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Hyatt has several promotions currently being offered: 3x points, 15-25% back + free parking on award stays, and a super compelling double Elite night promotion. Ever since Hyatt set Gold Passport on fire a few years back, I’ve been maintaining mid-tier explorist status via MGM matches, but 2020 is weird. I had never imagined I’d be in the position to even consider Globalist status via Hyatt, but here we are, and I am.
Hyatt Globalist is their top tier status requiring either $20k worth of Hyatt spend in a calendar year, or 60 nights in hotel rooms. There are additional ways to hit it by spending egregious amounts on the World of Hyatt credit card, but that’s just not going to happen for me. However, these new promotions, and a long road trip earlier this summer has left me with 32 Elite nights so far, so should I go for top tier?
An aside, I’m not advocating people travel, and this wasn’t a leisure trip, with that said – to each their own – If you’re out an about no judgement, but I’m just making this clear.
Double Elite nights with a twist
According to One Mile at a Time, starting on October 1st, for every qualifying stay you complete between 10/1/20 and 1/4/20 you will earn one elite night this year, and then another one for next year. The blogosphere was anticipating some sort of double elite night promo and this one is definitely a twist. It’s valid at ALL Hyatt properties which is fantastic.
I’ve been debating a “mattress run” for quite some time and this adds a new twist – I could earn Globalist status until Feb 28th 2022, but more importantly, I’d have 21 nights already banked to get status until 2/28/23.
3x points promotion is racking up points (until 01/04/2021)
3x points isn’t just 3x as one would think, it’s actually 15x. Hyatt members earn 5x points on every dollar spent, and Hyatt is tripling that total, not just adding in another 3x to it. As you can see below, on a $145 hotel bill ( including a $55 pet fee – gotta love Hyatt Place ) I earned 2323 points, or roughly 16x.
Bonus points are capped at 150k or 225k if you are a Hyatt credit card holder.
This deal is from June 15th to September 15th.
15-25% off point redemptions + free parking through January 4th, 2021
This is a fantastic offer, and ultimately opens the door towards status running. If you live near a Category 1 hotel, you could stay for just 3750 points per night. These nights, as we discussed above, count towards status AND you can another Elite night credit for next year. That’s basically akin to buying Elite nights for just 1875 points per night
Going for Global?
I currently have 32 Elite nights. If I were to get the World of Hyatt credit card I’d pick up 7 nights ( that’s 5 via sign up and then 2 via the spend requirement – don’t forget you get 2 Elite nights for every $5k spend ), so I’d end up with 39 elite nights .
- 39 paid nights at roughly $150 a night = ~$4800
- factor in the 16x bonus mentioned above and that = 72k+ World of Hyatt points
- 7 Elite nights from the card and a 50k bonus
I would need 21 Elite Nights to hit Globalist status until Feb 2022 and I’d have 125k +/- World of Hyatt points ( this assumes all my spend was earned at 1x which I’d use it at Hyatts, so I’d probably be a bit more )
<80k points could buy me Globalist
Between now and October 8th, I could check into a category 1 hotel for 5k a night and then get 25% back.
- 21 nights at 5k = 105k points
- I’d get a 25% discount that would net out to 78.75k points
Is it worth it?
If the world doesn’t fall apart, I’m planning on getting married next year and it would be amazing to have top tier status at both Hilton and Hyatt ( We have Hilton via the Aspire, btw ).
The biggest reason I’d be doing it is to have guaranteed breakfast, suite upgrade certs, and waived resort fees. I don’t know where we’re headed on our honeymoon, but if it were somewhere like the Maldives, an Alila, Park Hyatts, etc those benefits could add up quickly.
78.57k points is a lot, but I’d still have roughly 50k leftover from the paid stays, and of course whatever other promotions they run. I’d peg Hyatt points around 1.5c so that’s roughly $1200 in value.
I’d also have 26 elite nights already in the bank for the following year
21 nights from this promo, and then 5 nights from the World of Hyatt card. I haven’t made up my mind, but I’m intrigued to say the least, and this Elite night promo has made it far more economically compelling.
Either way, perhaps this thinking will open up some possibilities for you as well.
If you’re interested in seeing where all the Cat 1 hotels are:
Check out my favorite Hyatt in the World: The Alila Villas Uluwatu
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