Hyatt stays earn 4x/5x miles May 1-Aug 31

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. 

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.

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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 in 2008.

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  1. The Marriott offer may be buried here under the Hyatt offer, but IMHO it is a superior value of the 3 chains to announce summer promos yesterday (the third being SPG). Also, I was simultaneously offered a shot at 10,000 points for 3 stays at Courtyard in an overlapping period which presents the opportunity for 3 free cat 1-4 nights plus 10,000 bonus points at Marriott this Summer. I am SPG Plat and only Marriott Gold but trying to be balanced, the Marriott Rewards offers should get their own post and assessment as soon as you can find the time.

  2. @Mike – I will write up the Marriott offer today or tomorrow. Loads of other work backed up at the moment.

    Marriott Rewards members can see the free nights offer by logging into your Marriott Rewards account and checking Promotion Central for Summer bonus.

    Make sure your Marriott Rewards account is set to earn points or you will get a promotion error message if you have it set for miles.

  3. I historically collect GP points. I cannot find a way to change the earning style back to miles. I understand this is required to take advantage of this option. Tried calling them but hang up after long wait. Any hint how to do this online?

  4. @Hamurabi2001 – You request miles at hotel check-in and if points post anyway, then contact customer service to get points changed to miles.

    I don’t think Hyatt Gold Passport offers an automatic setting to earn miles, unlike SPG, Marriott and Hilton.

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