I promised to write a follow up post once registration opened for Hyatt’s spring promotion, “Stay More, Play More.” This provides Gold Passport members the opportunity to earn up to 75,000 bonus points when they register by June 30 and complete qualifying stays between April 1 and June 30. And just to settle some skepticism from one reader, yes, qualifying stays will include eligible nights booked at Hyatt’s MGM partner hotels in Las Vegas as I originally reported.
This promotion offers tiered rewards, with a new block of points for every five qualifying nights. The blocks get bigger as you complete more nights, so you’ll earn just a few points at first but they add up quickly.
Remember that “qualifying” nights for this promotion are those that would normally earn credit toward elite status and Gold Passport points for your reservation. This means you must book directly with Hyatt or the hotel — not a third-party agency such as Expedia.
In the case of MGM partner hotels, it’s very tempting to book through a third party what with all the special offers they promote. Don’t do it! Book with the hotel, book with Hyatt, or go to Mlife.com and book there. If you have any sort of elite status with M life as a result of matching your Gold Passport status, you’re probably eligible for a 10-20% discount on room rates. However, as I suggested earlier, you should be able to use certain discount sites like MyCheapVegas.com that will help you find a promotion and then redirect you to the hotel’s site to complete the reservation.
The exception to the rule is that some reservation portals like Concur and Fine Hotels & Resorts generally provide eligible rates.
If you’re attracted to the idea of cheap hotels in Vegas, I’ll say that my personal opinion is it’s an awful idea for mattress running (booking a hotel with no intention of staying there). Through this promotion you can earn at most 3,000 bonus points per night, which are worth about $42 at 1.4 cents per point. That’s enough to cover the casino resort fee and a cup of coffee. But if you want an actual vacation and can stack it with other discounts like $50-100 dining credits, then it can be one of the cheaper places to earn stay credits.
Personally, I’ll have about 10-15 nights during the promotional period and won’t be maximizing the benefit. I’ll still be earning about 15,000-30,000 bonus points, which is enough for one or two free nights at a Category 4 hotel. So don’t forget, register today!
Terms & Conditions
You must be a Hyatt Gold Passport® member and register for the Stay More Play More promotion by June 30, 2016. To join Hyatt Gold Passport, visit goldpassport.com. All Eligible Nights under this offer must occur from April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016 (“Offer Period”). You will receive 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete five Eligible Nights, an additional 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete 10 Eligible Nights, an additional 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete 15 Eligible Nights, an additional 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete 20 Eligible Nights, and an additional 25,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete 25 Eligible Nights during the Offer Period. A maximum 75,000 bonus points may be earned, regardless of the number of nights completed during the Offer Period. For the purpose of this offer, an “Eligible Night” is defined as any night where a member is paying an Eligible Rate, as defined in the terms and conditions of Hyatt Gold Passport. Hyatt Gold Passport members will only receive Eligible Night credit for their room, regardless of the number of rooms paid. You must provide your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number at the time of check-in and choose points or miles for your stay. Hyatt Gold Passport will automatically track Eligible Nights when you provide your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number. Please allow two to three weeks after your qualifying stay for bonus points to be posted to your Hyatt Gold Passport account.