Points + Cash reservations are popular for two key reasons: they earn elite-qualifying stay credits and, like paid reservations, they're eligible for Diamond suite upgrade awards.
During my stay at the Park Hyatt Vienna, I got the best of both worlds.
Hyatt is thrilled to combine reservations into a single stay
There are few trivialities more annoying than having a room key deactivated in the middle of a hotel stay because you made two or more reservations as award availability or points became available.
As Joe Cheung pointed out during my most recent appearance on the Saverocity Observation Deck podcast, Hyatt is able to combine reservations so that multiple reservations are treated as a single stay, which is a terrific convenience given how some of their properties throttle Points + Cash award availability, potentially making you piece together a stay gradually over many months.
How I applied a suite upgrade award to two award nights
Soon after being matched to Hyatt Diamond status, I booked three Points + Cash nights at the Park Hyatt Vienna, and applied one of my four Diamond suite upgrade awards.
Then, since I don't chase signup bonuses and was well below the supposed "5/24 rule" for new Chase credit card approvals, I applied for a Chase Hyatt credit card and was approved, which quickly earned me two free nights at any Hyatt in the world, as long as award space was available.
I bided my time (i.e. set a Hotel Hustle award alert) and finally award availability opened up for my second and third nights in Vienna. I placed a quick call to Hyatt and had my Points + Cash award nights replaced with free credit card nights.
That made me wonder: would I have to change rooms after my first night, since that was the only night I had the right to apply a suite upgrade award to?
Of course not.
Can you apply suite upgrade awards to award nights? Maybe!
If you can replicate my experience, the advantages are obvious: you can earn a stay credit based on your first, Points + Cash night, but save cash by redeeming only points for all your subsequent nights.
So to review, here was my experience applying a suite upgrade award to my Park Hyatt Vienna stay:
- book a Points + Cash stay;
- apply a suite upgrade award to the entire stay;
- replace all but the first night with award nights;
- enjoy my suite for the entire stay.
Since my first night was also my 5th paid night during the current Stay More Play More promotion, I even got to take home 5,000 bonus Hyatt Gold Passport points for my trouble.