Reader Question: Is It Right Time For Mattress Run?


Readers and friends have approached us with questions if it would be the right time to do a mattress run to qualify for a hotel status or to reach a higher tier than you have.

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Here are some opportunities right now:

Hilton Honors rolls over all nights consumed in 2020 to 2021. They then count towards your status in 2022.

Hilton Honors Rolls All 2020 Nights To 2021

Marriott Bonvoy has given members bonus nights that have made qualifying for a higher status relatively easy:

Marriott Bonvoy Extra Elite Night Credit + Ambassador Platinum Gift For 2020

World of Hyatt is also crediting all nights earned in the 4th quarter to towards 2020 and 2021:

World Of Hyatt Bonus Journeys October 1 – January 4, 2021

Accor ALL is crediting nights and spend from the second half to 2021 (count towards 2021 and 2022 status):

Accor ALL Nights & Points Earned July 1 – December 31, 2020, Count Towards Both 2020 & 2021

What is a mattress run?

Mattress run is usually defined as checking into a hotel for a stay that you don’t need. You may check-in, pay, and leave.

If the stay is for several nights and the housekeeping sees that you are gone, the front desk likely checks you out.

Here’s what I did last year:

I didn’t like the changes Hyatt made to its Gold Passport program a few years ago, and I decided to drop them. I still had some club certs sitting in my account and decided that I could move some of my stays back to Hyatt, and I would eventually reach a lifetime status with them.

To get to the Diamond (err Globalist) status faster, I decided to book an extended stay at one property where I had stayed previously. I told the front desk that I would settle the entire stay before I leave (I would stay for a few nights), and they could then check me out when the stay was up.

Why I wouldn’t do “mattress” run now:

The demand for hotel nights will be suppressed for the next several years, and I don’t assume hotel loyalty programs to run their best offers UNTIL Covid-19 is mostly behind us (likely starting in the second half of 2021).

There will be many opportunities to reach a status with airline or hotel loyalty programs when they are fighting for a share of our wallets.


Many websites that promote mattress run activity likely suggesting that you should pair it with few credits cards too, and you may wonder why ($$$)? They probably don’t have YOUR best interests in mind, however, but rather how much money they can get from you in the form of card referrals.

If you are few nights short or know that your travel is picking up in the future (can keep the status), having a mattress run (why don’t make it a staycation?) or two can make sense.

Remember that you don’t want to become a slave of loyalty programs, whether an airline or hotel, but instead, use them to your benefit.

They can be addictive and gameable, but it doesn’t make sense to throw money away that could be better used elsewhere.