Tables in this post reveal a significant impact of being a cardmember of the hotel brand credit card for increasing the earn rate of points on hotel stays with Hyatt and Starwood Hotels.
This post follows up the Hyatt-SPG Hotel Award Category Distribution tables with different tables showing hotel spend needed for an award in each of 7 hotel award categories for Starwood Hotels current award categories and Hyatt Hotels award categories as of January 7, 2014.
Study these tables and it is apparent that anyone spending more than $2,000 dollars per year with one hotel chain should use the hotel branded credit card to pay for hotel stays.
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This hotel spend table based on the earning rate for loyalty program members of Starwood Preferred Guest and Hyatt Gold Passport at Starwood Hotels and Hyatt Hotels reveals paying with an SPG American Express or Hyatt Visa greatly reduces the cost of earning free nights.
My last post, Hyatt-SPG Hotel Award Category Distribution tables, shows Hyatt Gold Passport has far more hotels in the lowest two categories, 54% Hyatt Hotels in category 1 and 2 compared to 19% of Starwood Hotels in category 1 and 2.
These tables show that less Hyatt spend is required to earn free nights.
Since Starwood and Hyatt are the two leaders in upper-upscale hotel travel, these two hotel loyalty programs are natural competitors in a similar traveler market segment.
Starwood Preferred Guest still has the primary advantage of more hotels with twice as many properties globally at nearly 1,200 Starwood Hotels compared to 538 Hyatt Hotels.
Hyatt Gold Passport has more to offer on the points side of the equation for free hotel room nights at the Standard Award level. Hyatt Gold Passport members will likely spend less to earn free nights compared to Starwood Preferred Guest members.
Hyatt Gold Passport also has better elite benefits at the Diamond vs. SPG Platinum level.