

Hyatt Regency Tokyo

  1. Best Regular Rate: 20121 yen/night
    Dates Available: December 22nd, December 25th-26th, January 4th-9th, May 1st-2nd, May 8th-9th, May 15th-16th, May 22nd-23rd, May 29th-30th, June 5th-6th, June 12th-13th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.68 yen (12,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 24160 yen/night
    Dates Available: December 22nd, December 25th-26th, January 4th-9th, May 1st-2nd, May 8th-9th, May 15th-16th, May 22nd-23rd, May 29th-30th, June 5th-6th, June 12th-13th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 2.01 yen (12,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 16096 yen/night
    Dates Available: December 22nd, December 25th-26th
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.62 yen (12,000 points per night redemption)

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

  1. Best Regular Rate: 36900 yen/night
    Dates Available: Many Dates
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.48 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  2. Best Regular Rate with Free Cancellation: 36900 yen/night
    Dates Available: Many Dates
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.48 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)
  3. Best Elite Rate: 29580 yen/night
    Dates Available: Many Dates Throughout 2014
    Approximate Value Per Point: 1.18 yen (25,000 points per night redemption)

As expected, Hyatt Regency Tokyo provides the best value in terms of money and overall point redemption value, though a Platinum or Diamond will see better value this year using their points for a stay at Andaz Tokyo (especially when staying with three adults, as Andaz Tokyo is the only hotel to not charge an additional fee for a third adult on an award stay)

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When a Suite is the Cheapest Room at the Park Hyatt Tokyo

June 9th, 2014

The following post is geared towards those that have obtained Diamond status in the Hyatt Gold Passport program.  If you do not have Diamond status, read up on what it is and how you can obtain it.

Hotels in Tokyo are notorious for strict capacity control.  And while the Park Hyatt Tokyo does offer some leeway with regards to children staying with two adults in a base room, they will not allow three adults to stay in a Park Twin or Park King.  This will affect you if you are travelling with older children, as all Hyatt hotels in Asia consider those 13 and older “adults” for booking purposes.

This has a big impact on elite Hyatt Gold Passport members, especially Diamond members, because only the base rooms are eligible for the 20% My Elite discount rate.  For example, suppose that we look at a three night booking in September.  If we do the search for three adults, we see the following:

My Elite rate for a Park Twin room for 39200 yen.

My Elite rate for a Park Twin room for 39,200 yen per night.

However, if we do the same search with three adults, then we cannot reserve a base room, and we cannot utilize the My Elite rate.  If we want a similar rate that allows free cancellation up to 24 hours before check-in, we will have to pay a rate 23,800 yen per night higher for a Park Deluxe room.

Hyatt Daily Rate for Park Deluxe XXXX at 60,000 yen per night.

Hyatt Daily Rate for Park Deluxe Twin at 63,000 yen per night.

However, we can also see that a Park Suite room is available.

Arguably the biggest benefit of Diamond status is the ability to take any paid reservation and, if availability exists, get a confirmed upgrade to a base-level suite, up to four times a year.  And the Park Suite does allow for three adults to stay.

So, the cheapest way for a Diamond to book a reservation for three adults in this situation is to utilize the following three-step plan:

1. Book the Park King/Twin room at the My Elite rate for two adults.

2. Call the Diamond Line (available on the back of your membership card) and use one of your suite upgrade certificates to upgrade the room to a Park Suite.

I prefer to hang up and make a separate call for the third step to be safe, but I really don’t think that there is anything wrong with doing this, so you could try doing this all in the same call if you like.

3. Since we now have a room that can accommodate three adults, call back and modify your room reservation to three adults.

The Park Hyatt Tokyo charges a fee of 8,000 yen per night for adding an adult to a reservation, which brings the final room rate of our suite to 47,200 yen a night.  That is 15,800 yen a night less that it would cost to reserve the Park Deluxe room.  Taking into account taxes and room fees, that would result in a savings of well over 50,000 yen (over $500 USD) for the stay!

Used wisely, Diamond status increases the quality of a stay while decreasing the costs.  How cool is that?

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Introducing…The Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card

June 8th, 2014

Of course, as does every Hyatt hotel in the world, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo participates in the Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program.  But did you know that they also have their very own, completely separate loyalty program?

Well, they do, and it’s called the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card.

Brought to you by the people that named their newest eating and drinking establishment "Lounge".

Brought to you by the people that named their newest eating and drinking establishment “Lounge“.

I would like to share with you how to get a Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card, but all of the information related to it, including the application form, is only available in Japanese. And the application is a paper form that must be filled out in Japanese.  However, I’ll explain the benefits and, if after reading them, you really want to enroll for this card, then contact me and I’ll see what I can do to hook you up (or ask someone on site about it the next time you visit the hotel)

First off, the bad news: you do not earn Hyatt Regency Tokyo Point Card points (henceforth referred to as just “points”, but understand that I am not talking about Hyatt Gold Passport points in this article) by staying at the hotel.  There are only two ways to earn points with this point card:

1. Receive 5 points for every 100 yen spent at a Hyatt Regency Tokyo Restaurant (not including room service)
2. Receive 2 points for every 100 yen spent at Joule Spa & Wellness, the spa within the hotel.

There are two ways that you can spend these points which you earn:

1. Each point is worth one yen of payment for hotel stay, at hotel bar, restaurant, spa, and pastry shop.
2. With enough points, you can buy certain hotel gift certificates. These range from lunch and dessert at hotel Caffe for 2,800 points, to one free night in a suite for 63,000 points.

The good news is that, once you earn 25,000 lifetime member points, you are upgraded to the Hyatt Regency Tokyo Premium Card!

You can tell that it's premium because it has the word "PREMIUM" on it.

You can tell that it’s premium because it has the word “PREMIUM” on it.

The benefits of the premium card are:

1. Double points earning over regular point card (10 points per 100 yen spent at restaurants, 4 points per 100 yen spent at restaurants)
2. 10% discount off of the Hyatt Daily Rate for stays (Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond members get 20%)
3. Late checkout until 3pm (Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members get late checkout until 4pm)
4. Free parking
5. Free use of pool and fitness gym (already free to all Hyatt Gold Passport members)
6. Wedding gift of 30,000 points

One more thing to note: unused points expire two years from the date of earning.

In summary, the practical benefits available to card holders are:

1. 5% rebate on your hotel restaurant purchases
2. If you spend over 500,000 yen at restaurants, you’ll get double that, free parking, and you’ll have earned almost enough points to consummate your marriage in an Atrium Suite.

If all of that doesn’t convince you to enroll, then here’s the clincher:  you will have one of the most exclusive, coolest looking cards in the world.  Show this card off, and you can have any guy or gal in the world that you want.

Just don't get married until you earn the Premium Card.

Just don’t marry them until you earn the Premium Card.

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Free sparkling wine at Weekend Buffet in Hyatt Regency Tokyo

June 6th, 2014

In the good old days of 2013, the Japanese coupon sites would regularly offer 10% off deals on many of the Tokyo Hyatt hotel restaurants.  However, even in the wake of the recent sales tax increase from 5% to 8%, when the hotels should be looking to drum up additional business, the coupon offers have largely dried up.

The only offer I have been able to find is this one, good for a free glass of sparkling wine with the purchase of the weekend buffet at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo restaurant Caffe:

Good for one glass of sparkling wine for each person in group (maximum of 10) Good until September 30th.

Good for one glass of sparkling wine for each person in group (maximum of 10) Good until September 30th, 2014.

You must either bring a printout of this image, or show the image to the staff via your smart phone or some other manner.

If you want to have some fun, tell the staff that the Tokyo Hyatt Fan sent you, and enjoy the confused look on their faces!

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