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Maui Timeshare Offer Comparison – Hyatt & Starwood
I love Hawaii. Over the past few years my wife and I have been there four times. Yes, we travel many other places as well, but there is something I love about the Islands. Going there isn’t for everyone, especially considering the number of people and the overall cost. My guess is the cost is the biggest preventive factor. (Maybe for East Coasters distance is too!)
The universe must really want us to return to Maui after our lackluster stay at the Grand Wailea last year. In the past few days I received timeshare offers from both Starwood and Hyatt for stays at their properties on Ka’anapali Beach. I thought it might be fun to break down both offers to see which is better and/or if neither is worth pursuing.
Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach Resort
The first offer I received was for the new Hyatt timeshare in Maui. We actually stayed one night at the Hyatt Regency next door last year and I poked around the new property. It is beautiful and has a really nice pool, but will this offer make me want to go back?
Experience a Hawaiian escape at our award-winning, oceanfront destination. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach Resort located on Maui.
Your Maui vacation includes:
- 6 days and 5 nights at our tropical retreat
- Luxurious 2 bedroom, 2 bath oceanfront suite with expansive lanai
- Zero-entry lagoon and infinity relaxation pools with views of the ocean
- Plus, 10,000 bonus points
Travel by March 31, 2017 to secure this exclusive Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach Resort offer for only $1,495+ tax (tax should be about 13.42% or $200) for 5 nights, a savings of up to $4,500.
Of course, there is always a catch with a deal like this. Thankfully Hyatt doesn’t hide it.
ELIGIBILITY/HOW TO REGISTER: To participate in this offer and receive 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points, guest must book by May 23, 2016 for a 6 day, 5 night stay in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath ocean view suite at Hyatt Ka’anapali Beach Resort during the Promotional Period and meet the following qualifications:
• Attend a 90-minute sales presentation (not exceed 120 minutes) at the Hyatt Residence Club sales center during their stay.
• Have an annual household income of at least $125,000 and be at least 27 years of age and cannot have attended a sales presentation at any Hyatt Residence Club resort in the past 12 months.
• If you are (i) married, (ii) cohabitating, (iii) engaged or (iv) single and bringing a companion, we require that both parties travel together as part of the package and attend the private tour.
There are also date restrictions:
PROMOTION PERIOD: Promotion begins May 9, 2016 and is good for stays between August 15, 2016 and March 31, 2017.
Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas
For those who are familiar with Ka’anapali, most of the hotels are located on the South end of the beach. The regular Sheraton and Westin properties are on the South side as is the Hyatt Regency and the Hyatt Residence Club described above. The Westin resort villas are on the North end of the beach in a slightly different area.
Book a 6-day, 5-night stay at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas for just $798.
Act now to reserve this special $798 vacation package, which includes:
- 6 Days and 5 Nights at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, a AAA Four Diamond-rated resort
- Your choice of 5,000 Starpoints® from the Starwood Preferred Guest® program OR a $75 Resort Certificate that can be used toward shopping, dining or spa services at the resort
- PLUS a 6-Day Avis® Rental Car credit for sightseeing, adventure and travel around the island.
So Starwood didn’t include any of the terms in their offer, so we had to call to find out more. Here are some more details:
- Like with Hyatt, we must attend a presentation.
- The room included is a Studio Premium Villa which is about 500 square feet.
- The rental car is free, but there is some sort of a $75 charge for it.
- Taxes are included in the $798 total.
Comparing the Offers
So to break it down, here is what each offer gives:
Hyatt Residence Club: 2 bedroom suite (~1,200 sqft) & 10,000 points for $1,495 plus tax.
Westin Villas: Studio Villa (~500 sqft), Rental Car & 5,000 Starpoints for $873 including the rental car surcharge.
The Westin offer has no blackout dates, however the Hyatt offer is not good until around September. To compare the two, it took a bit of searching, but I was able to find dates where both had availability. The dates I found are December 8 – December 13, 2016.
Comparing the Costs
- Hyatt Two Bedroom Suite – $1,199 per night or $6,799.53 for five nights including tax.
- Westin Studio Villa – $383 per night or $2,171.80 for five night including tax.
- 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport – ~$150
- 5,000 Starwood Starpoints – ~$90
- The cheapest rental car I could find was $198 for those dates.
Value of Each Offer
To compare the two offers, I added in the rental car cost to the Hyatt deal since I would need one anyway and added the $198 to the total value of each deal as well.
- Hyatt Offer Total Value: $7,147.53
- Hyatt Offer Total Comparable Cost: $1,893
- Savings %: 73.52%
- Westin Offer Total Value: $2,459.80
- Westin Offer Total Comparable Cost: $873
- Savings %: 64.51%
Elite Status Considerations
As many of you know I am a Diamond Elite with Hyatt, so perhaps that would put things over the top. Unfortunately, Hyatt specifically excludes elite benefits from this offer, which kind of stinks although it makes the decision easier. I am only a SPG Gold, meaning I don’t get much benefit at their properties anyway.
Which Would I Choose
I tend to try to spend the least amount of money out of pocket as possible. For my family of four the Studio Villa at the Westin would work just fine and therefore I think I would take that offer. Basically it is a turnkey Hawaiian vacation for less than $1,000 and it is tough to find that sort of value using points in Hawaii. With that said, the Hyatt offer is pretty amazing as well considering you get a 1,200 square foot apartment right on the ocean for less than $2,000. At first I was thinking the Westin deal was a better value, but at this point I’m not sure.
I don’t know if I will take advantage of either of these offers, but I think both are great values considering how many miles/points it would take to get into something comparable. In either case I would have to attend a presentation, but the timeshare people in Hawaii aren’t nearly as pushy as other place (cough Mexico) and I have no issue walking out after the agreed upon time. 90 minutes in a sales presentation is probably worth savings thousands of dollars or hundreds of thousands of points.
Which offer do you think is better or would you go with neither and rent a condo somewhere on the island from a private party? Have you recently received a similar offer? Let us know in the comments!
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