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Hyatt Is Offering Triple Points on Winter Stays

Condé Nast Traveler logo Condé Nast Traveler 9/23/2020 Eric Rosen
a flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water © Courtesy Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

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Although summer is normally peak travel season, 2020 was a year like no other. With many borders still closed and flight schedules slashed, not to mention an anxious public still worried about health and safety while traveling due to COVID-19, most folks stayed home this summer. Or at least close to home, with a possible road trip or two in the mix. Now that we’re firmly into fall, though, one hotel chain is hoping to lure hesitant bookers back with some incredible points bonuses and discounts, even at its most luxurious properties.

World of Hyatt windfall

World of Hyatt is the loyalty program of over 900 hotels comprising more than 20 brands. Those include high-end labels like Park Hyatt and Miraval, but also trendier offshoots like Andaz, Alila Hotels & Resorts, and Thompson Hotels, among others. The program also partners with other hospitality companies, such as MGM Resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), and even adventure outfitter Lindblad Expeditions, to let members earn and redeem points on their travels.

From October 1, 2020, through January 4, 2021, World of Hyatt will be running a potentially lucrative campaign dubbed, “Bonus Journeys,” where members can earn triple points at all Hyatt locations worldwide. Previously booked reservations count, but members must register for the promotion by November 30, and only stays completed after registration and with a checkout date on or before January 4 will be eligible.

For a little perspective on just what a great deal this could be, non-elite World of Hyatt members usually earn five points per dollar on stays and other charges at hotels and spas that participate in the World of Hyatt program. With this bonus, you’re looking at earning a total of 15 points per dollar, and that’s not including any other bonuses you might earn if you have elite status with the program.

On the redemption side of the equation, World of Hyatt properties are broken down into eight categories. Award nights run from 5,000 points for budget options like Hyatt Place locations, to 15,000 points for solid mid-range properties like the chic Thompson Chicago, all the way up to 40,000 points at a handful of high-end accommodations like Copenhagen’s famous Nimb Hotel and barefoot-luxe Calala Island in Nicaragua, both of which participate in World of Hyatt through their membership in SLH.

With those numbers in mind, you’d need to spend just $334 at Hyatt during the promotion to earn enough points for a reward night at a Category 1 hotel, while if you want one of the 40,000-pointers in Category 8, you’re looking at $2,667 in spending. Somewhere in the middle, if you splashed out $2,000 on stays, you’d end up with 30,000 points. That’s enough for a reward night at some of the nicest hotels within Hyatt, including Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, or the sumptuous Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, where room rates regularly top $800 per night, so you’d be getting a pretty good return on your spending.

But there’s more…

Credit card considerations

If you have either the World of Hyatt credit card or the Hyatt Visa (which is no longer available to new applicants), you can shift your points earning into overdrive. Folks who use their cards at the 160 Hyatt resort properties or 200 participating SLH hotels as well as select MGM Resort Destinations (the full list is yet to be released) can up their earning to a jaw-dropping 20 points per dollar. Because both of these cards confer Hyatt Discoverist elite status, that also boosts cardholders’ points accrual slightly higher (by a half-point per dollar). To take it one step further, if you have a Hyatt credit card and the chain’s top-tier Diamond status, you could earn up to 25.5 points per dollar on stays, which puts more reward nights within reach even faster.

Credit card holders also benefit from a higher earning cap during the promotion, which is set at 225,000 bonus points rather than the 150,000 that other World of Hyatt members are eligible to earn.

Learn more about signing up for the World of Hyatt credit card here.

Double up on status

Speaking of elite status, World of Hyatt also announced that for every elite-qualifying night members earn during the promotion period, World of Hyatt will match it with a night toward status in 2021 as well. That means stays count toward status in both 2021 and 2022. While this is probably a boon mostly aimed at diehard World of Hyatt members—and the company has already extended members’ current elite status through February 28, 2022, regardless of their stay activity in 2020—it can’t hurt to get a jump on your status strategy for the next two years by double dipping like that.

More ways to save

World of Hyatt’s announcement also included a coda that it would be extending another generous points promotion that began over the summer, “Free Nights on Sale.” World of Hyatt members who register by December 1 can receive 15 percent of their redeemed points back as bonus points, plus free parking (when it’s charged by the hotel itself) on stays between July 8, 2020, and January 4, 2021. Points redeemed for free night awards, Points + Cash stays, room upgrades, dining and spa services, Exhale spa classes and therapies, FIND experiences, and Lindblad excursions are all eligible for the 15 percent refund. Members can receive up to 30,000 bonus points back per transaction.

Here’s where having a Hyatt-branded credit card can help out again, though. Cardholders are eligible for an additional 10 percent of their redeemed points back—so 25 percent total—and a per-transaction maximum of 60,000 bonus points. That means they won’t lose out on bonus points by redeeming for longer stays or those at higher-end properties.

Free parking doesn’t hurt, either, considering some hotels charge around $50 per night just to leave your car. Even if you don’t plan any stays during the promotion, you can still earn triple points on eligible spending for dine-in, takeout, or delivery charges at participating dining outlets located at Hyatt hotels and resorts as long as you’re not spending the night there.

If you don’t have enough Hyatt points to take advantage of “Free Nights on Sale,” the World of Hyatt credit card is currently offering up to 50,000 bonus points: 25,000 after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening, and an additional 25,000 bonus points after you spend a total of $6,000 on purchases within the first six months. Depending on how fast you meet those spending thresholds, you could have some points in your pocket quicker than you think.

Don’t forget, though, that if you have a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve card or Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Ultimate Rewards points you earn transfer instantly to World of Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio. So if you’re sitting on a stash of those, you could always use them to top up your Hyatt hotel loyalty account in a pinch.

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