Hyatt has brought back its Bonus Journeys promotion for the next two months.
It is very lucrative, and it is worth seeing if you can push some stays to Hyatt this Summer – especially if you also have the American Express ‘£100 back on a £250 Hyatt spend’ offer. It would also work with the ‘£100 back on a £300 spend at Small Luxury Hotels’ offer.
Radisson Rewards has also launched a Summer promotion which we cover at the bottom of this article.
How does Hyatt’s new promotion work?
Full details, and the registration link, are here.
It runs from 20th July to 15th September, and is a very simple one – you will earn triple points on all stays of 2+ nights.
You must register by 20th August.
On the face of it, this is very lucrative:
- You earn 5 Hyatt points per $1 spent ….
- …. which is 7.0 points per £1
- Triple points would mean 21 points per £1 ….
- …. which at our valuation of 1.1p per point is a 23% rebate on your ex-VAT spend
As well as Hyatt-branded hotels, it is also valid at participating M life Rewards destinations, Small Luxury Hotels of the World hotels and Lindblad Expeditions.
This will work alongside the American Express cashback deals
For anyone with a ‘get £100 Amex cashback with a £300 spend at Small Luxury Hotels’ offer, or ‘get £100 Amex cashback on £250 spend at Hyatt’ offer, you could do exceptionally well.
You would get 60% back on your spending on a £250 spend when you factor in the Amex cashback and the value of triple points.
If you are wondering why the ‘Small Luxury Hotels’ offer works, it is because many Small Luxury Hotels properties can be booked via the Hyatt website. If you do this, you get some extra benefits including free breakfast. You also earn World of Hyatt points on your stay.
Note that Hyatt’s pricing can often be higher than the hotel’s own website or the Small Luxury Hotels website. Check before booking. However, the lure of triple points and free breakfast for Hyatt bookings may cover a small price gap.
It is VERY hard to earn World of Hyatt points in the UK apart from hotel stays, although you can often buy them at a decent rate when a bonus promotion is running. The scheme is not an American Express Membership Rewards partner. You can transfer your World of Hyatt points to Avios (5,000 Hyatt points convert to 1,250 Avios – increments of 1,250 Hyatt points are needed after that) but clearly this promotion is less useful if you don’t already have an active Hyatt account.
Don’t forget Hyatt Prive too
You can even double up with the exclusive Hyatt Prive benefits, including guaranteed upgrades and free breakfast, that our hotel partner Bon Vivant can book for you. I will update this Hyatt Prive article over the next few days as it is a little out of date now.
Remember to register for Hyatt’s ‘Bonus Journeys’ promotion here.
Radisson launches a weak Summer promotion
Radisson Rewards has also launched a Summer promotion as you can see here.
It is fairly weak, however, and I wouldn’t even think of diverting a stay to Radisson to take advantage. Of course, if you are staying in one of their hotels anyway then you should register – although existing bookings made prior to registration do not count.
Participating brands are listed as Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson hotels. The new Radisson Individuals brand is not listed.
Here are the terms:
- You will earn 1,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points per night
- You must stay betweeen now and 30th September
- Existing bookings do not count
I value a Radisson Rewards point at 0.33p. This means that the bonus is worth an extra £3.33 per night.
This is OK if you are on a £50 Park Inn stay but hardly moves the dial if you are spending £250 at a Radisson Collection property.
You should also note that:
“Points will be awarded to accounts within 60 days after the end of the promotion (by November 30, 2021).”
The rules says that the offer is valid worldwide. However, since Radisson Rewards Americas now has its own separate loyalty scheme, this may not be correct and I wouldn’t rely on receiving it for any trip to North America.
Don’t forget to register via this page of the Radisson website before booking.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points from UK credit cards (August 2021)
Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These include:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 15,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.
Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card. It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)