Less than two weeks left for Hyatt’s Big Welcome Back…

It hadn’t occurred to me until a couple of days ago that the earning period for Hyatt’s Big Welcome Back promotion is coming to an end on June 30. Before this promotion I hadn’t stayed at a Hyatt in years, but since the promotion started on March 26, I’ve spent over 35 nights at Hyatt properties and have already requalified for Diamond status.

Through this promotion you earn one free night at any Hyatt property for every two stays made, so I’ve been spending a lot of time at my local Hyatts. And the rewards have been amazing. I’ve stayed at several Hyatts that would have cost over $300 per night, while I paid close to $100 per night instead. And all those stays came with the great Diamond benefits, like lounge access or free restaurant breakfast, and most of the time even suite upgrades. 

It just makes me sad to think this amazing promotion will be over soon, as I’ve been burning through my free nights so quickly since they’re easy to come by. I wish I would have remembered when the earning period ended so I could save up a bit for the rest of the summer, as redemptions can be made through August 31.

So while I certainly am not the most profitable Hyatt customer (probably quite the opposite), they do have a new, loyal customer for life. Here’s to hoping for a similar promotion in the fourth quarter at the latest.

Comments

  1. I know how you feel. I enjoyed 3 nights with my girl at the Park Hyatt Shanghai at the top of the Shanghai World Financial Center, one of the tallest buildings in the world. It was the most luxurious place I have stayed at to date but know there is much better than that. Our view from the 81st floor was phenomenal. Our full wall of windows allowed us to look out over the city with us being the highest thing to the horizon.

    I do have some nights still planned to take so I will continue to reap my rewards to the end of August.

    So, what’s the next promotion going to be? I need to book my Hyatt and Hilton nights for July and need to know my strategy! Do I keep hopping? I guess so since Hyatt is still giving me 2500 UA miles a stay!

  2. In the past few years, Hyatt has run some version of Faster Free Nights in the Fall where two stays earn one free night. I anticipate that they will run the same promo again this Fall. Hopefully they will have a April or May 2011 expiration on the free nights.

  3. I second DModemd’s sentiment. I just returned from 8 (free) nights at the Park Hyatt Paris and it was amazing. As a Diamond member, they provided room service breakfast (96 Euros for two) each morning. In Europe, tip and tax are included in the meal so it’s truly free. The retail value was over $10,000 and I spent less than $2,000 for the 16 MRs. There’ s a very good chance that Hyatt will offer a similar promotion in the fall. I’m also hoping that they will extend the redemption period for the Big Welcome Back until November 2010 (e.g. the original redemption period for the Next Big Thing was March but they extend it to June 2010 for Diamond members). A word of caution for those seeking 2500 United miles: the promotion was targeted for United elite members. I personally know people who have received only 500 miles even though the Hyatt site showed 2500 miles awarded. When they called Hyatt CS, they found out that United rejected the bonus miles for not being an elite member. Who knew they keep track of these things. The better offer is American Airlines (registration required) where they give you 3500 miles each stay + 10,000 miles after 5 stays (expires July 4 or 5). Combine this with the Costco GC and Costco rates (with $25 credit per day) and Hyatt is definitely the way to go. Check out the Loyalty Traveler blog for details.

  4. Well said Paul. I became United elite just for this promo by status match. And now I earn 2500 miles. I too feel that this current redemption period should be extended until November for Diamond members. I am already qualified for Hyatt Diamond for another year. Thanks to all the promos Hyatt.

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