Bits: new Hertz and Hyatt Amex cashback deals, new Hyatt promo, Marriott Platinum welcome gifts from August

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News in brief:

New Hertz and Hyatt Amex cashback deals

New cashback deals for Hertz car rentals in the UK and Hyatt hotels have appeared on a lot of American Express statements.

Hertz is offering £30 cashback when you spend £150+ in the UK by 31st August.  Rentals must be in the UK and must be booked via hertz.com.  Both pre-paid and ‘pay on return’ bookings are included.  The rules imply that existing bookings made before 1st June don’t qualify but I can’t see, if you have booked ‘pay on return’, that there is any way of enforcing this.

The Hyatt one is interesting – £60 back on a £300 spend by 30th September.  The rules are a mess though.  

It covers most hotels in Europe (Park Hyatt Hamburg is pictured below) and, erm, India for some odd reason.  However, the rules say that you must pay in £ to receive the cashback.  This makes no sense because the hotels will charge in local currency.  You cannot choose the ‘rip off’ ‘pay in £’ option at check-out because American Express does not allow Dynamic Currency Conversion.

I am therefore at a bit of a loss as to how you are actually meant to claim this.  It also insists that you must book on hyatt.com but, assuming you book a ‘pay on departure’ rate, I don’t see how that is enforceable either.

You should also note that pre-paid rates do not count which forces you to pay for a more expensive ‘best flexible’ rate whether you want one or not.  If you ARE booking a ‘best flexible rate’ at a Hyatt then you should actually be booking it via our hotel partners at Bon Vivant because Emyr can get you additional benefits via Hyatt Prive as we discussed here.

It is also worth noting that the headline implies this offer can be used multiple times – ‘get £60 cashback on transactions of £300+’ – whilst the small print says it is a once-only deal.

Park Hyatt Hamburg

New World of Hyatt promotion launched

If the Hyatt cashback deal above is useful to you, you may want to sign up for the latest World of Hyatt promotion.

This is exceptionally weak, to be honest, and I’m not entirely sure why they bothered.

For every five nights you spend at Grand Hyatt or Hyatt Regency hotels before 31st August, you will receive 2500 bonus World of Hyatt points.

I would value these at £25 so you’re getting a bumper £5 of value per night.  Note that all other Hyatt brands are excluded.

Hyatt is even trying to restrict registrations.  The cut-off date for signing up is 15th July, so woe betide you if you find yourself staying in a Hyatt at short notice during August.

You should obviously sign up if there is a chance that you could trigger the bonus but I doubt it is going to drive much incremental business.  The registration link is here.

JW Marriott Venice

Marriott publishes a summary of Platinum welcome benefits from August

Marriott has published a PDF, click here, summarising the welcome gifts and amenities that Platinum members in the new combined Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest programme will receive from August.

The bad news is that it now seems that SPG Gold members who have status via American Express Platinum and who matched their Marriott account to Gold will NOT receive Platinum status in August.  This is a reversal of what we were told when the new scheme was announced.

(SPG Gold matches to ‘new scheme’ Gold.  Marriott Gold matches to ‘new scheme’ Platinum.  Marriott is now saying that matched statuses will be ignored when deciding your new tier.  This is important as ‘new scheme’ Gold has very few benefits whilst ‘new scheme’ Platinum is the one that will have guaranteed lounge access and 4pm check-out.)

The PDF needs explaining.  These are ‘welcome amenities’.  So, for example, there is NOT a tick next to ‘free breakfast at Marriott’.  This is because it is already a guaranteed Platinum benefit via the lounge or, if no lounge, in the restaurant.  There is a tick next to ‘free breakfast at JW Marriott Resorts’ because this brand does not automatically give free breakfast but a Platinum can now choose to receive it at check-in.

This chart, and the apparent decision to stop Amex Platinum cardholders getting Platinum in August, justifies my decision to do a ‘nine stays Platinum challenge’ at the moment.  I am currently six down with three to go!  We have three days at the JW Marriott in Venice in August (photo above, review here) and getting free breakfast as a Platinum will, in one go, net off the extra costs I have incurred to push nine hotel stays to Marriott.  Any extra benefits I get from Platinum status over 2019 will be a bonus.

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Comments

  1. Bits O/T

    Any top points deals for Florida car hire, my usual choice of Virgin/Alamo seem expensive, Holiday Autos seem to be offering okay price on a small SUV via Europacar, £450 for 2 weeks.

    Anyone had better recent quotes?

    • roberto says:

      I had a cheap(ish) deal with Avis out of Miami airport recently. Was part of the (now expired 6000 miles promo) but about $24 a day for a group 3 car..

    • George says:

      I’m flying into Orlando in the next few days, got a great price with TripWheels as the intermediary. I’m renting toward the top of the price groups and still sub-£50 a day.

      • Thanks George not heard of them before.

        This trip is using up my VS PE upgrade vouchers, might be the last time I use them.

        • Not sure when you are travelling but Hertz France seems to have cheaper SUVs at MCO this summer , around the €430 mark for 2 weeks, that includes Amex platinum CDP code and a premium SUV.

    • Chelseafifi says:

      If you’re a Costco member, they seemed good for states, book under costtravel.co.uk.

    • Alex W says:

      @triprep I use autoslash for cheap car hire eevry time.

  2. Optimus Prime says:

    OT – Is BA likely to have a summer sale for short-haul flights? Or have I missed it already? 🙂

  3. OT – £140 annual fee just posted to my PRGC:
    – how long should I expect to wait for the 10,000 bonus MRs to post?
    – if I do gold to plat upgrade, will the £140 go towards the plat fee or be pro rata refunded then £450 charged for plat?

    Thanks!

    • the real harry1 says:

      Took a bit longer than expected for us last time, at least 3 weeks

      the £140 will be refunded pro rata to your Plat a/c, meaning you’re in credit so will need to spend about £1120 to hit the spend target

      sounds like you need your mind making up about Plat: how about getting it then referring self/ others for a range of Amex cards @ 18,000 per referral before cancelling? SPG, Nectar, BA etc, his ‘n hers and it can soon add up

      • Genghis says:

        “the £140 will be refunded pro rata to your Plat a/c, meaning you’re in credit so will need to spend about £1120 to hit the spend target”.

        This is not the case. Fees and refunds thereof do not earn points / count towards target spend etc.

        So assuming a zero balance, the refund would take you say to -£120, you’d spend £1k for the 20k MRs and then have a closing balance of £880.

      • Darren says:

        Thanks TRH1,

        I’ve recently received my Gold to Platinum 20k bonus and will be referring from Platinum, my referees have the BA and PRG, are SPG and Nectar the only options?

  4. the real harry1 says:

    O/T
    BLAZE DRAMA London fire – 15 fire engines and 97 crew scrambled to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge after huge blaze sees smoke billowing over capital

    • KBuffett says:

      Less than a week after completion of their new £185m refurb! Ouch. Hope everyone is OK

  5. the real harry1 says:

    O/T Raffles: get ye to Kittyhawk!

    Now flights will be available to interested business partners and select social influencers with its handful of Flyer vehicles.

    http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/06/technology/flying-car-las-vegas-kitty-hawk/index.html

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