Don’t you love that feeling when you find an awesome travel deal? I do! As I am in the very beginning stages of planning our Hawaii trip coming up in June, I started nonchalantly researching hotel possibilities in Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai.
I originally planned to redeem some of my Hyatt and SPG points, but I always like to keep my options open incase I find an amazing price on a room that is worth paying for (and earning points for). I just so happened to stumble across a 60% “Grand Opening Special” on BookIt.com for the brand new Hyatt Place Waikiki in Honolulu, and I was amazed that rooms were priced at just $149 a night for a Thursday-Sunday stay in June.
In peak season, most of the nicer hotels in Waikiki are priced between $300-$400 a night on the weekends. I instantly saw that this price was a steal for a new Hyatt property and was determined to make a reservation right then and there. However, I was not impressed with BookIt.com‘s service fees/cancellation policy, so I went directly to Hyatt.com to reserve the room to avoid incurring any additional booking fees.
As you can see from the screenshot below, I saw that the room on Hyatt.com was listed at a significantly higher rate of $294 instead of $149. What’s a girl to do?
I did remember that Hyatt has a “best rate guarantee” policy which will not only match any lower rate, but also take an additional 20% off the lowest rate.
After a brief phone call with Hyatt, they gladly honored their best rate guarantee policy and allowed me to reserve the room at $119.20 per night. Awesome!
If anyone is traveling to Waikiki from now through June 30, I strongly suggest you consider booking the Hyatt Place Waikiki using the method I did.
As far as the rest of our stays in Hawaii, I do plan on using points and/or points and cash for the rest of my reservations.
For those who have visited Hawaii, please do share your points-redemption stories. I’d love to get ideas for Maui and Kauai!