Best Business Hotel Loyalty Program for Earning Bonus Points 2016-2017
Best Business Hotel Loyalty Program for Earning Bonus Points:
Hyatt Gold Passport
There are many reasons why we’ve become fans of the Hyatt Gold Passport – free premium internet and preferred room status after just 5 stays – but the most convincing is the program’s generosity with its bonus points.
To state it plainly – you’ll be earning 15% bonus points after 5 stays or 15 nights, and a hefty 30% after 25 stays or 50 nights.
By comparison, Marriott Rewards and HHonors don’t go beyond 25% over a comparable number of stays or nights.
And that Hyatt offering operates as a base rate across all properties, so you don’t have to delve into the fine print of each individual hotel to discover where it ranks within the chain’s hierarchy – although you won’t be able to redeem points of any kind if you book through a third-party vendor, so stick to the Hyatt websites if you’re after the best deal.
Hyatt is also one of the more flexible loyalty programs in the way it lets business travellers both earn and redeem points.
The service is linked to 27 different airlines, and you have the option of earning frequent flyer miles instead of hotel points. At a rate of 500 miles per stay you may be better served by keeping your Hyatt points, but if you’ve got a frequent flyer target in mind, or you’re looking to earn some miles for a more leisurely pursuit it’s nice to have the choice.
Another Hyatt wrinkle, one that’s not common across major chains, is the ability to combine points with anyone, not just your immediate family. You can transfer points once every 30 days free of charge, but you can only do so for specific items that are already on hold, so there’s some forethought required to really benefit.
That said, combing points with anyone means businesses can be creative with the way employees pool and share their points. Take a macro view of team members’ individual flight and accommodation needs and you can prioritise the point flow to maximise savings.
But all this is the way things work on brochure. As with most loyalty programs the experience on the ground can be very different.
Despite the amount of research we put into evaluating hotel loyalty programs we’ve not come across a lot of complaints about the way points are accrued through the Hyatt Gold Passport. However, there are a few dissenting voices out there when it comes redeeming those points. The chief concerns flow from the reality of the service’s No Blackouts promise, and it’s disappointing to hear travellers are having difficulty in using points to book even standard rooms.
Those complaints aside, Hyatt offers a straightforward introduction to elite loyalty programs, and it’s the comparatively quicker access to high bonus points that’s most appealing.
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