Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: Hyatt Place Oklahoma City Airport

Hotel:  Hyatt Place Oklahoma City Airport
Room:  Standard King
Price:   2,500 Hyatt Gold Passport points + $50.00 (+ $6.94 taxes)
Category:  1

Oklahoma City has two Hyatt properties - the Hyatt Place Oklahoma City-Northwest, where I stayed earlier on this trip, and the Hyatt Place Oklahoma City Airport.

The latter is a bit of a misnomer; it's about 3.5 miles from the airport. The airport itself has one hotel (the Four Points Oklahoma City, a Starwood property). This Hyatt Place, like most of OKC's nominal airport hotels, is on a wide street that has every chain hotel, fast food, and casual dining establishment you've ever heard of (and some off-brand ones).

The hotel is set off from the main street and gets no street traffic noise.

The room was identical in almost every way to my room at the other Hyatt Place; the most noticeable difference was that the sofabed was grey rather than yellow. I didn't bother taking pictures of the rest of the room; you can get an idea of the layout from my previous report of the Hyatt Place OKC-Northwest.

Even though I declined the Diamond welcome amenity in favor of points, the hotel had a bottle of water, an apple, a certificate for a complimentary beverage, and a handwritten card waiting in my room thanking me for my Hyatt loyalty. The other Hyatt Place had none of these.

Breakfast at this Hyatt Place was similar to the other Hyatt Place - a few breakfast sandwiches, french toast, juices, pastries, yogurt, fruit, etc.

Overall, this hotel met my expectations fully. Nothing fancy, but the room was clean and felt new. The handwritten card and complimentary apple / water were a very nice touch.

Points + Cash
This was my first Points + Cash booking. Points + Cash bookings count as paid nights toward elite qualification (including the Hyatt Diamond Challenge), while pure-points redemptions do not. Points + Cash bookings accrue points for the cash portion.

The sticker price for a king-sized bed was $159; My Elite Rate (the 20% discount off the Hyatt Daily Rate for Platinum and Diamond members) was not available for booking.

This Hyatt Place is a Category 1 property, which allows Points + Cash redemptions for $50 and 2,500 Hyatt points. Unfortunately, you can't check Points + Cash redemption inventory online; you have to call Hyatt. But a quick call confirmed the Points + Cash booking; I saved $109 for 2,500 points, for an imputed valuation of 4.36 cents per point.

That overstates the value of points, though; here's a more nuanced calculation:

Cash booking using mobile: $159; earns ($159 * 6.5 points) + 1,000 point bonus for booking on the mobile site, or 2,033.5 points.  Net cost: $159 and -2,033.5 points.

Points + Cash booking: $50 and 2,500 points; earns ($50 * 6.5 points), or 325 points.  Net cost: $50 and 2,175 points.

$159 - 2,033.5 points = $50 + 2,175 points; this yields an imputed valuation of about 2.6 cents per point (still an excellent value).

Which Hyatt Place should you book in Oklahoma City?
As a Platinum or Diamond member, I don't think it matters. With no status, I would book the Airport location.

The room quality was identical at both properties. Neither location is particularly close to downtown Oklahoma City (both are about a 15-minute drive away on the highway).

Source:  Google Maps

But while driving by the Northwest location today, I realized that over half the rooms have a window facing the highway. I think the property makes an effort to keep Platinum and Diamond members in non-interstate facing rooms, but as a general member, it's a risk.

So long as you can get a room away from the highway, either location is fine.  The Northwest location is a bit closer to OKC bars and restaurants, but you'd have to drive either way.

My Hyatt Diamond Challenge
5. Hyatt Place Oklahoma City Airport


  1. Doesn't 159 * 6.5 = 1,033.5? How does 1,033.5 + 1,000 = 3,033.5? Aren't you supposed to be good at math? No wonder you didn't book that class.

  2. Bert's right - I added the 1,000 points twice. Thanks for catching the mistake. Edited to reflect new valuation.