As I just blogged about, it looks like we know what Hyatt’s “Big Welcome Back” promotion will look like. The most exciting part is one free night for every two stays. And while they offer that almost every year through their fourth quarter promotion, the redemption period doesn’t work nearly as well for me then as it does now. Here you can use your free nights during peak summer periods.
So let’s do the basic math. My plan is to stay at a local Hyatt hotel which is under $100 per night all-in. Using Costco gift cards I bring the total cost down to $80 per stay. That means every two stays cost me $160. As luck would have it, my local Hyatt has a “G3” bonus, which nets me an additional 1,500 points per stay. And as a Hyatt Diamond I get 1,000 points per stay as my welcome amenity. And then I earn around 500 points per stay as my base points.
Add it all up and I’m looking at one free night at any Hyatt hotel in the world and 6,000 points for every $160 in stays. One free night at a top Hyatt hotel costs 18,000 points, so that’s a third of a way to yet another free night. If we want to make the math really easy, $480 in stays (six stays) nets me four free nights at any Hyatt. That’s $120 per night!
You can expect that my summer travel plans now include the Park Hyatt Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires.