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In the current World of Hyatt promotion, members have been able to earn up to 2,500 bonus points for every 2 qualifying nights consumed during the promotion period and if we’re being completely honest, it hasn’t been one of the most exciting promotions we’ve seen. Now, however, with the current promotion coming to an end today, Hyatt has given us a look at when the next promotion will look like and it looks promising.
The Next Hyatt Bonus Journeys Promotion
Registration for the new Hyatt Bonus Journeys promotion will begin on 7 July 2021 (here) and the promotion will cover stays completed between 20 July and 15 September 2021.
All registered World of Hyatt members will earn triple points on every stay of two or more qualifying nights with up to 120,000 bonus points available during the promotion.
All 19 of Hyatt’s worldwide brands will be participating in this promotion and stays at SLH and M Life properties that participate in the World of Hyatt program will also qualify for the bonus points on offer…as will all bookings made with Lindblad Expeditions.
This is a similar promotion to the Bonus Journeys promotion that we saw in June last year with three key differences:
- Single-night stays earned bonus points last year while this year’s promotion is restricted to stays of two nights or more.
- Last year, only Hyatt elites could earn bonus points on their first eligible stay (a set 2,500 bonus points) while this year all members will earn bonus points on their first eligible stay.
- Last year’s promotion capped the earnings at 200,000 bonus points while this year the cap has been set considerably lower – 120,000 points.
Hyatt already offers 5 points/dollar (base points) to all World of Hyatt members so this promotion is increasing that rate to 15 points/dollar. On the basis that I value World of Hyatt points at 1.4 cents each, this means that World of Hyatt members will be able to earn an effective rebate of 21% on stays made during the promotion…up to a point.
Because the number of bonus points (10/dollar) has been capped at 120,000, the effective rebate of 21% will only be available on the first $12,000 of spending made during the promotion – for most of us that won’t be an issue but for some, that will be an annoyance.
It’s a little disappointing that single-night bookings won’t qualify for bonus points this time around but it’s good to see that Hyatt hasn’t also excluded the first stay within the promotion period from this offer (I hate it when loyalty programs do that).
Still, for most people who are comfortable traveling through 15 September this will be a pretty good deal and because Hyatt still has a reasonably traveler-friendly award chart (the key devaluations have been postponed yet again), the ability to earn at least 15 points/dollar means that travelers can earn free nights without too much difficulty…especially if they also hold the World of Hyatt Credit card.
A Discoverist World of Hyatt member (the status which comes from holding the World of Hyatt credit card) who spends $2,000 with Hyatt on stays of 2 nights or more during the promotion period, uses their World of Hyatt credit card to pay for that spending would earn:
- 10,000 base points
- 1,000 elite status bonus points
- 20,000 bonus points from this promotion
- 8,000 points for putting $2,000 of Hyatt spending on the World of Hyatt credit card.
That’s a total of 39,000 points (which I value at $546) and that’s more than enough for: