Did Hyatt Outwit The Devil’s Advocate?


From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I am thrilled to report (and I am sure you are all thrilled to hear) that this past Friday I successfully completed my Hyatt Diamond Trial. As a result, I now have Diamond status with Hyatt until the end of February 2016. [If this weren't a … [Read more...]

Review: Hyatt Regency DFW Airport


Last December I took a trip to Amarillo to visit my in-laws and spent a night at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport along the way. It's one of two Hyatt hotels located at DFW, though unlike the Grand Hyatt directly attached to Terminal D, this one is a little older and located on … [Read more...]

20% Bonus on Purchased Hyatt Points Is a Bad Deal

Hyatt buy points

Hyatt is offering between 10% and 20% bonus points when you purchase up to 40,000 Gold Passport points by June 1. The 20% bonus kicks in when you buy 30,000 or more. With 36,000 points in exchange for $720, you'll pay an effective rate of 2 cents per point after the discount. I normally … [Read more...]

FTU Presentation: Choosing a Hotel Loyalty Program

FTU Seattle 2014 - Hotel Loyalty Program

As promised, here's the second of two presentations I gave at Frequent Traveler University in Seattle. It's actually the first of the two talks, and unfortunately I was not as impressed with its delivery -- there were technical issues, and it was a late addition to the schedule. But hotel … [Read more...]

More that One Way to Book a Night at the Andaz Papagayo

Andaz Papgayo Rates

Yesterday Mommy Points blogged that the Andaz Papagayo has reduced their award category from 6 to 4, which not only saves 10,000 points per free award night -- dropping from 25,000 points to 15,000 points -- but also puts this amazing-looking hotel within reach of the annual free night … [Read more...]

Which Is the Best Hotel Loyalty Program?


This month I've been updating my comparison tables of hotel loyalty programs, and a big thanks is due to everyone who has helped point out corrections. (A few more than usual this year....) I started creating these tables for airlines and hotels in 2013 as a sort of "cheat sheet" to help … [Read more...]