When Hyatt transitioned from the Gold Passport program to World of Hyatt they added some very thoughtful benefits to the program. One of those was Brand Explorer. For every five unique brands you stayed out across Hyatt’s portfolio, you’d earn one free night certificate valid at any Category 1-4 hotel. Used wisely, these certificates are worth hundreds of dollars at the right property. And, you don’t need to be an elite Hyatt member to earn these. You just need to book directly with Hyatt. Both paid and award stays count, […]
Just when I thought 2020 was the weirdest travel year I’d ever see, 2021 did everything it could to rival it. Our family took a sharp left-hand turn during the pandemic and bought an RV. We spent a fair amount of 2020 camping, a completely different way to travel. That bled into 2021, though as the year turned to spring and summer I got back on the road for work again. 2021 had moments of “normal” but they were mostly defined as the “new normal“. Airline schedules were geared towards […]
As we start to return to travel after what seems to be the worst of the pandemic, travel companies are starting to flex their ability to encourage customers to travel. Early on, though prices were low we didn’t see too many promotions. That was probably an indication that airlines and hotels didn’t think they could convince people to get out there and book a trip. We’ve actually seen fewer incentives than I would have expected so far. Low prices are certainly an incentive, but I don’t think that alone is […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a lot of challenges on people. Way down the list of important items are the decisions we’re all making with the credit cards in our wallet. Many of us have plenty of travel-related credit cards in our wallet. I’ve got a podcast episode coming up later this week that goes through my entire wallet. For now, though, I wanted to share my short-term credit card strategy. There are a ton of short-term opportunities to earn extra miles with credit cards right now. Many cards have […]
We’re halfway through the year and it’s time to look at what’s working and what’s not with hotel status. My patterns have followed largely what I thought they would have in 2019. I’m further ahead than I want to be in some respects, with too much time on the road. What’s your year look like chasing hotel elite status?
Hyatt is running one of my favorite promos again this summer. They’ve been pretty consistent with this one. It’s easy, and rewarding. All you need is to hold either of the two Hyatt credit cards and register as well. Do that now. It’s that simple to earn 10% back on all Point redemptions. Hyatt will give all co-branded credit cardholders a 10% rebate on pretty much all points you redeem between July 1st and September 2nd, 2019. That’s: Award rooms Points & cash reservations Room upgrades Dining and spa reservations Exhale classes […]
World of Hyatt and American Airlines are going old school. Members of both loyalty programs can enjoy double dip opportunities, earning both points and miles on hotel stays and flights with Hyatt and American. Additionally, elite members of one program will be able to status match to the other. In some cases, members will have a shortcut to top-tier status.