Good afternoon everyone, happy Easter! I’m down in Orange County this weekend to celebrate Easter with my family, but it always seems like I plan more trips while I am on a trip. Does anyone else do that? Anyway, I was looking for a cheap weekend trip from San Francisco in July or August and Google Flights found some cheap flights to Seattle. After booking my flights, I started searching for hotels. By using Wandering Aramean’s Hotel Hustle tool, I saw that there were a few Hyatt hotel options available.
I also had an anniversary free night certificate compliments to my Chase Hyatt Credit Card. You can view details of your anniversary free night certificate by logging into your Hyatt account, clicking My Account, and clicking My Awards. It shows that my anniversary free night certificate expires on November 30, 2016, so I must book and complete my stay by the expiration date.
Since the anniversary free night certificate can only be booked for category 1-4 hotels, I looked for good hotels in Seattle that fit within those categories. You can get to this page by clicking here or by going to the Hyatt Gold Passport page, then click Redeeming Points, and then click Free Nights.
Coincidentally, both the Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8 are category 4 hotels. Both hotels are about 1-2 blocks away from each other, equally easy to get to from SeaTac airport, and both have award nights available for my dates of travel.
I asked on Twitter which hotel I should stay at and got several recommendations for both hotels. I then checked on TripAdvisor and decided to go with the Grand Hyatt Seattle since the ranking is higher.
Looking at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, the hotel is going for $400+ for the night I want.
By checking the Hyatt Gold Passport box, I can see the promotional award (anniversary free night certificate) and book the stay.
If you do not have an anniversary free night certificate linked to your account, or if you are trying to book a hotel that is category 5-7, you will only see the redeem points option or the club upgrade option. I believe if Cash and Points award space is available, you will see that option listed too.
Booking the anniversary free night certificate online is super easy. Before, the process was not as seamless and required you to search for each hotel property and night separately. I’m not 100% sure, but I think I had to call Hyatt the last time I wanted to book my anniversary free night certificate. After booking, you can view your reservation by logging into your Hyatt account, clicking My Account, and clicking My Reservations. Depending on the hotel, the cancellation policy may differ, but this hotel will let me cancel by 3pm PT 24 hours before checking in.
If you have any questions about booking your anniversary free night certificate, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone and happy Easter!