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I’m currently running a giveaway of 22,000 Hyatt points where the only requirement for entry (aside from the small list of legal technicalities) is that you tell me where your family likes to spend Hyatt points during the summer. I’m sure a few folks just copy and paste my example answer or copy the entry before theirs to enter, but judging by a quick read of the close to 800 current comments and tweets, I think most people actually answered the question with where they would want to go with their points.
This is obviously a totally unscientific gauge of Hyatt redemptions, but I find it interesting to see a few answers dominating above all of the others in terms of where people want to spend their Hyatt points.
This appears to be the most frequently given answer in terms of where folks want to spend their Hyatt points in the summer, and I can’t fault anyone who made this choice. I used points there this summer, and very much hope to do the same next summer. It is a long journey to get there for most of us, but it is truly a haven for family fun thanks to the amazing pools (especially the salt water pool), location on the sunny side of Kauai, proximity to family friendly beaches, amazing on-site Camp Hyatt, and all-around amazing staff.
I’m truly excited to hear that many families (and non-families) are hoping to use their Hyatt points there one day. If this is a goal of yours, whether or not you win the 22k points to help your cause, I highly encourage you to stick with it and earn enough points (or save enough dollars) to get your family there. I don’t think you will regret one minute of that decision.
Park Hyatt Paris – Vendome:
Without counting (which I don’t have time to do), I can’t tell exactly how the order shakes out after #1, but certainly the Park Hyatt in Paris is one of the most frequently given answers. I have yet to go there, but certainly points will be the only way it is possible with rates that can easily and often exceed $800USD per night. This is the type of property that would likely never be under consideration for 99% of us were it not for miles and points. This is where I think you can throw the “cents per point” valuation out the window, as it simply would never be possible without points…or robbing a bank and somehow getting away with it.
This was another very commonly given answer, even though the question was where would you go in the summer, and I think of using points here more in the winter due to high ski season rates. However, Colorado is indeed beautiful in the summer, and if you did want to use points in the winter you are getting a heck of a deal given the location literally right on the mountain, and right next door to ski school (no lugging heavy ski equipment for miles)!
Some other very frequently given answers were Hyatt Lost Pines (which makes sense given it was featured in the post and it is insanely family-friendly), Park Hyatt Tokyo (review coming soon), Hyatt Huntington Beach (guest review coming soon), Hyatt Chesapeake Bay (very much on my list to visit), Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and the soon-to-open Andaz Maui (review coming soon assuming the opening date isn’t delayed further).
I personally love reading through the entries as it both reinforces some places that I already love to use points, and gives me a few ideas of some properties that weren’t as much on my radar. For example, there were a few entries saying that the Hyatt Regency Cancun was their choice since it is on a beautiful beach and goes for just 8,000 points per night. There’s no question that 8k points per night is much easier for many families to come up with than these 22k points per night properties. It also always strikes me as amazing when reading through lists like this that all of these places really are absolutely possible destinations given our rewarding hobby.
I may very well be the only one who finds it interesting to read contest entries on a Friday evening, but if you are a Hyatt junkie who wants to brainstorm some great locations to use Hyatt points with their family, there are some pretty solid ideas in the entries on the contest post. Of course, while you are there, you might as well throw your hat in for a chance to win the points yourself (reminder – entries on this post don’t count)!