Hyatt has come forth with a new promotion for 2014, which is an improvement on last year’s promotion. In addition to earning bonus points, there is also an option to earn free nights. The promotion runs from January 15, 2014 to April 30, 2014. Hyatt Gold Passport members are given a choice: For every 5 nights, you earn either a free night at any Category 1-4 hotel or bonus points.
Registration will open on January 9, 2014 in just a few days and must be done by March 31, 2014 at Hyatt Endless Possibilities Registration.
Choose Free Nights
- Earn a free night at any Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel worldwide after every five nights.
- Enjoy 4 free nights after you stay a maximum of 20 nights.
- Redeem your free nights through July 31, 2014.
The free night awards can be used for standard rooms at hotels where point rates are available. Category 1-4 hotels will cost up to 15,000 points a night.
Choose Bonus Points
- Stay 5 Nights, Earn +5,000 Points = 5,000 Total Points Earned
- Stay 10 Nights, Earn +10,000 Points = 15,000 Total Points Earned
- Stay 15 Nights, Earn +15,000 Points = 30,000 Total Points Earned
- Stay 20 Nights, Earn +20,000 Points = 50,000 Total Points Earned.
Which to Choose?
There are two factors that will determine which option you want to choose for the promotion:
- Your potential future travel plans for using Category 1-4 free nights.
- The number of nights you plan to stay at Hyatt properties between January 15 and April 30.
While free nights at Category 1-4 can bring nice value, the main issue is they expire in July and they are not as flexible as just earning points, which can be used towards any property. As an example, I used my Hyatt points at the Park Hyatt Milan and Andaz Maui at Wailea this year. Category 1-4 free nights would not have been useful to me toward these properties. So unless you have a specific Category 1-4 stay in mind, you may just end up finding yourself scrambling to use the free nights next summer before they expire… a case for taking points instead.
For those staying all 20 nights, the maximum points earned will be 50,000 bonus points with the bonus point option. The free nights option can bring a value of up to 60,000 points, but as I mentioned, they expire in July and are not flexible. That said, I’d probably go with the 50,000 points unless, of course, you have a very specific use for the free night certificates in mind.
If you’re staying 5 nights or 10 nights, then the bonus point option will earn either 5,000 or 15,000 points. Earning two free nights at Category 1-4 hotels may be the better option in that case as each of those free nights can bring value of up to 15,000 points. Again, this is provided you can use those free nights before they expire.
Which Nights are Eligible Towards the Promotion?
To participate successfully in the promotion, here are the rules for which nights will count:
- Paid nights at Hyatt properties are eligible when the rate earns points (e.g. many third party bookings will not count).
- Paid nights at MGM M Life properties are eligible if the payment is made directly to the property or the stay is booked online at hyatt.com or on the phone through Hyatt reservations.
- Cash and Points rates, which will become available January 7, are eligible.
- Award nights (booked fully with points or free night certificates) are not eligible.