Passports with Purpose Hyatt Gold Passport points winner

Last week the winner of 110,000 points prize donated by Hyatt Gold Passport for the Passports with Purpose raffle was selected. Hyatt Gold Passport sponsored Loyalty Traveler for the PwP fundraiser to raise $80,000 for building libraries in Zambia.

Passports with Purpose 2011 Statistics

  • Fundraising Goal was $80,000. Actual funds raised = $89,699.
  • 137 bloggers signed up for 2011 PwP.
  • Nearly 1,000 donors contributed 54% of the total $89,699 for chances to win 89 prizes.

Here is a message from Pam, Debbie, Michelle, Beth and Meg:

We raised a grand total of $89699.00 for Room to Read. That’s $9699 over our initial goal of 80k. We are continually honored and totally blown away by your support and participation in this initiative. We are so proud to work with you on PwP and more than that, we love it. We freaking love it. We love that it takes everything we do — traveling, telling stories, blogging, social media, making connections around the world — and creates something that makes the world a better place. Those libraries in Zambia, they’re yours and they are a lasting gift to those who will learn to read and write and share their own stories and make their own connections.

Hyatt Gold Passport 110,000 Points prize winner.

I asked the prize winner of the Hyatt points if he would care to share some information about himself for Loyalty Traveler readers. While I will keep his identity undisclosed, the winner is no stranger to Hyatt Gold Passport.

Here is a brief description of the winner’s travel style. He also asks for suggestions about where to spend those 110,000 points?

Although I’ve stayed at a few Hyatts, I’d been dividing my loyalty beween SPG and Hilton due mainly to their large number of properties. However, the Hyatt Chase offer brought me into the fold. I got one in early 2011 followed by another for my wife. Shortly after that, I surprisingly scored both 69,000 points for $778.00 and 24,000 points for $250.00 in the DiscoverAmerica giveaway.

We’ve stayed at The Churchill in London twice, had a fabulous suite at the Park Hyatt in Chicago, stayed a few days at the Clearwater Beach Property and enjoy both the Andaz properties in NYC. We used to live by the South Street Seaport so usually make the Andaz Wall Street our base of operations when in town.

Winning the 110k points is very exciting. Also timely, as I’m reclaiming my Executive Platinum AA status in January with a number of Mileage Runs that will involve several stays at the Hyatt at DFW. My wife has always wanted to visit Italy, so we’re planning a trip there on miles & points in November.

I’d love to hear any suggestions from your readers on places to stay. Definitely looking at Hawaii as well, so I’d also be interested in the consensus on the best Hyatt there.

Can anyone comment on some of the Tier 1 properties? I see a couple in Asia that might be interesting at such a low point cost.

Please leave a comment on this post if you would like to make some Hyatt hotel stay suggestions for spending 110,000 points.

Thank you to all who donated for a chance to win the Hyatt Gold Passport 110,000 points prize and the other prizes offered through the 2011 Passports with Purpose raffle.

Big thanks to Hyatt Gold Passport for the generous donation of 110,000 Gold Passport points to sponsor Loyalty Traveler for the 2011 Passports with Purpose fundraiser. There is no disclosure about the amount of money individual prizes earn, but it was indicated to me that the Hyatt prize was very popular.

And a big thanks to corporate sponsors of PwP who contributed greatly to reaching this year’s $80,000 goal.

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. No comments must = “I didn’t win, so this post is of no interest to me.” I’m told the points will post next week, and like a kid, they are burning a hole in my pocket. I’ve been spending a few of my own on airport locations during my requalifying For AA Explat MRs. I do want everyone to know how grateful I am that Ric arranged this. The prize was so generous that I contributed quite a bit more than the minimum donation.

  2. I’n surprised there are no comments or suggestions. I am sure you will find some response and good tips on FlyerTalk about great Hyatt locations if you ask there.

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