On one hand I feel like a complete idiot for thanking a for-profit company. On the other hand, I think they deserve it! I’m typing this from my local Hyatt property during what is probably my last stay with them for a while. Why? Because their incredible “Big Welcome Back” promotion is finally coming to an end (at least the earning period).
For me this has been the single most lucrative hotel promotion ever, and a real example of how hotel loyalty programs can make more sense than Priceline even for the leisure traveler. In the end I earned 17 free nights, a little over 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points, and well over 50,000 United miles.
I’ve already made some great redemptions using my free nights, like a weekend at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach and a stay at the Park Hyatt Seoul, but I have a few more free nights I’ll be looking to maximize in the next couple of months. Maybe Sydney or Zurich?
And yes, I’ve come to know my local Hyatt pretty well…