Back in December 2019, Hyatt announced that it would be introducing peak and off-peak pricing to the World of Hyatt program but alongside that news, the hotelier made a further announcement that got a little lost among the noise generated by the award chart devaluation and the pandemic that followed shortly thereafter.
Yesterday, I took a look at which of the major hotel loyalty programs offer members the chance to earn lifetime elite status and that information leads on to the question of how worthwhile lifetime status is, and if it's something that travelers should be actively trying to earn? This post attempts to address those questions.
Hotel elite status can be both vastly overrated and extremely useful depending on which level and which program we're taking about and people's opinions can vary quite significantly. But, as a rule, having status is better than not having status at all so a lot of people reading this blog will go to varying degrees of effort to maintain their hotel status from year to year. But wouldn't it be nice not to have to renew your status year in, year out?
Marriott introduced its Eat Around Town dining program in the latter half of 2019 but, since then, it hasn't really done very much to promote the program or to incentivize its use. Now, however, that's just changed with Marriott's unveiling of a nice bonus for new joiners.
Hyatt has now announced details of its new global promotion which is set to take over when the current crop of great deals ends on Sunday. The new Hyatt Bonus Journeys promotion will run from 1 March through 15 June and will offer guests bonus points for every two qualifying nights as well as the chance to earn a free night certificate.
The World of Hyatt has been offering bonuses of up to 30% in its current points sale since the middle of January but tomorrow is the last day to take part. If you need to top up an account or if you can still make the most of Hyatt's 25% rebate on award bookings (which ends on Sunday), this may be a sale worth considering.
Before this year, the last hotel promotions that I genuinely looked forward to were IHG's Accelerate promotions which had all but fizzled out by the end of 2018. Since then, a lot of the promotions that hoteliers have been publishing have been boring and pedestrian but Hyatt's performance in the second half of last year now has me eager to find out what more it has in store.
Marriott Bonvoy has launched its first Points sale promotion of 2021 and it's one of the better sales Marriott offers. In this sale, Bonvoy members are being offered a bonus of up to 50% for purchases made through 22 March, but the maximum bonus available may not be immediately apparent when you first access the sale site.
When, in late 2020, Hyatt announced that it would be slashing its elite status requirements for 2021 and that all stays made through 28 February 2021 would earn double elite night credits, I knew immediately that I would set out to earn Hyatt's top-tier Globalist status. Late last month I achieved my target and as a few people have been asking, I thought I'd share how much Hyatt Globalist status ended up costing me (and how much I actually consider it cost me).
Although Marriott Bonvoy doesn't offer the option of a household account, there is a simple method that Bonvoy members can use to pool their points from multiple accounts. Knowing how to do this can be the key to maximizing the value out of any points that a family or group of friends has banked, and key to making the most of any great points sales that come along.