World of Hyatt announced that it’s reducing elite requirements for 2021, and also revealed that it’s extending the current “Bonus Journeys” promotion, which initially launched back in October. I wanted to provide an update on all current promotions, to reflect the extension.
Hyatt’s “Bonus Journeys” promotion
World of Hyatt’s current global promotion is called Bonus Journeys, just like the promotion that ended on September 15. However, it’s not quite the same — Hyatt describes the current promotion as the richest ever, and I’d tend to agree.
Earn triple World of Hyatt points on all stays
The most basic part of Hyatt’s Bonus Journeys promotion is that you can earn triple World of Hyatt points on all stays worldwide, starting with your first stay:
- Registration is open between October 1, 2020, and January 15, 2021
- The promotion is valid for stays between October 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021
- Members can earn a total of 150,000 bonus points from the promotion, while those with a Hyatt Card can earn up to 225,000 bonus points (accounting for the quadruple points promotion, discussed below)
- The promotion is valid for stays at all Hyatt properties, participating MGM Resorts, Small Luxury Hotels of the World locations, and Lindblad Expedition experiences
There are some further terms to be aware of:
- Previously booked stays qualify, so it’s fine if you booked before the promotion period started, as long as you register prior to check-out of your first stay
- The number of points tripled is determined from base points, and members earn five base points per dollar spent
- Bonus points will appear in your World of Hyatt account within two to three weeks (though usually much faster than that)
Earn triple points for stays at the Park Hyatt Paris
Earn quadruple World of Hyatt points at certain properties
Those with the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) can earn quadruple points at participating Hyatt resort locations during the Bonus Journeys promotion period. This includes 375 resorts around the world, including nearly 200 Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties.
Earn quadruple World of Hyatt points at 375 properties
Earn World of Hyatt elite nights towards 2021 status
There’s more to this promotion. Every elite night earned during the Bonus Journeys promotion will also earn you one extra elite night towards status in 2021:
- Award stays do qualify for this promotion
- Bonus elite nights earned through this promotion do qualify towards Milestone Rewards.
- Elite nights earned through credit card spending don’t qualify towards this promotion
To give some examples of how earning elite nights would work:
- If you stay 10 elite nights between October 1 and December 31, you’d earn 10 elite nights towards 2020 status, and 10 elite nights towards 2021 status
- If you stay 10 elite nights between January 1 and February 28, you’d earn 20 elite nights towards 2021 status
Earn extra elite nights towards 2021 status
How lucrative is World of Hyatt’s promotion?
World of Hyatt members ordinarily earn five base points per dollar spent at all brands. On top of that:
- Earning triple points would equate to an extra 10 points per dollar, while earning quadruple points would equate to an extra 15 points per dollar
- Elite members receive further bonuses — Discoverists earn an extra 0.5 points per dollar, Explorists earn an extra 1.0 points per dollar, and Globalists earn an extra 1.5 points per dollar
- If you pay with the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) you earn an extra four World of Hyatt points per dollar spent
In other words, during this promotion a Globalist member paying with Hyatt’s credit card would be earning 20.5-25.5 World of Hyatt points per dollar spent.
For what it’s worth, I value World of Hyatt points at ~1.5 cents each. That means 20.5 points would equate to a 30.75% return, while 25.5 points would equate to a 38.25% return.
Globalist members can earn up to 25.5 points per dollar spent
Hyatt’s 15-25% award night discount
Stays with Hyatt will be lucrative this fall and winter, regardless of whether you’re paying with cash or points. Back in July Hyatt introduced a promotion for 15-25% off award redemptions:
- Those with The World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) can save an additional 10%, for a total of 25% in savings
- This promotion has now been extended for stays through February 28, 2021
- Registration is required by January 15, 2021 (if you’ve already registered, there’s no need to do so again)
It’s incredible to see this promotion extended as well, as it represents such a good value.
Score 15-25% off award redemptions
Hyatt’s free parking promo
Back in July Hyatt introduced a promotion for free parking:
- World of Hyatt is offering free parking for all members on award stays
- World of Hyatt is offering Globalist members free parking on paid stays
- This promotion is now valid for stays through February 28, 2021
There’s no registration required to take advantage of this.
Hyatt has extended its free parking promotion
Hyatt’s triple points on dining promo
Back in July Hyatt introduced a promotion offering triple points on dining when not staying at Hyatts:
- This is valid when you’re dining at a Hyatt outlet, not in conjunction with a stay
- Only certain Hyatt dining outlets are participating in this promotion
- This promotion is now valid for dining through February 28, 2021
There’s no registration required for this promotion.
You can continue to earn triple points on dining at Hyatts
Combine these with other Hyatt promotions
As if the above promotions aren’t enough, keep in mind there are some other opportunities to earn rewards for Hyatt stays, including:
- On an ongoing basis you can earn 500 bonus points when you stay at a new Hyatt hotel
- On an ongoing basis you can earn a free Category 1-4 free night when you stay at five new Hyatt brands
- American AAdvantage and World of Hyatt have a partnership, allowing you to earn bonus American miles for Hyatt stays
- You can maximize value with Hyatt stays by booking through the Hyatt Privé program (and there are even many third night free offers right now)
- World of Hyatt is offering an award sale for Miraval stays
There are rewards for staying at new brands, like Alila
Other ways to earn World of Hyatt points
If you’re looking to earn more World of Hyatt points, the good news is that Hyatt points are pretty easy to come by.
There are lots of great ways to earn World of Hyatt points
World of Hyatt has extended the incredible promotions that it’s currently offering, including being able to earn up to quadruple points on stays, free parking, discounts on award redemptions, and more.
Often loyalty promotions are marginal, but these are the kinds of promotions that will move the needle for me, and cause me to choose Hyatt over competing brands. Extremely well done, Hyatt!
What do you make of Hyatt’s current promotions?