New Hyatt Promo: Up To 50,000 Bonus Points or Free Category 1-4 Nights

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I’m happy to share that a rep from Hyatt has informed me that there is a new Hyatt Gold Passport Endless Possibilities bonus points promotion on the way!  It will run from January 15, 2014 – April 30, 2014.  You will have your choice of either up to 50,000 bonus points, or up to four free nights at a Category 1-4 hotel.  Once you register for one option, that is your choice for the duration of the promo.  This choice will require you to do some strategizing to see which way you come out the most ahead based on the number of eligible nights you will have during the promotion, as well as how you will want to redeem your nights/points.

5 nights = 1 night at a Cat 1-4 hotel or 5,000 bonus points

10 nights = 2 nights at a Cat 1-4 hotel or 15,000 bonus points (5k + 10k)

15 nights = 3 nights in a Cat 1-4 hotel or 30,000 bonus points (5k + 10k +15k)

20 nights = 4 nights in a Cat 1-4 hotel or 50,000 bonus points (5k +10k +15k + 20K)

Free Nights at Category 1-4 Hotels:

If you choose the free nights at a Category 1-4 hotel instead of bonus points, you will need to redeem them with no blackout dates through July 31, 2014 (though I’m sure subject to standard room availability).

Some example of hotels that are in Categories 1-4 are Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf, Hyatt Regency Orlando, Hyatt Regency Austin, Olive 8 in Seattle, Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, Grand Hyatt Istanbul, Hyatt Regency Orange County, Hyatt Place Waikiki, Grand Hyatt DFW, New York New York Hotel in Vegas, and many more.  Keep in mind that a few hotels that are currently Category 4’s, will not be by the time this promo is live (Andaz West Hollywood, Hyatt Place New York Midtown, Hyatt Mag Mile in Chicago, etc.).

Category 4 hotels are 15,000 Hyatt points per night, Category 3 hotels are 12,000 points per night, Category 2 hotels are 8,000 points per night, and Category 1 hotels are 5,000 points per night.  As a reminder, Category 5, 6, and 7 hotels will be getting more expensive in January and will go to 20,000, 25,000, and 30,000 points per night respectively.

Selecting Your Option:

You really need to know how you want to redeem your bonus to know which is best.  Obviously if you are only going to have 5 eligible nights and can redeem them in a Category 4 hotel by July 31st then you would be much better off with the Cat 1-4 night than 5,000 points. However, the equation changes quickly based on how many eligible nights you will have, and what level of hotel you want to redeem them in.  For example, if you got the full 50,000 points bonus, that is 10 reward nights in a Category 1 hotel, instead of just the max of 4 free nights in a Category 1 hotel you would get if you choose the Cat 1-4 option.

How Good is This Promo:

The points portion of this promotion is exactly the same as the fall Hyatt Possibilities promotion, but the addition of a free nights option is a welcome added option.  To give more perspective, this promotion is better than the spring Hyatt promotion from 2013 that ran from March 1 – May 31 and awarded 3,000 bonus points for every three eligible nights, up to a max of 45,000 points for 45 nights (plus a 20% bonus if you had the co-branded Hyatt Visa).  Of course, you also have to consider that Hyatt will have suffered an award chart devaluation since then – especially at the upper levels since those previous promotions ran, so points are worth less in some situations.

On the other hand, the new points + cash reward nights should count as eligible nights toward this promotion, so that may make it easier to get a couple more eligible nights, though I am still verifying that will be the case.  A registration page is not yet available, but I will update when registration goes live on January 9th.

What do you think about this promo?  Which option are you likely to choose?

 

Here are the Complete Terms and Conditions as posted on Flyertalk.

Hyatt Gold Passport Promotion (“Promotion”) Terms and Conditions

ELIGIBILITY/HOW TO REGISTER: To participate in this Promotion, you must be a Hyatt Gold Passport member and register for this Promotion. New and current member online registration begins January 9, 2014 by registering at goldpassport.com/possibilities and ends March 31, 2014.

SELECTION OF OFFER: To participate, you must register for one (1) of the offers described below: (a) Free Night Offer or (b) Bonus Point Offer (collectively “Offers”). You may not register for both Offers. You will not be permitted to change your Offer selection after you have made your selection.

PROMOTION PERIOD: Promotion begins January 15, 2014 and ends April 30, 2014 (“Promotion Period”).

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: To participate in either Offer of this Promotion and receive these Free Night Awards or Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points, you must be a Hyatt Gold Passport member, register for the Promotion, select which Offer you would like, provide your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number at reservation/check-in, be a registered guest physically occupying the room to which you are registered, and pay an Eligible Rate (as defined in the Hyatt Gold Passport program terms and conditions).

ELIGIBLE NIGHTS: For the purpose of these Offers, an “Eligible Night” shall be defined as one (1) night at any participating Hyatt hotel or resort during the Promotion Period when choosing points or miles and paying an Eligible Rate (as defined in the Hyatt Gold Passport program Terms and Conditions). Eligible Nights at participating MGM Resorts International property are limited to those nights during the Promotion Period for which (i) the payment is made directly to a participating M life resorts, (ii) the stay is booked through hyatt.com, or (iii) the stay is booked through a Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Center. Award nights shall not constitute an Eligible Night. Hyatt Gold Passport members will only receive eligible night credit for their room, regardless of the number of paid rooms.

FREE NIGHT OFFER: During the Promotion Period, earn one (1) Free Night Award for use by July 31, 2014 in a Category one (1) through four (4) property after your 5th Eligible Night, 10th Eligible Night, 15th Eligible Night, and 20th Eligible Night at any participating Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™, or Hyatt Residence Club™ hotel and resort worldwide, or any participating M life resort. A maximum of four (4) Free Night Awards may be earned under this Promotion. For the purpose of this Promotion, “Free Night Award” shall be defined as one (1) night in any available standard room at any Hyatt hotel or resort designated as Category one (1) through four (4) under the Hyatt Gold Passport program. PLEASE NOTE that these Free Night Awards are not valid at properties in any other category and they expire July 31, 2014. They may not be transferred, used, or extended beyond the expiration date or exchanged for points. To find Category one (1) through four (4) properties, visit goldpassport.com. A property’s category is subject to change at any time prior to booking without prior notice.

BONUS POINT OFFER: During the Promotion Period, earn 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 5th Eligible Night, an additional 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 10th Eligible Night, an additional 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 15th Eligible Night, and an additional 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 20th Eligible Night at any participating Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™, or Hyatt Residence Club™ hotel and resort worldwide, or any participating M life resort. A maximum of 50,000 bonus points may be earned under this Promotion..

POSTING OF FREE NIGHT AWARDS AND BONUS POINTS: Please allow two to three (2-3) weeks after your 5th Eligible Night (and every five Eligible Nights thereafter) for your Free Night Award or bonus points to be posted to your Hyatt Gold Passport account (allow 4-6 weeks for free nights and bonus points from nights outside the U.S.).

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Hyatt Gold Passport reserves the right to alter or withdraw this Promotion at any time without notice. This Promotion is subject to the complete Terms and Conditions of the Hyatt Gold Passport program. Membership in Hyatt Gold Passport is free. For complete program Terms and Conditions, and to join, visit goldpassport.com. Void where prohibited.

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts® encompasses hotels managed, franchised or leased by subsidiaries and affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The trademarks Hyatt®, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Residence Club™ resort, Hyatt Gold Passport®, and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation and its affiliates. ©2014 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. yi, you got it figured out. 😉
    Christo, I’m leaning toward that as well, but will wait until I know more about my travel plans to commit for sure.

  2. Here is a breakdown of how it works out points v free night. Assuming that you know you can use the “free nights” pre-expiration, the free nights get you the most bang for your buck in most levels–unless you plan on staying at Category 1 hotels. I’m assuming based on the conditions that the “points” don’t expire like the free nights do:

    5 night stay = 1 night or 5,000 points
    –5,000 points gets you 1 night at Cat 1,
    **”Free night” is better b/c can be used any of 1-4

    10 nights = 2 nights or 15,000 points
    –15K points gets you 3 nights at cat 1 or 1K points
    short of 2 nights at cat 2; or barely 1 night at Cat 3
    **”Free nights” likely better unless redeeming
    exclusively at Cat 1

    15 nights = 3 nights or 30,000 points
    –6 nights at Cat 1
    –3 nights at Cat 2 (almost 4 nights)
    –2 nights (half way to 3rd)
    –2 nights at Cat 4
    **Free “nights” are better unless using points at Cat 1 exclusively

    20 nights = 4 nights or 50,000 points
    –10 nights at Cat 1
    –6 nights at Cat 2 (2K points remain)
    –4 nights at Cat 3 (2K points remaining)
    –3 nights at Cat 4 (5K remaining)

    **Points better for Cats 1-3; Free nights better for Cat 4

    **Again, the above is all assuming that you can use the free nights before they expire; if you can’t use them, then the points are clearly the way to go (assuming they don’t expire). I also haven’t taken into account if you would prefer to use the points at a Category 5 or higher which would way into your calculations.

  3. Hi MP
    Thanks for the update on Hyatt.
    I inboxed you with a few ???’s about Hyatt. Is the address on the About Me page right ?

    Thanks

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