What Will Hyatt’s Fourth Quarter Promotion Be?

Lucky says that Hyatt’s Lake Tahoe property spilled the beans early on its Facebook page, and that we’ll be seeing 10,000 bonus points for every five nights between September 15 and December 15.

That’s actually not a bad promotion, just not as generous as their Faster Free Nights (or Big Welcome Back nights, whatever they wish to call it these days) of a free night for every two stays. So a big bonus actually feels like a disappointment. I know I was hoping to stack up on those free nights with check-ins at my local Hyatt airport property during the fourth quarter, but that may not be in the cards.

Still, this promo in conjunction with the pending launch of the new Hyatt co-branded credit card will make it pretty easy to rack up Hyatt points over the coming months.

I know that the Hyatt Visa is the reason I’ve deferred making any new credit card applications from Chase, since they’ve had a tendencey to only allow one new credit card signup in any given six month period of late. That’s not an across-the-board rule, but I’ve been “saving” by Chase firepower in anticipation of this card to make sure I could jump on it when it came out.

Update: Indeed, Hyatt confirmed on Flyertalk that this is the fourth quarter promo, registration will begin September 15th. And apparently it’ll be possible to earn miles and this bonus at the same time. Now, it won’t get incremental stays from me but I’ll appreciate the bonus on the stays I do make..! I guess this must mean hotel occupancy is better than forecast, since consensus was they’d offer a more generous promo.

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  1. Hate to disagree, but I think it borders on a bad promotion, especially for a 4Q period. Five stays under a traditional FFN redeemed at the new cat 6 PHs is 44,000 in points plus another 1/2 of a FFN versus only enough bonus points for a Cat 1 or 2 redeemption. Lots of FTers can get 10K in points from two stays with a 1W, DN & G* combo. I can see how this promotion helps all the normal says versus hotel hopping every night to a different place, but I was sure looking forward to sampling a bunch of international PHs this fall.
    Thanks Chris for posting the twitter link!

  2. POOR! I use those FFN’s for my week long Florida birthdate vacation during the winter months. I was waiting for that to come out & hopefully be comboed w/ the dbl stays as I only need 5 stays for Diamond requal. Now I will have to get those stays comboed w/ AA’s promo which would have been best the other way around(FFN’s,dbl stays & AA). I might have had a chance to add in Hawaii for her.

  3. Nothing beats free nights! Points are less appealing because they are the slow path towards free nights. Summer of 2009 was THE BEST with both SPG and Priority Club offering a free night after 2 stays! 2 nights at Holiday Inn (Express) gets you a free night at Intercontinental… Can’t beat that!

  4. What a disappointment. Prediction: SPG will do a stay 2/3 nights, get one free this fall in response to this poor offer and win a lot of business

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