I was reminded of an interesting dilemma last evening, which I thought deserved a blog post of it’s own. My friend Ed from Pizza in Motion had a reservation booked at the Hyatt Regency DFW, but instead opted to spend an additional 4,000 points for a night at the Grand Hyatt DFW, where he’d be able to get 15t extra minutes of sleep, by avoiding the necessity to take the shuttle bus in the morning, to get to the terminal, and to security.
The elaborate more on this, let’s look at the all-points rates for both of these properties, and where they’re located. If there’s a standard room available, you’re allowed to book it with Hyatt points, so these nights are effectively free.
- The Hyatt Regency DFW is a category 2 hotel at 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points a night. This property is within the airport complex, walking distance from Terminal C (though, through a parking garage with several steps), and provides complimentary shuttle service to the other terminals.
- The Grand Hyatt DFW is a category 3 hotel at 12,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points a night. This property sits directly at Terminal D, with an escalator leading you right into the areas of check-in and security. There’s no need to take a shuttle here.
So, assuming you had a 7am departing flight, is the 15 minutes extra of sleep worth 4,000 points? Ed agrees it is. Me, not so much.
What Can 4,000 points get you?
Aside from upgrading to the Grand Hyatt DFW, 4,000 points is almost enough for a free night at a Category 1 property, and if you’re a Diamond member the free 1,000 points at check-in will make this complete. I’m not so sure giving up 15 minutes of sleep is worth it to lose out on a free night that I could use elsewhere.
I can say I’ve had this very dilemma before, and it’s one that’s crossed my mind several times. Actually, I almost had an opposite experience not too long ago in Minneapolis; I opted to stay at the more expensive Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, than downgrading to a Hyatt Place by the airport, even though it would have saved me points, and cut down on travel time to the airport for an early flight departure. In this case, I opted for comfort and the nice-ness of the hotel over convenience, though it certainly relates to the original argument of whether spending more points for better access and less travel time in the morning is worth it.
Would you spend more points for only 15 minutes of extra sleep in the morning?
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