Maxing Out The Latest Hyatt Promo – 2,000 Point A Night Rooms!
We covered World of Hyatt’s latest promotion yesterday but I wanted to dig into it a little deeper. We were a little behind the 8 ball writing about it since we were all traveling home from our New Orleans meet up Monday. But it appears there is a lot of misinformation out there right now on the 1,500 points a night part of the promo. A lot of people are reporting that this is just for paid stays and that is inaccurate. Award stays that include a Friday, Saturday or Sunday WILL earn World of Hyatt cardholders the 1,500 points per stay bonus. This is the way it has worked in the past, it is how it is written in the terms and I confirmed it with Hyatt. That means 2,000 point one night stays are going to be possible pretty soon.
Terms of the Offer
Here are the main terms of the promotion offer:
All Members: Register to earn 2X points everywhere, starting with your second qualifying stay from February 15 to May 15. (This is double the base points you would normally earn with your status level on paid stays).
Credit Cardmembers: World of Hyatt credit cardmembers can ALSO earn 1,500 Bonus Points with each qualifying stay, starting with the second, that includes a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.
If you dig deeper into the terms on the World of Hyatt cardholder offer you see this as well (bolding is mine):
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. Back to back nights at the same hotel will be considered one eligible stay. See Question 6 for further details on eligible nights at participating hotels. See complete terms and conditions on worldofhyatt.com for a list of participating M life Rewards and Small Luxury Hotels destinations. Only stays after registration will qualify.
6. What is considered an eligible night?
For the purpose of this promotion, an eligible night is defined as any night at a participating hotel where a member is paying an Eligible Rate or redeems a free night award. See worldofhyatt.com/MlifeTerms for details on an M life-Eligible Night. See worldofhyatt.com/slhterms for details on an Eligible SLH Night. Only nights after registration will qualify.
As you can see the Q&A section clearly states that a free night award is an eligible rate. It does not have to be a cash stay. Just to be thorough I reached out to my Hyatt contact and they confirmed that is the case as well.
How Do You Get 2,000 Night Stays?
So how does this lead to 2,000 point a night stays. If you remember World of Hyatt is going to somewhat dynamic pricing in March. They will have off season, regular and peak season pricing. A category 1 hotel that codes as off season will be 3,500 points a night. If you do a one night stay on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday during the promo that night will earn you a 1,500 point bonus. That makes the night only 2,000 points.
If you found an area with multiple such properties you could hop back and forth for 3 nights each weekend during the promo to earn 3 elite nights for a total of 6,000 points. Not too shabby.
At this point we have no idea which hotels will code as off peak when the new chart is launched in March. If it is launched March 1st that would give you 10 eligible weekends to do a mattress run or 30 possible nights in total. Unless some of these hotels are near where you live I doubt anyone will be able to max this out but some people may want to take a weekend trip for 6,000 points and earn 3 elite night credits. It could make for some fun travel to places you would have never considered before.
If you were thinking that the 1,500 point bonus only worked on paid stays have no fear award stays work too. If you time it up right you could be in for some very cheap hotel stays come March. I would suggest getting that first stay knocked out before March if you are planning on playing around a bit with this promo. Be sure you register for it now because any stays before you register will not count.