Jan052010

Hyatt Gold Passport Miles Bonus: 5x United Mileage Plus, 2x Virgin Flying Club

Mileage Plus elites 5x United Mileage Plus miles per Hyatt Gold Passport stay through Jan 31, 2011.

Hyatt Gold Passport is offering United Mileage Plus elites 5x miles through Jan 31, 2011. The date for 2011 is not a typo. You can earn 500 base miles and 2,000 bonus miles per stay for every Hyatt paid stay over the next 13 months.  

You must register for the promotion and request United Airlines Mileage Plus miles at hotel check-in. Choosing miles means you will not earn Gold Passport points, however, you are still eligible for the Stays Count Double and free night after every two stays through January 31, 2010 with the “Next Big Thing” promotion running through the end of the month. You can always alternate your earning preference between miles and points for different hotel stays to take advantage of lucrative G bonuses and high spending hotel stays that would earn lots of points and be worth more than 2,500 miles.

2,500 Mileage Plus miles are like a $50 rebate on the cost of each Hyatt hotel stay. If you redeem your Mileage Plus frequent flier miles for good value tickets in business or first class, then you probably get around 2 cents per mile, possibly more. 25 Hyatt hotel stays in 2010 earning Mileage Plus miles can add up to a free domestic First Class ticket, international upgrade, or send you overseas in economy.

Hyatt Gold Passport registration link for 5x United Mileage Plus miles: http://www.goldpassport.com/gp/en/aa/offer1.jsp?me02_mbr_src=UAEL2

 

Virgin Atlantic Double Miles in Europe, Africa, and Middle East to February 28, 2010

Hyatt Gold Passport and Virgin Atlantic are celebrating the opening of the Hyatt Regency Oubaai hotel in George, South Africa with a double Flying Club miles bonus for hotels stays at 38 properties in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa between December 11 and February 28, 2010. Double Flying Club airline miles are equal to 1,500 miles per Hyatt stay. Promotion code VS335 should be given at time of reservation and member needs to request Flying Club miles at hotel check-in. This promotion expires next month.

A Virgin Flying Club member normally earns 750 Flying Club miles per Hyatt stay when the member chooses to earn miles instead of Hyatt Gold Passport points. Virgin Atlantic is more generous than most airline programs like American and United where members normally earn 500 miles per stay.

 

Passports with Purpose winner of Hyatt Gold Passport 50,000 points

Just a note to readers who may have donated to Passports with Purpose last month.  Hyatt Gold Passport generously donated 50,000 points as a raffle prize in the fundraiser to help build a rural school in Cambodia. The Passports with Purpose winner of the Hyatt Gold Passport points has been notified, she contacted me, and I will get her in touch with the people at Hyatt Gold Passport to collect her 50,000 points.

A big thank you from Ric Garrido, the Loyalty Traveler shouting out to Hyatt Gold Passport for sponsorship of Passports with Purpose, a social cause that brought travel bloggers and travel industry providers together to help bring about a positive change in the world and lives of children.

The original target of $13,000 for a school in Cambodia was doubled and over $26,000 was raised through the Passports with Purpose raffle. There will be a school, a nurse, and more.

It is my birthday today, Jan 5. I am 50. This is a great present for me today to be able to share the joy of someone winning a large points prize with Hyatt Gold Passport.

Wow! What an exciting gift of travel possibilities for the winner.

Congratulations to Jen (the winner) and Hyatt Gold Passport for sponsoring the prize.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Happy birthday Ric. Thanks for another great post on Hyatt. A quick clarification for your readers: you wrote, “25 Hyatt hotel stays … can add up to a free domestic First Class ticket, international upgrade, or send you overseas in economy”. Doing the math, 25 x 2,500 = 62,500 miles. The current United miles needed for “Saver” awards from North America are:
    50,000 Business class to North America
    80,000 Business class to Hawaii
    55,000 Economy to Europe
    65,000 Economy to Asia (most areas)
    http://content.united.com/ual/asset/saver_space_chart.pdf
    For most domestic flights, Business is equivalent to First class.

    On a different note, as a AAA member, I’ve had excellent results with offer code “breakf”. It’s usually the lowest qualifying rate and through February, it includes two full breakfasts. Combine this with the Hyatt gift certificates from Costco, 2,500 miles, and the “Next Big Thing” for maximum value.

  2. Congratulations on reaching the big five-oh and being a part of a super fundraising effort! Congratulations to Jen, also! (Now should Jen not be able to fulfill her responsibilities as the winner of the Hyatt prize, I will gladly volunteer my services…)

  3. Happy birthday, Ric!

    Darn, I was sooo counting on winning the big Hyatt prize 😉 Do they tell you how much money that particular prize raised for the overall total?

    With Hyatt Place rates around $70/day on weekends and the 2500 UA miles + double-stay credit + FFN, how’s Hyatt making any money? I have earned three free nights so far and am one stay away from my fourth. Currently have plans for three of the nights (NYC and San Francisco). Not sure yet what to do with the fourth night. They aren’t transferrable, are they? I am new to Hyatt, and I think one lesson learned here is that next time I’ll probably take the 3000 bonus points instead of FFN (if a similar promotion comes around again) due to the greater flexibility.

  4. I’m a diamond member too and I need to call Hyatt about getting around 10,000 missing points from this past month for Diamond amenity bonuses, G bonuses, and miles bonuses.

    I also need to contact Priority Club about 6,000 missing points.

    The drawback to playing the loyalty game is the time needed to collect points and miles that do not automatically post without intervention.

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