It’s no secret that travel isn’t picking up as quickly as we hoped. Instead more and more travelers are discovering that things might not get back to “normal” for a year or more (as some predicted). Hyatt is now taking additional steps to motivate its World of Hyatt members to travel and visit its properties during the slowdown.
Free Nights on Sale
First, Hyatt is offering a 15% rebate on all award redemptions. That means when you book a free night using 20,000 points (for example), you’ll get 15% returned to you after you complete your stay. That’s 3,000 points you can use again for something else.
And if you’re a World of Hyatt or Hyatt Credit Cardmember, then you actually get 25% instead of 15%. Using the above example, 5,000 points returned instead of 3,000.
This is a very generous promotion offering essentially 15-25% off all points redemptions when you book free night awards.
Note that you must register by September 1 to be eligible for the rebate. Members can register here; Cardmembers can register here. This promotion applies when you redeem points for free night awards, points + cash awards, spa treatments, etc. that are booked on or after July 8 and completed by October 8, 2020. The bonus points will be automatically deposited about 8 weeks after your stay is completed.
I actually have an award stay coming up this weekend, but I booked using the Category 1-4 free night awards that come with my World of Hyatt credit card rather than points. It’s not a bad deal for a hotel normally charging $288 per night plus tax.
Free Parking Benefit Extension
Fortunately, I’ll still get to enjoy free parking during my upcoming stay. Hyatt is offering this to all customers enjoying a free night, making their stays truly “free.” This used to be a perk only extended to Globalist members. As recognition that Globalists are loosing some exclusivity, they will be receiving free parking on paid stays, too. Parking benefits apply for stays from July 8 through October 8, 2020.
Note that this only applies at properties where parking is billed directly to the hotel. I had a stay at the Thompson Seattle earlier this year where the valet parking was operated by a third party. It’s not always obvious, so do ask before booking if this is important to you.
Dine Local, Earn Triple Points
Though not everyone is comfortable traveling right now, some are still willing to dine out at restaurants. You can visit your local Hyatt property and enjoy triple points when you dine-in or order takeout or delivery, even if you aren’t staying the night. If you use your World of Hyatt credit card, which already earns 2 points on dining, that’s a total of 5 points per dollar.
I’m not sure how excited to be about this particular offer. It’s a great deal in some places, as I know a few Hyatt properties with excellent restaurants. None of them are in Austin. Hopefully you’re in a better position than I am to take advantage of this offer.