At the beginning of March the World of Hyatt Hyatt and American Airlines AAdvantage announced they would be launching a partnership that would offer members of both loyalty programs reciprocal points earning, status challenges and, for American's very top-tier elites, complimentary World of Hyatt Globalist status. At the time of the announcement there weren't too many solid details available but now we're starting to see progress.
Hyatt is back with a new points promotion in which it's offering World of Hyatt members a 40% bonus when they buy at least 10,000 points. The last Hyatt promotion offered a 30% bonus and, as Hyatt's 40% bonus promotions don't come around too often, this latest offer is definitely worth a closer look.
For the past few months it has been Marriott's Bonvoy program that has been in the spotlight for, amongst other things, increasing the number of points needed for award bookings and allowing its various brands to pick and choose which benefits they're happy to offer elite guests...but Marriott isn't alone when it comes to shenanigans within its loyalty program.
There was a time where the best rate guarantees offered by the big hotel chains were a valuable tool in getting great deals but over the past few years most programs have watered down their guarantees to such an extent that they're not often worth very much (some don't seem to be worth anything at all).
Over the past year Hyatt has been doing a good job of expanding the opportunities available to its World of Hyatt members by adding a significant number Small Luxury Hotel (SLH) properties to the list of hotels at which members can earn and burn Hyatt points....and now the expansion continues.
We're just three days aways from seeing Hyatt's 2019 Hotel category changes kick in so I thought this would be an opportune moment to recap the changes we'll be seeing and to remind readers to book any properties that will be going up in cost before Monday.
Ok, now this is very interesting. Hyatt and American Airlines have announced that they plan to offer elite members of their respective rewards programs the opportunity to earn more points and miles when they fly with American or book stays with Hyatt.
Hyatt has been running a points sale since January 22nd and today is the last day to take advantage of the offer if you need to top up your World of Hyatt balance. The 1.85 cent figure may, on the face of things, not look all that attractive but there will be times when this will constitute quite a good deal.
Hyatt seems to offer a lot fewer promotions then the other major hotel chains and that's always seemed strange to me when you consider that you'd expect Hyatt, with its relatively small footprint, to have to work harder to earn traveler loyalty. Still, every now and again Hyatt throws us a bone and right now there's an interesting promotion on through 15 May.
First we heard from IHG, then came Radisson, next up we heard about Marriott's 2019 hotel category changes and now Hyatt has let us know which of its properties will see the cost of an award night change in a few weeks time.