Hyatt, You Disappoint Me With Your Terrible Room Charge Rules

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Hyatt Room Charge Issues

Hyatt Room Charge Issues – Their Rules Are Not Customer Friendly

I wrote about why you should bill everything back to your room last week. That still holds fast and true but I have noticed something with Hyatt that isn’t quite right.  I am having some Hyatt room charge issues and I wanted to share them with you. Some of the issues are because Hyatt’s terms are just not very customer friendly. The rest of it is because I think they have an I.T. issue for award stays.

Hyatt’s Room Charge Rules Are Kind Of Terrible

The whole reason to charge everything back to your hotel room is so that you get bonus points for the charges.  You should earn points, according to your elite status, on everything that is charged back.  You will then earn points just as if it is a cash stay rate.  This is how it works with Hilton and others but it appears not so much with Hyatt.

See Hyatt picks and chooses what will count. With Hilton and others pretty much anything that I can bill back to the room earns points.  But Hyatt has some pretty big exclusions that don’t earn points:

  • Alcohol
  • Any restaurant on property not owned an operated by Hyatt.  Even if you can charge it to your room.
  • Any gift shop or retail store on property
  • Valet parking charges (I did earn points on self parking but not valet – I am not sure if self parking should count or not but it does)
  • Upgrade charges on award stays

Here are the terms listed on their site:

 “Eligible Incidental Charges” vary depending on the applicable hotel, resort, or other participating property, but generally include resort/destination fee, additional-cleaning fees (where applicable), spa, food, beverage and lounge expenditures (except at outlets not operated by the hotel or resort) and other charges, such as laundry, dry cleaning, and telephone. Points will not be awarded on alcoholic beverage purchases in certain jurisdictions/countries or at certain properties.

Eligible Incidental Charges also exclude – and, unless specified in a specific promotion, points are not awarded for – retail outlet charges, service charges, taxes, casino charges, incentive travel awards, gratuities, pay-per-view in-room movies, gift certificates/gift cards, or vouchers, or for services provided by outside vendors.

Are There Issues With Award Stays Never Crediting Properly?

I went back through my previous stays, almost all of which were award stays.  I noticed multiple times that I was not credited for things billed back to the room.  So I reached out to the Hyatt Twitter team to see why I was not getting ANY points for this folio:

Hyatt Room Charge Issues
Hyatt Regency Orlando Folio

I was told that upgrade charges do not earn points on award stays…uh say what?!?  Why wouldn’t an upgrade charge, which is essentially a room charge, not count?  I was then told alcohol did not earn points.  Even though it says above that “some” hotels may not earn points on alcohol I get the feeling it is all hotels.  They did offer me some points for my room charges from the pool restaurant which did not properly earn points for the food we ordered.

I see a pattern that things do not code properly on award stays and I think it could be an I.T. issue.  Go through your old folios and tell me what you see.

Hyatt Room Charge Issues
Gild Hall NYC – Didn’t Get Points For The Restaurant Spend Since They Don’t Own It Plus It Was For Alcoholic Beverages.

What A Terrible Policy

These Hyatt room charge issues are more than a simple glitch or something not working properly.  They are actually just a terrible policy that reduces value for their customers.  If there is something on property that you can bill back to the room then it should earn points. Whether Hyatt owns the restaurant or not they benefit from the business.  They pay Hyatt rent after all, don’t they? And if you can’t earn points on at the establishment then we shouldn’t be able to do a room charge.  How else are we supposed to know what Hyatt does and doesn’t own in their own building?

I stayed at Hilton before moving to Hyatt on my last trip.  I billed restaurant charges and store charges back to the room.  Not only did I get points for the charges like I should but the charges also triggered all of the current Hilton bonus offers.  I ended up getting 40 points per dollar earning on all of those purchases because of this.  That offers me value and makes me more willing to pay the overpriced on site prices.  But going forward with these Hyatt room charge issues I won’t be dropping money on property.  What is the point?

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  1. Thanks Mark. I just looked back at a recent stay and the points earned there make no sense to me at all. Should be 5 points per dollar (before taxes and fees) base right? Before promos and globalist extra and so forth? Yet I spent almost $500 on the room and only earned 960 points base. Makes no sense at all.

    • Yeah that is how it is supposed to work. I would send a DM on Twitter to them and see if they can tell you what is going on. I am surprised a room charge wouldn’t pay out properly.

    • Why always so negative Gene? It is worth noting and will have some people reconsider spending any money on property.

  2. You can give your hyatt number directly to restaurants sometimes and get hyatt points even when not staying there.

  3. I never have this problem. I only stay using free night certs and points and never spend any money at the hotel. Bill is always zero.

  4. I had the exact opposite happen to me a couple weeks ago. 42.21 was my entire spend for 3 nights but my eligible spend is $98.00 and redemption eligible is 112.50.

    10-05-2019 – On The Rocks Food Room# 1634 : CHECK# 17546 42.21
    10-07-2019 Visa XXXXXXXXXXXX0XXX-42.21
    Total 42.21 -42.21
    Guest Signature Balance 0.00
    I agree that my liability for this bill is not waived and I agree
    to be held personally liable in the event that the indicated
    person, company or association fails to pay for any part or
    the full amount of these charges.
    World of Hyatt Summary
    Membership: XXXXXX728T
    Bonus Codes:
    Qualifying Nights: 3
    Eligible Spend: 98.00
    Redemption Eligible: 112.50

  5. Did you assume going in what you would earn points for, or did you read-up ahead of time?

    Only by random fluke have I ever gotten points on booze charged to the room

    From the WoH T&C’s:

    “6. Incidental Charges. Members may earn points on Eligible Incidental Charges, even when paying Ineligible Rates. Five (5) Base Points will be awarded for each whole U.S. dollar or U.S. dollar equivalent paid by a Member for Eligible Incidental Charges that are charged to the Member’s room or guest folio. “Eligible Incidental Charges” vary depending on the applicable hotel, resort, or other participating property, but generally include resort/destination fee, additional-cleaning fees (where applicable), spa, food, beverage and lounge expenditures (except at outlets not operated by the hotel or resort) and other charges, such as laundry, dry cleaning, and telephone. Points will not be awarded on alcoholic beverage purchases in certain jurisdictions/countries or at certain properties. Eligible Incidental Charges exclude any charge not charged to a Member’s room or guest folio or any charge paid via “resort credit” or similar credit balance provided to a guest. Eligible Incidental Charges also exclude – and, unless specified in a specific promotion, points are not awarded for – retail outlet charges, service charges, taxes, casino charges, incentive travel awards, gratuities, pay-per-view in-room movies, gift certificates/gift cards, or vouchers, or for services provided by outside vendors. Points will not be awarded for taxes or meeting or event charges charged to Member’s room or guest folio. When staying at a Hyatt Residence Club resort, a Member can earn points for Eligible Incidental Charges incurred at a nearby Hyatt location when charged back to the Member’s guest folio. When a Member has chosen to earn Partner Loyalty Points (or other credit with a loyalty program of a participating partner) in lieu of points, charges that would otherwise qualify as Eligible Incidental Charges charged to the Member’s room or guest folio will not earn any Base Points or Bonus Points.”

    • Mojo I assumed that certain things would earn points ahead of time like it has with other programs.

      I did put the terms in the article above 🙂

  6. Just charge incidentals to your Chase Reserve and hopefully get those at 3x points and then transfer to your Hyatt account.

    I recently stayed at the Kimpton Gray in Chicago and their own restaurant would only charge things to the room and not give me a choice to pay separately with my Amex Gold.

    • John that isn’t really the point though. You earn the points at checkout for paying no matter what but most hotel chains will give you additional points for billing it back to your room. Like when you pay cash for the room you earn the points on the credit card plus points from the program.

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