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What is a Mattress Run, and how can it get you free hotel nights?
With a mattress run, you book a cheap hotel night, and in return you'll earn something far more valuable. This summer, I'm taking advantage of a promotion by Hyatt, where I'll earn one free night for every two nights I stay at their properties.
This may not appear to be a very efficient way to use my time, but the rewards are very much worth it - I can stay 2 nights at a local Hyatt hotel for around $60/night, and in return I'll earn a free night at any property. Take for example the Park Hyatt in Chicago - as one of the most luxurious properties in the Hyatt chain, this hotel usually goes for around $450 a night during the summer months.
So - for an investment of just $120, I get two nights at a nice Hyatt property and one free night at a really nice one. Best of all, most promotions like this don't have any limits - so I can earn quite a few free nights with a fairly minimal investment. Of course, my daughter thinks the promotion is really nice, because once a week she gets to go to a hotel and play in the pool.
Some of the more popular promotions this summer season:
- Hyatt - The Big Welcome Back (stay 2, get 1. Promotion lasts till June 30, free nights must be redeemed by August 31)
- Hilton - Fast Ways to Free Stays (stay 4, get 1. Promotion lasts till June 30, Free nights must be redeemed within 1 year.
- Marriott - Marriot Rewards Global Promotion (stay 3, get 1 + $50 off Hertz rental. Promotion lasts till August 31, free nights must be redeemed by December 31)
- Starwood - SPG Free Weekends (stay 3, get 1 free weekend stay. Promotion lasts till July 31, free nights must be redeemed by December 19)
Also, hotels usually count two nights as one stay, so to get 2 stays, you'll actually need two different hotels - which means packing and unpacking twice.