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A few months back I was contacted by Hyatt to provide some info about a trip we had taken using Hyatt Gold Passport points, as well as provide some pointers on how others can do the same. We have used Gold Passport points for a number of trips in the past, and have some pretty cool ones coming up over the next 12 months, so it was hard to pick just one trip. However, one of my favorite redemptions was actually one of the simplest trips we have taken. Last summer we took our then 1 1/2 year old daughter about 3 hours down the road to Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa. We have since been back many times, but that was our first trip, and it really was magical. We love it so much, I really now consider it “our” resort.
Anyway, today I joined the ranks of others such as Million Mile Secrets and The Points Guy by having my own Hyatt “Points Pros” write-up and tips come out on the “Keyed In to Hyatt” blog. The tips I shared were pretty basic, but hopefully solid nonetheless. In short, my tips were:
- Pay close attention to Hyatt promotions
- Select and use a good rewards earning credit card as much as you can
- Save points based on what works for your family
- If you travel enough to achieve Hyatt Diamond status, then do it
You’ll have to head over to the Hyatt blog to get more details about these tips. They are all common sense stuff to folks in the miles and points world, but may not be to someone who has several Hyatt stays per year, but is under the false impression that “points are worthless” or they aren’t sure about other ways to earn points. When you read the pieces by Million Mile Secrets and The Points Guy, you will read about their experiences with awesome properties such as: Hyatt Regency London-Churchill, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Park Hyatt Tokyo, and Park Hyatt Buenos Aires. While I actually do have reservations currently at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, Andaz Fifth Avenue, and Andaz Liverpool Street, the heart of my vacations and redemptions will continue to be family resorts or hotels located near family members for some time to come. So, naturally that is what my “Points Pros” piece centers around. In short, earn as many points as you can by maximizing things you do anyway and use them in whatever way makes sense for your family.