Brad’s Deal – $40,000 vacation spending $2,000 at Hyatt

Brad’s story from the Chicago Sun Times caught my attention yesterday.

Brad took advantage of the Hyatt Gold Passport “The Next Big Thing” offer in late 2009 to earn 20 free nights at Hyatt and 270,000 United Airlines miles for under $2,000 by booking cheap weekend Hyatt Place nights. He and his wife flew Air New Zealand in Business Class to Auckland and Sydney and stayed for free in suites at the Hyatt Auckland and the Park Hyatt Sydney.

The combinable Hyatt promotions for one free night after every two stays, double elite credit per stay, 2,500 United miles for every two nights (did not need to be consecutive nights) and 5,000 miles per stay for United Mileage Plus 1K members and 500 miles per stay regular earnings (UA miles math: 5,000 + 1,250 + 500 miles = 6,750 miles per one-night stay) was probably the best hotel loyalty program promotion of the past decade.

Here are links to his story in the Chicago Sun Times and a more detailed version of the deal on his Brad’s Deals blog.

Loyalty Traveler related links:

Hyatt’s Faster Free Nights, Stays Count Double and United Miles (October 1, 2009)

Hyatt Gold Passport Earn 2,500 miles every 2 Nights (October 5, 2009)

Park Hyatt Sydney Australia (my 2003 visit)

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 in 2008.

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