At least that’s what I’ll always call it. Last year it was “The Big Welcome” promotion, and now it’s “The Big Welcome Back.”
No matter, the crux of it is still the same: every two stays earns a free night for use anywhere in the world.
Of course, you have the option of taking 5000 Hyatt Gold Passport points instead, and you can bank those, whereas the free nights must be used by August 31 (historically Hyatt has offered to extend the validity of these nights, especially for their Diamond members, but this is by no means guaranteed). The short time in which to use the free nights means some will actually prefer points. But in general the free night is a much better option, claimed at a top tier porperty that usually requires 18,000 points.
The old Faster Free Nights promos required you to pay for your stay with a Mastercard. That’s no longer part of the deal. Though back in the day, once upon a time, a Priceline stay counted and if you charged anything to your room during the free night it would wind up counting as well — making it in essence a free night for every one night stay. Oh, those were the days!
But this Hyatt promo really is the mother of them all, and real worthwhile bonus, while the other hotel chains piddle away. Hilton was supposed to offer their very modest second quarter promo (of double points or 1000 points per night) but that thus far appears to be targeted.
The real value in Hyatt’s Stay Two, Get a Free Night offer is loading up on cheap stays, such as airport stays on a Saturday night, and using two of those to fund a high-end stay such as that Park Hyatt Sydney or Park Hyatt Tokyo.
The only real requirement is that you actually check into your room (though occasionally members find a property which permits phantom stays — that is, which posts a qualifying stay activity on a prepaid rate even when you don’t actually show up, cheap phantom stays are like gold under this promo). And as long as you’re not doing a phantom stay, you can effectively get a 20% discount on your Hyatt stays by buying Hyatt gift cards at Costco.
You will need to register, and that won’t be available until the start of the promo on March 26 (it will be here but the site isn’t live yet). The promo lasts through June 30. A wonderful second quarter promo!
And with the recent Gold Passport improvements — true availability of award nights without blackout dates or capacity controls on standard rooms, free internet for elites, 4 confirmed suite upgrades annually for Diamonds — this makes it a good time to consider giving Hyatt some business, or even comping over your existing hotel status and start off as a Diamond member.
The Flyertalk thread on the promotion is here.