Hyatt’s new Bonus Journeys promotion is now open for registration

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As was first rumored two weeks ago, Hyatt has today formally announced its latest Bonus Journeys promotion and not only is registration for the promotion now open, but it looks like all the details that were accidentally leaked towards the beginning of the month were correct, so don’t expect fireworks!

The promotion

Earn 3,000 bonus World of Hyatt points for every 3 nights stayed between 1 March and 30 April 2024. A maximum 21,000 bonus points can be earned through this offer.

Holders of card_name and the card_name can earn a further 1,000 bonus points for every 3 nights stayed at properties in 18 select destinations. A maximum 7,000 bonus points can be earned through this offer.

Key terms

  • Register for the promotion between February 22, 2024, at 8:00 a.m. CT and April 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. CT to participate.
  • Only Eligible Nights completed after registration and between March 1 and April 30, 2024, (“Promotion Period”) will count towards this promotion.
  • You will receive 3,000 Bonus Points for every 3 Eligible Nights at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide and Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties completed after registration and during the Promotion Period. A maximum of 21,000 Bonus Points may be earned under this offer.
  • World of Hyatt Credit Cardmembers will receive 1,000 additional Bonus Points for every 3 Eligible Nights completed after registration and during the Promotion Period at participating hotels in 15 destinations only — Australia, Germany, Greater China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
  • For a list of hotels participating in the World of Hyatt Consumer and Business Credit Cardmember Bonus offer, please click here.
  • A maximum of 7,000 Bonus Points may be earned under this World of Hyatt Consumer and Business Credit Cardmember Bonus offer. Bonus offer is only valid at hotels participating in the promotion at the start of the promotion.
  • Bonus points will post directly to your World of Hyatt account and will not appear on your credit card statement.
  • All points awarded under this promotion are Bonus Points.
  • For the purpose of this promotion, an “Eligible Night” is defined as any night where a member is paying an Eligible Rate or redeems a free night award.
  • Only the room occupied by the member will count toward this promotion.
  • Please allow two to three weeks after checkout for Bonus Points to be posted to your World of Hyatt account.
  • Eligible Nights must be completed after registration and within the Promotion Period. If a stay has Eligible Nights during the Promotion Period but is not completed during the Promotion Period, the stay must be completed by October 31, 2024, in order to have those Eligible Nights on that stay that were completed after registration and during the promotion period count for this promotion.
  • Promotion is not valid at hotels that do not participate in World of Hyatt at the time of your stay.
  • Except as expressly stated, this promotion can be combined with other offers, promotions or discounts but is non-transferable.

Full terms and conditions are available on the promotion page.

Note: In the information we saw a couple of weeks ago, the terms and conditions mentioned 18 (and not 15) destinations in which the co-branded card promotion would be valid, but nothing much has really changed because all Hyatt has done is combined ‘Mainland China’, ‘Macau’ and ‘Taiwan’ into one catchall name – ‘Greater China’ (presumably to avoid upsetting those delicate souls who run things in Beijing).

Thoughts

The good news here is that existing bookings will count for this promotion (as long as you register before you stay), that award nights will count towards this promotion, and that the first stay within the promotion period has not been excluded.

The bad news is that this promotion is weak.

The main part of the promotion offers 3,000 bonus points for every 3 nights consumed during the bonus period, so as I value Hyatt points at 1.4 cents each, that’s a effective rebate of $42 per 3 nights that Hyatt is offering me.

That’s not exactly exciting, is it?

It’s not, as some may try to say, $14 per night, because if you stay one or two nights, you get nothing, and if you stay 4 or 5 nights you still only get $42 in points, so the only way to look at this is as a $42 rebate per 3 nights consumed.

Also, it’s not like anyone can go crazy with this promotion. The maximum number of points on offer from the main part of this promotion is just 21,000, so what Hyatt is actually saying is that the maximum effective rebate I can earn here is $294 from 21 nights at Hyatt properties.

Even if I’m booking properties costing just $150/night, that’s still only a rebate of a little over 9%.

That’s not terrible, but it’s definitely not great either.

The second part of this promotion (the one aimed only at co-branded card holders) is even weaker.

1,000 additional bonus points per 3 nights consumed is ok (I guess), but because most holders of Hyatt’s co-branded cards will have to fly across the Atlantic or the Pacific to earn these points, this isn’t a promotion that’s going to change anyone’s behavior or that’s going to add much value.

If you hold a Hyatt co-branded credit card and happen to be visiting a Hyatt property in one of the 15 locations with participating hotels between 1 March and 30 April, this will be a small bonus for you.

For everyone else, however (keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of travelers don’t have access to Hyatt co-branded credit cards), this won’t make the slightest bit of difference.

As a side note, keep in mind that Hyatt’s relationship with SLH is about to end following the announcement that Hilton and SLH have entered into a new partnership, so while the terms and conditions suggest that stays at SLH properties will count towards the nights needed to earn bonus points in this promotion, that may not be the case for the whole of the promotion period if SLH hotels start to be removed from the World of Hyatt program before the end of April.

Related: How I may use the upcoming Hyatt promotion to help me retain top-tier Globalist status.

Bottom line

Hyatt has now officially published details of its next global Bonus Journeys promotion and registration for the promotion is now open.

For most people, the earnings from the new promotion are capped at just 21,000 bonus points and not only is that a week offering, it’s also an offering that pales into insignificance when viewed alongside the Marriott’s promotion that launched last week.

If you were planning Hyatt stays anyway, the bonus points on offer will probably be welcome. If you weren’t planning on staying with Hyatt before the promotion was announced there’s not much here to encourage you to rethink your plans.