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Shortly after Hyatt announced the ‘World of Hyatt’ program changes that will kick in on March 1, 2017, I wrote a post outlining the “Last Great Mattress Run” and how completing 25 eligible stays between January 1 – February 28, 2017 would result in you earning Hyatt Diamond status, which matches to top tier Hyatt Globalist status on March 1, 2017, and will last you until February 2019.
There were/are some skeptics that the elite status dominos will fall in exactly that order, but after meeting with the heads of Hyatt Gold Passport in person I can assure you that they do. Completing 25 stays in two months for non-road warriors is crazy, and the math on whether or not it is worth it is fuzzy and highly variable. But, I know some will do it and find it a worthy endeavor to receive two years of top tier Hyatt status, especially given that many of us won’t ever again achieve that status again under the new rules that will require 60 eligible nights in a calendar year.
Before I get into another way to approach completing the ‘Last Great Mattress Run’ I wanted to share that I still haven’t decided if I personally will go for it or not. Aside from the fact that it is a big financial outlay, it is also a serious potential time suck and I do.not.have.any.time to be sucked. I’m sure many of you are in the same situation. While I have a Hyatt within a reasonable distance from my house, the ones that are the cheapest are a good 30 miles away, and in traffic it can be a slow 30 miles. Doing that once or twice is annoying but doable, but doing it 20+ times within two months is totally obnoxious.
I’ll admit that I have successfully checked in to some hotels in the past for similar purposes without actually physically being present at the check-in desk (it was done over the phone and no I won’t name which ones), but I have never done so that many times in a such short period of time. I can’t reasonably make bookings counting on that strategy to work. I have to be ready to actually log some car miles to get this done, and for me that is even harder right now than logging monetary expenses.
With that being said, here is a different way you could plan the ‘Last Great Mattress Run’.
Earn Hyatt Globalist Status for Two Years for Less Money
If you want to minimize your financial outlay and earn Hyatt Globalist status for less, you could target full service Category 1 Hyatt properties such as Hyatt Regency Wichita, Hyatt Regency Green Bay, Hyatt Regency Dulles, Hyatt Regency North Dallas, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Hyatt Regency Tulsa, or similar and book Points + Cash reservations to complete your 25 needed stays. This will cost you 2,500 Hyatt points + $50 per night assuming you can find the availability. With taxes and fees the cash portion will be a bit higher than an even $50, so let’s say it will be 2,500 points + $57 per night all-in.
Shots below are from one of my favorite Category 1 properties, the Hyatt Regency Wichita.
For 25 Category 1 Points + Cash stays, from a very simple math perspective, that would come to $1,425 + 62,500 points to earn about two years of Diamond/Globalist status. However, if you have Hyatt Diamond status right now it actually works out much better than that.
Thanks to the Diamond points amenities you can get for each stay (that are going away effective 3/1/17), if you target full service Category 1 Hyatt properties then you can get 1,000 points per stay x 25 stays = 25,000 points just from the Diamond points amenities. That effectively knocks down your points outlay for this ‘last great mattress run’ down to 37,500 points. If you visit non-full service properties like Hyatt Place or Hyatt House properties that bonus is just 500 points per stay, so adjust the numbers accordingly.
If you assume you will pay for the stays with a Hyatt card or other credit card that earns 3x points on travel for Hyatt specific or general travel expenses, you can factor in that you will earn about 4,275 points from charging the cash portion of the stays. You will also earn points on the cash portion of the stays directly from Gold Passport. This amount comes to roughly $50 x 25 stays x 5 points per dollar = 6,250 points earned. If you have Diamond status now, you get a 30% bonus on those base points bringing that total to about 8,125 points earned from Gold Passport.
Adding the points earned from your credit card to the points naturally earned through Gold Passport, you are at about 12,400 points earned for Diamond members outside of the 1,000 point bonuses. Factor that into your total points outlay and you are now down to just 25,100 points spent along with the $1,425. If you can find a Category 1 Hyatt that has a closed Regency Club for some of your dates, you can actually earn points on this whole gig with the 2,500 bonus per stay that triggers, though I’m not sure such a property exists.
Now remember that those who have Globalist status on March 1 will get a Category 1-7 free night certificate, and since I would redeem it at a Category 6 or 7 property that costs 25,000 – 30,000 points per night, that alone just about makes up for the 25,100 points you will ultimately have to spend to earn the Globalist status by following the Category 1 cash + points plan outlined above.
Outside of the points, you still have the $1,425 out of pocket costs to content with along with the time it takes to complete the 25 check-ins, but the math from this plan is certainly interesting. It gets even more interesting if you can get some value out of the free breakfasts, assuming you are a current Diamond member. Also remember that if you have the capacity to put $40,000 on your Hyatt credit card in early 2017 to trigger the 5 stay credits towards Diamond status then you could reduce your required out of pocket stays to 20. Note that card benefit will change effective March 1st.
I really want to be able to complete this ‘Last Great Mattress Run’ for top tier Hyatt status because my family gets huge value out of things like confirmed suite upgrades, complimentary full breakfast, lounge access, and more. We have some big Hyatt stays planned over the next two years where I know those perks will save us real money and increase our sleep and enjoyment at Hyatt properties, but I still haven’t committed fully to going for this. I’d love to hear your current plans and whether you plan to go for the Last Great Mattress run using a Points + Cash strategy or otherwise!
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