Sep042008

Analysis of Hyatt’s “Faster Free Nights” Value

Analysis of Hyatt’s “Faster Free Nights” Value

The Faster Free Nights promotion is simple. Stay two times and receive a free night credit valid for almost any Hyatt systemwide.  Almost any online rate bookable through Hyatt.com is eligible including senior and AAA rates.

Pay with a MasterCard and earn 2,000 points after every two stays.

Sample earning and burning scenario for two stays this weekend in Phoenix, AZ:

Stay 1: Hyatt Place Phoenix North 

Total points earned = 2,310 for this stay

Friday, September 5, 2008

Book the AAA rate through Hyatt Gold Passport Special Offers page link for a 2,000 points G2 bonus on  Hyatt.com = $62.00 + 6.82 tax (11.0%) = $68.82

Stay Points earned = 62 x 5 points/$1 = 310 points  (Gold Passport Diamond member can also earn 500 points amenity per Hyatt Place stay)

G2 bonus = 2,000 points

Stay 2: Hyatt Place Scottsdale Old Town

Total points earned = 3,400 for this 2nd stay during FFN promotion

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Book the AAA rate through Hyatt Gold Passport Special Offers page link for a 1,000 points G1 bonus on  Hyatt.com = $80.00 + 9.54 tax (11.92%) = $89.54

Stay points earned = 80 x 5 points/$1 = 400 points

G1 bonus = 1,000 points

MasterCard payment bonus = 2,000 points

Faster Free Nights = 1 free night credit

Total cost = $158.36 for two stays

Total earnings = 5,710 points (6,710 points for a Hyatt Diamond elite member) + 1 free night with Faster Free Nights promotion.  Typical value for Hyatt points is around $30 per 1,000 points redeemed.

 

 

Sample Free Night Redemption Opportunities:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Andaz London

335GBP/night = $621.87USD

Hyatt Gold Passport Category 5 hotel requiring 18,000 points free night or one FFN credit.

Redemption value = $34.55/1,000 points

 

Friday, October 17, 2008

Grand Hyatt New York

$405 ($462.69 with tax)

Hyatt Gold Passport Category 4 hotel requiring 15,000 points for a free night or one FFN credit. 

Redemption value = $30.85/1,000 points

 

At these redemption values the 5,710 points earned from the two Hyatt Place stays, if valued at $30/1,000 points, will have a redemption value of $171.30.  The points are in addition to the free night credit and the overall cost of the $160 weekend at Hyatt Place hotels in Phoenix area can bring a future return in redemption value of about $600 to $800 in free hotel stays.

 

Hyatt’s Faster Free Nights is one of the best value hotel loyalty program promotions available to the traveler right now.

 

 

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

More articles by Ric Garrido »