Hyatt Gold Passport launches Endless Possibilities offer January 15 – April 30, 2014, a global promotion for one free night after every 5 paid nights. This offer is limited to 4 free nights earned after 20 paid nights. The free night certificate is valid for category 1 to 4 hotels and expires July 31, 2014. The short validity of the free night certificate is a big limitation to the value of free night awards.
Hyatt Gold Passport members can choose to earn bonus points instead of free nights. The number of bonus points earned increases at 5 nights, 10 nights, 15 nights and 20 nights.
- 5 nights = 5,000 bonus points for 5,000 total bonus points.
- 10 nights = 10,000 points for 15,000 total bonus points.
- 15 nights = 15,000 points for 30,000 total bonus points.
- 20 nights = 20,000 points for 50,000 totalbonus points.
Free nights are the better deal in my opinion, unless you plan to hit 15 or 20 nights for 30,000 or 50,000 bonus points.
Hyatt’s introduction of Points + Cash awards coming January 7, 2014 may improve the equation for earning points compared to free nights.
Hyatt Endless Possibilities Promotion Analysis
A category 4 hotel is 15,000 points for a free night. This is a good value bonus for staying five nights with Hyatt during the promotion. At the category 4 level, there are dozens of hotels where a free night will save $300 on room rate.
Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a category 4 Hyatt Gold Passport hotel. First date I checked for midweek May when weather is generally great is $354 after tax per night on a prepaid, nonrefundable rate for Wednesday, May 14.
I view paying for 5 nights at an average hotel rate of $100 for a total $500 in hotel spend and getting a free night in San Francisco as a good value. I look at the free night as a $200 value since I wouldn’t pay $354 for a hotel room in San Francisco, so that room rate is irrelevant as a measure of the free night value. I’d be going Priceline at that rate.
I value a free night as a $200 value and a 40% rebate on $500 in hotel spend for five paid nights. My account still has some suite upgrades valid into February 2014. The nights component means a 5-night paid stay with a suite upgrade using only one certificate would be easy hotel living to earn a free night.
Of course the rebate value declines if you are spending $200 per night or more for your Hyatt stays.
Hyatt Gold Passport Points Award savings and a case for earning bonus points instead of free nights.
Hotel du Louvre Paris, a Hyatt hotel = Hyatt Gold Passport category 5 hotel award = 20,000 points per night as of January 7, 2014.
Free night awards from Endless Possibilities offer are restricted to category 1 to 4 hotels. Free night certificates will not get you into Hotel du Louvre, Paris.
Hyatt Standard Category 5 award stay of 4-nights = 80,000 points.
80,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points buy a room rate = $2,865 USD.
That is $35.81 per 1,000 points Hyatt Gold Passport points redemption value.
Earning 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for this redemption could be viewed as about $1,800 in bonus points value from the 2014 Hyatt promotion.
Hyatt Gold Passport Points + Cash
Hyatt Points + Cash awards become an award option on January 7, 2014.
A category 5 Points + Cash award for 4 nights for Hotel du Louvre, assuming it were available for June 17-21, 2014 would cost 40,000 points + $500 USD.
In this example 40,000 points saves nearly $2,365 on a 4-night Points + Cash award stay at Hotel du Louvre Paris. Points + Cash award nights count for elite status. The award value of these points is slightly more than $59 per 1,000 points. There is additional value is conserving 40,000 points compared to a standard award at 80,000 points.
The whole Points + Cash value ultimately depends on availability of these awards. There may be no option except pay the rate or redeem for a Standard Award at the Hotel du Louvre, Paris next June.
In any case, earning points is the better option for this promotion if you desire category 5, 6 or 7 hotels redemptions with points.
Also, the expiration of the free night certificates July 31, 2014 is an important consideration when choosing between free nights and bonus points for your Hyatt stays January 15 to April 30, 2014.
Complete Terms and Conditions
Hyatt Gold Passport Promotion (“Promotion”) Terms and Conditions
ELIGIBILITY/HOW TO REGISTER: To participate in this Promotion, you must be a Hyatt Gold Passport member and register for this Promotion. New and current member online registration begins January 9, 2014 by registering at goldpassport.com/possibilities and ends March 31, 2014.
SELECTION OF OFFER: To participate, you must register for one (1) of the offers described below: (a) Free Night Offer or (b) Bonus Point Offer (collectively “Offers”). You may not register for both Offers. You will not be permitted to change your Offer selection after you have made your selection.
PROMOTION PERIOD: Promotion begins January 15, 2014 and ends April 30, 2014 (“Promotion Period”).
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: To participate in either Offer of this Promotion and receive these Free Night Awards or Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points, you must be a Hyatt Gold Passport member, register for the Promotion, select which Offer you would like, provide your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number at reservation/check-in, be a registered guest physically occupying the room to which you are registered, and pay an Eligible Rate (as defined in the Hyatt Gold Passport program terms and conditions).
ELIGIBLE NIGHTS: For the purpose of these Offers, an “Eligible Night” shall be defined as one (1) night at any participating Hyatt hotel or resort during the Promotion Period when choosing points or miles and paying an Eligible Rate (as defined in the Hyatt Gold Passport program Terms and Conditions). Eligible Nights at participating MGM Resorts International property are limited to those nights during the Promotion Period for which (i) the payment is made directly to a participating M life resorts, (ii) the stay is booked through hyatt.com, or (iii) the stay is booked through a Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Center. Award nights shall not constitute an Eligible Night. Hyatt Gold Passport members will only receive eligible night credit for their room, regardless of the number of paid rooms.
FREE NIGHT OFFER during the Promotion Period, earn one (1) Free Night Award for use by July 31, 2014 in a Category one (1) through four (4) property after your 5th Eligible Night, 10th Eligible Night, 15th Eligible Night, and 20th Eligible Night at any participating Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™, or Hyatt Residence Club™ hotel and resort worldwide, or any participating M life resort. A maximum of four (4) Free Night Awards may be earned under this Promotion. For the purpose of this Promotion, “Free Night Award” shall be defined as one (1) night in any available standard room at any Hyatt hotel or resort designated as Category one (1) through four (4) under the Hyatt Gold Passport program. PLEASE NOTE that these Free Night Awards are not valid at properties in any other category and they expire July 31, 2014. They may not be transferred, used, or extended beyond the expiration date or exchanged for points. To find Category one (1) through four (4) properties, visit goldpassport.com. A property’s category is subject to change at any time prior to booking without prior notice.
BONUS POINT OFFER: During the Promotion Period, earn 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 5th Eligible Night, an additional 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 10th Eligible Night, an additional 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 15th Eligible Night, and an additional 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 20th Eligible Night at any participating Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™, or Hyatt Residence Club™ hotel and resort worldwide, or any participating M life resort. A maximum of 50,000 bonus points may be earned under this Promotion..
POSTING OF FREE NIGHT AWARDS AND BONUS POINTS: Please allow two to three (2-3) weeks after your 5th Eligible Night (and every five Eligible Nights thereafter) for your Free Night Award or bonus points to be posted to your Hyatt Gold Passport account (allow 4-6 weeks for free nights and bonus points from nights outside the U.S.).
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Hyatt Gold Passport reserves the right to alter or withdraw this Promotion at any time without notice. This Promotion is subject to the complete Terms and Conditions of the Hyatt Gold Passport program. Membership in Hyatt Gold Passport is free. For complete program Terms and Conditions, and to join, visit goldpassport.com. Void where prohibited.
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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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