Hyatt offering Office for the Day (even using points), extending Work From Hyatt rates

The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, which could be your office from 7am to 7pm with the Office for the Day rate.

Hyatt announced this week that it is now offering an Office for the Day package at select properties that is available through May 31, 2021 at “more than 400 hotels in the Americas”. The best piece of news on that is that these day-use rates include elite credit. The Work from Hyatt extended stay package rates have also been extended through September 12, 201.

The Deal

Key Terms

Office for the Day terms:

  • Reservations must be made in advance directly with Hyatt by using Special Offer Code OFFICE.
  • When calling, please use 866-886-5053.
  • Work from Hyatt: Office for the Day packages are subject to availability and inclusions may vary by property.
  • Parking discount is valid at participating hotels and resorts that offer parking, provided that parking charges at such hotel or resort can be billed to the guest room/folio. If both are offered by the applicable hotel or resort, offer is valid for either valet or self-parking.
  • 15% food and beverage discount is valid for cumulative spend of up to $300 USD.
  • Packages are valid from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and do not include an overnight stay, even though our systems may reflect a 1-night stay.
  • Packages must be booked and utilized by 5/31/21.
  • World of Hyatt members are eligible to earn World of Hyatt points, Bonus Journeys Bonus Points and Tier-Qualifying Night credits for these packages.
  • Member must actually check-in, occupy the room and complete the stay for his or her Work from Hyatt reservation to earn points and Tier-Qualifying Nights.
  • To redeem World of Hyatt points for these packages, members must call 1-866-886-5053.
  • Packages are not available at Miraval, Hyatt Residence Club, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Zilara and Destination Residences.
  • Packages not valid with previously booked or completed stays or with groups, conventions, other promotional offers (unless noted), tour packages or special rate programs.
  • No refunds for unused portions of these packages.
  • Promotional blackout periods may apply due to seasonal periods or special events.
  • Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw these packages at any time.

Quick Thoughts

Hyatt advertises Office for the Day day-use rates starting at $65. If your main goal is to find the cheapest property possible for earning elite credit, that likely won’t be it. However, if you’re looking for some extra space from which to work and you’d also like to earn Hyatt elite night credit for your office space, this could certainly be appealing.

And the truth is that you may find a diamond in the rough that is even more reasonable than you may have expected.

The following are included in the Office for the Day rates:

  • Standard guestroom from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a workspace and high-floor rooms with a view upon availability plus the option to upgrade
  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet access
  • 50% discount on self- or valet parking
  • 15% food and beverage discount and complimentary bottled water and a selection of coffee and tea in-room
  • Various in-room wellbeing offerings such as Headspace meditations via the World of Hyatt app, Exhale on Demand on guestroom TVs at participating Hyatt House and Hyatt Place hotels in the U.S. and Headspace meditation and mindfulness exercises on guestroom TVs at more than 200 participating Hyatt hotels
  • Access to hotel amenities such as the gym and pool, where available
  • Access to businesses facilities such as printer, scanner and fax machine, where available
  • Standard World of Hyatt in-hotel benefits including earning points and having Office for the Day stays count toward elite-tier status
  • Ability to use World of Hyatt points to redeem for an Office for the Day package
  • Flexible cancellation at no charge up to 24 hours before scheduled arrival

I bolded the part above about in-hotel benefits as I assume this will mean lounge access where applicable for Globalist members.

It is also somewhat intriguing that you could use points to book the day-use rate. Unfortunately, it isn’t terribly compelling to use points since the cost in points will be the same as a free night award at the same hotel. Still, if you just need day use and don’t really need to stay overnight, the ability to use your points and get the room for the entire work day (starting rom 7am) and still earn elite credit might be an attractive enough combination of factors.

For example, if I lived near a Hyatt and I was considering mattress running a night where I planned to just check in and leave, I might be more intrigued by the possibility to get use of the room (and perhaps lounge where applicable) as a quiet work space for a full work day given that I’d earn full points and elite credit for the stay (including double credit under the bonus journeys promo).

Slightly confusing is that you have to choose overnight dates to search for the rate online. For instance, I tried to look up a random weekday (January 12th). I assumed I would need to use January 12th as both the check-in and check-out date, but it turned out that I had to enter a check-in date of January 12th and check-out date of January 13th and include promo code OFFICE and then day-use rates showed up along with overnight rates.

As you can see, the day use rate was only slightly cheaper than the best overnight rate ($72 vs $93). Based on my initial searches, it seems that it is often the case that the day use rate just a bit cheaper than overnight rates (with some exceptions obviously). Still, that seems fair given that you get the room for up to 12 hours and get use of property amenities like the gym and pool where applicable.

Greg pointed out to me that it is possible that some hotel taxes may only apply to overnight rates. Perhaps these rates shouldn’t incur the same tax rate as an overnight stay? YMMV and I imagine you’re in for an uphill battle on that. Given that you have to search overnight dates in order to see the day use rates, my best guess is that Hyatt’s computer system recognizes it the same as an overnight stay and will likely apply taxes accordingly. I’m sure that some members of the community will dig into their local tax code to save a few bucks more here, though I don’t know whether it will be worth the time and frustration if it isn’t something that Hyatt does automatically / easily. (And I’m certainly not versed in hotel tax code, so perhaps all normal hotel taxes apply even when not an overnight stay)

Keep in mind that that as part of the Bonus Journeys promotion, you’ll receive a bonus elite night credit in 2021 for each night / day-use you complete. This means that those booking these day-use rates in January or February 2021 will actually earn two elite nights per day use (the same as you would earn for an overnight stay).

Overall, this promotion isn’t necessarily more appealing than overnight stays but rather adds another option. The extension of the Work from Hyatt extended stay package deals will also surely be popular as I imagine that many people will be working from home well into 2021.

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