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Hyatt has announced a new “Bonus Journeys” promotion. All members can earn 3X points on every stay starting with your second stay, plus World of Hyatt Elite members will earn 2,500 bonus points after their first stay. If that weren't enough, targeted Chase cardholders have received a Chase Offer for 10% off at Hyatt hotels.
Bonus Journeys Promotion
- Members must register (non-elite members here, elite members here) by August 31, 2020 to participate.
- All members will receive 3X points starting on their second stay. This promo is valid for stays with a check-out date between June 15 and September 15, 2020
- Elite members (Discoverists, Explorists, and Globalists) will also earn a one-time 2,500-point bonus after completing their first stay.
Several questions immediately came to my mind, but Hyatt managed to address them in the Terms and Conditions:
- Previously-made reservations count as long as the check-out date is within the promotional period. So if you had made a Hyatt reservation before registering for this promotion, you don't need to cancel and rebook so long as you register before your stay.
- You can earn up to a maximum of 200,000 bonus points from this offer and any other World of Hyatt earnings (elite-status bonus, co-branded credit card earnings, etc.).
- All stays—including award nights and free-night certificates—qualify for this promotion. Since you don't receive any base points for award nights, the 3X points earning rate isn't going to be helpful. But elite-members could use an award night or free-night certificate to qualify for the 2,500-point first night bonus.
- Bonus points should post to your account within two to three weeks of your qualifying stay.
How is the bonus calculated?
The 3X bonus points are calculated based on Base Points. Since World of Hyatt members typically earn 5 Base Points per dollar spent on hotel stays excluding taxes and fees, they'll earn 15X points starting on their second stay. For example, if a non-elite member's second stay costs $300 before taxes and fees, they'd receive 4,500 points total—which is 3,000 more points than usual.
For The World Of Hyatt Credit Card cardholders, this gets even better since the card comes with complimentary Discoverist status.
- First, cardholders would receive the 2,500-point bonus after their first stay. That bonus is worth ~$38 if you value Hyatt points at a conservative 1.5¢ each.
- Second, cardholders receive an elite-status bonus of an extra 0.5 points per dollar courtesy of Discoverist status.
- Lastly, cardholders earn 4X Hyatt points for paying the bill with the co-branded credit card.
Hyatt Chase Offer
Chase Offers are Chase's response to Amex Offers—a program to offer cash back for using its credit cards at targeted vendors after activation. We've recently seen a new Chase Offer appear for targeted cardholders, offering up to 10% off at Hyatt hotels. I received a 10% offer on my World of Hyatt Card (review).
Key Terms (From My Offer)
- Receive 10% cashback as a statement credit at Hyatt Hotels on purchases of at least $100
- Offer valid one time only
- Cash back is capped at a maximum of $25. That means you'll earn 10% cash back on up to $250 in spending.
- Offer expires August 3, 2020
- Purchase must be made directly with Hyatt
All Chase Offers are highly targeted, meaning different accounts may see different offers—or even no offer at all. The best scenario is when the offer appears on a card offering a bonus for hotel or travel purchases, such as:
- The World Of Hyatt Credit Card — 4x Hyatt points at Hyatt properties
- Chase Sapphire Reserve® — 3X Ultimate Rewards points on travel and dining at restaurants
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card — 2X Ultimate Rewards points on travel and dining at restaurants
One of the best things about Chase Offers is that you can easily stack them with any other Hyatt promotion or discount, such as the Bonus Journeys promotion detailed above.
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on orders over $12 for a minimum of one year on qualifying food purchases with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Earn 5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022. That's 3X points in addition to the 2X points you already earn on travel.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide
- 1X point per dollar spent on all other purchases
With more and more communities beginning to re-open, we've expected to see hotel companies roll out promotions to entice would-be travelers. Hyatt's ‘Bonus Journeys' is a bit more generous than some of the previous Hyatt promotions we've seen. Still, I'm not sure it's necessarily enough to convince people to travel who weren't already planning to do so. At the very least, it's worth registering before the deadline—just in case.
I plan to travel as soon as it's reasonably practical. With that in mind, this promotion is definitely enough to sway where I'll stay—especially since I can stack it with that Chase Offer.
Are triple points enough to convince you to travel again?
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