European Vacation for Under $300: TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives: the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all made possible by points and…

Anyone Can Now Sign Up for a Hyatt Diamond Challenge

Remember last year’s Hyatt Diamond Challenge? Ah, those were the days. TPG team member Ryan Gaines completed the challenge, right before Hyatt realized it was giving away the store and put a stop to it. But Hyatt has announced a new Diamond Elite Tier offer, and we’re excited about it. So, what’s the new challenge? Let’s break…

Earn Up To 65,000 Points in Targeted Bonuses with Hyatt’s Summer Promo

With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial summer season has started and Hyatt is celebrating with a new promotion. Unlike Starwood’s promo, which is consistent but generally underwhelming, Hyatt’s targeting Gold Passport members with different opportunities, likely based on their status and personal stay habits. Depending on your own bonus offer, it’s potentially a very lucrative promotion….

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme Using Hyatt Points

Over the last few years, Paris has become one of my favorite places — I keep returning again and again. On my most recent trip in May, I decided to revisit an old haunt, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. I found it largely unchanged since my last visit in 2010, aside from a flat-screen TV upgrade and a handful of…

Bonus AAdvantage Miles, New Rewards Program, SkyMall Returns

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn AAdvantage Miles for Avis and Budget Car Rentals AAdvantage members can earn at least 500 miles per qualifying rental with Avis and Budget. You can also earn an extra 250 miles per rental if you have a co-branded Citi…

Last Chance: Roundup of Offers Ending May 31

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – United MileagePlus Explorer Deals come and go, and a good way to maximize your travel rewards is by making sure you get in on the best ones. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at some particularly juicy deals…

How Can I Combine Points from Two Hyatt Gold Passport Accounts?

TPG reader Donna tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m a Hyatt Diamond member and my sister wanted to give me 12,000 points from her account. Is it easy for her to do so?” Hyatt actually makes it really easy to combine points. You can do the points transfer for free; you just have to fill…

9 Low-Level Hyatt Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on earning first class flights and five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down on the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Hyatt Gold Passport program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but…

Hyatt 40% Bonus on Purchased Points Through May 31

From now until May 31, 2015, Hyatt Gold Passport is offering a 40% bonus on purchased points. This is larger than most bonuses offered by Hyatt, and makes for a pretty good buying opportunity. Offer Details Minimum 10,000 points required to earn 40% bonus Purchase maximum of 55,000 points per Hyatt Gold Passport account Points cannot…