Hyatt’s New Promo Offers Double Points And A Big Boost For Hyatt Credit Card Customers

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Hyatt has launched its new promotion, double points after your second stay, with an extra bonus for co-brand credit card customers on weekend stays. Registration required.

  • Register by March 31
  • Promotion period February 15 – May 15, 2020 (based on checkout date)
  • Earn double points starting with the second stay, up to 100,000 bonus points
  • World Of Hyatt Credit Card cardmembers and Hyatt Credit Card cardmembers earn an extra 1500 bonus points per stay – starting with the second stay – that includes a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night up to 100,000 bonus points


Park Hyatt Vendome, Paris

Hyatt has grown its portfolio quickly in relative terms over the last several years and now boasts “more than” 875 hotels. The bonus applies to their own properties plus properties that are a part of their MGM and Small Luxury Hotels of the World partnerships. Double points also applies to “[o]ver 300 Lindblad Expedition experiences to Antarctica, the Galapagos and beyond.”

In my view Hyatt has the best elite program however their earn and burn proposition is held back but uniquely weak elite bonus earning for stays (Gloablists earn just a 30% bonus while other programs offer 100%). That said Hyatt’s base earning is more generous than Hilton and IHG which means a double base points promotion is similarly more generous.

Still I do not like bonuses that only reward you after your second stay during the promotion period. I understand why chains do it. Most customers will only stay once, and not rewarding them is a huge savings. Many members will have a single stay unintentionally and spending on bonuses isn’t driving those stays.

The real richness here is stacking an extra 1500 points per weekend night (which generously includes stays that overlap at all with a Friday, Saturday or Sunday) for World Of Hyatt Credit Card customers. I’m a big fan of the card and I use it on my Hyatt stays, and I also make sure I hit $15,000 spend on the card to earn not just the annual (category 1-4) free night the card offers but an additional (category 1-4) free night as well.

With 1500 bonus points on top of double points (both starting with second eligible stay) this is a good time to jump on the initial offer to get the World Of Hyatt Credit Card of 50,000 bonus points, 25,000 after $3000 spend on purchases in the first 3 months and an additional 25,000 points after you spend a total of $,000 on purchases within the first 6 months of account opening.


Park Hyatt Tokyo

Card spend is uniquely useful for earning elite status – with 5 elite night credits just for having the card and 2 more elite night credits for every $5000 spend (and earning 6 elite nights for $15,000 spend is a no brainer since that also earns a category 1-4 free night). And since the World of Hyatt program offers additional benefits for every 10 elite nights earned (up to 100 elite nights) it’s great to keep spending on the card for confirmed club access and suite upgrades, free nights, and elite status.

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Comments

  1. Award nights count, according to T&Cs: “…an eligible stay is defined as any stay at a participating hotel where a member is paying an Eligible Rate or redeems a free night award ”

    NOW I am intrigued, and in for some MR nights at Cat 1 or 2, paid for with points.

  2. RS_WI I don’t see the same T&Cs. When I go to the site it says, ““Eligible Stay” is defined as any night where a member is paying an Eligible Rate for at least one night of their stay.” I wonder if they updated it?

  3. So, under T&Cs it says: “For the purpose of this promotion, an “Eligible Stay” is defined as any night where a member is paying an Eligible Rate for at least one night of their stay. ”

    Under the FAQs, it says: ” 5. What is considered an eligible stay?
    For the purpose of this offer, an eligible stay is defined as any stay at a participating hotel where a member is paying an Eligible Rate or redeems a free night award for at least one night of their stay”

    In the past (more than 2-3 years), eligible rates were only paid nights and/or points+cash nights. But when they started recognizing award nights as counting toward status, the free nights (usually) got folded into the ‘Eligible’ definition. Who’s to say what actually happens. I’m going to book a cheap-on-points night at a nearby property and see what happens.

    I have a couple stays coming up… all of which are free nights on points. I’d love to get 20% of those points back as a bonus.

  4. @Gary sez: “That said Hyatt’s base earning is more generous than Hilton and IHG which means a double base points promotion is similarly more generous.”

    While the fuzzy math linked to is mostly wrong, the above is, at long last, a claim I can agree with.

    For very top elites, any Hilton-to-Hyatt earn ratio that is less than about 3 favors Hyatt, which is the case for the relative ‘base earning’ rates:

    10x HH/5x WoH = 2HH/WoH 3.0, more favorable for HH Diamond.

    c) How about this promo?

    Let WoH base earning = B = 5x
    Total WoH Earning = B (base) + B (2x promo) + 4/5B (CC spend) +0.3B (30% elite bonus) = 5x + 5x (4/5)*5x = 0.3*5x = 5x + 5x +4x + 1.5x = (5+5+4+1.5)x = 15.5x

    Let HH base earning = B = 10x
    Total HH Earning = B (base) + B (2x promo) + 1.2B (CC spend) + B (100% elite bonus) = 10x +10x +12x + 10x = (10+10+12+10)x = 42x

    42x HH/15.5x WoH = 2.7 < 3, meaning that this 2x promo is slightly more favorable for WoH Globalists

    Throw in the extra 1,500 (up to 4,500) for weekend night(s) paid for with the WoH visa and the bottom line is that this is a decent WoH global promo, for a change… 😉

    G'day!

  5. @Gary sez: “That said Hyatt’s base earning is more generous than Hilton and IHG which means a double base points promotion is similarly more generous.”

    While the fuzzy math linked to is mostly wrong, the above is, at long last, a claim I can agree with.

    For very top elites, any Hilton-to-Hyatt earn ratio that is less than about 3 favors Hyatt, which is the case for the relative ‘base earning’ rates:

    10x HH/5x WoH = 2HH/WoH ” 3.0, more favorable for HH Diamond.

    c) How about this promo?

    Let WoH base earning = B = 5x
    Total WoH Earning = B (base) + B (2x promo) + 4/5B (CC spend) +0.3B (30% elite bonus) = 5x + 5x (4/5)*5x = 0.3*5x = 5x + 5x +4x + 1.5x = (5+5+4+1.5)x = 15.5x

    Let HH base earning = B = 10x
    Total HH Earning = B (base) + B (2x promo) + 1.2B (CC spend) + B (100% elite bonus) = 10x +10x +12x + 10x = (10+10+12+10)x = 42x

    42x HH/15.5x WoH = 2.7 < 3, meaning that this 2x promo is slightly more favorable for WoH Globalists

    Throw in the extra 1,500 (up to 4,500) for weekend night(s) paid for with the WoH visa and the bottom line is that this is a decent WoH global promo, for a change… 😉

    G'day!

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    @Gary sez: “That said Hyatt’s base earning is more generous than Hilton and IHG which means a double base points promotion is similarly more generous.”

    While the fuzzy math linked to is mostly wrong, the above is, at long last, a claim I can agree with.

    For very top elites, any Hilton-to-Hyatt earn ratio that is less than about 3 favors Hyatt, which is the case for the relative ‘base earning’ rates:

    10x HH/5x WoH = 2HH/WoH less than 3, more favorable for WoH Globalist

    But, because no top elite earns only base points, one must take into account everything else (i.e., elite bonus, CC spend, etc), which yields:

    a) when comparing using AMEX Surpass (12x) vs. WoH Visa (4x) earnings:
    32x HH/10.5 WoH = 3.0 HH/WoH = 3, WoH Globalist and HH Diamond *breakeven* earn rates.

    b) Where Hilton shines is when one puts one’s hotel spend on the Aspire for 34x:
    34x HH/10.5x WoH = 3.2 greater than 3.0, more favorable for HH Diamond.

    c) How about this promo?

    Let WoH base earning = B = 5x
    Total WoH Earning = B (base) + B (2x promo) + 4/5B (CC spend) +0.3B (30% elite bonus) = 5x + 5x (4/5)*5x = 0.3*5x = 5x + 5x +4x + 1.5x = (5+5+4+1.5)x = 15.5x

    Let HH base earning = B = 10x
    Total HH Earning = B (base) + B (2x promo) + 1.2B (CC spend) + B (100% elite bonus) = 10x +10x +12x + 10x = (10+10+12+10)x = 42x

    42x HH/15.5x WoH = 2.7 less than 3, meaning that this 2x promo is slightly more favorable for WoH Globalists

    Throw in the extra 1,500 (up to 4,500) for weekend night(s) paid for with the WoH visa and the bottom line is that this is a decent WoH global promo, for a change… 😉

    G’day!

  7. That was it! The BB code or HTML interpreter choked on my use of “less than” and “greater than” signs.

    The prior two posts are meaningless as a result and need to be deleted. Thank you.

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