Saving $140 On Breakfast In Miami Is Why I Remain Loyal To Hyatt

Last week, I spontaneously determined to take a fast getaway to Miami. I hadn’t been to town since earlier than the pandemic, and whereas I had some hesitations, I wished to soak up the last days of summer time someplace heat before it will get chilly right here in New York City.

It’s no secret that I’m a World of Hyatt loyalist, regardless that the chain has considerably fewer properties than other chains I also hold elite standing with, such as Marriott and Hilton.

There are a couple of Hyatt properties in the area, however I wanted to be on the seaside, so I settled on Confidante Miami Beach by Hyatt, the place my colleague Benji Stawski stayed in 2020. As a Hyatt Category four property, award nights cost 15,000 points per night. If in case you have the World of Hyatt Credit card, as I do, you can redeem your annual free-night time certificate right here as a result of the certificates are valid for stays at Category 1-4 properties.

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The lodge was alright, despite the fact that I didn’t get a suite improve at the same time as a Hyatt Globalist as a result of the lodge was booked strong for a college football game.

Hyatt Globalist standing often requires 60 qualifying nights spent in a Hyatt property per 12 months, however with the lowered requirements for 2021, you may achieve it with 30 nights. That quantity drops to just thirteen nights for those who choose up the World of Hyatt card, which is how I earned Globalist standing by the middle of February. What’s even higher is that I’ll be ready to keep my Globalist standing through the beginning of 2023.

I stayed at the Confidante with my friend from New York, Jamal. He didn’t hold Hyatt elite status, and he wasn’t exactly positive why I used to be so giddy about all of the benefits I’d receive whereas he waited for me at examine-in. Along with getting an improve to a semi-ocean view room, I also obtained a nice hand-written word welcoming me to the lodge and bought two free drink tickets (value about $32).

But the highlight of the keep, aside from the gorgeous pool, was getting to make use of my Globalist breakfast profit to shave off a vital amount of my invoice. World of Hyatt Globalists receive free (full) breakfast each day, which is sweet for up to two adults and two kids per room.

Breakfast began at 7 a.m. day by day, and Jamal and that i have been typically downstairs, ready to eat around 8 a.m. The Confidante’s breakfast is located in a restaurant known as Ambersweet, and it was amongst one of the best I’ve had in recent months. Sadly, a number of resorts have reduce breakfast service altogether or decreased it to a “grab-and-go” selection in the course of the pandemic.

Breakfast included warm, freshly-baked pastries, mini Belgian waffles (my favorite), in addition to staples like eggs, bacon and oatmeal. Breakfast also included drinks like espresso and fruit juices. The food was scrumptious, and the service was great. We have been additionally in good moods, so we decided to add a bottomless mimosa option to our meal (which is a separate cost and isn’t included with free breakfast). We ate, drank, went for seconds and ate some extra.

But this is Miami, and like every thing else, breakfast isn’t cheap. Jamal discovered this out when the server dropped our invoice on the desk. Breakfast for two came out to roughly $70 without the 20% service charge and tip. Because the hotel is located in an space popular with tourists, there weren’t many locations around to seize a cheap breakfast. In fact, some choices are even pricier.

With out even taking a look at the entire, I signed my title, room quantity and included a tip.

“Breakfast was nice, however I’m positive it was costly. I don’t even wish to look at the bill,” Jamal said.

No worries, I replied. Breakfast was on me – courtesy of my elite standing. And even better, we may do all of it again and get free breakfast the following morning. Jamal is now considering Hyatt elite standing after profiting from my Globalist status for a weekend.

After checkout, I obtained my invoice with the breakfast prices eliminated, which might have amounted to around $140 for breakfast for 2 days.

To be honest, other chains additionally provide free breakfast for elite members. But – and this is my opinion – Hyatt typically has had far better choices for breakfast. The food is normally heat, tasty and, most importantly, filling.

And while $140 may not appear like a significant amount, we were able to make use of the money we would’ve spent on breakfast to reserve a cabana on the seaside to relax and read. The very best half of getting elite status, to me, is in the end saving money to make use of for experiences. Breakfast is a small thing that may add up. I’m glad I could save on breakfast with my Globalist standing. Use that further money to get pleasure from my stay.