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Hyatt Announces Fall Promotion

by on August 26, 2011 · 11 comments

in Chase, Hyatt

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Hyatt just announced a fall promotion and it’s pretty lackluster. From September 15 through November 15, 2011 you earn 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for every 3 nights, with a maximum of 30,000 points.

For those with more than 8 nights per promo period, this is less lucrative than their spring promotion, which was 10,000 points after the first 5 eligible nights and then 5,000 bonus points for every 2 nights after.

In the current promo 10 nights will get you 15,000 bonus points, whereas in the spring promotion, you would have had 20,000 – much closer to a top tier hotel night (22,000 points). However, for those with less than 7 nights, the current promotion is more lucrative. At 3 nights the spring promo would have awarded 0 points, whereas the fall promotion would earn 5,000.

Most upsetting to most point Hyatt loyalists is that this most likely means that there will be no “Faster Free Nights” promos in 2011, which Hyatt used to run frequently. Faster Free Nights is a promotion that would award 1 free night at any Hyatt for every two paid stays – a pretty spectacular value.

I understand that such lucrative promotions can’t be run all the time, but I feel like Hyatt has really watered down their bonus opportunities – especially after getting rid of G bonuses, which used to give up to 3,000 2,000 extra points per stay.

The easiest way to get Hyatt points/free nights is via credit card. Currently the Chase Hyatt Visa gives 2 free nights (in a suite if you are a Diamond) at any Hyatt in the world after $1,000 spend within 3 months, which is essentially up to a 44,000 points value. Plus the card awards free Platinum status, no foreign transaction fees and a free night (up to category 4) every year. All for a $75 annual fee.

The most lucrative Hyatt card sign-up is the Chase Sapphire Preferred, which has a 50,000 point sign-up bonus that can be transferred instantly to Hyatt at 1:1 ratio, plus the $95 annual fee is waived the first year and there are also no foreign transaction fees.

In any case, I hope this promo isn’t an indication of what other hotel chains plan to launch for the fall. Is it so much to ask for a little bit of creativity?

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  • Nick E

    Agreed! I’ve been Diamond with Hilton for several years, and their promotions this year have been even more lackluster. I’m hoping for a free certificate promo for Q4 like Marriott did at the beginning of the year, but I’m not holding out hope. Do you think this is just a sign of the economy? As in, give out fewer bonus points so a higher percentage of our rooms are paid stays?

  • LIH Prem

    Gx was up to 2,000 points per stay. G1 = 1k, G2 = 2k, G3 = 1.5k

  • MrAOK

    The promotion is thru Nov. 15. That could raise the question of whether FFN will come back for December and first quarter.

  • Anonymous

    Lets hope!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks- I updated

  • Geormatt

    Is there a link to sign up for this?

  • Anonymous

    Not yet

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks TPG! I read this earlier today and thought not much of it. But then decided to stay at my fairly local Hyatt for my sister’s wedding in a couple of months which enticed me to sign up for a Gold Passport. Since that’s only 2 nights at the most, I’ll have to stay at a Hyatt property once more but for 5k points it’s worth it – especially since I can transfer Chase UR points to the Hyatt account.

    Stupid question, but transferred points don’t count towards elite status, right? (wishful thinking I suppose)

  • Catherine Morrison

    Is there a link yet?

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