Put this in the “absolutely ridiculous deal” category.
Hyatt is offering 3,000 bonus American Airlines miles for each Hyatt stay (in addition to the normal 500 miles per stay) between May 3 and July 5. The bonus can be earned a maximum of five times, and if you max out the promo you get 10,000 bonus American Airlines miles. This coincides nicely with Hyatt’s “Big Welcome Back,” whereby you can earn a free night after every two stays, which makes this a super-awesome deal.
Registration opens on May 3 by calling 1-800-228-3360 and requesting promotion code AA25K.
Hyatt really is ridiculously generous. I’ve already requalified for Diamond this year and I just status matched a couple of months ago. As far as my strategy goes for this, I typically go with airline miles when the hotel doesn’t have any Gx bonuses or other promotions. Through early next year you can earn 2,500 United miles per stay (if you’re elite with United), so I’ve been going with that. You can bet for my next five stays I’ll be earning American Airlines miles. But there are still some stays where it makes sense to earn points, like when you booked an Andaz hotel under the ANDAZ5 promo (offering 5,000 bonus points per stay), when there’s a Gx bonus (up to 2,000 points), or when the club lounge is closed at a property and they offer 2,500 points as compensation (though I’m thinking they may offer that either way). And of course you still earn your Diamond points bonus regardless of whether you request miles or points (assuming you take the points over the food and beverage amenity).
(Tip of the hat to Gary)