Maximizing Park Hyatt Tokyo Enjoyment as a Platinum

October 23rd, 2014

I received an interesting e-mail, asking various questions about the Park Hyatt Tokyo in the context of being a Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum member. Although the experience is maximized by reaching the Diamond level, there are still ways to enhance your stay at this hotel as a Platinum member, or even with no status at all.

Here are the parts of the e-mail (along with my responses) that should be of benefit to all:

I am travelling with several of my friends on a one-week vacation to Tokyo, and we have all decided to stay at the Park Hyatt. My other friends have already made their reservations via Tablet. I want to book my stay via Hyatt to try and build up some points. Can you tell me:

- is there a big difference between a PARK DELUXE and a PARK VIEW room? is it worth it?

The Park Deluxe Room is a nice big room. It’s the first room I ever stayed at at the Park Hyatt Hotel, and it impressed me enough to maintain my Diamond status to this day.

The Park View Room is like a miniature suite. It’s the same design as a Park Suite, with the bedroom and living room “smooshed” into one.

While you won’t be disappointed with a Park Deluxe, I personally enjoy the Park View room much more.

- is the hotel okay with people splitting their stay into two bookings to take advantage of better rates on different days?

So long as you qualify for the rates, you can split your stay over as many rates as you like (the purpose of the Date Range Search tool on my site is to make searching for the optimal combination of rates a little bit easier.

However, do not expect the Park Hyatt Tokyo to automatically extend the benefits of the best rate throughout the entire duration of your station. For example, if you book two nights in a Park View and two nights in a regular Park room, it is unlikely that they would let you stay in that Park View for all four nights; they may will stick to the terms of each rate to the letter.

- should I just book a PARK DELUXE room because I am likely to get an upgrade to a PARK VIEW anyway (subject to avails).

If staying in a Park View room is crucial to your stay, then you should book the Park View room. But, as you say, you have a fair chance of getting the upgrade and, as I said, the Park Deluxe is quite nice in its own right, so I would go with booking the Park Deluxe.

- is there any way of getting around their late check in times on weekends apart from purchasing a day rate room?

In the past I have arrived about an hour early and been allowed into the room. Other times I have arrived 30 minutes early but still had to wait a bit. A lot of it depends on how busy the hotel is on any particular day. The only way to guarantee a room to be available in the morning is to bite the bullet and book the room one day earlier (letting the hotel know in advance that you will not be checking in until the following morning)

- are there any perks we should be aware of/travel tips/things to avoid.

The two things I would keep in mind are the restaurants in the basement of the building and the Spa on the Park schedule.

Park Hyatt Tokyo is part of a multi-purpose office building. Though not advertised as part of the hotel, there are several restaurants and convenience stores in the basement level that are of good quality and reasonably priced. The hotel restaurants are awesome, but you’re probably not going to want to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner there for a week!

Unfortunately, as a Platinum, you will not get free access to the spa facilities at Club on the Park. However, all of the activities at the pool and exercise area are still free to all paying guests. This includes pool exercises, fitness programs, and a good night sleep stretch. You can find details on the weekly schedule at http://www.parkhyatttokyo.com/Facility/Stay/cotp_exc_schedule_en.pdf.

Finally, if you are not a Diamond member, you can, for all intents and purposes, purchase “virtual” Diamond status for the Park Hyatt Tokyo via a Tablet Plus membership. By paying the $195 membership fee and booking through their website, you would be entitled to the following benefits at the Park Hyatt Tokyo:

Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
Guaranteed 4pm check-out
Complimentary daily continental breakfast per guest (max 2 guests), a value of 3000 JPY (approx $35US) per per person per day.
Complimentary access to ‘Club on the Park’ spa facilities for up to 2 persons during the entire stay (a value of 4200 JPY per person per stay- Approx $50US)

For a one week stay, this would offer considerable benefits that would offset both the $195 membership fee and the points lost through not booking direct via Hyatt.

Regardless of how you stay, relax and enjoy yourself at one of the most luxurious, iconic hotels in the world!

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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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Free Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum Status for Anyone

May 23rd, 2014

EDIT: As of November 1st, 2014, this offer is no longer available.

As mentioned in my previous post outlining the Hyatt Gold Passport loyalty program, the Platinum tier offers a variety of benefits over that for regular and non-members, most notably free upgrades and free 2pm late checkout.  The normal method of qualifying requires the lesser of five paid stays or ten paid nights at a Hyatt hotel within a calendar year, but there are at least two ways to attain this status for free with no stays whatsoever.

If you have a good credit record and a residence in the United States, then your best option is to apply for the Hyatt Credit Card by Chase.  There are a myriad of affiliate sites that describe the benefits in great deal, one of which is Platinum status for as long as you are a cardholder, but the best way to get the card is via the Hyatt website.  To get the best offer, you must go to the website of a United States Hyatt and proceed to the booking phase of a mock reservation;  it doesn’t matter what room you select;  you will not actually book a reservation.  Near the bottom of the Guest Information page, the page that comes up after you select a room and rate, but before you actually book the room, you will see the following link describing the special offer:

Credit card offer with $50 rebate on your first hotel stay

Credit card offer with $50 rebate after your first purchase with the card

There is no annual fee for the first year, so in effect, Hyatt is actually paying you to attain Hyatt status, plus a host of other benefits.

If you don’t have a United States residence, or do not want or need another credit card, there is another option that is available to everybody in the world:  the Hyatt Platinum Trial.  Basically, all that you have to do is send an e-mail to goldpassport@hyatt.com requesting enrollment, and within days they will make you a Platinum member for 60 days.  If, within those 60 days, you are able to complete six nights worth of stays at any Hyatt worldwide, your Platinum status will become permanent until the end of February 2016.  As a special bonus, you will also earn 1000 points for each of the six nights that you stay at a Hyatt hotel during the Platinum Trial.

The full terms and conditions of this offer are as follows:

To qualify for this promotion, new members must enroll in the Hyatt Gold Passport Trial Tier with Offer Code PLT14.

New and current members must contact Hyatt Gold Passport Customer Service at 1800.304.9288 or submit a Trial Tier Enrollment Form to goldpassport@hyatt.com between May 1, 2014, and October 31, 2014. Upon enrollment, member will receive a trial Platinum membership for 60 days.

To maintain Platinum membership through February 2016, member must complete six (6) eligible nights at any Hyatt worldwide within 60 days of enrollment. Member will also receive 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points on their first six (6) eligible nights within 60 days. Maximum 6,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points may be earned.

Platinum 15% point bonus will be awarded for all eligible stays during the 60-day trial membership period when member chooses points for their stay. If member completes the stay requirements, they will receive a new membership card, valid through February 2016, within 3-4 weeks of qualifying. Membership benefits will be available when member provides their Hyatt Gold Passport number at time of reservation and check-in.

A handy form for filling in the information required by Hyatt to process your application can be found here.  It is a simple PDF form, so you will need to fill it in, save it locally, and attach to your e-mail to Hyatt.

As you may notice on this form, there is also a Hyatt Diamond Trial available to take you to the highest advertised tier of membership.  This trial is slightly more difficult to achieve and complete, and requires proof of top level status and stays at certain competing hotel loyalty programs.  In a future post, I will explain how to make this trial more accessible as well.

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