The highlight deal in Week Five of U.S. Travel Association’s Daily Getaways is Hyatt Gold Passport with points as low as $10 per 1,000 points. The bad news is you are highly unlikely to actually find yourself on the landing page to buy any set of points during this Hyatt sale. There are only 165 sets of points in four different sales. Most of these points packages will be gone in the first three seconds after the sale begins at 1pm ET on Thursday, July 11.
- 24,000 points (100 sets) = $260 ($234 with AmEX payment)
- 30,000 points (35 sets) = $330 ($297 with AmEx payment)
- 36,000 points (15 sets) = $415 ($373.50 with AmEx payment)
- 69,000 points (15 sets) = $775 ($697.50 with AmEx payment)
- Only one set may be purchased per each of the four offers.
This is a great price compared to the normal $24 rate. The current sale brings the Hyatt Gold Passport points purchase rate to as low as $9.75 per 1,000 points with the 24,000 points purchase.
The Big Gamble
69,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for $697.50 is a great deal. These points can buy $2,000 in rooms at many hotels. The problem is only 15 sets of points are available and those will be booked in the first three seconds of this sale as there will likely be dozens or hundreds of people with their sights on scoring this great deal.
If you go for 69,000 or 36,000 points, will there still be time to get the 24,000 points deal?
You might be incredibly fast and lucky and score one of the 15 sets offered for 36,000 or 69,000 points.
But if you find yourself locked out of these deals in the first three seconds, will there still be time to land one of the 100 sets of 24,000 points?
Will hundreds or perhaps even thousands of people try to score the 24,000 points package? You might even have a better chance at getting one of the larger sets of points?
The Bottom Line: There will be plenty of disappointed Hyatt Gold Passport members who will not be successful at buying any of these 165 sets of points.
Over 95% of the points will be booked in the first three seconds of the sale. Then, there will be posts and comments from the lucky few who score a points landing page after a couple minutes from the start of the sale out of hundreds frantically reloading the Daily Getaways website trying to buy a points set.
There are always some fortunate buyers who land on a set of points for sale to rub their luck in the faces of the rest of us who failed to secure any set of Hyatt points.
In 2011 I scored 24,000 Hyatt points. In 2012 I was blocked out by other buyers.
The Daily Getaways are a marketing tool. They get the brand names out there in the blogosphere. There are some great deals for buying points.
However, brands like Wyndham Rewards have raised the price of their points from last year’s Daily Getaways, probably due to past popularity and quick sell-out. The combination of higher price and points devaluation through higher cost hotel reward nights across several programs like IHG, Hilton and Wyndham make some of the seven loyalty programs offering points sales over the next three weeks less valuable than the past two years of Daily Getaways sales.
Hyatt Gold Passport has kept the low price on points, yet there are so few sets of points for sale that these Hyatt points bargains will be sold out in the blink of an eye.
Ric Garrido, writer and content owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests.