Hyatt Launching Excellent New Promo: 3x-4x Points Plus Double Elite Nights (But In An Unexpected Way)

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Hyatt will be running an excellent new promotion starting on October 1, 2020. There are several parts to it, with perhaps the most notable feature being an opportunity to earn double elite nights, but not in the way that you might expect.

Park Hyatt Zanzibar Zamani Presidential Suite
Presidential Suite at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar Zamani

The Deal

  • Earn 3x World of Hyatt points for stays at all Hyatt properties, participating MGM Resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World locations, and Lindland Expedition experiences.
  • Earn 4x World of Hyatt points at select properties (property list to be announced, but will include 160 Hyatt resorts, 200 Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) properties and some MGM Resorts properties).
  • Earn double elite nights, with base elite nights being credited to 2020 elite status and the bonus elite nights being credited towards 2021 elite status.

Key Terms

  • Registration required between October 1 to November 30, 2020.
  • Offer valid on stays from October 1, 2020 to January 4, 2021.

Quick Thoughts

This is an excellent three-pronged promotion from World of Hyatt. Details have just been released about it, but Hyatt hasn’t formally launched it yet and so there’s no registration page right now. We’ll therefore republish this post once registration is open, along with any other pertinent information that hasn’t already been included (such as a link to the list of properties which will earn 4x points).

Earning a minimum of 3x points on paid stays is a nice return. Members with status earn a bonus on top of that, so here’s what you can expect to earn for paid stays from October 1, 2020 to January 4, 2021:

  • Member = 15 points per dollar
  • Discoverist = 15.5 points per dollar
  • Explorist = 16 points per dollar
  • Globalist = 16.5 points per dollar

Those are good returns as it is considering the value of Hyatt points compared to other hotel chains, but you’ll also earn 3x or 4x bonus points if paying for those stays with a Hyatt (legacy) or World of Hyatt (new) credit card respectively. As someone with Globalist status and the World of Hyatt credit card, the opportunity to earn a total of 20.5 miles per dollar for paid stays is very exciting.

The opportunity to earn 4x points at some properties is potentially enticing, but I doubt I’ll be taking advantage of that part of the promotion. One Mile At A Time specifically mentions Hyatt resorts, along with SLH and some MGM properties, as being eligible. That likely means the properties eligible for 4x points will be on the more expensive end, but that’s great news for anyone who will be booking paid stays at those hotels.

The third part of the promotion is what helps it to stand out. We’d speculated in the past that Hyatt and/or other hotel chains might run promotions later in 2020 that offered double elite night credits. Hyatt is doing just that, except in an unexpected way. Rather than offering double elite nights towards 2020 status, you’ll earn the standard elite nights for this calendar year, but will effectively earn additional rollover nights towards status in 2021. With this promotion running from October 1 through January 4, you could – in theory – earn enough elite night credits to start 2021 with Globalist status locked in through the beginning of 2023.

OK, granted – not many people are going to spend the last couple of months of 2020 living in Hyatt properties, but some of us might 😉 Even better, this elite night rollover part of the promotion has been confirmed by OMAAT as stacking with Hyatt’s other promotion offering a 15% or 25% points rebate on award stays, so award stays will also earn the additional elite night credits.

That will therefore present a dilemma for some people (such as myself) – should you book a paid stay to earn up to 20.5 points per dollar, or should you book award stays for 25% off? That equation will differ by property depending on how much they charge for paid rates and which category level it falls into for award stays.

In some cases it’ll be a no-brainer. We were considering a long-ish term stay at the Hyatt Place Dewey Beach in Delaware later this year. I’ve seen rates as low as $78 per night before tax, while it’s 20,000 points per night (or 15,000 points per night with the 25% rebate) as it’s a category 5 property. In that case, a paid stay is the only option in the running.

The decision isn’t always quite so obvious though. For example, we might decide to head a little further south instead. I’m seeing some dates for the Hyatt House Charlotte Airport in North Carolina (which unusually offers a 1 bedroom king suite as its base room) at $88 per night before tax. It’s a category 1 property and so only costs 5,000 points per night for award stays which would be reduced to 3,750 points per night with the 25% rebate.

Hyatt House Charlotte Airport

Would it be better to pay $88 + tax or redeem 3,750 points per night? Ordinarily I’d go the award stay route to save money, especially seeing as that’s a better than 2cpp redemption value. However, the fact that we’d be earning 20.5x on that $88 room rate could still potentially tip the scale in favor of a paid stay, especially seeing as we’re still sitting on a bunch of Hyatt gift cards bought at a 10% discount during a sale last year, thereby reducing the cost to $79.20 per night before tax.

Overall though, this new promotion from Hyatt is extremely exciting. Hilton is also offering double elite nights for this year which roll over if you already have status, but is only offering double points for paid stays versus 3x or 4x with Hyatt. Hyatt is also likely better for award stays seeing as they’re offering the 25% rebate.

Marriott on the other hand is only offering 2,500 points per stay regardless of how long you stay, so they should be placed in the corner with all of us pointing at them and laughing. IHG is yet to announce a replacement of their summer promotion which ended yesterday, so it’ll be interesting to see if this new promotion from Hyatt prompts them to launch a new promotion which is more rewarding than they’d originally been planning. They’ve already reduced the qualifying requirements for 2020 elite status though, so they might feel less pressure to include an elite night bonus element in their next promotion.

h/t One Mile At A Time

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