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Costco 25% Discount At Hyatt Hotels in the Southwest Through December 30, 2013

September 16, 2013

Most people think of Costco as simply a big box store offering discounts on massive amounts of consumer goods, but the chain also offers its members lots of other deals and discounts that can end up saving money on everything from gas to travel. Case  in point, the chain has launched a promotion in partnership […]

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The Winner Of The 50,000 Hyatt Points Is…

September 12, 2013

For last week’s Thursday Giveaway, the good folks at Hyatt sent me 50,000 Gold Passport points to reward one of my readers. The point of the contest was to tell me what inspires you to travel in a 15-second video. I got a ton of great entries via Instavid, YouTube and Vine, with live-action shots, […]

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Andaz Papagayo In Costa Rica To Open On December 15, 2013

September 11, 2013

Following fast on the heels of the recent official opening of the Andaz Maui, Hyatt has announced that it would be opening the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica on December 20, 2013, become the brand’s first property in central America. I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but this resort may be the catalyst to […]

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Reminder: Enter My 50,000 Hyatt Point Giveaway!

September 9, 2013

This is just a friendly reminder that you only have until 5pm ET tomorrow, Tuesday, September 10, to enter my “Share Your Travel Insipiration” Thursday Giveaway contest for your chance to win 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points. That’s more than enough for two nights at top Hyatt properties around the world (they’re only 22,000 points […]

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Can You Change A Paid Hotel Stay To An Award Stay?

September 8, 2013

TPG reader Joey Tweeted me this question about hotel stays: @thepointsguy: Can you book a cash reservation with Hyatt and then switch to points later? The answer is technically no. As long as there is a standard room available, you can redeem your points. However, hotels often oversell rooms and even if you want to […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Share Your Travel Inspiration For A Chance to Win 50,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points!

September 5, 2013

In the miles and points world it can be easy to get caught up in elite status, first class cabins and the rush of “free” travel. However, travel is about more than just “beating the system” and watching your point wealth grow. We all have our own motivators for why we travel – whether it […]

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New Park Hyatt Siem Reap Offering 1,500 Bonus Points On Eligible Stays

September 4, 2013

Last year when I visited Southeast Asia, one of my favorite stops on the itinerary was Siem Reap in Cambodia, where I stayed at Le Meridien Angkor and spent my days exploring the sprawling complex of Angkor Wat and the surrounding countryside. While I was there, I also visited the most famous hotel in town, […]

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How To Get 2 Free Nights at the Andaz Maui – Officially Opening September 1, 2013

August 30, 2013

I’ve been excited about the Andaz Maui since I took a hard-hat tour of the property while it was under construction about a year ago. The hotel, Maui’s first LEED-certified luxury property, was originally supposed to open sometime this past spring, but the opening date kept getting pushed back to earlier this month, but still […]

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Saturday Recap: Registration Now Open for Starwood’s Fall Promotion, Hyatt’s Fall Promotion Announced, Win 140,000 Hawaiian Airlines Miles, Earn Bonus American Airlines Miles, And More

August 24, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for Starwood’s Take Two Promotion: Registration is now open for Starwood’s “Take Two” fall promotion. You’ll earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays from September 1 through December 15, 2013. In addition, you’ll earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints for every five eligible nights […]

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Hyatt Announces New Fall Promotion: Up to 50,000 Bonus Gold Passport Points

August 22, 2013

Hyatt announced their fall promotion, where you can earn up to 50,000 bonus points after staying 20 nights with them. To participate your stays must be between September 9, 2013, and November 30, 2013. You’ll earn 5,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your 5th night, an additional 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after your […]

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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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Saturday Recap: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, United and Marriott Launch RewardsPlus, Discover IHG Promotion, Free Langham Voyager Status, 1,500 Bonus Points With Hyatt in NYC

July 20, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway: As a reminder from earlier this week, I haven’t yet selected my Delta Platinum Choice Benefit for this year yet, so I thought I would give it away to one of my readers this week. One lucky […]

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1,500 Bonus Points With Select Summer Hyatt Stays in New York City

July 17, 2013

Hotel promotions have been pretty tame (and lame) this summer, with Hyatt only sending out targeted offers to certain members. I honestly didn’t remember getting an email from Hyatt, but just went through and saw that I had the following email sent to me on June 27, 2013: “Pack your bags and head to any […]

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What Is The Best Credit Card For Hyatt Stays?

July 14, 2013

TPG reader Chris asks: “I have an expensive Hyatt stay coming and I’m not sure which card would be best: Chase Hyatt Visa (3x Hyatt points for Hyatt stays), Sapphire Preferred (2.14x Ultimate Rewards) or the Amex Business Gold (1x Membership Rewards points and either 5% discount or 2x Membership Rewards through OPEN Savings)?” In […]

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Reminder: Buy Hyatt Points For 1.1 Cents Each Tomorrow

July 10, 2013

For the most part, this year’s series of Amex Daily Getaways packages has been a bit of a snooze with few to no exciting deals, and I’ve avoided purchasing any of them. However, as I covered on Saturday, tomorrow’s deals are sales on Hyatt Gold Passport points that drop their price from the usual 2.4 […]

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Maximize Monday: Transferring Hotel Points to Airline Miles

July 8, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A lot of readers sent in questions regarding Club Carlson’s recent unannounced devaluation of its option to convert Gold Points into airline miles with its various partners, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d […]

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Amex Daily Getaways Week 5: Hertz, Hilton, Hyatt, Fairmont and Vegas Deals

July 6, 2013

Daily Getaways is a travel promotion sponsored by American Express and the U.S. Travel Association, a non-profit trade association with the mission of increasing travel to and within the US, where you can sometimes purchase points and miles packages for a fraction of the price they would normally cost. This year, the promotion is running from June […]

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Rundown of Deals Expiring The End of June: Chase 2nd Quarter Category Bonuses, Amex 20% Transfer to HawaiianMiles, Up to 30% Bonus On Hyatt Points Purchases

June 26, 2013

As the month of June winds down, several deals and bonuses are coming to an end, so I thought I’d put together a quick recap of some of the deals that are ending the end of the month: Chase 2nd Quarter 5x Category Bonuses: The current categories for Q2 of 2013, which apply to purchases, through […]

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Maximize Monday: Using Hyatt’s Partnership With MGM Resorts For Cheap Las Vegas Stays And Elite Status

June 24, 2013

Last week, Hyatt entered a partnership with MGM Resorts, opening up 12 properties in Las Vegas where Hyatt Gold Passport members can now earn and redeem points, as well as earning stay/night credit toward elite status qualification, so I thought I would take a look at how Hyatt Gold Passport members can maximize this new […]

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Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

June 18, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Since Chase launched lucrative limited-time sign-up bonus offers on all four Chase Ink cards for this week only until June 22, I’ve had a lot of readers writing in […]

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My Extreme Hassle Getting Double Charged at the Driskill Hotel

June 11, 2013

Back in mid-April I attended a friend’s wedding in Texas and stayed two nights at the Driskill hotel and one night at the Hyatt Place Austin Downtown. While the Driskill is nice in an Old West Victorian kind of way, my less-than-satisfactory experience with their billing department after my stay is what completely ruined my […]

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Saturday Recap: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles, 50% Off Flight Upgrades on Cathay Pacific, Earn Bonus Points with InterContinental, Hyatt and MGM Resorts Partnership

June 8, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Double Miles When Flying US Airways to Brazil: US Airways recently launched nonstop service between Charlotte and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is offering all customers double miles when flying to Brazil this summer. To partake in the offer, you must register prior […]

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The Best Ways to Use Hotel Points in Las Vegas

June 6, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When it comes to Las Vegas hotels, most of the time you can generally get some cheap deals, but with the new partnership between Hyatt and MGM announced yesterday that will open up 12 more hotels […]

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Hyatt and MGM Resorts Las Vegas Begin Partnership In June

June 5, 2013

Las Vegas can be a tough place to put your hotel points to use with limited options among the major hotel brands and almost total domination by huge casino resorts. Among the major hotel brands, Hyatt has the most limited footprint with just under 500 properties worldwide, and one of the big holes in their […]

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