Hyatt is running a promotion from June 15 through September 15, 2021, to provide its World of Hyatt credit cardmembers with a 25% rebate on redeemed points on qualifying awards. Members who have the World of Hyatt credit card can redeem their points for stays between June 15 and September 15 at the full value and get 25% of the points returned as bonus points. The entire stay, including checkout, must fall within the promotional period. In addition you must register between now and August 20 in order to receive the bonus points. A maximum of 30,000 bonus points will be provided — which means you can redeem up to 120,000 points and maximize the offer.
Eligible stays include nearly any points redemption including Free Night Awards, Points + Cash stays, room upgrades, and points redeemed for dining and spa services. The points must be redeemed at properties in one of Hyatt’s Independent Collection brands, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Destination by Hyatt and JdV by Hyatt.
Hyatt has been on an acquisition spree in recent years with several new brands under its belt. It also tried to differentiate them from each other by grouping them into three buckets: the Timeless Portfolio (e.g., Park Hyatt and Hyatt Regency), the Boundless Portfolio (e.g., boutique properties like Andaz and Thompson), and the Independent Collection.
I’ve personally had a few good stays at properties in the Unbound Collection, which includes stand-outs like the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. I have less experience with Destinations by Hyatt except for being aware of the properties before they became part of Hyatt. They also include many condo/timeshare properties in Maui if you’re looking for an alternative to a pricey hotel.
Joie de Vivre is completely foreign to me. I can’t recall being aware of the brand prior to its acquisition. However, they’re opening some new hotels such as the Mission Pacific Hotel in Oceanside, CA, adjacent to another property part of Destinations by Hyatt. My family was planning a trip to San Diego this summer to escape the Texas heat, and I think heading up to Oceanside sounds more pleasant than the busy city. I know some people are talking up the recently opened Alila nearby, but that seems a better option for couples, not a boy prince who demands bananas at 4 AM.
Don’t forget you can redeem points for a free night award and still apply a Globalist suite upgrade to your stay. There are many good opportunities to take advantage of this promotion even though it applies to just three of Hyatt’s several brands. Hyatt is taking this opportunity to remind people that they now have more hotels in more destinations, including existing properties and new construction.