Why Do You Recommend Transferring Chase UR Points to Hyatt?

TPG reader Dan emailed me to ask: “In several blog posts, you mention that you get more value from Ultimate Rewards points if you use them with Hyatt, but it seems like points transfer 1:1. Can you please explain?” I don’t mean to say that you actually get more points by transferring to Hyatt then…

Best London Hotels To Redeem Points

Not just the title of a cheeky movie, “The Full Monty” is also British slang for “the works,” or “the whole shebang”—which TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne aims to provide with this comprehensive overview of hotels in London where you can redeem and earn loyalty points.  London Hotel Neighborhoods In case you can’t picture the whole layout of…

Hotel Elite Status Wrap-Up: Which Program Is Most Valuable?

Hotel elite status comes in all shapes and sizes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which programs offer the best value overall. Over the last several weeks, I analyzed the value of elite status with several major hotel loyalty programs: Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Club Carlson. Each tier within each…

Which Hotels Follow Their Own “No Blackout Dates” Policies?

While many loyalty programs make it easy to redeem your points and miles, others make it unnecessarily difficult. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at how some hotels circumvent their own policies to impede award redemptions, and explains what you can do about it. In the points and miles game, knowledge is…

Maximizing Hyatt’s 20% Points Discount on Award Redemptions

Hyatt recently announced an offer promoting 20% points refunds on award stays through July 31, 2015. Current Hyatt credit cardholders have from now until March 31, 2015 to register for the promotion. This promo is targeted to those who have the Hyatt Credit Card and received the offer directly from Hyatt. However, the good news for them…

Pool, Share, and Transfer Hotel Points to Maximize Rewards

Points and miles enthusiasts can usually tell you their loyalty account balances pretty accurately, but if you’re traveling with others, it’s good to have a handle on their balances as well. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use your rewards in tandem to get the hotel awards you want. A common dilemma for award travelers…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

Hyatt 20% Points Refund on Award Stays Through July

Hyatt Visa cardholders are being offered a limited-time benefit of 20% points refunds on award stays now through July 31, 2015. Here are the details: Register here by March 31, 2015 with your Hyatt Gold Passport number. Book a stay with points and complete your stay before July 31, 2015. Get 20% of your points…

Discounted Hyatt Gift Cards for Amex Platinum Cardholders

Through March 31, 2015, Amex is offering American Express Platinum cardholders a 25% Membership Rewards discount on Hyatt gift cards. With this offer, a $100 gift card will cost 9,000 Membership Rewards points instead of the usual 12,000. You can redeem for hotel stays, dining, spa visits, and more; however, note that these gift cards are only good for use…

New Hyatt Diamond Benefits for 2015 Announced

TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines recently completed a Hyatt Diamond Challenge; today he walks us through the new benefits recently announced for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members. When it comes to hotel elite status, I think Hyatt’s Gold Passport program is one of the most rewarding, especially for its top-tier Diamond members. The program offers an impressive…