We’ve reached December and that means people are looking at their hotel stays for the year and seeing if they’ve reached the status level they wanted. If not, they’re wondering if it would be worthwhile to do a mattress run to achieve the next status level with an award program.
For those of you not familiar with the term, a mattress run is not actually running with a mattress (although I bet there’s more than a few people who would do that for certain hotel statuses.) It means booking stays at a hotel that you would not have otherwise simply to get the stay credits and qualify for loyalty program status. In short, it’s paying for status.
Reading social media posts, many people are asking if it would make sense to do a mattress run if they’re only a few nights short of the next tier.
While many people will chime in with advice about how to achieve those nights for the least amount of spending, there are more important questions.
- Which program are you talking about?
- What level are you looking to reach?
- How much time and money will it take to reach your goal?
- How often will you stay with that hotel chain in the upcoming year?
- What will you get out of the status?
The incremental benefits of each status level are different for each hotel chain. There’s a big difference between Hilton Silver and Gold status while not much difference between Gold and Diamond. While there’s a big difference between Marriott Gold and Platinum status, some frequent travelers will also find benefit in being Titanium instead of Platinum when it comes to getting a better room. Here’s a post with what I feel are the sweet spots of each hotel loyalty program.
The most desirable status is World of Hyatt Globalist. I’d say that if you’re going to stay frequently with Hyatt in the upcoming year, it would be worth it to pay for several nights at a lower-priced Hyatt before the end of the year if it means you’ll get Globalist benefits on every stay in 2022.
If you’re wondering, it’s rarely worthwhile to spend money to reach low-level status with any hotel program.
Unless you’re a frequent traveler or road warrior who spends months of the year in hotel rooms, I can’t see how spending money for status makes much sense. For the occasional upgrade, you could always pay for a better room or lounge access instead of doing a mattress run for status and hoping for an upgrade. But if you’re really close to the valuable status level that you’ll use next year, it makes sense to book a few cheap stays in December to reach that next level.
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