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Hyatt “Bonus Journeys” Worldwide Promo Is Underway – Details, Analysis, and Should You Mattress Run a “First Stay”?

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Summary of the Promotion

As of yesterday (September 15), Hyatt’s Fall 2019 worldwide promotion is underway. Hyatt calls the promotion “Bonus Journeys” and you’ll earn triple points at Hyatt Place hotels; double points at all other Hyatt hotels (including SLH properties when booked through Hyatt and all MGM/MLife hotels), beginning with your second eligible stay during the promo period. The promotion runs from now through December 15, 2019.

Relevant Link

You can register for Hyatt’s “Bonus Journeys” promotion and see full terms & conditions and FAQs at the landing page for the promotion here:

Details of the “Bonus Journeys” Promotion

Here are key details of Hyatt’s Fall 2019 “Bonus Journeys” promo:

  • You must register by October 31, 2019
    • We believe that you would need to register before you check out of your first stay in order for it to count toward the promotion, although we don’t see this requirement in the terms & conditions – in any event, it’s definitely “best practice” to register before your first stay; go ahead and do it now!
  • Bonus points:
    • Hyatt Place hotels – Beginning on your second eligible stay, earn Triple Points on eligible spend at Hyatt Place hotels during the promo period
    • Non-Hyatt Place hotels – Beginning on your second eligible stay, earn Double Points on eligible spend during the promo period
  • Your first eligible stay can be at any participating Hyatt hotel – it doesn’t matter whether the first stay is at a Hyatt Place or some other brand
  • Double and Triple points are earned on World of Hyatt base points only
    • Base points are 5x per qualifying dollar of spend
      • Elite bonuses and other bonus points are excluded from doubling and tripling
    • Thus, double points will earn you an extra 5x/dollar, and triple points will earn you an extra 10x/dollar
  • There is a cap on the number of points that can be earned through this promotion
    • Maximum 100,000 bonus points from stays at Hyatt Place hotels
    • Maximum 100,000 bonus points from stays at non-Hyatt Place hotels
    • Maximum 200,000 total bonus points
  • Award stays “count” for this promotion
    • Thus, your “first stay” that makes you eligible for bonus points on subsequent stays can be an award stay
  • You can only earn bonus points on one room at a time (“only the room occupied by the Member will count toward this promotion”)
  • MGM/MLife stays qualify for this promotion
  • SLH stays booked through Hyatt qualify for this promotion
  • The FAQs say that amounts paid with a Hyatt gift card do not qualify for this promotion (see FAQ #9) – we’re not sure whether this will actually be true in practice
  • If you have a stay that began before September 15 but your check-out is/was on or after September 15, this stay does qualify as the “first stay” of the promotion
  • The terms & conditions are not clear on what happens if you have a stay that begins on or before December 15 but ends after December 15
  • The terms & conditions say, “Promotion not valid with other offers, promotions or discounts”
    • Our expectation based on past experience, however, suggests that a worldwide promo bonus will stack with other applicable points promotions, such as the bonus points offer for booking through the Hyatt app (through 9/30/19) and the bonus points offer for staying at new Hyatt hotels – see our recent article, Catching Up on 6 Current Hyatt Promotions (August 14, 2019) for more information on some current Hyatt points promotions.

Our Analysis of the “Bonus Journeys” Promotion

We like this promotion a lot, except for the fact that bonus points begin only with your second stay during the promotional period.

We give Hyatt points a baseline value of 1.5 cents per point. Thus, when this promotion applies, you’ll be earning:

  • At Hyatt Place hotels:
    • 5x base points per dollar
    • 10x bonus points per dollar
    • Total of 15x points per dollar (points rebate of about 22.5%)
      • Plus any other points you earn from your credit card, elite status and/or other applicable promotions
  • At non-Hyatt Place hotels:
    • 5x base points per dollar
    • 5x bonus points per dollar
    • Total of 10x points per dollar (points rebate of about 15%)
      • Plus any other points you earn from your credit card, elite status and/or other applicable promotions

Taking this analysis a step further, let’s look at a couple of specific examples for points earning – we’ll assume that the member is a Hyatt Explorist elite paying with a World of Hyatt credit card (which just happens to be our personal situation!):

  • At Hyatt Place hotels:
    • 5x base points per dollar
    • 10x bonus points per dollar
    • 1x bonus points Explorist elite 20% bonus
    • 4x points per dollar for paying with the World of Hyatt card
    • Total of 20x points per dollar (points rebate of about 30%)
  • At non-Hyatt Place hotels:
    • 5x base points per dollar
    • 5x bonus points per dollar
    • 1x bonus points Explorist elite 20% bonus
    • 4x points per dollar for paying with the World of Hyatt card
    • Total of 15x points per dollar (points rebate of about 22.5%)

Those are fantastic points rebates, especially at Hyatt Place hotels! And remember, we believe you’d be able to push your earnings up even higher by stacking other available promotions such as earning 500 extra bonus points by booking through the Hyatt app (through 9/30/19).

Does It Make Sense to “Mattress Run” a “First Stay” Under This Promotion?

In our personal case, the answer is a solid “yes.” We have a relatively expensive Hyatt stay coming up next week where the base rate will be around $1,300. The stay is not at a Hyatt Place, so we’d be earning double bonus points – a total of about 6,500 bonus points (worth about $97.50). We can also use the elite night credit that we’d get from a single-night “mattress run” stay, as we inch ever closer to qualifying for Globalist status this year. We have a Category 1 Hyatt nearby, so we can “mattress run” for a net 4,500 points – 5,000 points for the room, less the 500-point bonus we’d get for booking the room through the Hyatt app.

So, in our case, the equation is simple – spend 4,500 points to generate 6,500 points plus an elite night credit that’s useful for us (in a recent article, we went through a back-of-the-envelope calculation to conclude that an elite night credit is worth about $40 to us). It’s a no-brainer for us to do the “mattress run” night.

If you have a big upcoming Hyatt stay – or a moderate Hyatt Place stay – be sure to run your own numbers to see if a “first-stay mattress run” makes sense for you. If you have a Category 1 Hyatt that’s accessible to you, then you can book a stay during September for net 4,500 Hyatt points. If you stand to gain more than that, through the bonus Hyatt points alone (5x times your base room rate, or 10x for a Hyatt Place stay) or from a combination of the Hyatt points plus the value of one elite night credit to you, then it may be worth it to you.

The equation is a little tougher if the “first-stay mattress run” requires you to pay cash out of pocket. In that case, you’ll want to make sure that the bonus points you’ll earn substantially outweigh what you’ll spend out of pocket, enough to justify floating the cash and “owning” points instead of the cash you spent.

What are your thoughts on the new Hyatt “Bonus Journeys” promotion? Will you be making a first-stay mattress run? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!


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