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I admit it, I’ve switched hotels mid-week just to earn hotel status faster and get the additional perks of multiple “hotel stays” during the same week. It isn’t fun having to un-pack, re-pack, check-out, check-in several times in one week, but sometimes it is just too easy to pass up.
For example, during a previous stay at the Hyatt 48 Lex, I received a Diamond stay bonus at check-in. Instead of staying there for the entire week, I checked-out and went over to the Marriott East Side. Heck, I could even see the Marriott East Side entrance from my Studio Suite balcony at the Hyatt 48 Lex.
Why did I do it? It was too hard to pass up the chance to earn two stay credits towards elite status and another Hyatt stay credit when I checked back in to the Hyatt 48 Lex two days later, the next time into a Corner Suite at the Hyatt 48 Lex. Most programs offer members the chance to earn hotel status on hotel nights or hotel stays. A stay consists of a check-in and check-out while a hotel night is basically what it is, an overnight period.
So if a member stays 3 nights in the same hotel during the week, they will earn 1 hotel “stay” credit and 3 hotel night credits towards status. But if they stay at three different hotels for 1 night each, they’ll earn earn 3 different hotel “stay” credit and 3 hotel night credits towards status. The trick is to make sure you actually switch hotels to a different hotel each night. You can go back to the previous one, but you usually need to have a day break from the hotel for them to count the stays as separate, although I’ve had the same hotel count multiple stays simply because it was separate reservations. Using the second approach will help you earn status on “stay” credits which are usually a lower requirement than earning status on “night” credits. Here are a few examples:
- Hyatt Diamond status requires 25 stays or 50 nights per calendar year
- Starwood Platinum status requires 25 stays or 50 nights per calendar year
- Club Carlson Concierge status requires 30 stays 0r 75 nights per calendar year
So as you can see, earning status on “stays” is generally a faster path to elite status.
For the gimmicks, I even added the W New York into the mix on occasion. In one week I could earn a stay credit in the Starwood program, Marriott program and Hyatt program. The only reason this was logistically feasible was that two of the hotels (Marriott and Hyatt) are literally next door to one another while the W hotel is just down the street.
Tips For Hotel Hopping
Here are a few practical tips if you find yourself in the Road Warrior dilemma and cannot resist the urge to switch hotels mid week.
- Only un-pack the items you need at night and the next morning
- Find hotels that are nearby so you can drop your bags off with the bellman at your new hotel in the morning
- If you have a rental car, plan on keeping your bag in your rental car trunk during the day
Road Warriors often find themselves getting sucked into gimmicks to game the loyalty system. One such gimmick is completing multiple 1 night hotel stays at different hotels during the week instead of one long hotel stay at the same hotel. Switching hotels each night during the week might help you end up with status in multiple programs a lot faster, but at the expense of sanity.
How many of you have used this approach to quickly earn your hotel program status? Is it worth it to you and do you still do it?
- Marriott East Side New York Hotel Review
- Hyatt 48 Lex Studio Suite
- Hyatt 48 Lex Corner Suite
- Hyatt – Diamond status after only 12 stays
- Marriott – How to get Marriott Platinum status after only 9 Marriott hotel stays
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