I’m still somewhat on the fence about whether I’ll requalify for Hyatt Globalist status due to the ridiculous 60 nights that are required. That’s a lot for a chain with a small footprint. The loss of the welcome amenity bonus points hurts too, and of course I’m not fond of the diluted breakfast benefits which only cover two adults and two kids, rather than four adults. Of course this is all supposed to be balanced by the promise of unlimited complimentary suite upgrades. And a free bottle of water — can’t forget that.
Even though I don’t know if I’ll make a push to requalify, I’m still staying at Hyatt properties when it makes sense. I figure I might as well enjoy the benefits while I have them, and give the chain a chance to show me that World of Hyatt is actually a decent program for me.
And I’m always looking for opportunities to save a few dollars on my Hyatt stays. One of the better opportunities recently has been to purchase discounted Hyatt gift cards from Cardcash, which is basically a gift card resale site.
Hyatt gift cards on sale today only at CardCash
Today only CardCash is offering Hyatt gift cards for 23% off. The discount is already coded into the price of the card so you don’t have to do anything extra. The sale ends tonight, May 30th, at 11:59 PM ET, so you’ll want to purchase before then.
The added bonus of buying Hyatt gift cards from CardCash is that they sometimes earn bonus points on certain credit cards if you pay via Paypal (I haven’t tried this method, and YMMV).
CardCash only guarantees their gift cards for 45 days, so I absolutely would not buy any more cards than you can use during that time. And trust me, you want a guarantee on these cards. Let me explain.
Concerns with Hyatt gift cards
Hyatt has had a lot of issues surrounding their gift cards in the past. From my understanding, it has been very easy for fraudsters to hack the cards and unload them before you get a chance to use them.
Supposedly the issues stem from the fact that the old Hyatt gift cards don’t have a PIN on them. I spoke with Hyatt customer service recently and she said that their new cards have a PIN and that they aren’t aware of any fraud issues with those. But in my experience, these CardCash gift cards don’t have a PIN, which seems to imply they are of the older vintage.
Hyatt also told me that any issues of fraud with CardCash gift cards would need to be worked out directly with CardCash because CardCash is not one of their official partners. So if you have any issues, you can expect to deal with CardCash, not Hyatt. And again, CardCash only guarantees their cards for 45 days.
Therefore this deal might not be for the risk averse.
So why did I end up talking to a Hyatt representative about gift card fraud? Well, I thought I had been a victim.
I had bought a few hundred bucks of Hyatt cards during the last CardCash sale. I used most of them without issue at various properties, but a hotel told me that one of them had a zero balance. So I thought that perhaps one of my cards had been hacked. And I was outside the 45 day window. Crap.
I called Hyatt to see what could be done. They advised that I’d have to deal directly with CardCash for any refund, but that they could give me a history of transactions on the card once I submitted proof of purchase.
I seriously expected to see some stays paid for in Nigeria — does Hyatt even have a property there? — but in fact, all of the transactions were my own. So in the end, it turned out that what I thought might be a case of fraud was just “user error”.
That said, it was a good opportunity to go through the process and learn about the steps Hyatt is taking to permanently resolve the issue. I will say, the Hyatt customer service team was very helpful and upfront about the concerns with their cards.
Hyatt Regency Orlando
CardCash is offering Hyatt gift cards at 23% off today. That’s a great deal, but keep in mind that Hyatt gift cards are notorious for having fraud issues, and that CardCash only guarantees these cards for 45 days. I suggest going into this deal with your eyes wide open.
That said, I have now purchased and used a few hundred dollars of Hyatt gift cards at CardCash, all without issue. And frankly, this is one of those deals that I wouldn’t want to talk about if I hadn’t already successfully done myself.
Have you ever bought discounted Hyatt gift cards from CardCash?