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Friday, March 17, 2023

Upcoming Hyatt Award changes

I was disappointed to see recent updates on Hyatt Award redemptions - while this is a yearly occurrence, the number of properties changing is substantial. 

Our annual award chart updates will take effect on March 28, meaning the number of points required for a free night at some hotels is changing. No new Categories have been added, and the points required for each Category will remain the same.

We wanted to be sure to let you know ahead of time so that you can plan ahead and get the most out of your points. The chart below includes only the hotels that are moving up (requiring more points) or moving down (requiring fewer points) starting March 28.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • When you book before March 28, your reservations will follow the current free night award chart found here.
  • Reservations made on or after March 28 will follow the new free night award chart and incorporate the updates noted below.
  • Existing reservations for nights on or after March 28 will receive a refund for the point difference if the hotel moved to a lower category

The changes that will likely affect me the most are at the Park Hyatt Vienna (moving to Cat7) and Park Hyatt Zurich (moving to Cat8). 

Link for release here: https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/landing/award-category-chart-updates.html

Friday, March 3, 2023

March travel ahead

My current schedule has me in the air every week, though I'm looking forward to some downtime coming up at the end of the month where I'll be going back to Zurich and Bellinzona for a bunch of days.  I've always found the spring trips to be very cost effective with easy access to restaurants and activities. I was also able to find a pluspoints option on the way home in Polaris, so I'm looking forward to that flight as well.  United for the win!

Sunday, February 26, 2023

New All-Inclusive Brands join Hyatt

I'm always interested when programs expand offerings since it gives travelers more options for stays and redemptions.  I recently received an email about Hyatt once again expanding their portfolio - great news for new properties!

Link for more info is here: https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/landing/new-brands.html

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

New Hyatt Promo 2023 - Bonus Journeys

Bonus Journeys is back!  Hyatt is once again offering a promo for the first part of 2023, and I'm looking forward to taking part in the coming weeks.  Effective dates are March 20 and May 26.

Some details: Earn 3,000 Bonus Points every two qualifying nights, up to 30 nights, during the promotion period, starting with your second eligible stay at 1,200+ hotels worldwide across 25+ brands—including participating Andaz, Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Thompson Hotels and more.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Island Hopper planning

I've got quite a few places on my travel bucket list, and one of them seems fairly straightforward - the United "Island Hopper".  For those who don't know, this is a special service in place by United to provide supplies and access to several remote islands in the Pacific.  There is a great article about it here if interested.  

Finding the time needed for this is one challenge - the other is the relative cost of points or miles if available.  Since you need to fly and cross the international date line, you lose then gain hours back if departing from the west coast.  And since the Island Hopper only flies on certain days, you have to make sure there is space for connections and the turn.

Here's an example of what you'll find when you search for this special trip on United.com:

It will be quite the day after visiting all the islands!  I'm hoping that I can find a scheduling option that works.