Kelley loved Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht. She specifically wanted me to mention how friendly the hotel staff were for our stay. They were so friendly when we were leaving that I considered asking the staffer to wheel Kelley’s luggage to the #197 airport express bus stop at Leidseplein while we talked. Seriously though, the staff at the hotel were exceptionally kind and welcoming to us.

Andaz Amsterdam Atrium

Andaz Amsterdam is a relatively new hotel for Amsterdam with its grand opening November 29, 2012. The former public library building on Prinsengracht is located in the historic canal district of Amsterdam in close proximity to Leidsestraat, one of the central shopping and entertainment districts of the city. The location is about as central as one can be in Amsterdam.

Andaz Ams entrance

The entrance to the Andaz is rather non-descript, except for the blue Andaz flag outside the hotel. One of the features of being in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the 17th century Amsterdam canal ring of the Prinsengracht is limited signage. Many of the buildings in the canal ring are 17th century houses. Hotel Pulitzer, a few blocks north on Prinsengracht is Starwood’s Luxury Collection Hotel designed from a series of historic houses. Andaz Amsterdam was redesigned from a more recently built public library that was open from 1977 to 2007.

The design elements of the public spaces and rooms are detailed on this page from Marcel Wanders, the hotel’s interior designer with high resolution photos. Check out the page for rationale on why each room features a fish head spoon.

Andaz FishSpoon

Andaz Amsterdam has 122 rooms. Our room 111 faced the Prinsengracht, almost directly over the hotel entrance.

Andaz view

A canal view is one of the most desirable locations in an Amsterdam hotel. Word of warning though. Much of the business traffic for hotel deliveries and waste management occurs in the morning hours when trucks deliver and pick-up at the least congested time of day on the narrow canal roads. I am typically awakened around 6 to 7am by trucks and canal street noise when staying in canal ring hotels of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam XXX

One of the Andaz Amsterdam hotel room features is the bathroom sink and vanity mirror in the center of the room. The toilet has its own door. The walk-in shower is a treat for people across the canal if the window curtains are open.

Andaz Shower room

This photo was taken by the room window. The plate on the shelf is glued down. There were about two dozen books in the room. The reflection of the fish spoon is seen on the shower mirror and the shower stall door is open to the left. The open white door is the toilet room.

Andaz toilet-2

A closet beside the toilet was large enough to store all our luggage inside.

Andaz doorknobs

The space is probably large enough to be made into a child’s bed space.

Andaz Closet

The Andaz bathroom toilet offered plenty of hands-free reading material.

Andaz toilet

The vanity area in the center of the floor allowed both of us to use the mirrors at the same time when seated on opposite sides.

Andaz 111

Zenology bath products were in the shower.

Andaz Shower

Books in the room would have kept us occupied for days if the weather had been lousy during our winter stay. Blue skies for the week kept us wandering the canals most of the daylight hours taking in the sights and sounds and beauty of Amsterdam.

Andaz 111 desk

The mini-bar at Andaz is free for guests, except for alcohol beverages. The minibar in Room 111 is a sliding cabinet under the desk. A Nespresso coffee maker is also on the desk. Kelley was astounded at the loudness of the Nespresso and Keurig coffee machines in the hotels during our trip. She would love a simple quiet drip coffee maker in the morning making coffee while I work on my laptop. Kelley does not drink coffee.

Breakfast at Andaz was complimentary for us with my Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond status. I went to the restaurant early to drink coffee while Kelley slept. My one complaint about the restaurant is coffee drinks were made to order while most diners had a pot of tea on their table. I would have preferred a pot of coffee. That may have been possible, but I did not ask.

Andaz Dining room

The dining room at Andaz has an open space design concept with grills and chefs working around one counter and food on an adjacent counter. The breakfast price was 20 EUR for buffet and 30 EUR for buffet and cooked to order menu items. The food was excellent.

Andaz Reception

Andaz Amsterdam has five room floors and the ground floor with reception, restaurant, bar and library.

Andaz bar

We were in the Andaz bar on a Sunday afternoon and on a couple of weekday nights. The place was generally doing good business. There is a 5 to 7pm wine reception in the library. The wine was good. No camera with me at the time and I don’t recall the vintages.

Andaz library

This was one of those hotel stays where I did not wander around the hotel checking out all the nooks and spaces. There is a courtyard that I entered once, but did not take any photos.

This Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht hotel stay was where we splurged on our Amsterdam trip by burning 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night for the category 5 hotel before it increased to 25,000 points per night as a Hyatt category 6 reward on January 22, 2015.

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht hotel room rates typically start around 400 EUR per night.

Related Loyalty traveler posts:

Words and pictures of Andaz Amsterdam (Feb 20, 2015)

Get lost walking Amsterdam canals (Feb 25, 2015)

Hyatt Diamond members have new benefits beginning March 1, 2015. Free premium Wi-Fi began last weekend on February 14, 2015 for all Platinum and Diamond members. All guests at Hyatt Hotels receive complimentary internet, while elite members have premium speed where available. Premium internet is available in guest rooms, lobbies, public spaces and Hyatt operated restaurants at all Hyatt brand hotels worldwide.

Guest of Honor – Beginning March 1, Diamond member in-hotel benefits will be applied to friends and family staying on an award stay with points from a Diamond member’s account. This means I can gift my parents a free room with points and they will receive the complimentary breakfast, Club Lounge access and late check-out.

Guest of Honor is here! Treat those you love the most to an experience they won’t forget. Now when you redeem your points for a free night for your friends and family, they’ll receive the exclusive in-hotel perks of your Diamond membership. Your Guest of Honor will receive the royal treatment, including:

  • The best room available upon arrival, excluding suites
  • A special welcome amenity
  • Exclusive access to the Regency Club® or Grand Club® lounge
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • An upgrade to premium Wi-Fi where available
  • 4 p.m. late checkout

United Club Passes –Beginning March 1, Diamond members will receive two complimentary United Club one-time passes annually.  Diamond members will enjoy access to more than 45 United Club locations at airports served by United Airlines, with amenities that include complimentary bar service, light snacks, free Wi-Fi, conference room access and more.  This benefit extends Hyatt’s hospitality beyond its hotels and ensures Diamond members are comfortable and productive throughout their entire travel journey.

Hyatt Visa card member 20% rebate on points redemptions February 17 to July 31, 2015. This promotion is one I enjoy since I am redeeming points this week at 20,000 points per night. The rebate means I will get 4,000 points back per night.

Members must register for this offer by March 31, 2015.

Hyatt 20% Rebate

Hyatt Focus on High End Travelers

An interesting set of data points I found recently for Hyatt Hotels is an investor presentation PDF from November 2014.

Hyatt Hotels promotes itself to investors as 10 hotel brands in 573 hotels (as of Sep 2014) focused on high end travelers.

Luxury Market Segment brands comprise 21% of 573 hotels:

  • Park Hyatt 4% hotel portfolio with ADR $349.
  • Andaz 2%; ADR $294
  • Grand Hyatt 15%; ADR $241

Upper Upscale Market Segment brands comprise 53% of Hyatt globally:

  • Hyatt Regency 47%; ADR $176
  • Hyatt 6%; ADR $176

Upscale Market Segment brands are 24% of Hyatt Hotels globally:

  • Hyatt Place 19%; $113
  • Hyatt House 5%; $133

Other Market Segments

  • Hyatt Ziva and Zilara 1%; NA
  • Hyatt Residence Club 1%; NA

Geographic Distribution of Hyatt Hotels

Americas = 414 hotels (67% of rooms globally in USA; 5% in other Americas)

Europe/Africa/Middle East/Southwest Asia (India) = 68 hotels (7% hotel rooms globally in EMEA and 5% in Southwest Asia).

Asia Pacific = 65 hotels (16% hotel rooms globally).

For me, the weakness of Hyatt Gold Passport as a primary loyalty program is its small footprint in Europe.

My strategy has not changed much over the past decade for Hyatt and most other loyalty programs. Earn points on low rates in the USA and redeem points for high rates in major cities around the world. That is a winning strategy for my travels that keeps me loyal to Hyatt Hotels.

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Manchester Grand Hyatt – my Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member suite upgrade December 2014

My trip to Salt Lake City provided an opportunity to drop into a Hyatt House brand hotel. Hyatt House now has more than 60 properties in the USA. Hyatt House developed from rebranding Hyatt’s existing Summerfield Suites and the extended stay hotels purchased as Sierra Suites a few years ago. Hyatt House is the Hyatt chain’s extended stay hotel brand.

I wrote an article last year describing extended stay hotels across the major hotel chains.

Loyalty Traveler - Extended Stay brands for hotel apartment living (Jan 10, 2014)

Hyatt House Salt Lake City Downtown

Hyatt House Salt Lake City Downtown is one block south off the light rail TRAX line at Arena Station on West South Temple with $2.50 train service to the SLC airport at 140 South 300 West, Salt Lake City.

Hyatt House sign

The hotel opened in January 2015. I was intrigued by a concealed Marriott Courtyard sign below Hyatt House. I had checked-in to Courtyard SLC Downtown earlier in the day. The owner of the new build Hyatt House is also the owner of an adjacent hotel project under construction to be branded Marriott Courtyard SLC Downtown and the Courtyard where I stayed will become a Fairfield Inn.

I enjoyed my stay in a suite at the Courtyard SLC.

Loyalty Traveler - Courtyard Salt Lake City Downtown free stay during $400 rates at category 3 hotel (Jan 22, 2015)

Hyatt House exterior

The six story Hyatt House hotel has a lobby reminiscent of an Aloft hotel with less vibrant colors and a de-emphasis on the bar.

Hyatt House

Much of the seating is restaurant style seating for the lobby kitchen, which serves complimentary breakfast. There were still plenty of seats for relaxed social settings.

Hyatt House lobby

The hotel was sold out for the night with the winter Outdoor Retailers convention in the city. Amazingly nobody was hanging around the lobby at one o’clock in the afternoon.

Hyatt house breakfast

A separate room with a pool table off the lobby is a hotel feature to point out.

Hyatt House pool table

The lobby also had a couple of computer terminals for guests.

Hyatt House lobby computers

The patio was warm on a sunny January afternoon. In warmer seasons, the patio has an outdoor grill unit for guest use.

Hyatt House patio

Hyatt House Rooms

I saw a one bedroom kitchen suite at Hyatt House, but no photos of the sitting area since the room was still under construction. This is truly a new hotel.

Hyatt House Kitchen

Microwave, stove top, toaster, dishwasher and full size refrigerator out of view to right.

Hyatt House bedroom

The couch reminds me of Hyatt Place furniture. There is also Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway two blocks away, even closer to the TRAX airport train line.

Hyatt House bed

Glass shower in bathroom is typical efficient design of Hyatt bathrooms.

The hotel has an outdoor pool and indoor fitness center.

Hyatt House fitness

Hyatt House is a decent looking extended stay hotel option. Hyatt House In Salt Lake City Downtown is within easy walking distance to most downtown locations. Most of central downtown tourist sites and many pubs, theaters, the Utah Jazz arena and shopping are within a 20 minute walk.

Hyatt House ext-2

Hyatt House Salt Lake City Downtown is a category 2 Hyatt Gold Passport hotel at 8,000 points per night. Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Downtown/The Gateway is also category 2. These hotels do not offer SLC airport transportation. TRAX from SLC to Arena Station (Utah Jazz arena) is $2.50 and trains run every 20 minutes.

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The second morning of my stay, awake in bed and staring up into the cavernous ceiling sixteen feet or so above the floor in the bedroom, the realization hit me there were no sounds in the hotel room. No humming refrigerator or heating unit or door slams or voices in the hall or cars outside the window. Real quiet is seldom experienced when traveling around hotels.

This week was Sundance Film Festival 2015, one of the premier US events for independent film showings and movie deals. I booked my free nights reservation last week, relatively last minute, since rooms at Hyatt Escala Lodge were nonrefundable once reserved for hotel stays during Sundance Film Festival event.

I used my one free night certificate Hyatt Gold Passport Visa credit card members receive as an anniversary benefit. The category 4 Hyatt Escala Lodge Park City Utah was available at 15,000 points per night, even for the weekend of January 23-25 when rates were over $800 per night. There is a $25 daly resort fee for Hyatt Escala Lodge.

Hyatt Escala cover

Did Hyatt price themselves out of the market for Sundance?

Hyatt Escala Lodge is an 85 units/177 key condo hotel built in 2009. I checked rates in Park City this week to see other units in the Canyons Resort area were available for half the $500 per night rate at Hyatt Escala Lodge. Although, Waldorf-Astoria Park City also in Canyons hillside ski complex area had room rates several hundred dollars higher than Hyatt.

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Yesterday, Hyatt Gold Passport’s Stay More Play More promotion press release made the rounds in the industry.

The headline captured my attention.

New Personalized Promotion Provides Even More Value to Hyatt Gold Passport® Members

I clicked on the article to learn how Hyatt Gold Passport members get even more value through the new personalized promotion?

Hyatt’s award-winning loyalty program, Hyatt Gold Passport, launches the Stay More Play More global promotion. Now, every visit to a Hyatt hotel puts loyalty members even closer to an exciting vacation, whether it is the warm, sandy beaches of Aruba or the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo. Beginning today, Hyatt Gold Passport members can register to reveal a personalized offer for an opportunity to earn thousands of bonus points on eligible stays.

I do not see anything in the press release explaining how a new personalized promotion provides even more value to Hyatt Gold Passport members. The promotion provides more value for Hyatt stays, but is there actually any ‘more’ value in a personalized promotion?

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Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More registration page.

Loyalty Traveler – Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Jan 15 to April 30, 2015 registration (January 9, 2015).

What is a Hyatt Affiliated Hotel? Kind of like a Hyatt, but not quite Hyatt yet. You can earn points for a hotel stay, but reward stays with points are not yet available for booking.

The Concourse Hotel Los Angeles International Airport is a Hyatt Affiliated hotel.

Hyatt Concourse LAX

This hotel was the Radisson LAX for years and last summer changed branding by signing to Hyatt Hotels. The remodeling of the property into the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport is projected to still be another year in early 2016.

In the meantime, The Concourse at Los Angeles Airport is bookable on Hyatt websites. There is no points option yet for reward nights. The hotel is not categorized and trying a points award search returns this message:

The special offer/rate you have selected is unavailable during the dates you have selected, or it is not offered at this property. Below is a list of rates available during your requested dates.

The Concourse at Los Angeles Airport seems to have low rates next month relative to other major hotel chains for LAX on weeknights.

Hyatt Concourse AAA rates 2-15

Concourse Los Angeles Airport – Hyatt Affiliated Hotel

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

  • $117 AAA
  • $129 rack
  • $139 Parking Package

Compare this to other hotel rates around LAX for same date.

Westin LAX $197

Four Points LAX $99

Marriott LAX $219

Hyatt Place LAX/El Segundo $197

Hyatt House Los Angeles/El Segundo $216

The Concourse LAX is a bargain right now for Hyatt points earners.

Garden Event Space Redesign

The Concourse Hotel LAX is in the news this week with a press release update on a redesigned lawn event space to be completed by May 15, 2015. The hotel is located closest to Los Angeles Airport terminals, one block from Terminal 1. Hotel shuttle is scheduled for every 10 minutes.

The announcement for an events lawn capable of handling 750 guests indicates this hotel will be an active conference and events hotel for LAX.

The PR piece highlights the hotel’s environmental design. “The hotel is a local leader in sustainable business practices, with a platinum-level Green Seal certification and four-key California Green Lodging certification.”

Recent reviews on TripAdvisor are highly mixed. My reading indicates the hotel needs a remodel.

Have you stayed at The Concourse Hotel recently? Please warn us if we should wait to stay at the hotel. Hopefully, let us know this is a place to try for the cheap rates.

Expect far higher prices when this hotel becomes Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport.

Evaluating 2015 Q1 hotel promotions with $1000 spend is my take on a comparative analysis of the major promotions across several hotel chains.

People who travel frequently on company expense accounts might look at Hyatt’s offer and think 20 nights for 65,000 bonus points is brilliant. They may knock that out in the next three weeks of work travel.

I look at 15 nights to earn 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points by April 30 and think that is at least $1,500 in hotel spend and I get two free nights at a category 6 hotel (20,000 points per reward night) or three free nights at a category 4 hotel (15,000 points per reward night). Those can be valuable free nights in certain locations. But, 15 nights for 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $1,000 in hotel stays is a difficult achievement.

This post looks at the advantages of the different hotel promotions this quarter to evaluate what kinds of travel favor which kind of promotion.

Evaluating 2015 Q1 hotel promotions with $1000 spend

 

#1 Club Carlson 30,000 bonus points for 3-night stays Jan 12-March 29, 2015

My top pick for best promotion bonus: Club Carlson Extend Your Stay 30,000 bonus points for 3-night stay. Loyalty Traveler – Club Carlson Jan 12 to March 29, 2015 stays earn 15K for 2 nights, 30K for 3 nights (January 5, 2015).

Promotion Favors hotel stays of 2 or 3 nights. 3 nights is best earning rate.

Club Carlson is my top pick for big points with little spend for extended stays. Club Carlson has a simple global offer of 15,000 bonus points on 2-night stays and 30,000 bonus points on 3-night stays.

I favor Club Carlson due to being a Club Carlson Visa card member with the benefit of Gold elite and one free reward night for any reward stay of two or more nights.

Assuming an average $100 per night Carlson brand hotel room in Radisson, Park Inn or Country Inns & Suites means I can get three 3-night stays for 90,000 bonus points and earn 37 points/$1 in hotel spend. Assume $1,000 in hotel spend and that is 37,000 points + 90,000 bonus points after 9 hotel nights. 127,000 Club Carlson points can buy 8 two-night reward stays at category 2 hotels. My preference is to aim for 50,000 points hotels in major tourist destinations like Paris, London, Vienna and Sydney where 50,000 points buys a two-night reward stay at a hotel that normally averages $300 per night hotel rates. Club Carlson points buy more nights than most other hotel program points. I’ll be in Copenhagen in July and a two-night stay at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen will be a good use of points.

Radisson Copenhagen

Two nights at Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen is priced at $577 or 50,000 points. My $1,000 in Club Carlson spend can earn 127,000 points. Those points cover a 2-night stay in Copenhagen upon airport arrival and before departure for our international trip.

Club Carlson has a solid offer.

#2 Choice Privileges Triple Points December 29 to February 18, 2015

Promotion favors: any traveler who spends. This offer can be earned at $40 per night hotels or $400 per night hotels. Length of stay not a factor.

Loyalty Traveler – Choice Privileges Triple Points Dec 29-February 18, 2015 (Dec 29, 2014)

Admittedly, I will probably not put much effort into this offer, but I think it is a fantastic points earning offer you can earn for economy and midscale hotel stays in brands from Rodeway Inn to Clarion, Comfort Inn and Quality Inn.

Choice Privileges Triple Points means 30 points/$1 on hotel stays at six hotel brands, including Ascend Collection, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Cambria Suites and Sleep Inn.

Choice Hotels has four other extended stay and economy brands with MainStay, Suburban, Rodeway Inn and Econolodge. These four brands normally earn 50% points at 5 points/$1 and will earn 15 points/$1 during triple points promotion.

$1,000 in hotel spend can earn 30,000 points. This can be 2 nights at many hotels with a $600 total value. Choice Privileges is spend based so spending enough to earn 16,000 points is sufficient for wide choice of free night hotels. This can be earned with $534 in hotel spend making this offer one of the best earning promotions for low spenders.

You’ll want to go for the higher earning points brands. Finding a hotel under $60 per night in winter season in the USA is easy with these brands. There are 6,000 hotels to choose from, most in Comfort Inn and Quality Inn. Even Monterey, my home town tourist spot has low rates.

No Concern about length of stay with Choice Hotels triple points. This offer is based on hotel spend, so you earn 30 points/$1 for one-night stays or seven-night stays.

Value of Choice Privileges points – 20,000 points will buy a mid-priced hotel in the USA, whereas 20,000 points can be a $500 per night hotel in Europe and select places.

Hotel loyalty aficionados are turned off by the limited booking window with Choice Privileges points.  USA members can only redeem points within 30 days of stay, unless you have elite status for an earlier booking window.

The advantage of this regional system for USA members is we can book international hotels in Europe at 60 days before stay, while Europeans are limited by the same 30-day window for hotel points reward stays in their home region of Europe. Availability for reward stays in Europe is good for USA members who have one month head start on Europeans for choice hotels.

#3 IHG Rewards Club Set Your Sights January 1 – April 30, 2015

Loyalty Traveler – Loyalty Traveler – Our IHG Set Your Sights tasks for 50000 points Jan 1-Apr 30, 2015 

This is a targeted offer and your personal tasks will determine how this offer ranks to other hotel promotions. My wife’s tasks for 50,000 points can be completed with 3 nights, including two stays at a Holiday Inn and one of those stays being a 2-night weekend stay. My tasks for 50,000 points can be completed with 6 nights including two 2-night weekend stays and two 1-night stays at Crowne Plaza hotels. Some members received tasks that require many more nights. IHG Rewards Club tends to favor members who stay less frequently with easier to reach tasks.

This promotion favors low spenders who will benefit from a high earning promotion for 50,000 points for 3 to 6 nights.

I view IHG Set Your Sights as a 100,000 bonus points offer we can earn with 9 paid hotel nights. This fits in my $1,000 spend scenario. 50,000 points is the reward rate for the highest level IHG hotels. There is also the possibility of finding PointBreaks hotels at 5,000 points per night for great redemption value. Personally, I look at the 50,000 points as free high-end hotel nights for places like London and San Francisco.

Loyalty Traveler – IHG PointBreaks Nov 24 to Feb 28, 2015 by State and Country (Nov 21, 2014)

 

#4 Marriott Rewards MegaBonus February 1 to April 30, 2015 + West Coast 2K bonus per weekend night Jan 2 to March 28

Loyalty Traveler –  Marriott MegaBonus offers for Feb 1 to April 30, 2015 (Dec 19, 2014)

Loyalty Traveler -  Marriott Big Bonus Payout Western USA 2,000 points per night January 2 to March 28, 2015 (Jan 10, 2015)

Promotion favors: Weekend stays of one or two nights.

Marriott Rewards MegaBonus did not seem too lucrative to me and I received one of the better targeted offers at 3,000 bonus points per stay, for stays 2 to 9 during the promotion period.

Then, a second offer for 2,000 points per weekend night at West Coast hotels. Northern California is well represented and rates are far lower on weekends around the San Francisco Bay Area hotels. Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Utah also have hotels offering 2,000 bonus points per night for Friday, Saturday or Sunday night stays.

One night stays can earn 5,000 bonus points per stay for 8 of 9 hotel stays. That is 40,000 bonus points and another 10,000 in regular points. 50,000 points can be one night at the top of the line category 8 (40,000 per night) or category 9 (45,000 per night) Marriott. There are 60 of 85 Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 available for 30,000 to 50,000 points per night.

50,000 points can buy 3 to 5 nights at low category 2 and 3 hotels.

Marriott Rewards has 767 hotels at the category 2 reward level for 10,000 points per night.  There are 971 hotels at category 3 reward level for 15,000 points per night.

Marriott offers a good value promotion if you find hotels to combine MegaBonus with another hotel specific bonus. There are hundreds of hotels with Marriott Rewards bonus points offers.

 

#5 Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More January 15 to April 30, 2015

Another targeted offer with many members getting low earning offers and others getting high earning offers.

Promotion favors hotel guests who can stay 10 to 25 nights by April 30, 2015. This is an expensive promotion to fulfill based on the high number of nights needed for the best bonus offers.

  • 2,000 bonus points after next stay.
  • 5,000 bonus points after 2 stays
  • 10 nights for 20,000 points
  • 20 nights for 50,000 bonus points in intervals with 5 nights = 5,000; 10 nights = 15,000; 15 nights = 30,000 points.
  • 5 nights = 5,000 bonus points; 10 nights = 15,000; 15 Nights = 30,000 points; 20 Nights + 15,000 Points = 45,000 bonus points;
    25 Nights + 20,000 Points = 65,000.

10 nights earning 15,000 or 20,000 points is sufficient for one free night at a category 4 hotel for 15,000 points or category 5 hotel at 20,000 points. Many of these hotels will have $300 per night rates.

$1,000 in spend for ten nights earns one free upper tier or up to four nights at Hyatt Gold Passport category 1 hotels at 5,000 points per night. $1,000 in spend earns another 5,000 base points. You might find it difficult to get ten Hyatt nights for $1,000.

#6 SPG Double Play January 5 to April 15

Loyalty Traveler – SPG Double Play Jan 5 to April 15, 2015 is double weak (Dec 30, 2014)

  • 2-night stay earns 2 bonus points per dollar.
  • Earn 1,000 bonus points every 5 nights, up to 4,000 points maximum during promotion after 20 nights.

Promotion favors die-hard SPG loyalists who prefer the Starwood Hotels over lucrative hotel promotion bonuses. You need to have 2-night stays to really get any value. On single night stays, you can earn a maximum 4,000 points after 20 nights.

$1,000 in spend for two 5-night stays might earn 4,000 to 5,000 points with the double points offer and 2,000 bonus points for 10 nights if you are a base member or Gold/Platinum elite. 

The actual bonus points above what is normally earned by an SPG member is only 4,000 bonus points after 10 nights. This is a miserable earning bonus limited to SPG members who make 2-night or longer stays.

Personally, I’ll be looking for better hotel stay spend bonuses available with the other major hotel programs.

This is only 6,000 to 8,000 SPG points after $1,000 in spend and will buy one night at a mid-category hotel.

# 7 Hilton Double Up Double Points Nov 1 to January 31, 2015

Hilton will likely announce a new promotion for 2015 Q1 this week. The current offer of double points runs through January 31. Double points means 25 points/$1, and more for elite and credit card members. The catch is the double points does not start until second stay.

Loyalty Traveler – Register for Hilton HHonors Double Up Double Points Nov 1 to Jan 31, 2015 (October 31, 2014)

After first stay, which should be a one-night stay to kickstart the bonus, assume $900 in spend at double points whether multiple stays or an extended stay. This promotion can earn maybe 25,000 to 30,000 points after $1,000 in spend. That is one night at a mid-category hotel.

Hilton comes up low in my ranking, although it is a very flexible earning promotion good for single night stays or extended stay after you get the first qualifying stay finished to begin earning double points.

Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More, Play More Jan 15 to April 30, 2015 registration is now open. The offers are targeted and you need to login to see your specific offer.

My specific offer is up to 30,000 bonus points for 20 nights.

Points + Cash award stays count as eligible stays and Mlife properties in Las Vegas count this time.

Hyatt Stay More Play More

Here are other Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More offers I have seen mentioned on FlyerTalk. There appear to be five iterations of the promotion.

  • 2,000 bonus points after next stay.
  • 5,000 bonus points after 2 stays
  • 10 nights for 20,000 points
  • 20 nights for 50,000 bonus points (my offer shown in image above)
  • 5 nights = 5,000 bonus points; 10 nights = 15,000; 15 Nights = 30,000 points; 20 Nights + 15,000 Points = 45,000 bonus points;
    25 Nights + 20,000 Points = 65,000

All in all, I view this promotion as one geared primarily for Diamond members who maintain a pace of 50 to 60 nights per year.

Not as good an offer for those who qualify for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond on 25 stays comprised of mostly 1-night stays.

Basically, Hyatt Gold Passport has settled into their own kind of Marriott MegaBonus recurring promotion with these Stay More, Play More promotions. Good stuff for business travelers who prefer Hyatt and can readily meet the thresholds. Not as enticing for members who need to put out $2,000 to $3,000 to reach 20 nights in the next ten weeks.

Old timers: Remember the days when Hyatt stays at nearly every hotel offered 1,000 to 2,500 bonus points (so called G bonuses) in addition to the promotion offers of bonus points or free nights?

Diamond benefits of free breakfast and suite upgrades make Hyatt Gold Passport a good program for top elite members. Hyatt dropping the “My Elite Rate’ 20% discount in 2015 for Platinum and Diamond members is a real blow for the less frequent Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum member. Supposedly the elimination of My Elite Rate will allow expansion of Hyatt Points + Cash rates.

Hyatt Gold Passport seems like a program that has focused its promotions this past year to incentivize frequent guests to go all in for 25 stays or 50 nights to reach Diamond elite status.

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Stay More Play More Terms and Conditions (for my targeted offer of 20 nights for 50,000 bonus points).

You must receive this offer from Hyatt and register by April 30, 2015. All Eligible Nights under this offer must occur from January 15, 2015 through April 30, 2015 (“Offer Period”).

You will receive 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete five Eligible Nights, an additional 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete ten Eligible Nights, an additional 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete fifteen Eligible Nights, and an additional 20,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after you complete twenty Eligible Nights during the Offer Period.

A maximum 50,000 bonus points may be earned, regardless of the number of nights completed during the Offer Period.

Play More Stay More Frequently Asked Questions

Stay More Play More Frequently Asked Questions

What are the registration dates for the promotion?
January 12 through April 30, 2015.

What are the qualifying stay dates for the promotion?
January 15 through April 30, 2015.

How do I participate in the promotion?
You must be a Hyatt Gold Passport member. There are two ways to participate:
• Register directly from an email communication you might have received
• Enter your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number when visiting hyatt.com/StayMorePlayMore to find out what your exclusive offer is and register.

I am a new Hyatt Gold Passport member. Is there an offer I can participate in?
Yes, all members are eligible to participate in this promotion. When visiting hyatt.com/StayMorePlayMore, enter your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number to be served an offer to register for.

Are there specific offers for Hyatt Credit Cardmembers?
There are no offers specific to a Hyatt Credit Cardmember. Hyatt Credit Cardmembers can participate by entering their Hyatt Gold Passport membership number when visiting hyatt.com/StayMorePlayMore to be served an offer to register for.

What is considered an Eligible Rate?
For the purpose of this Promotion, an “Eligible Rate” shall be defined as any hotel published room rate, including, but not limited to, rates found on hyatt.com, the Hyatt Daily Rate, volume, AAA, senior citizen rates, and Points + Cash awards. “Ineligible Rates” are discounted rates, including, but not limited to, any free night stays, Internet wholesale rates (such as priceline.com, hotels.com, etc.), traditional wholesale rates (such as GOGO Worldwide Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, etc.), airline crew rates, airline employee rates, travel agency employee rates, Club at the Hyatt discount certificate stays, Hyatt employee or employee family discount rates, airline interrupted-trip vouchers or contracted rooms (a contracted room is a room that has been reserved pursuant to a written and executed agreement between a hotel and a corporation, government agency or individual for a negotiated room rate in exchange for an agreed upon number of rooms to be rented for an extended period of time). Hyatt may modify this at any time. See goldpassport.com for the current terms.

Are there any restrictions on the form of payment in order to participate in this promotion?
Most forms of payment are accepted as long as the guest is a registered guest and paying an eligible rate. If a guest room is charged back to a master account the room night will not be considered eligible and will not count toward the stay/night criteria associated with the offer the member is participating in.

What hotels are participating in this promotion?
This promotion is valid for all eligible stays/eligible nights at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. In addition, all M life Eligible Nights at participating M life resorts will be counted toward this promotion. An M life Eligible Night is any night of an M life Eligible Stay (i) where payment is made directly to a participating MGM Resorts International property, (ii) any stay booked through hyatt.com, or (iii) through a Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Center, excluding free night awards. See complete terms and conditions on goldpassport.com for a list of participating M life hotels.

Will I receive Hyatt Gold Passport base points for my stay in addition to the offer?
Yes, as a Hyatt Gold Passport member, you will still earn the standard five (5) points per eligible dollar spent. Platinum or Diamond members will still earn their tier bonus.

Does it matter if I choose points or miles for my stay in order to earn in the promotion?
No. You can choose to earn points or miles for your base earning.

If I pay for more than one room, will I receive bonus points for all rooms?
Bonus points will be earned for one room per member, per stay regardless of the number of paid rooms.

For the purpose of this offer, an “Eligible Night” is defined as any night where a member is paying an Eligible Rate, as defined in the terms and conditions of Hyatt Gold Passport. Hyatt Gold Passport members will only receive Eligible Night credit for their room, regardless of the number of rooms paid.

You must provide your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number at the time of check-in and choose points or miles for your stay. Hyatt Gold Passport will automatically track Eligible Nights when you provide your Hyatt Gold Passport membership number. Please allow two to three weeks after your stay for bonus points to be posted to your Hyatt Gold Passport account.

There are 21 Hyatt Hotels in India. Hyatt Gold Passport currently has a promotion offer for Hyatt Hotels India 2,500 bonus points per stay to March 31, 2015. Use Special Offer Code INDIA at time of reservation.

Boarding Area Blogger Ajay Awtaney covers India in his Live from a Lounge blog and has reviewed several of the 21 Hyatt Hotels in India. He states in his article that rates are not different for 2,500 bonus points INDIA special offer.

This was the case for Hyatt Amritsar when I checked rates, however, there was a lower rate for a date I checked at Hyatt Raipur.

Hyatt Raipur India rate

Hyatt Business Plan rate is the default rate for Hyatt Raipur when checking INDIA special offer rates for Friday January 23. The rate comes out to 5,871 INR after 10% luxury tax and 7.42% Service Fee. That is $93.79 USD.

When I checked rates without the INDIA special offer code, there was a lower seasonal rate available 3,600 INR for the same Hyatt King room.

Yet, Ajay was correct about the rates not being higher. The image above shows what I saw on my computer when I selected Hyatt Raipur through the INDIA webpage. Look at the dark arrow on the right next to the Hyatt Rate Types. Click the arrow and the Seasonal Rate pops up.

Hyatt Raipur seasonal rate

Hyatt Raipur Seasonal Rate is 3,600 INR without breakfast included. Complimentary breakfast is a benefit for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members. No need to pay a higher rate, unless you want to take advantage of dry cleaning benefit with Business Class rate.

Hyatt Raipur King room is 3,600 INR + luxury tax and service fee = 4,227 INR.

XE INR

When INDIA was not in the special offer code, the Seasonal Promotion rate stated 1,000 bonus points in the Rate Rules. This Seasonal Promotion rate states it is for bookings by January 24 for stays by January 31.

The rate rules text changed and no mention of 1,000 bonus points when checking the Seasonal Promotion rate using INDIA. Hyatt Gold Passport members should get 2,500 bonus points when booking Hyatt Hotels in India using the special rate code INDIA.

India looks like a good place for a Hyatt Diamond Challenge. You might want to book the breakfast rate until your status comes in.

Terms & Conditions

Offer valid for reservations booked by March 31, 2015 for stays actualised from December 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015 at all Hyatt hotels in India. All hotel reservations are subject to availability and must be made in advance. Offer may not be combined with other promotional offers. Consecutive reservations will count as one stay. Guest must request offer code INDIA at time of reservation and check-in to receive bonus points. Hyatt Gold Passport members must choose points for their stay and pay an Eligible Rate, as defined in the Hyatt Gold Passport terms and conditions. Only one 2,500 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus may be earned per member, per stay, regardless of the number of rooms booked. This promotion is subject to the terms and conditions of Hyatt Gold Passport. Please allow 4-6 weeks after travel is completed for Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points to be credited to your account. Promotional blackout periods may apply due to seasonal periods or special events, and normal arrival/departure restrictions apply. Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this program at any time without notice. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts® encompasses hotels managed, franchised or leased by subsidiaries and affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The trademarks Hyatt®, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt Gold Passport®, and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. © 2014 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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