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Hyatt Program Changes – 20% Elite Discount and New Points and Cash Awards

January 11, 2014

Among the changes to Hyatt’s Gold Passport program that went into effect on Tuesday were two positive ones, a discount for elites and a new set of Points + Cash awards that can help you stretch your points further by booking awards with a cash co-pay. I was curious about these benefits, so I poked […]

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Andaz Papagayo Standard King and Suite Review (Video)

January 7, 2014

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holidays. I usually like to stay in Miami and throw a party with friends, but this year I decided to branch out and explore a new destination. Choosing Papagayo for New Years I toyed around with Mexico City or even Cartagena, Colombia, but I couldn’t get the […]

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Reminder: Book Your Hyatt Awards Before Tuesday’s Devaluation

January 3, 2014

Back in November, Hyatt announced some major changes to its Gold Passport loyalty points program that will take effect on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. You can find out all the official details here, but here are the specifics: Hyatt is introducing a Category 7 redemption (30,000 points per night, up from 22,000) that includes six […]

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Hyatt Announces Free Nights or Bonus Points Winter Promotion January 15- April 30, 2014

December 17, 2013

In my opinion, hotel promotions have become more and more boring lately, with most just offering a handful of points here and there. Gone are the days of free nights after only a couple stays or really lucrative bonuses that actually incentivize you to book stays in order to hit new promotion levels. Hyatt announced […]

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations That Have Points Availability

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be upon us before you know it, if you haven’t booked a spot already – then it is definitely time to start thinking about where you are going to ring in 2014. For today’s Top 10, I am going to cover some great hotels […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Saigon Standard Park King Room

December 2, 2013

This is the next installment of TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s series on his month-long trip to Southeast Asia. Other posts include: Send in your Southeast Asia Tips, Flight Review: Lufthansa 747-400 First Class and Trip Report: Lufthansa First Class Lounge Frankfurt Terminal 2, Flight Review: Thai Airways A380 First Class, and Hotel Review: Park […]

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Which Valuation Will an August 2014 Hyatt Stay Fall Under?

December 1, 2013

TPG reader ALEXANDERGLD tweeted: “@thepointsguy with the Hyatt devaluation effective 1/7, if I book my hotel reservations now for 8/2014 which valuation will it fall under?” Alex is asking about the recent announcement by Hyatt that it would be revising its award chart starting January 7, 2014. You can find out all the official details here, […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn 25,000 Hilton Points, Get Double AAdvantage Miles to Asia, IHG Rewards Club 50% Bonus, and More

November 30, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn 25,000 HHonors Points Towards A Hilton Stay When You Purchase Rosetta Stone: Have you always wanted to learn a language? Well now is the perfect time since Hilton has teamed up with Rosetta Stone so that when you purchase a Rosetta […]

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Buy Hyatt Points Up To 30% Bonus – 1.85 Cents Each

November 25, 2013

Now through November 29, 2013, Hyatt is offering a promotion where you can buy Gold Passport points at up to a 30% bonus. It’s a tiered promotion where the bonus yet get depends on the number of points you buy, and here is how the bonus is calculated: Purchase 10,000 to 19,000 points and get […]

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10% Off Hyatt Gift Cards Through End of 2013

November 20, 2013

Now through the end of 2013 Gold Passport members can purchase Hyatt gift cards at a 10% discount when they enter the promo code GPGIFT at checkout. You can purchase up to $2,000 in gift cards, and the promo code even appears to work on stay certificates as well, which can be potentially very valuable […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

November 19, 2013

After a couple days in Bangkok, the next stop on TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen’s Southeast Asia adventure was Siem Reap, Cambodia, where he stayed at the recently opened Park Hyatt Siem Reap. Here’s his review. When my Asia trip was coming together and I knew that I’d have the chance to visit Siem Reap […]

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More Hyatt Changes – This Time for the Better: Points & Cash Awards, Elite Discounts and Extended Points Expiration

November 18, 2013

Last week Hyatt announced a devaluation to its award chart by creating a new top-tier category and making award nights more expensive in certain categories and for premium rooms that will all go into effect January 7, 2014, and in a year where all the major points and miles news has been about devaluations, that […]

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Hyatt Announces Gold Passport Points Devaluation

November 11, 2013

Last week, I wrote up my predictions for future airline mile and hotel point devaluations and one of the programs I mentioned was Hyatt Gold Passport, which has to be one of the best values out there with top-tier redemptions requiring just 22,000 points – a system that was just too good to be true. […]

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Saturday Recap: Save Up To 35% Off with Starwood in Hawaii, Earn Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points in France, Earn 2,014 Bonus Points with Wyndham

October 19, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s Tumi Vapor Carry On Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for a Tumi Vapor International Carry-On, my favorite carry on roller bag, which retails for $495. The suitcase dimensions are 21.5″ x 14″ x 9″– perfect for rolling up the aisle […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus, Earn Up To 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles, Support Breast Cancer Research With Delta, 35% off Everything at the W Hotel Store

October 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus: Earlier this week, US Airways  launched a new 100% share miles bonus that runs now through October 15, 2013. Through the promo, “Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period”, but you […]

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Hotel Credit Cards That Offer Free Nights Every Year

October 1, 2013

A big trend with hotel credit cards is to offer free nights annual- whether it be after hitting a certain spend threshold or simply for renewing the card. These annual free nights can easily justify holding onto the card, even if you don’t spend on it since most hotel cards don’t offer the best bonus […]

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Maximize Monday: Which Hotels Are Healthiest

September 30, 2013

I’ll be honest, traveling totally messes up my fitness and dietary regimen. I don’t mind going to my local gym when I’m at home, but getting me into a hotel gym is a challenge and I’m always more apt to eat unhealthy food while traveling. I’m sure I’m not alone, so for today’s Maximize Monday […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus On Purchased JetBlue Points, Alaska Airlines Revamps In-Flight Meals, Earn 1,000 Miles/Points With PointsHound

September 28, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 25,000 Southwest Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. 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 […]

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

September 26, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. 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 […]

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Hyatt Launches “World’s Largest Focus Group”

September 26, 2013

I think a point that often gets lost in all the discussion of points and miles is that loyalty programs are a two-way street. We, as consumers, give our time and money to certain brands, and in return, they reward us with discounts, perks and free things. In the best of circumstances, this involves a […]

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Social Media Travel Roundup – News, Contests, Promos, Trends and More

September 25, 2013

Social media is increasingly becoming the method airlines, hotels, credit cards and consumers get in touch with one another about the latest news, deals and promotions, so I thought I would start a new series on the site on Wednesdays rounding up the latest interesting contests, trending topics and more on social media from the […]

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Reminder: Win 100,000 Hyatt Points With #TPG100KPayday!

September 23, 2013

This is just a friendly reminder that I am giving away 100,000 Hyatt points this week and if you want to enter, you must do so by 5pm ET today! Over 1,000 of you have left comments on the original giveaway post, but remember, there are 3 other ways to enter as well – on […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Bonus American AAdvantage Miles on Latin America Routes, Free Uber Rides in Chicago This Weekend, Earn Bonus Delta SkyMiles for Donating to United Way

September 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 100,000 Hyatt Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 100,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points in honor of th Hyatt’s “Discover New Possibilities” fall promo. There are four methods to enter, and you can enter once per method for a total of four […]

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Thursday Giveaway: TPG 100K Payday – Win 100,000 Hyatt Points!

September 19, 2013

A couple weeks ago, when registration for Hyatt’s “Discover New Possibilities” fall promo opened, I held a giveaway for 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for readers who shared their travel inspiration, but today, I’m back with an even bigger giveaway of 100,000 Hyatt points! One of the great things about Hyatt is that they have […]

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