I’m not trying to point any fingers here, because to a large extent I belong to the “mob,” but I do find this to be hilarious. Just a few days ago I posted that I was anxiously awaiting Hyatt’s upcoming promotion. I even speculated that the newest promotion would be announced yesterday or today. That was totally baseless speculation on my part, and no doubt influenced more by what I wanted to happen than what I actually expected to happen. All Hyatt has ever publicly announced is that there will be a promotion in March.
Yet, collectively, we’ve been absolutely convinced (or convinced ourselves) that means there will be a promotion come March 1. Some even feel betrayed by Hyatt. Check out the comments in the FlyerTalk promotion speculation thread, which can be found here. A few of my favorites, all of which were posted the first possible the day the promotion could be announced:
- “Hyatt is really dropping the ball here.”
- “what is going on this is scandalous”
- “Wyndham Rewards is starting to look a lot better.”
- “NADA YET! I’m getting really annoyed!”
The mind is a powerful thing, isn’t it?
As far as my situation goes, I’m loyal to both Priority Club and Hyatt. I can deal with no immediate major promotion from Hyatt, though the bigger issue is that the Gx bonuses (offering up to 2,000 bonus points per stay) expired yesterday, February 28, without many being renewed. Historically Gx bonuses have been plentiful, so this means stays for the time being aren’t very rewarding points wise. Hyatt still has great elite benefits, so I’m not complaining.
That being said, I do pay for my travel out of pocket, and I want my travel dollars to go as far as possible. As an example, right now I’m booked at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport for a night next week. It’s definitely the nicest airport hotel near SFO, though for a little less I could stay at the (new) Holiday Inn. The Hyatt is nicer, though Priority Club still has the “Crack the Case” promotion I need to finish qualifying for. I feel like I should cancel my stay at the Hyatt and stay at the Holiday Inn, so that I can focus all my stays on Hyatt once their promotion starts. So it’s not that I’m boycotting Hyatt by any means, but I do plan my stays strategically. The week after I’m booked at the Andaz Wall Street, though I might switch to the InterContinental if a promotion still hasn’t been announced (though I have a deal at the Andaz that’s pretty unbeatable, so probably not).
So I guess what I’m trying to say is… Hyatt, you’re making me lose sleep. Sorry that I’m genuinely excited about what you’re going to come up with next. 🙂