Hyatt Gold Passport hotel stays earn bonus miles for 4x or 5x standard earn rates from May 1 to August 31, 2012 with at least 12 airlines. There is no central promotion page I have found on the Hyatt website and the airlines listed below are ones posted on One Mile at a Time and The Points Guy.
- Air China PhoenixMiles
- Air France KLM Flying Blue
- American AAdvantage
- ANA Mileage Club
- British Airways Executive Club
- China Eastern
- Delta Skymiles
- Etihad Guest
- Lufthansa Miles & More
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards(29,400 points maximum)
- United MileagePlus
Hyatt Gold Passport normally offers the option of earning 500 miles per stay with most of the 30 airline partners as an alternative to earning Hyatt Gold Passport points. The airline miles bonus promotion beginning today offers the normal 500 miles for the first stay and for Hyatt stays 2 and 3 there is an additional 1,500 bonus miles per stay. This is 4,500 miles for 3 stays and averages out to 1,500 airline miles per stay. That is about a $20 value per stay rebate with most airline awards and not much of a rebate on $100 to $200 per night hotel spend.
4x and 5x miles
The 2nd and 3rd stays earn 2,000 miles or 4x normal miles.
Stays #4 to #11 earn 2,500 miles per stay or 5x normal miles.
Here is how the Hyatt website table shows the earning rate on the American Airlines promotion page.
The maximum earning is 24,500 miles after 11 Hyatt stays.
6 stays earns 12,000 miles. Perhaps this gets you within reach of a one-way airline reward ticket or a little closer to international premium class.
I value 12,000 miles as roughly $200 in value depending on how you use them. $200 in rebate value for more than $1,000 in hotel spend is relatively low. You had better be getting some nice perks or you might as well go Priceline and Hotwire.
Marriott Rewards offers higher value promotion
Marriott Rewards is offering guests a free category 1 to 4 hotel night certificate for every two paid stays June 1-August 31, 2012 with a maximum three free night certificates. That is 3 free nights after six stays with Marriott or 12,000 airline miles with Hyatt after six stays.
Many guests will get more value out of three hotel nights with Marriott Rewards. I think the Marriott hotel night certificates are easily a $300 rebate value and potentially more than $600 value in three free hotel nights.
Hyatt Gold Passport stays for airline miles might be a $500 value after six stays if the miles help get you on a business class international flight, but more likely $150 to $200 in value for most domestic flight awards.
I think the total earning of 24,500 miles after 11 stays is a poor value rebate for most guests. Assume $1,500 in spend as a low-end spend level for 11 stays and the value of 24,500 miles is maybe $400 in many cases. That is under a 30% rebate for a minimum 11 nights in hotel spend.
I think Hyatt Gold Passport and Starwood Preferred Guest have shown us the hotel recession is over in their eyes and so are the frequent high value offers we saw for the past three years of U.S. summer travel.
Time for me to find out what is happening at Marriott Rewards this summer. The batch of offers released this week for Hyatt, Marriott and SPG show Marriott at the best value promotion in my opinion. I’ll certainly be hanging out in Starwood and Hyatt hotels this summer, but I’ll have my eyes looking for some of those good Marriott hotel bargains.