Hyatt Prive Upgrade Or Globalist Suite Upgrade? Several TravelSort Clients are also Hyatt Globalists, so I book eligible Hyatts for them with both Hyatt Prive benefits and their Globalist number, for their complimentary Club Lounge access, 30% bonus Hyatt points earned per dollar, and other benefits. Interestingly, however, with the way Hyatt Prive upgrades work and with Hyatt limiting Globalist suite upgrade awards to standard suites, it can be better to leverage Hyatt Prive upgrades over what you get with Hyatt Globalist suite upgrades:
Hyatt Prive Confirmed Suite Upgrade at Booking vs. Based on Availability at Check-In for Globalists
Hyatt Globalists enjoy an upgraded room at check-in, based on availability, up to Standard Suites. With Hyatt Prive, however, a 1-category upgrade can be confirmed within 24 hours of TravelSort making the request. While sometimes, during peak periods, the upgrade will not be able to be confirmed at booking, and will be based on availability at time of check-in, in most of the recent Hyatt Prive bookings I've made for clients upgrades have been confirmed at the time I make the booking or within 24 hours.
Standard Suite Limitation for Hyatt Globalist Suite Upgrades
Hyatt Globalists are limited to Standard Suites for their complimentary upgrade, whether a space-available upgrade at check-in due to status, or when using one of their 4 suite upgrade awards where a suite can be confirmed at time of booking.
Contrast this with Hyatt Prive upgrades, which can usually be confirmed even within premium suite categories. For example, a client who is a Hyatt Globalist recently inquired about a stay at the Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City. With the client's Globalist Suite upgrade, the upgrade would be to the Andaz Suite, a Standard Suite. The suites range in size, but for the client's dates, only smaller Andaz Suites of ~476 square feet, with no separation between the sleeping and living areas, were available. If the client wanted the 2BR Suite, it would cost an additional $550 in addition to the price of an entry level room, at a total cost of ~$800 + tax per night
By contrast, with Hyatt Prive, it was possible to reserve the suite category below the 2BR Andaz Suite, the 1BR Terrace Suite, for $695 + tax per night, and confirm an upgrade to the 2BR Andaz Suite (normally $1045 + tax per night), a savings of $350 + tax per night and also saving the client the use of the suite upgrade.
Hotels Have Discretion to Further Upgrade on Arrival, Especially for Special Occasions
The Hyatt Prive upgrade is a 1 category upgrade, and is room to room or suite to suite. But sometimes, especially for a client's special occasion, and if there is availability, a hotel may upgrade further on arrival. For example, during our recent stay at the Park Hyatt Washington, DC, we reserved a Park Suite and confirmed a Hyatt Prive upgrade to a Park Executive Suite (940 sq. ft). The hotel generously further upgraded us to a corner Georgetown Suite (1022 square feet) as we were celebrating a special occasion, which we greatly appreciated.
Naturally Hyatt Globalists may also be further upgraded, but just wanted to point out that in addition to being able to confirm a 1 category upgrade with Hyatt Prive, it's possible for those who are not top tier elites (I am not a Hyatt Globalist) to potentially receive a further upgrade at check-in, depending on the hotel's occupancy, and at the hotel's discretion.
What has your experience been with Hyatt Prive upgrades?
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