In our last Hyatt post we explored the flexibility of the Hyatt Vacation Club point system and how deeded weeks can be converted to Hyatt points. Many people see this simply as an added value of Hyatt ownership, but when used properly, this point system is actually one of the best reasons to choose Hyatt ownership because it empowers owners to enjoy much more than a single week of vacation. In this post we'll take a look at how the right information and a bit of planning can maximize the value of Hyatt Vacation Club.
Let's start by covering the obvious: some prospective Hyatt owners desire a specific resort, week and unit. They plan on heading to the same destination at the same time each year and Hyatt Vacation Club delivers the vacation experience that they want. For these travelers, the deeded week guarantees the right vacation. However, not all Hyatt owners vacation this way. Some prefer to use Hyatt Vacation Club membership as a means of visiting several different resorts throughout the year, while others are looking for a little bit of both vacation styles. The owner's vacation preferences will determine how Hyatt points can be used to achieve the desired experience at the best value.
The Importance of Hyatt Vacation Club Seasons
The season associated with a deeded week, along with the unit size, determines how many points are allotted to the account each year. Diamond Season has the highest point value, while Mountain Season has the lowest. The more points attributed to an account, the more flexibility an owner will have in reserving units.
Those who like to visit several different Hyatt resorts throughout the year, or travel at different times each year, owning a deeded week associated with Mountain Season will present a challenge. A four bedroom unit deeded to a Mountain Season week can only be converted to 340 Hyatt points. That puts anything longer than a two night stay out of reach during most other seasons, even if a smaller unit is reserved. For someone who plans on vacationing during Mountain Season every year though, this isn't an issue.
What you really need to know is that the higher value season purchased, the more opportunity a Hyatt owner will generally have when booking a vacation. For the most possible availability, a four bedroom unit deeded to a Diamond Season week can't be beat. A Silver Season two bedroom is a nice middle ground for many vacationers, but as mentioned before, it all depends on vacation preferences. If you're unsure, a licensed real estate agent who specializes in Hyatt Vacation Club resales could be a big help.
Making Smart Reservations
Hyatt owners that plan to stay at the same resort, unit, and week each year have it easy: they've got a six month window when their deeded property is guaranteed. A simple call to member services during those six months, known as the Home Resort Preference Period (HRPP), ensures the vacation experience of choice. Hyatt Vacation Club owners who are looking for something a bit different should do a bit more planning.
For Hyatt owners that plan to do more varied traveling, those high value seasons are extremely useful because the Hyatt points can be broken into several vacations instead of a single week, and the most efficient way to do this is by making reservations in lower tier seasons, smaller units, and/or shorter stays.
A practical example would be if we purchased a 2 bedroom unit with a deeded week that falls under Gold Season, which is valued at 1,880 Hyatt points. If we chose to simply travel at a different time of the year and book the same unit (at the same resort or a different one) for a full week during Bronze Season (valued at 1,300 Hyatt points), we would still have enough points leftover another trip, perhaps a four night stay in a 2 bedroom premier unit during Bronze Season.
The higher value seasons and units will make more Hyatt points available, and thus, provide more opportunity for traveling. In the extreme, this means that hypothetically the owner of a 4 bedroom Diamond Season (valued at 3,700 points) could convert the deeded week to points and book studio units for a total of 18 full weeks of vacation during Mountain and Copper seasons. This may seem impractical, but it demonstrates the tremendous opportunity that the Hyatt Vacation Club point system presents to owners who know how to use it properly.
For Hyatt owners with lots of points, the biggest barrier to booking multiple vacations each year is availability, and this is where planning ahead becomes so crucial. Rooms at some resorts, such as Hyatt Siesta Key, are very difficult to book, even for Hyatt Vacation Club members. When possible, the best approach is to have tentative travel plans established well in advance of the HRPP and make reservations as soon as the points become available. Hyatt member services can help with this, and if the desired unit isn't available, the owner can choose to be put on a wait list. As always, it's best to have some backup choices in mind.
Hyatt Vacation Club point system allows owners to enjoy many outstanding resorts at premier destinations, and a thorough understanding of how Hyatt points work should make it easy to get a compelling value from membership. If you have any questions or comments about the information provided above, please let us know in the comments section below, and don't forget to check out how many owners saved thousands by purchasing Hyatt ownership on the resale market!