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Hyatt is offering double elite qualifying night credit at Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara-branded all-inclusive resort properties when you stay and check out between August 1 and November 23, 2019. Registration is required by October 31.
That new offer has been shared fairly broadly, but I was waiting to cover it while I got something confirmed that will be especially interesting for American Airlines elite frequent flyers. Remember American and Hyatt now have a partnership where you earn AAdvantage miles in addition to Hyatt points when you stay with Hyatt (and Hyatt points in addition to AAdvantage miles when you fly American).
First let me offer two points that may be obvious but are worth reminding, and then a more interesting and less obvious point.
- You can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Hyatt. Since last year redemption nights have counted towards elite status. Those nights will be doubled at Ziva and Zilara properties under this offer.
- The World Of Hyatt Credit Card cardmembers will receive a 10% points rebate on redemptions made between July 1 and September 2, 2019. So there are overlapping dates where you can redeem Hyatt points, get a rebate, and earn double elite qualifying night credit.
What’s potentially even more interesting is that American AAdvantage elites can register with Hyatt for an elite status fast track. I’ve confirmed with Hyatt that this double elite qualifying night offer counts towards the fast track offer. Hyatt tells me,
The double nights under the Hyatt Ziva/ Hyatt Zilara promo are considered qualifying nights in the program, therefore would count toward achieving tier status for the American Airlines Explorist and Globalist status challenges.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, credit: Hyatt
You can register, get temporary status, and a fast track to keep your status through February 2021. I was offered,
- Stay 10 nights within 90 days of registering to keep Explorist status through February 2021
- Stay 20 nights within 90 days to earn Globalist through February 2021
Under that sort of scenario a 5 night Ziva or Zilara stay would be enough for Explorist status through February 2021. A ten night stay would yield Globalist status (notably without the 60 night benefits like confirmed suite upgrades). Globalists receive best available upgrades at check-in, including to suites, late checkout (guaranteed at most properties but subject to availability at resorts), and the most extensive breakfast benefit of any chain.
So American AAdvantage elites can really benefit from this offer by stacking the redemption rebate (if a World Of Hyatt Credit Card cardmember), status challenge, and double elite qualifying nights to great effect.
Now, would you want to stay at a Ziva or Zilara property as a ‘mattress run’? That depends on how much you value the stay itself and the status. I’m not sure I’d choose where to vacation on this basis, but many of us could use an excuse for an extra vacation.
In addition to using this promotion to earn status, simply earning more elite qualifying nights has purpose now that Hyatt gives out incremental benefits for every 10 nights stayed.
|10||25k base points or 3 meetings||Discoverist|
|20||35k base points||2 club lounge access awards|
|30||50k base points or 10 meetings||Explorist, 2 club access awards, cat 1-4 free night|
|40||65k base points||5k points or $100 Hyatt gift card or 10k points off FIND experience|
|50||80k base points||2 confirmed suite upgrade awards|
|60||100k base points or 20 meetings||Globalist, 2 suite upgrade awards, cat 1-7 free night, concierge|
|70||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
|80||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
|90||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
|100||N/A||10,000 points or suite upgrade award|
And of course if you haven’t been to a Ziva or Zilara before and stay at either for the first time that’s another brand towards a free night. Hyatt gives you a category 1-4 free night for every 5 brands you stay at.
Here’s where you can take advantage of this deal:
- Hyatt Ziva (family) properties: Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cancun, Mexico; Los Cabos, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
- Hyatt Zilara (adults only) properties: Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cancun, Mexico; Cap Cana, Dominican Republic