Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Promotion: Worth the Hype?

Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Earn More

Hyatt has been hyping up the latest Gold Passport promotion, releasing teasers and calling it “one of the most generous” promotions they’ve ever run. The registration page is now live and the offer I received is pretty much on par with the promotions Hyatt has run in the past: 1,000 – 2,500 bonus Gold Passport points per night, depending on the number of nights completed. The breakdown is as follows:

Stay Earn Total Points Earned
  5 Nights +   5,000 Points 5,000
10 Nights + 10,000 Points 15,000
15 Nights + 15,000 Points 30,000
20 Nights + 20,000 Points 50,000

This is nowhere near as generous as Club Carlson’s “Extend Your Stay, Earn 30k” promotion, which pays out 30,000 Gold points after three nights – enough for 1-3 nights at a Club Carlson hotel, depending on the category. Hyatt’s Stay More Earn More promotion on the other hand, gives you a free night at a Category 1 hotel after five nights.  

The promotion is valid on stays between January 15 – April 30, 2015. Based on the terms, it doesn’t seem like Points + Cash awards qualify for the bonus. The obvious solution here is to charge hotel stays to your Arrival Plus card and use Arrival Miles to off-set the cost. However, I wouldn’t recommend mattress running just for the 1,000 – 2,500 bonus points alone.

Combining Stay More Earn More with the Hyatt Diamond Challenge

For those planning on taking advantage of the new Hyatt Diamond Challenge, this promotion can make it more lucrative. You’ll need to figure out whether completing the Diamond Challenge purely on paid stays (as opposed to the cheaper Points + Cash alternative) makes sense for you. As I’ve previously explained, the new Hyatt Diamond Challenge is pretty much the same as the old one, except elite benefits don’t kick in until after the challenge has been completed. Participants will continue to earn 1,000 bonus points for the first six nights along with Diamond status after 12 stays. Combined with the Stay More Earn More bonus (assuming it’s the same offer I’ve outlined above), you’ll be earning a bonus of 2,000 points per night on the first 5 nights.

Hyatt’s Stay More Earn More promotion isn’t terrible, but it also doesn’t live up to the hype. Dubbing it “the most generous” promotion Hyatt’s ever run is definitely an exaggeration, considering their 2010 Welcome Back promotion paid out 5,000 points or a free night after every two stays. 

What are your thoughts on Hyatt’s Stay More Earn More promotion? Will this affect your travel plans and hotel bookings this quarter? 

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  1. I read somewhere people getting second attempt at DM challenge approved, but dont know howlong to wait before requesting the second time ? do you have any incite, thanks

  2. Where is this new Hyatt Diamond Challenge for 2015? Hyatt reps say there is no such thing (via telephone and email)

  3. It seems my cash plus points stays so far have counted, according to an email I received from Hyatt that said I was almost there and gave a total number of nights which included cash plus points nights.

  4. I have an update. I actually completed the 10th stay on Sunday, and I’ve already received the 20k bonus. I had 2 or 3 points + cash bootkings in the 10, too.

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