Thursday Giveaway: 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points And The Winner of the 100,000 Hyatt Points Giveaway

by on September 26, 2013 · 20 comments

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Twitter is one of my favorite ways to communicate – whether it’s staying up on all the latest trends and promotions, or just staying in touch with other travelers and readers. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to get in touch with me since messages are short, sweet and to the point and I can often respond in an instant. If you don’t already, you can follow me @thepointsguy.

The companion does not earn Rapid Rewards points when using a companion pass.

The companion does not earn Rapid Rewards points when using a companion pass.

I just reached 25,000 Twitter followers – so thank you to all of you who already follow me – and to celebrate, I’m going to give away 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points for this week’s Thursday Giveaway.

To enter, you have to be following me on Twitter and send me a tweet telling me whom you’d bring along on your Companion Pass and why. Be sure to include the hashtag #TPG25KGiveaway.

Make it fun, make it interesting, and above all, make it brief – just 140 characters or less!

You have until 5pm ET on Monday, September 30, to enter and we’ll announce the winner next week.

And whether you win or not, if you have Southwest points, be sure to put them to use before the redemption rate on Wanna Get Away fares is devalued from 60 per $1 to 70 per $1 starting March 31, 2014 (find out more here).  Remember, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Visa is also currently offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 points when you spend $2,000 in 3 months. For more information on the Companion Pass, check out these posts:

Maximize Monday: Southwest Companion Pass FAQ And Strategies
Top 11 Ways To Top Up Your Account For The Southwest Companion Pass
Southwest Points vs. Southwest Credits: When Transferring Makes Sense and How to Check Availability
Can I Get Two Southwest Cards In One Day To Qualify For A Companion Pass?

And the Winner of the 100,000 Hyatt Points Is…

For last week’s Thursday Giveaway, I decided to reward one lucky reader with 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points, and give $100 Chase Gift Cards to 3 other runners up. The point of the contest was to tell me what Hyatts you like to visit for various reasons – business, visiting friends and family, a fun vacation, and your all-time dream destination

I got a ton of great entries via comments on my post, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and Team TPG and I had a great time reading through the entries and checking out all the amazing places and properties you have all visited. We selected a winner and the runners up at random, and without further ado, the winner of the 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points is:

Pool area at the Hyatt Regency Montreal.

Pool area at the Hyatt Regency Montreal.

Matthew Bloom, who left this comment on the giveaway post: “My favorite Hyatt is the Hyatt Regency Montreal. This Hyatt is connected to one of the many underground malls of Montreal, and has renovated rooms throughout. In the summer, it is wonderful and convenient to have all the fun right outside the hotel… literally. Whether it be the Just for Laughs festival or Jazz festival, it is always a pleasure to be in Montreal.”

So congratulations, Matthew, and we hope you use them to have more great travel experiences. 100,000 Hyatt points is more than enough for 4 nights at a top-tier property like some of my favorites, including the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome and Park Hyatt Milan, but Hyatt’s six categories include redemptions ranging from 5,000-22,000 points – so there’s no end to the possibilities of how you can mix-and-match these points with redemptions. We hope that when you do, you’ll write in and tell us how you put them to use.

Our 3 runners up will each receive a $100 Chase Gift Card.

Our 3 runners up will each receive a $100 Chase Gift Card.

Our 3 runners up who will each receive a $100 Chase Gift Card are:

David Westhed, who left this comment on Facebook: “My favorite Hyatt for visiting friends is the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. It’s only a category three hotel but is in the heart of Atlanta- surrounded by great restaurants, bars, and shopping. You can’t beat a night out in Buckhead and this hotel is in the center of everything.”

Michael Shimada, who Tweeted me: My all time favorite property is the Grand Hyatt in Kauai. One of the best pools in Hawaii  #TPG100KPayday

Our Instagram runner-up

Our Instagram runner up posted this picture of the Hyatt Hua Hin in Thailand.

Joey Pore, who Instagrammed me with his Hyatt dream destination: Hyatt Hua Hin, Thailand

When it came to reader favorites, there was a good assortment of city hotels vs. resort properties. The Grand Hyatt in Kauai was mentioned a lot, and a lot of readers mentioned they wanted to try out the Andaz Maui. Many people posted that their dream destinations included the Park Hyatt Maldives and the Park Hyatt Sydney, and quite a few seem to love the New York City properties such as the Andaz 5th Ave and Grand Hyatt New York. So if you’re looking for ideas for your next trip or how to use your Hyatt points, I’d encourage you to go through the responses for some great ideas!

If you are a winner, we will be in touch shortly so that we may send over the prizes. Thanks to everyone who entered and good luck in this week’s giveaway!

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

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  • Peter

    Can you explain how your “random” picking is done for the winners of these contests? I know VFTW uses a random number generator (or at least claims too — but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt). Your random winners often seem like responses very well crafted to benefit the contest sponsor.

    Thanks in advance for the info!

  • Matthew Bloom

    Thanks for choosing me! I truly appreciate it! Shoot me a Facebook message!

  • ryanzalewski

    Agreed! TPG’s contests come across as marketing pushes for the company. It just doesn’t pass the smell test.

  • MYRflyer


  • DownwithPointsGuyUpwithMiles

    I too want to know. Its not very random and I”m not appreciating how there is no response when questioned about what means and methods are used. I”m going to switch my sign ups and give them to someone else due to the lack of transparency. I suggest others do the same.

  • Saad A.

    This whole thing was a hoax!!!

  • Ben Price

    Does TPG have to disclose that information? Does it matter? If he were to say “I pick the post that pleases me the most”–what are you going to do then?

  • thepointsguy

    We use… for a contest like this, pretty much every post was a positive response for the sponsor because it was all about our favorite Hyatts! So fundamentally the sponsor makes out for good press and we make out for huge giveaways. I know losing a contest sucks, but there will be many more (like todays 25,000 Southwest contest) to come so stay tuned! No conspiracy here.. I promise! :-)

  • Dan

    uhoh, people are starting to realize that bloggers are in to make money off the back of their readers through credit card affiliate links under the pretense of “helping them fly for free” with some giveaways as smoke-screens…

  • Keith Sanders

    You guys complaining. more like crying, about not winning therefore it must be rigged is ridiculous. Grow up! Someone had something to give away and they gave it away. You make it so people don’t even want to do nice things anymore. Shut your pie hole, get off the computer and YOU go do something for someone else for a change!

  • Stan Wu

    You win a few, you lose a lot, such is life. No need to complain. I’ve learned a a ginormous amount from TPG, and will continue to enter in whatever random contests there are.

  • khrivas

    Thanks for the contest and congrats to the winners. Still always wishing and hoping…….

  • Brody

    Not enter.

  • Peter

    Thanks for answering. Obviously most responses were positive. Most were not nearly as lengthy, descriptive, and well-composed. The fact that both “random” winners ran contrary to most entries set off my “BS alarm.”

    Appreciate the response.

  • Sujith


  • Penny

    Ummm….ya, HE’S A BUSINESS PERSON! What is wrong with him promoting his business. Really, we’d all like to win, that’s why it is called a contest and not a GIVEAWAY! Yeah, I had a crappy and stressful week, Matt probably did too and now he’s doing a little happy dance and has something to look forward to. If TPG didn’t get something out of this site, I’m sure it wouldn’t be worth spending time/money to maintain it. Cut him a break or just find another site. I’m so excited to learn the things I’ve learned and am anxiously waiting on my SW Comp pass I could hug the guy. Maybe it is available on other sites, but ya know what, I found it on this one so that tells me he did something to get his site where I could find he info. Don’t be a sore loser.

  • penny

    so maybe it is called a giveaway and not a contest, my bad, but it is a contest just the same, not everyone wins….be a grownup.

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  • Solanumph

    I would head to the Caribbean to celebrate graduation!

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