World of Hyatt has added a variety of different free night certificate promotions for meeting certain thresholds such as reaching a minimum number of nights and staying at a certain number of Hyatt brands.
I have already reached the second threshold for current Globalist members this year and will likely attempt to complete the third one (1 Night Cat 1-6 for 60 qualifying nights) and the awards post quite fast to the account.
While Hyatt Gold Passport [now: World of Hyatt – I still hate this name] has been decimated in terms of lucrative bonus offers, overall stay promotions (when was the last time again Hyatt had a decent stay promotion???) I figured these threshold awards could put some value back into the program if you consider the certificates on face value.
You can find the detailed explanation of this promotion on the World of Hyatt website (see here).
In essence you can earn two free nights under the brands promotion (one certificate for each 5 brands) as well as two more for reaching minimum 30/60 paid, qualifying nights at Hyatt properties. Upon reaching the 60 nights milestone the award is good for Category 1-7 while all the other awards max out at Cat 4.
Here is how it shows up on your Hyatt online account:
The first 5 brands were relatively easy and I completed the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place and just 2 days ago Hyatt House. The next 5 might be tougher. There aren’t many of these other brands around depending on where in the world you are and travel to.
‘Hyatt’ (such as the Hyatt Capital Gate) is far and in between and I consider it a weird brand overall because it’s everything but nothing, you simply don’t know what to expect. Andaz became pretty international now and there is a Hyatt Centric opening soon in Tokyo (Ginza) as well. The others are resort style properties only available in North America and the Caribbean. Unlikely I’ll ever end up in one of those except by coincidence so I will shelve targeting the second 5 Brand certificate for now.
I was surprised how fast it posted which obviously also (mainly) has something to do with how far the stay at the Hyatt House Los Angeles/El Segundo posted where I stayed Friday.
How does this come into play when I evaluate the value of World of Hyatt? Hyatt eliminated the 1,000 points welcome amenity (together with ANY welcome amenity whatsoever), before that they culled the G-bonuses and now the program is missing a proper stay promotion for over a year. If I count the value of the certificates I got in 2017 they represent 60,000 points. Measured by 60 nights thats equal to the previous 1,000 points per stay (if you only have one night stays that is), plus another 30k for the complimentary Cat 7 certificate Globalist members got this year. It helps to mitigate some of the blows given to the Hyatt program but not sure if that’s good enough in the long run.
These certificates do present decent value when use strategically, meaning when rates are high and no cash & points awards are available. Apart from Cat 7 redemptions I found that Cash&Points is pretty much the only sensible use of Hyatt points these days as you require such a high amount of qualifying nights for your status and full points paid award stays do not count towards anything. Better to keep your points in the account and use certificates on dates where standard rooms are available for redemption but not C&P. I had such a case in Tokyo last month where I used one at the Hyatt Regency (rate for a standard room that day was an insane 53,000 JPY) and plan to use the new award in a similar situation.
In any case you should try going for the easier promotional thresholds and get those free nights, it requires just a little bit of extra planning to look around and see if you can reach the next level without much effort.