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SRQ: How To Check Hyatt Award Availability Without Enough Points?

March 17, 2013

TPG reader Jason has a Hyatt question: “Is there a way to check Hyatt rewards rooms/suite availability without transferring points (for example, Ultimate Rewards points) to their program?  I transferred points into my Hyatt account and then realized the hotel I wanted didn’t have reward availability.  I just don’t want to make the same mistake […]

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Hotel Review: Staying at the Park Hyatt Aviara With A Pet

March 4, 2013

This past weekend, Miles and I had our first hotel stay together at the Park Hyatt Aviara just north of San Diego. The resort is set about a mile inland from the ocean on a hilltop with great views of the coast. Here’s my video walk through with Miles: The hotel, which used to be […]

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Last Minute Reminder: Use Your Upgrades and Free Nights Before They Expire!

February 28, 2013

Many upgrade instruments expire tomorrow, so it is best to use them today before you lose them. I have a couple Hyatt suite upgrades to burn that I will use on future bookings (and hope I don’t have to cancel them). I also realized that my two free nights in a suite for getting the […]

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The State of Hotel Loyalty Programs: A Devaluation Story

February 20, 2013

President Obama gave his State of the Union address last week, and with all the hotel points program changes coming down the pike, I thought I’d give my own State of Hotel Points address – and the state of hotel points is…worsening! Here’s a recap of the news we’ve gotten so far: Starwood Back in […]

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Reminder: Registration Open For Hyatt’s More Possibilities More Points Promo

February 15, 2013

Hyatt announced the details of its second quarter “More Possibilities, More Points” promotion, and online registration is now open. Per the terms of the promotion, Gold Passport members can earn 3,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after every three eligible nights at any Hyatt hotel worldwide from March 1 – May 31, 2013, up to […]

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Hyatt Launches More Possibilities More Points Promo: 3,000 Bonus Points Every 3 Nights

February 5, 2013

Hyatt just announced the launch of their Q2 promo for 2013, with the name “More Possibilities, More Points.” Gold Passport members can earn 3,000 Hyatt Gold Passport bonus points after every three eligible nights at any Hyatt hotel worldwide from March 1 – May 31, 2013, up to a total of 45,000 possible bonus points. […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus on Purchased American Miles, New Perks for Oneworld Emerald Members, Up to 30% Bonus on Hyatt Purchased Points, New Benefits For SkyMiles Medallions Flying GOL

February 2, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Airlines 50% Bonus on Purchased Miles: Now, through February 28, 2013, you can earn up to 30,000 bonus miles when you buy AAdvantage miles. You can purchase between 5,000-60,000 miles and you’ll earn a bonus of 1,500-30,000 AAdvantage miles. So, you can get a […]

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Expiring Elite Upgrade and Perks Exchange

January 28, 2013

It’s that time of year again – the valuable perks that top-tier elites have earned with airlines and hotels are starting to expire, and if you haven’t gotten around to using some of your systemwide upgrade or suite upgrades yet, rather than losing them, think about helping fellow members of the points community out by […]

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

January 25, 2013

This is the tenth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!; Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape Town; Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Caribbean Hotels Where You Can Use Points This Winter

January 15, 2013

As temperatures continue to drop across North America, I thought it would be a good time to put together a list of the top hotels across the Caribbean where you can use points to stay and spend some time thawing out, so for today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10, here are the top points hotels in […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus SkyMiles with Marriott, Aerolineas Argentinas Status Match, Update on Hyatt Stay Certificates, Bonus American Miles, Cheap Finnair Business Class

January 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Maximizing Travel Credit Cards Calendar Year Spending Threshold Bonuses: As a recap from earlier this week, I took a look at all the credit cards that offer bonuses for crossing spending thresholds, so you can think about how to allocate your spending this […]

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The Points Guy 2012 Year In Review

December 31, 2012

As 2012 comes to an end, I wanted to take stock of what turned out to be another exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding year both on ThePointsGuy.com and personally. I visited over 20 countries, flew dozens of airlines, flew about 200,000 miles the good old-fashioned way and spent nearly 160 nights in hotels – and […]

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End of Year Hotel Point Account Audits – Maximizing the Points That Are Rightfully Yours

December 24, 2012

As year ends comes and everyone is most concerned about maintaining elite status, it’s always good to cross-reference your hotel loyalty program accounts and make sure that all of your stays were credited appropriately. I almost always find discrepancies and I’ve noticed that phone operators are always more than helpful to make things right, and […]

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Saturday Recap: 1,000 Hyatt Points, Marriott Megabonus, 30% Off With Jetsetter, Marriott Rewards Elite Rollover Nights, Free Shoprunner Membership

December 22, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 1,000 Hyatt Points for Avis Rentals: Earn 1,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points using coupon code MUHA067 on qualifying rentals of at least 2 days now […]

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Earning Hotel Lifetime Elite Status – Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt

December 20, 2012

Marriott recently announced some new changes to their lifetime elite status program on the Marriott Rewards Insider blog, including reduced night requirements for all three levels and signalling a new era in which they’ll be promoting these benefits rather than leaving them largely unpublished. MARRIOTT The new requirements for earning Lifetime Status with Marriott are […]

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Hyatt Makes Minor Adjustments to 2013 Hotel Categories

December 18, 2012

Every year, most hotel programs make adjustments to their hotel categories, which alters the rate at which you can redeem points for award nights at properties that change categories. Some hotels drop and some (usually more) go up. Some years are worse than others and I am a little bit worried about 2013 since we’ve […]

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Hyatt Announces Andaz Tokyo Will Open in 2014

December 15, 2012

Although I love my Hyatt Diamond status and am aiming to requalify for it again this year, one of my biggest quibbles with Hyatt is that its footprint is smaller than the other major brands with just under 500 hotels across the world. Andaz Tokyo The good news is, the chain is constantly expanding – […]

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Saturday Recap: American Express British Airways Transfer Bonus, Bonus SkyMiles from Hertz, Bonus Miles with Wine Clubs, 1,000 Free United Miles, Update on Hyatt Platinum Extras

December 8, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express 30% Transfer Bonus to British Airways: In case you missed the post from earlier this week, now through January 14, 2013, American Express cardmembers who transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios  will receive a 30% bonus. The bonus […]

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Comparing Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

December 7, 2012

To follow up on my post from yesterday about whether or not going for Hyatt Diamond status is worth it, I asked TPG contributor Nick to write up a comparison of the top-tier status levels at the major hotel chains both as a primer to folks new to this game as well as a reminder […]

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My Thoughts on Mattress Running To Requalify For Hyatt Diamond Status

December 6, 2012

Scrambling to achieve or maintain elite status isn’t just limited to airlines. Hotel elite status can be just as important to keep, so many people (myself included) are finding themselves trying to eke out enough stays, nights or spend to retain status. As with airline status, it is important to evaluate the cost of achieving […]

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Amex OPEN Rebate at Hyatt Up to 5% Starting January

November 28, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. One of the seldom-discussed perks of American Express’s range of OPEN business credit cards is that they offer a 3% discount on spending at Hyatt properties in the US (excluding Hyatt Place, Hyatt House and […]

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Video Hotel Review: Andaz Fifth Avenue Splash Suite

November 27, 2012

I recently stayed at the original St. Regis in New York and although I loved the location and the Old World style of the iconic hotel, I was disappointed by how much negotiating I had to do in order to get upgraded to a suite, as well as by the high room rate – $550! The […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus United and Alaska Miles and Amtrak Points, Cathay Pacific Sale, Hyatt Home Sale and More

November 17, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of interesting miles and points news from this week: 2,500 Bonus United Miles For Shopping: Now through December 31, for every $250 you spend by shopping through United’s online shopping portal, you’ll earn 500 bonus MileagePlus miles, up to a total of 2,500 bonus miles. This is all in addition to […]

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Star Megado Quick Recap – A Trip in Photos #smd4

November 16, 2012

As the fourth Star Megado winds down to a close later today in Chicago, I thought I’d give you a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of this crazy whirlwind trip so far that’s taken me from Zurich to San Francisco to Houston and now to Chicago. I met up with the Megadoers in […]

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