It was just back in September that I pronounced the famous Faster Free Nights hotel promotion dead. Not just resting. Not just simply ‘stunned’ or ‘pining for the fjords.’ Definitely deceased.
And yet I opened up the front cover of February’s Inside Flyer to find this:
Now, Faster Free Nights was the Greatest. Hotel Promotion. Ever run. Two stays — even one nights — with Hyatt and you earned a free night at any Hyatt in the world. Two airport nights and you’d have a night at the Park Hyatt Tokyo.
Back in the day it was even better, because as long as there was some sort of charge on your folio a Priceline room would count. What’s more, as long as something billed to your room when staying on your free night, your free night would count. If you were doing one-night stays and redeeming for one-night stays during the promotion period, it was actually buy one, get one.
Greatest. Hotel Promotion. Ever.
If you’re curious here’s a promotion FAQ from 2008. Back then the nights had to be paid for with a Mastercard. More recently that wasn’t required, and the promotion was marketed under a variety of names (“Big Welcome Back Nights” for instance).
So I did a double take in the magazine until I saw the tagline from Club Carlson. Heh. I searched the trademark database and didn’t see the term registered to Hyatt. And I suppose Club Carlson is simply saying you’ll earn free nights more rapidly under their program. And it’s certainly true that they have a generous credit card benefit where your last night on an award redemption is free. Effectively it’s “buy one get one” award nights. Just like… Faster Free Nights.
Nonetheless, and while there are certainly some nice Radisson Blu properties, I was excited for just a moment. No more airport Hyatt Regency stays turned into Park Hyatts in Asia or Europe, sadly…