Like most hotel chains, Hyatt allows you to request airline miles instead of Hyatt points. Typically, I do not recommend doing this as it diminishes the values, however, Southwest is currently offering bonus points for an offer that is hard to resist. Between June 1 through August 31, 2011, receive triple Southwest points on your first five stays, and then an additional 10,000 Southwest points on your fifth stay.
Typically for every stay you will receive 600 Southwest points per paid stay at any Hyatt hotel. Now with this promotion, you will receive 1,800 Southwest points per stay. If you are only going to stay 1-4 times then you will need to outweigh the number of Hyatt points earned (which is based on hotel rate – 5 points per dollar spent) vs. the 1,800 Rapid Reward points per stay. Where it really benefits is when you will have five one night stays, and then can get the 10,000 bonus points.
Stay 1: 1,800 points
Stay 2: 1,800 points
Stay 3: 1,800 points
Stay 4: 1,800 points
Stay 5: 1,800 points + 10,000 point bonus
Total: 19,000 Rapid Rewards points
With the new Southwest Rapid Rewards program, 19,000 Rapid Reward points is equivalent to $316.55 (if redeeming on a “Wanna Get Away” fare). Depending on the fare price, this amount can probably get you a free round-trip on Southwest.
Remember, this is instead of receiving Hyatt Passport points. The good thing is that even though you are requesting to receive miles, this can be coupled with the Hyatt quarterly promotion.
You must first register and request miles upon check-in (and give your Southwest account number). Typically, I usually have to call Hyatt and request to post the stay as miles not points (which they will do for you even after the stay as been credited to my Hyatt Gold Passport account).