World Of Hyatt AFAR Tokyo Experience ($$$$)

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Seems that World of Hyatt has introduced new redemption option to use points something that Hilton, SPG, Marriott and IHG have already had for a while.

World Of Hyatt AFAR Tokyo Experience

Hyatt sent out an email yesterday advertising “curated” experience in Tokyo that member could apply for and, if accepted, pay using points or cash.

You can access this World of Hyatt AFAR experience here.

And you may wonder what the itinerary is?

World Of Hyatt AFAR Tokyo Experience Schedule

Well. Why would someone redeem points or pay using cash if the itinerary is not even available?

Price?

REDEEMING WORLD OF HYATT POINTS

200,000 World of Hyatt Points – Single Occupancy

  • Includes one (1) AFAR Experiences Tokyo registration
  • Includes one (1) standard room at Andaz Tokyo (single occupancy) for four nights

300,000 World of Hyatt Points – Double Occupancy

  • Includes two (2) AFAR Experiences Tokyo registrations
  • Includes one (1) standard room at Andaz Tokyo (double occupancy) for four nights

If you would like to attend AFAR Experience Tokyo and pay by redeeming your World of Hyatt points, complete the application. Once your application has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email from AFAR within 48 hours with instructions on how to complete your registration and redeem your World of Hyatt points.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENT

Experience Cost: $3,900 USD (airfare and accommodations not included)

Complete the online application now, before the trip fills up.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email from AFAR including information on how to book a discounted rate**
at Andaz Tokyo Toronamon Hills, the recommended accommodation for this experience. 

**This discounted rate will also be offered 3 days before and 3 days after the dates of AFAR Experiences Tokyo. Only individuals who are registered for AFAR Experience Tokyo are eligible to use this discounted rate. Discounted rate excludes applicable taxes, service or incidental charges and gratuity.

Conclusion

Perhaps it would be easier to get someone to sign up for this if they had the itinerary available?

The cost paying cash is absolutely ridiculous. Considering that the price using Hyatt points includes accommodating at the Andaz, it could be somewhat more reasonable (if only they had some itinerary info available).

They must have priced this in away that those redeeming points feel that they get some value out of it. Why anyone would pay $8K (not even including accommodation) for “curated” Tokyo tour?

Here are the Hyatt AFAR T&Cs:

VI. AFAR Experience Tokyo You must be a World of Hyatt member to register for AFAR Experiences Tokyo. To join the World of Hyatt program, visit worldofhyatt.com or contact Hyatt’s Global Contact Center (please see Hyatt.com for contact information). Membership in the program is subject to the World of Hyatt program Terms & Conditions . Members must submit their applications for the AFAR Experiences Tokyo excursion to AFAR on afarexperiences.com/tokyo to be eligible to register. Upon receipt of a confirmation email from AFAR approving a Member’s application, that Member may register for AFAR Experiences Tokyo. AFAR Experiences Tokyo registration must be completed by October 27, 2017 and is subject to AFAR’s approval of a member’s application, availability and these terms and conditions. Members (and accompanying guest, if any) must be at least 21 years of age to register and attend AFAR Experiences Tokyo. Members may pay for AFAR Experiences Tokyo in one of two ways: (i) redeem World of Hyatt points for an AFAR Experience Tokyo Award; or (ii) provide a valid credit card to AFAR. Travel and airfare are not included in the cost for AFAR Experiences Tokyo, regardless of method of payment. Hotel accommodations are not included in the cost for AFAR Experiences Tokyo paid for via credit card. Hotel accommodations at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills are included in registrations paid for via an AFAR Experiences Tokyo Award; however, Members who cancel their registration after October 11, 2017 or do not check into Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills when scheduled will be required to pay the entire registration, cancellation and hotel fees by credit card, as outlined in more detail below. Additionally, if a Member cancels their registration for AFAR Experiences Tokyo: (i) on or before October 11, 2017 AFAR will charge the Member a 15% administration fee; or (ii) on or after October 12, 2017 AFAR will not reimburse or will charge (as applicable) the Member for the entire registration fee of $3,900 USD (single AFAR registration) or $7,800 USD (double AFAR registration). In either case, unused registrations cannot be credited to future years or events. AFAR requires all registration cancellations be made in writing to: registration@afar.com . AFAR Experiences Tokyo Award World of Hyatt Members in good standing may redeem their World of Hyatt Base Points for an AFAR Experiences Tokyo Award. AFAR Experiences Tokyo Award is valid for a four (4) night stay at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills beginning on November 10, 2017, with departure on November 14, 2017. Not valid at any other property or on any other date(s). Award Reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance between April 1, 2017 and October 27, 2017 by calling toll-free 888.524.9288 or 402.593.6305, or contacting your nearest Global Contact Center . Four (4) night minimum length of stay required. Members may redeem points in one of two increments for this Award: (i) 200,000 point Award is valid for single occupancy with standard room accommodations and includes one (1) AFAR Experiences Tokyo registration; or (ii) 300,000 point Award is valid for double occupancy with standard room accommodations and includes two (2) AFAR Experiences Tokyo registrations. Maximum double occupancy per room. Limited number of rooms allocated to this Award offer and normal arrival/departure restrictions apply. Name on Award Reservation must match name assigned to AFAR Experiences Tokyo registration. When a Member makes an Award Reservation, the corresponding number of Base Points for the Award will be automatically deducted from Member’s account within approximately three (3) days of booking. A credit card guarantee is required when making the Award Reservation. Award Reservations must be cancelled by October 11, 2017 to avoid hotel cancellation fees and AFAR Experiences registration fees. If a Member makes a cancellation, the Member’s credit card that was provided with the Award Reservation will be charged: (i) a 15% administration fee of $585 USD (single AFAR registration) or $1,170 USD (double AFAR registration) if cancelled on or before October 11, 2017, (ii) the entire registration fee of $3,900 USD (single AFAR registration) or $7,800 USD (double AFAR registration) if cancelled on or after October 12, 2017, and (iii) the then-current rate for four nights at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills (“then-current rate” refers to the nightly rate being charged by the hotel on or within four days of November 10, 2017) if a Member does not check into the hotel when scheduled, and the Member’s AFAR Experiences Tokyo registration will be canceled. In the event of cancellation, any corresponding points that have been deducted from the Member’s account will be returned to the account within approximately three (3) days of the cancellation. No credit will be issued for any portion of an Award that is not fully used. If a Member has an Award Reservation, checks in, and departs earlier than the confirmed checkout date, the Member forfeits any unused portion of the award and corresponding points. Award excludes applicable taxes, service or incidental charges and gratuity. No World of Hyatt Base Points or Tier-Qualifying Nights will be awarded for these Award nights. Not redeemable for cash or other substitutions. Any unauthorized transfer, sale, distribution or reproduction of this Award constitutes fraud. Hyatt reserves the right to request a form of security deposit in advance for expenses not covered by this Award. Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this Award offer at any time without notice, where required, Hyatt will offer an alternative Award offer of similar value. Void where prohibited by law. Hyatt®, World of Hyatt TM and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation and/or its affiliates. 2017 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved. Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills Special Rate Members who register for AFAR Experience Tokyo are eligible for a discounted room rate at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills for stays occurring any time between November 7, 2017 and November 16, 2017. Offer only valid at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills for reservations made between April 1, 2017 and October 27, 2017. Member must have received a confirmation email from AFAR acknowledging the Member’s registration for AFAR Experiences Tokyo and clicked the link in that email at time of reservation to qualify for rate. All hotel reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance and guaranteed with a valid credit card. Rates are per room, per night and exclude applicable taxes, incidental expenses, gratuities, service charges or other hotel specific charges, such as early departure fees. Member is responsible for all charges exclusive of this offer. Rate does not include AFAR Experience Tokyo registration. AFAR Experience Tokyo registrations must be made by visiting afarexperiences.com/tokyo . Maximum double occupancy per room. Reservations canceled on or after October 12, 2017 or no shows will result in a charge to the credit card you provided when making your reservations for your entire stay. Limited number of rooms are allocated to this offer and normal arrival/departure restrictions apply. Any unauthorized transfer, sale, distribution or reproduction of this Award constitutes fraud. Hyatt reserves the right to request a form of security deposit in advance for expenses not covered by this Award. Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this program at any time without notice, where required, Hyatt will offer an alternative Award offer of similar value. Void where prohibited by law. Hyatt® and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation and/or its affiliates. 2017 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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