Hyatt’s Upcoming Promotion Is Even Better Than I Thought

A week ago I shared the details of Hyatt’s upcoming promotion, entitled “Stay More Play More.” This promotion will be valid for stays between April 1 and June 30, 2016, and is the first major promotion which Hyatt Gold Passport is offering since last summer.

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Through this promotion you earn tiered bonus points for stays, as follows:

  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after 5 nights
  • Earn 15,000 bonus points after 10 nights
  • Earn 30,000 bonus points after 15 nights
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after 20 nights
  • Earn 75,000 bonus points after 25 nights

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That means if you max out the promotion you earn 75,000 bonus points after 25 nights, which is a bonus of 3,000 points per night. If you’re like me and value Hyatt points at ~1.5 cents each, that’s like a return of $45 per night, which is awesome.

When I first wrote about the promotion I was repeatedly asked whether stays at Las Vegas M Life properties qualify. Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM M Life have a partnership, allowing both reciprocal status and points earning. While I didn’t know for sure one way or another, I would have guessed that M Life properties won’t count towards the Hyatt promotion, given that they didn’t during the last promotion. However, that’s not the case.

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The Delano Las Vegas, an M Life property

Per Gold Passport Concierge on FlyerTalk, M Life stays will count towards Hyatt’s upcoming promotion:

I want to let everyone know that M life eligible nights at participating M life resorts will be counted toward this promotion. An M life Eligible Night is any night of an M life Eligible Stay (i) where payment is made directly to a participating MGM Resorts International property, (ii) any stay booked through hyatt.com, or (iii) through a Global Contact Center, excluding free night awards. See complete terms and conditions on goldpassport.com for a list of participating M life hotels.

This is something I’m personally excited about, given that I’m headed to Vegas in April, so will be staying at M Life properties to take advantage of this promotion (otherwise I would have tried the SLS Las Vegas, which is now a Starwood property).

But beyond that, Las Vegas is a great city for mattress running. Midweek rates at Excalibur and Luxor can be under $30, though on top of that there’s a resort fee of ~$30. That raises the cost to ~$60 per night, which is still very good. I wouldn’t actually stay at Excalibur, but for a simple check-in…

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Always remember that you can get discounted rates through M Life’s website, and those stays still count towards Hyatt status as well.

Bottom line

It’s great (and surprising) that Hyatt is counting M Life properties towards their first major promotion of 2016. I know this will make a lot of people who frequent Las Vegas quite happy.

In my case, I’ll be headed there soon for a mid-week stay, and am booking The Delano. It’s available for ~$126 through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts (the property recently joined), and that includes breakfast and a ~$100 food & beverage credit. Add in ~$45 worth of Hyatt points per night, and it’s an even better value.

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Do you plan on staying at an M Life property to take advantage of Hyatt’s promotion?

(Tip of the hat to @Roar_Singh)

Comments

  1. Stupid question, but weren’t Hyatt’s old promotions “per stay” and not “per night” as is in this current promotion? 25 nights is easier to do than 25 stays during the promotion period.

  2. I was told that stays need to be booked through Hyatt or MLife directly to count and Amex FHR stays absolutely do not count. I had 5 nights at Bellagio last year that didn’t count since I booked via FHR.

  3. From above “In my case, I’ll be headed there soon for a mid-week stay, and am booking The Delano. It’s available for ~$126 through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts (the property recently joined), and that includes breakfast and a ~$100 food & beverage credit. Add in ~$45 worth of Hyatt points per night, and it’s an even better value.”
    Wouldn’t this be an eliglbe stay since you are not booking directly with Mlife, Delano, or Hyatt per their T&C?
    If elgible it’s a great deal.

    Thanks

    CW

  4. A little off topic but in regards to the AMEX Platinum card. I was authorized user on my dad;s Platinum card. He has since cancelled. Would I be elgible for the sign up bonus whenever I get the card? I’m waiting for a good sign up bonus to come along.

    Thanks,

    CW

  5. If you did mattress runs for 25 stays under this promotion, wouldn’t it almost be a zero cost way to get Diamond status? Assuming you value Hyatt points high enough and can get rooms at a price low enough. In your Excalibur example, $60/night=$1500=75000 pts[if 2¢pp]

  6. Hey Ben,
    I suspect I know he unfortunate answer, but I’ll be at the Bellagio for 3 nights in June for a group event and thus I won’t have made the reservation. If I provide h hotel my Hyatt GP number, will those still count?

    I recently was at a group event at a Dounletree and received all the points and HH Diamond benefits, so wasn’t sure if Hyatt would do the same.

    Am I asking for too much? ;^)

  7. I actually stayed at Delano via FHR earlier this month and logged into Gold Passport to check — it’s already posted and it does count as a Stay. One thing to note, it won’t show up as the Delano in your activity, but rather as “Thehotel.” Looks like this is a throwback to when the property used to be called THEHotel, but it was rebranded as the Delano a few years back. One tip if you go there, there’s an awesome lounge at the top called Skyfall with a great view of the strip — if you show your Delano room key, you get a free glass of champagne.

  8. My wife and I will have at least a few Mlife stays during the promotion, but the stays will be comped except for the resort fee. Should the resort fees alone at Mlife hotels be enough to trigger Hyatt stay/night credit?

  9. If you book 3 rooms under your name/Diamond Gold Passport account for a family vacation for 5 nights, and you are listed as a person “staying” in each of the rooms, will you receive the “nights” credits for all rooms for all nights? Eg. will you get 5 nights credit for only one room or will you get 15 nights credit for all three rooms for five nights?

  10. @stannis: quite true. Of course, factor in taxes and airfare/other costs getting to vegas, and it’ll take it up a bit. But that’s the way to go.

  11. @Stannis
    That is totally what I posted in TPG’s article about the promotion. If I lived in Las Vegas, it would be an awesome (economical) way to meet Diamond status with Luxor and Excalibur.

  12. 60 days and still no stay credits from MGM stays back in January. Hyatt and MGM totally unhelpful even after reaching out as a Diamond member.

    Anyone else had such difficulty? Any advice on what else to do?

  13. @ Ben — I basically have the same question as JM. Can FCQ and I book three rooms per person per night and receive three night credits per person per day (towards the promotion) AND three qualifying nights credits per person per day (towards status renewal)? If so, moving back and forth between the Excalibur and Luxor on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday surrounding the Freddies could yield 18 promo nights (about 57,600 points w/ 5 points per dollar on the base rate) and 18 qualifying nights for $1,330. That would be sweet.

  14. Gene/JM,

    I asked Hyatt Conceirge on Teitter and they said I would get try points for booking multiple rooms but only get stay and night credit for my room.

  15. Here’s the reply from Hyaat in regards to having multiple rooms in same hotel,”Please keep in mind that you will earn stay credit for the room you are physically staying in. You will not earn 9 nights towards the promotion; only three nights for the room occupied during the stay. You will still earn points on the additional rooms booked. Please let me know if I can be of further Hyatt assistance.

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