Hyatt has launched three new promotions today, the highlight of which is a points rebate of up to 25% when booking award stays through October 8, 2020.
- Points Rebate
- All members – get 15% of your redeemed points back as bonus points.
- Hyatt & World of Hyatt credit cardholders – get 25% of your redeemed points back as bonus points.
- Free Parking
- Get free parking on award stays where it can be charged to your room.
- Dining Bonus
- Earn triple base points per dollar spent on dining at Hyatt properties.
- Direct link to registration.
- This promotion is valid only for World of Hyatt members who register for the promotion between July 8 and September 1, 2020. Only points redeemed between July 8 and October 8, 2020 (“Promotion Period”) will be eligible for this promotion.
- All Members: Members can receive 15% Bonus Points back on the World of Hyatt points they redeem for Free Night Awards, Points + Cash stays, room upgrades, dining and spa services, Exhale classes and spa therapies, FIND experiences and Lindblad excursions during the Promotion Period. Maximum 30,000 Bonus Points per transaction may be earned under this offer.
- Hyatt Credit Cardmembers and World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers: Hyatt Credit Cardmembers and World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can receive an additional 10% Bonus Points back on the World of Hyatt points they redeem for Free Night Awards, Points + Cash stays, room upgrades, dining and spa services, Exhale classes and spa therapies, FIND experiences and Lindblad excursions during the Promotion Period. To qualify, credit card account must be open at the time of fulfillment. Chase is not responsible for the provision of, or failure to provide, the stated benefits and services. Bonus Points will post directly to your World of Hyatt account and will not appear on your credit card statement. Maximum 30,000 Bonus Points per transaction may be earned under this offer (for a total of 60,000 Bonus Points per transaction).
- Free Parking: Guests will receive free parking at participating Hyatt hotels or resorts for eligible stays on Free Night and Points + Cash Awards completed during the Promotion Period. Free parking is valid at Hyatt hotels or resorts that offer parking that can be billed to the guest room/folio. If both valet and self-parking are offered by the applicable hotel or resort, benefit is valid for either. Not valid at Hyatt Residence Club resorts, M life Rewards destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotels or Lindblad Expeditions. Offer does not apply to any night for which the guest is not staying on a Free Night or Points + Cash Award (e.g., upgrade awards or any paid night) or any non-stay award redemption (e.g., Dining, Spa and More Awards). In addition, Globalist members will also receive free parking for nights on an Eligible Rate during the Promotion Period (parking benefit subject to the restrictions herein).
- General Terms: To be eligible for these offers, the entire stay must be completed during the Promotion Period. Points redeemed for Avis car rental certificates or points transferred to airline partners are not eligible for any offer in this promotion. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks after your point redemption has been completed for your Bonus Points to appear in your World of Hyatt account. For purposes of these offers, points are deemed redeemed upon checkout of a stay or completion of (and, if applicable payment for) the meal, experience, class, therapy, service or excursion.
These are fantastic deals, particularly the points rebate offer. For the last few years, Hyatt has offered a points rebate for award stays during the summer, but that’s only been a 10% points rebate and was only available for Hyatt cardholders. This offer not only offers a 25% points rebate for cardholders, but even non-credit cardholders get a rebate of 15% of their redeemed points.
With past points rebate promotions, Hyatt has rebated points for stays during the promotion period even if they were booked before the promotion began. I initially thought that wasn’t the case here due to terms stating the following:
Only points redeemed between July 8 and October 8, 2020 (“Promotion Period”) will be eligible for this promotion.
However, in the ‘General Terms’ section of the offer it says the following:
For purposes of these offers, points are deemed redeemed upon checkout of a stay or completion of (and, if applicable payment for) the meal, experience, class, therapy, service or excursion.
That makes it seem like award stays booked before registration but which take place during the promotion period will be eligible for the points rebate. Your stay has to be completed by October 8 though in order for it earn the rebate.
At the low end of the award chart, a stay at a category 1 property normally costs 5,000 points per night, so the net cost for cardholders after the rebate will be 3,750 points (or 4,250 for non-cardholders).
At the high end, category 7 and 8 award stays normally cost 30,000 and 40,000 points respectively, so those are reduced to 22,500 and 30,000 points respectively for cardholders which are great deals if you have your eye on any of Hyatt’s luxury properties. For non-cardholders, the net cost will be 25,500 and 34,000 points respectively which is still a solid offer.
Another important feature to note is that there’s a limit for how many points can be rebated per stay. For non-cardholders you’ll get back up to 30,000 points per transaction, while cardholders can get back up to 60,000 points per transaction.
For a Hyatt cardholder booking a stay at a category 1 property, you could book a 48 night stay in order to max out that 60,000 point limit. For cardholders booking a stay at a 40,000 point property though, you’d max that out after 6 nights. If your length of stay somewhere would push you over the maximum number of rebated points per transaction, it might be possible to book two consecutive stays to continue receiving the rebate, although that might depend on whether the property merges your reservations.
This new promotion will presumably stack with their latest promotion offering 2,500 bonus points on your first stay (for members with any kind of status) and triple points thereafter. If you’re a Hyatt cardholder, that means you could book a one night stay at a category 1 property and only pay 1,250 points after the rebate and bonus points. That’s because you’d initially redeem 5,000 points for the stay but would subsequently earn a rebate of 1,250 points from the 25% rebate and 2,500 points if this was your first stay during the other promotion period.
Notwithstanding Hyatt’s other promotion, a 25% points rebate is an excellent offer and will likely mean I’ll be booking stays at Hyatt properties over the next few months. Most of our accommodation is booked through the end of August, but we have a week we need to book at the end of this month as well as nothing booked from September 1, so I’ll likely book us in at category 1 properties through the end of the promotion period on October 8 as it’s hard to pass up free nights for only 3,750 World of Hyatt points.
World of Hyatt members with Globalist status always get free parking on award stays, but that’s been opened up to all members with this promotion where parking can be charged to your room.
If taking advantage of this offer, be sure to check your bill when checking out. I have Globalist status and on the few occasions we’ve stayed somewhere that charged for parking, I’ve usually had to remind the front desk that the parking charges should be removed, so you might need to do the same if Hyatt doesn’t have their systems set up to automatically waive the fee on award stays.
Hyatt is also offering triple base points spent on dining at their properties. This bonus can be earned even if you’re not staying at the hotel; in fact, the bonus will only be earned when it’s not charged to a room. That’s presumably because you’d automatically earn triple points on dining when charging meals to your room due to their latest promotion.
This dining promotion seems to be run separately to the points rebate/free parking promotion and so it’s not listed on the registration page. One Mile At A Time has details about the promotion though and it doesn’t seem like it’s a different offer that requires registration.