In the past few weeks, Marriott, Hilton, and IHG have all launched promotions for Fall 2016. This left Hyatt as the only major hotel chain yet to announce any promotions for this period. Well, not anymore!
More Points More Play
Hyatt has officially announced their promotion called “More Points More Play,” running form September 1 to November 30, 2016. Under this promotion, every 5 eligible nights will earn you bonus points, up to 75,000 points from the promotion. These bonus points are earned on top of the points you will earn with your stay.
Almost like investments, many people like to jump on these promotions with a “buy low, sell high” approach. This means, ideally, you could stay 25 nights at cheaper hotels, and use them for top-notch properties that you otherwise are not likely to choose or pay cash for.
Staying Just for the Points?
This promotion is essentially the same promotion they ran for Spring/Summer, but I would argue that it’s more lucrative. This is because Hyatt is also running a 10% Points Rebate promotion until October 31, 2016. With Hyatt, fully paid stays and Points + Cash stays both count as elite-qualifying nights. Award stays (meaning stays using just points) do not count as elite-qualifying nights, and therefore do not count in this promotion.
This means you could theoretically make 25 Points + Cash stays at a Category 1 hotel and earn 75,000 points in return. Working the math out, doing that would cost:
- If all 25 nights completed before October 31: 56,250 points + $1,250 (including 10% points rebate)
- If all 25 nights completed after October 31: 62,500 points +$1,250
General Hyatt Gold Passport members earn 5 points per dollar spent at Hyatt properties. So overall, you would earn 6,250 points from the stay themselves, plus 75,000 bonus points. You will be effectively spending $1,250 (+ tax) for a net gain of 25,000 points. That is a rate of 5 cents per point, which brings me to the next point.
You can almost never come out ahead in promotions like this if you are JUST staying for the points/rewards. But if you have a road trip planned, or have a project that would put you near a suburb, this is a fantastic time to choose Hyatt over competitors. Consider this: if you are able to stay all 25 nights to earn 75,000 points, that’s essentially a 3,000 points bonus per night, which is really good.
It is also worth noting that if you make 25 separate nights (i.e. not two consecutive nights in the same hotel), that counts as 25 stays and you would come out of the promotion with Hyatt Diamond status. Hyatt Diamond is an extremely valuable elite status that gives you upgrades, bonus points, free breakfast or lounge access, and confirmed suite upgrades for 4 stays annually (up to 7 nights each).
What To Do with 75,000 Points
Overall, this is a pretty fantastic promotion, since it allows both frequent and leisure travelers to earn points. 75,000 points is actually quite a lot! Just to give you some ideas, you can use it for:
- 15 nights at a Category 1 hotel (e.g. Hyatt Regency Bali, Park Hyatt Chennai); or
- 5 nights at a Category 4 hotel (e.g. Grand Hyatt in Beijing/Shanghai/Melbourne, Park Hyatt Hamburg); or
- 3 nights at a Category 6 hotel (e.g. Park Hyatt Chicago, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
You must be a Hyatt Gold Passport member and sign up in order to take advantage of this promotion. The promotion goes live tomorrow, and we will be back with the sign-up link.
Do you plan on taking advantage of this promotion?