Daily Getaway June 4: Hyatt Gold Passport Points

by on June 4, 2014 · 15 comments

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American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called the Daily Getaways.

Each day we’ll hash out the details of that day’s deal to see whether it’s worth taking advantage of.

Today’s deal goes live at 1 pm EDT, and you can sign up for alerts if you’d like to be notified when the deals go live.

All of these promotions have the added benefit that you can save an extra 10% for purchasing with an Amex card, like the Platinum and Premier Rewards Gold, or even co-branded cards like Delta Gold and the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex.

Hyatt Gold Passport points

Hyatt Gold Passport points

Wednesday June 4, 2014: Hyatt Gold Passport Points

  • 24,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $260, 95 available
  • 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $330, 35 available
  • 40,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $415, 15 available
  • 72,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $775, 15 available

The Hyatt offer is marketed as free hotel stays, but really it’s just points packages. The prices for these points are between 1.0 and 1.1 cents per point, depending on whether you apply the American Express discount. This is much cheaper than the normal price of about 2.4 cents per point, which means you’re getting almost half off if you buy the Daily Getaway deal.

Hyatt Andaz Papagayo

Hyatt Andaz Papagayo: 15,000 points per night.

As an example, the 30,000 point deal gives you enough points for two nights in the Hyatt Andaz Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica. This property recently dropped from Category 6 to Category 4, and now requires just 15,000 points per night. With the Daily Getaway you’re effectively getting two nights there for $330, or $297 with the Amex discount. Room rates at the Andaz Papagayo start at $650 for two nights, so you’re saving about half the normal cash rate if you can purchase the package.

Despite Hyatt’s recent devaluation, Gold Passport points still offer the most value of any hotel points besides Starwood Preferred Guest. I value Hyatt points around 1.8 cents per point, and love using them for suites or at some of the high tier Hyatt properties like the Andaz 5th Avenue in New York and the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris. Hyatt also has a relatively new partnership with MLife properties in Las Vegas. While Vegas hotels can often be had for cheap (making point redemptions less enticing), it’s good to have options.

Overall I think this deal is great, and given the opportunity I would get in on it. However, as is the trend with the most lucrative Daily Getaway deals, the likelihood of actually scoring one of these packages is low since so few are available. You’ll have the best chance going for the 24,000 point deal, since there is a relative cornucopia of 95 packages up for sale.

A purchasing tip: though many of these packages will show up as “In someone else’s cart,” you can still snag them by refreshing and trying to scoop them up when that someone else either decides not to purchase or experiences technical difficulties. Hey, their loss is your gain – many TPG readers have gotten packages this way, so don’t be shy about obsessively refreshing and clicking; it could pay off!

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  • jmecherul

    so much for trying to get on any of these offers, people with scrips grabbed everything

  • me

    all sold out in few minutes

  • jmecherul

    few minutes? sold out instantaneously as i tried to buy just as the clock struck 1PM, and people already had all the packages in theirs carts. not very productive.

  • Heather

    few minutes? try less then millisecond. . i was refreshing until the buy button came up and got nothing the first second and never did, tried for a few different packages and nadda

  • MB

    It’s been live for a half-hour already; the “Buy Now” button still results in “Sorry, this inventory is already on hold for other customers while they complete their order”, yet the “available quantity” hasn’t gone down by a single number. What gives? People still have it in their carts for 30 minutes already, without purchasing?

  • Robert

    I kept clicking and clicking (maybe 500 times!) and finally got one of the smaller packages about 20 minutes in. Fruitful but frustrating!

  • Heather

    all updated as Sold out now. . not sure how but randomly went back and tried for 24K pt pk and got one

  • MB

    All sold out now. :-(

  • Alturquan Pair

    I clicked refresh @ 12:55:55 so i received the buy now button @ exactly 1pm..I thought i actually stood a shot @ nailing that 72k package..Their were definitely scripts being used…I returned to try again and after another 100 or so clicks they updated to sold out

  • ab

    “Fruitful but frustrating!” well put. I got a 24k around 1:25pm by refreshing over and over too. I guess there are only 95 of them, they go quick…

  • jetlagged

    Doubtful those were snatched up by people using hacks. It was just big demand v. minuscule supply. Just try getting tickets to the San Diego comic con and you’ll know what I mean.

  • Will James

    Why don’t they make this more like a true lottery. Everyone has an hour to sign-up and then they randomly select. That feels fairer.

  • Joe

    This always seems like a huge waste of time; winning the lotto may be more realistic. Who has the time to consistently refresh a million times?

  • joeypore

    They were all claimed in a few minutes, but some of those did get released back into the pool when time expired. It’s the same as buying tickets for in-demand shows. You can still get great seats as far as an hour out, but you have to be patient and determined.

  • Me

    Are these deals that good that they get sold out so fast? I thought the Hyatt deal was good but there is that much demand for it?

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