Registration opened yesterday for Hyatt’s new fall promotion. It’s a cumulative bonus much like last year’s. Your total bonus will depend on the number of eligible nights you stay between September 9 and November 30. Register now even if you don’t think you’ll have any Hyatt stays because (1) it’s easy to forget and (2) registration closes on October 31 — a full month before the earning period ends.
At the lowest level you’ll earn 5,000 bonus Gold Passport points for staying at least 5 nights. That’s 1,000 points per night. There are larger bonuses at 10, 15, and 20 nights. When you reach 20 nights during the qualification period, you’ll earn a total of 50,000 bonus Gold Passport points, or 2,500 points per night. This is on top of any other points you may earn as a Gold Passport member, e.g., a Diamond member would also be eligible to receive the 1,000-point welcome amenity for every stay. (See the full Terms & Conditions)
Remember, even the most expensive Hyatt property only costs 22,000 points for a standard free night award, and some can be had for much less. (Even a few Park Hyatt properties in certain locations aren’t that expensive.)
Clearly there is value to be had if you find yourself living near an inexpensive Hyatt hotel, such as an airport Hyatt Place. You could book a mattress run every other night and walk away with 50K bonus points, 20K bonus points in welcome amenities, and be nearly at the 25 stays required to requalify for Diamond status. But I think that would be going a bit far, since if you are booking 80% of your stays as mattress runs, you aren’t really taking great advantage of your Diamond benefits.
I might still reach the top limit of this promotion because I am woefully short on Hyatt stays this year despite being well on my way to SPG Platinum. In fact, doing the math a couple months ago I figured it might be just as reasonable to qualify for Diamond status with 50 nights rather than my usual 25 stays. With over 20 nights to go, and a promotion that reaches almost to the end of the year, guess where most of my hotel bookings will be going? 😀
A final word on qualifying nights:
In general, a qualify night (whether for promotions, upgrades, earning points, etc.) is a rate that can be booked through Hyatt.com — even if you choose to book through a phone agent instead. It doesn’t matter if you get a Costco or AAA discount, though certain corporate rates may be excluded. The point is that you pay the hotel directly rather than a third party like Expedia or Orbitz. Yes, qualifying rates at participating MGM Resorts in Las Vegas also count toward the fall promotion. Remember to read the T&Cs I linked to above for exceptions to this general description.
What about the new crop of miles-earning hotel portals?
PointsHound offers Double Up rates that guarantee you’ll earn both some airline miles (from PointsHound’s partners) and the usual hotel points and elite stay credit. This is because PointsHound takes a referral fee but you still pay the hotel directly. Keep in mind that PointsHound also has other rates which are NOT Double Up rates. Pay attention and look for the Double Up symbol. Because these rates are eligible for earning points and elite status during regular periods, they should also qualify for earning bonus points during promotions.
PointsHound’s competitor, Rocketmiles, may also offer some qualifying rates. However, Rocketmiles does not advertise or guarantee this benefit. It’s purely at the discretion of the individual hotel. You can learn more about my opinions on PointsHound and Rocketmiles in previous posts, but I’ll tell you right now that as a status hound I’m usually willing to accept that PointsHound offers a few less miles since my hotel benefits are guaranteed.