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Hyatt latest global promotion (once again called ‘Bonus Journeys’) is now live, so any stays made between today and the end of November will qualify for the bonus points on offer. As we’ve seen in previous promotions, holders of Hyatt’s co-branded credit cards get the chance to earn a bonus that others don’t, but no one will be ending this promotion with an enviable stack of points they wouldn’t otherwise have earned.
- Register by 10 November 2023 (here).
- Stay between 6 October and 30 November 2023.
- All World of Hyatt members will earn 3,000 bonus points for every 3 qualifying nights they spend at participating properties during the promotion period.
- World of Hyatt cardmembers (holders of the card_name and/or the World of Hyatt credit card) can earn an extra 1,000 bonus points per 3 qualifying nights at select participating properties (see eligible properties here).
- A maximum of 21,000 bonus points can be earned from the standard Bonus Journeys promotion.
- A maximum of 7,000 bonus points can be earned from the World of Hyatt cardmember promotion.
As I said when this promotion was first announced, this is a pretty disappointing promotion by Hyatt’s standards.
Leaving aside the fact that the whole promotion only runs for 56 days, and the fact that Hyatt has limited the number of properties at which the co-branded credit card bonus can be earned, the maximum number of points on offer in the main promotion is just 21,000.
That’s the maximum number of points that most World of Hyatt members will be able to earn and that’s barely enough points for a one night mid-tier stay at a Category 5 property during standard season.
It’s not even close to being enough for a single night at Category 7 or 8 property (regardless of season) and it isn’t even enough points for a one-night stay at a Category 6 property in standard or peak season.
To max out the main part of this promotion, someone would have to credit 21 nights to the World of Hyatt, and given the price of hotels at the moment, that’s likely to cost most people* well over $6,000. That’s a lot of money to spend so it would be nice to see Hyatt offering at least enough points for a peak season stay at a Category 6 property (29,000).
Personally, I’ve already locked in Hyatt Globalist status through February 2025 so as someone with no pressing need for any more Hyatt elite night credits this year, the weakness of this promotion has ensured that I’ll be a free agent for the rest of the year.
Sure, I’ll book more Hyatt stays if the price and location are right, but I won’t be going out of my way to search out Hyatt properties in the places I’m visiting. I may even opt for the easy life and see how much value I can still get out of my Marriott Titanium status (outside of the US, obviously!)
*If you’re traveling for work and just staying at Hyatt Place/House properties, this figure is likely to be lower.
Hyatt’s latest global went live today, but while it’s better to be offered the chance to earn some bonus points rather than to have no promotion at all, and while this latest promotion is a step up from the disappointment of what was on offer over the summer, Hyatt really needs to do better going forward.
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