Torn on going all in on Marriott (more locations, often closer to offices and client sites) vs. Hyatt (better rewards program). Thoughts? What have you chosen?

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All in on Marriott . Bonvoy is unbeatable

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I am Ambassador with Marriott and my SO is Globalist Hyatt. Both in consulting and he used to travel to big cities so that's how we divided.
Over the last, we weren't able to find a meaningful point redemption with Hyatt. For example all Hawaii hotels never show award availability

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Sometimes it doesn’t show on the site but if they have the base room you can ask your Hyatt concierge to book.

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8 year ambassador who started making the switch in 2019 to Hyatt.

I like luxury hotels and Hyatt doesn’t have the breadth that Marriott does. There’s a handful of Hyatt luxury hotels but if you look at a city like Chicago, I have multiple Bonvoy options - Gwen, Ritz, soon to open StR, JW and maybe Ws. There’s one Park Hyatt and maybe the Thompson.

The one thing Hyatt has going for it is confirmed upgrades at booking certificate and a more consistent and better breakfast benefit.

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Sounds like sticking with Marriott is the move for now. Thanks all!

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This makes me feel better lol. I'm about to hit Ambassador for the first time and I was beginning to think I was missing out on something at Hyatt!

How much are you traveling? If it’s 100 nights per year, I’d get the credit card, stay enough to make platinum, then get globalist.

You really need status when you are traveling for leisure and if your focus plus on larger cities Hyatt’s footprint issue isn’t as major

Probably more like ~70 nights per year

Do you know where you will travel long term? If you're only going to be in bigger cities like NYC through St. Louis and maybe key suburbs, Hyatt is best. But if you don't know, or you think you might end up in, say, Little Rock or Spokane, then Marriott or Hilton offer more flexibility. That way, you don't have to split stays across chains when you switch projects. Another element of flexibility is team logistics; even if there is a Hyatt in an area, it might be 15 miles from the client site, not 3 like the local HGI/Springhill, and you may not be allowed to stay so far away.

No, travel destinations could shift month to month. More likely to be major cities than not... but definitely could include smaller towns as well

Hyatt’s my go to but Marriott LT platinum so have options when Hyatt doesn’t have properties in a location.

I just switched to Hyatt. I find the staff friendlier on average the footprint hasn’t been too much of an issue and the suite upgrades for stays with my family are clutch!

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Also consider that Hyatt has less property locations than Marriott

I’ve been globalist and ambassador for two years now, and ambassador for like 4 in total.

I preference Hyatt nearly every time even when there’s a “better Marriott” and definitely every time at equivalents.

My treatment, points earning, and vacation perks are all better at Hyatt.

There are more Marriotts. Diversification doesn’t hurt. I’ll probably end up platinum for Marriott going forward with somewhat reduced travel but that’s ok.

Now you're making me doubt again...

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